Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses an intense pulsating beam of light to remove unwanted hair. During the procedure, a laser beam passes through a person’s skin to hair follicles, and the heat of the laser damages the hair follicle. This inhibits future hair growth. Although laser hair removal has been proven to slow hair growth, it is not a solution for permanent hair removal.
People go through laser hair removal procedures for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is to remove unsightly hair from legs, underarms, upper lip, chin, and bikini line. It is possible to remove unwanted hair from almost every part of the body except the eyelid.
Results will vary from person to person, but with multiple treatments, hair loss can last for several years. For best results, it is recommended that you get 4 to 6 treatments about six weeks apart.
Laser hair removal varies depending on the hair color and skin type of a patient. It is the most effective for people with light skin and dark hair. This is because the laser targets a person’s pigment in the hair. It is generally not as effective for white, gray, red or blonde hair because the laser can’t “see” the lighter hair.
Laser hair removal is generally considered an extremely safe procedure, however there are some side effects that a patient may experience.
In some cases, the laser can cause blistering, crusting, scarring, or other changes in skin texture; however, these cases are rare. In other cases, the treatment may cause treated hair to become gray. In a few other cases, the laser may actually stimulate hair production and a person might see excessive hair growth in and around the treated areas.
When preparing for a treatment, you will be advised to stay out of the sun, since a tan increases the risk of side effects. If you have a tan, it is advised that you wait until the tan fades completely before undergoing a laser hair removal treatment. This can mean avoiding the sun for up to six weeks before being treated.
After the treatment you may see some swelling and redness for the first few hours. To reduce any discomfort, you should apply ice to the treated area.
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