Laser Hair Removal

At our offices in Rochester, also serving Buffalo and Syracuse, laser hair removal is used to remove unwanted hair from multiple areas of the face and body.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a series of treatments that gradually reduce the hair in an area until there is virtually no hair that remains. Treatments are generally 1 month apart for 6 – 8 months in most individuals.

Areas for Laser Hair Removal

Common areas treated on the face include:

  • upper lip
  • chin
  • cheeks

Common areas treated on the body include:

  • under arms
  • the bikini area
  • back
  • legs
  • toes

Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

An ideal laser hair removal candidate has dark hair and light colored skin. It’s best to choose a time when avoiding sun exposure to minimize risks of unwanted side effects.

Individuals with lighter hair may need more treatments to achieve desired results.

Darker skinned individuals with dark hair can also be treated with special care on an individual basis.

The Laser Hair Removal Process

We like to use the example of a lightning rod. The area is best treated after shaving. The laser is used to deliver energy in the form of light that delivers the energy down the hair shaft to the live hair follicle below the skin. This gradually reduces the ability for that hair follicle to form a healthy hair. Hair becomes finer. Fewer and fewer hairs grow, until finally, nearly none at all.

Laser Hair Removal Diagram

It won’t work on plucked hairs, but trimmed hairs are fine.

How many treatments do I need?

This varies by area and from person to person. Generally 6 – 8 treatments will get many individuals to “maintenance”. Once an area has reached maintenance, it is recommended to come back every 6 months for a treatment to maintain a hair-free state. Some people need even less.

Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?

There is a permanent reduction in hair growth in the area treated. Again, this varies from person to person.

Are there side effects to Laser Hair Removal?

There can be side effects. Most are due to sun exposure, so this should be avoided. Concurrent use of other treatments can also affect the treatment area.

Is this treatment safe?

Every person considering laser hair removal receives a consult to assess your health history for safety. Eye protection is used to prevent eye injury from the bright laser light.

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