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.
Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal
There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed through the use of laser therapy. They include the following:
- Hair is precisely targeted
- Procedure is quick
- Results are permanent (for 90 percent of patients) or long-lasting
For many patients, laser hair removal is painless, although some experience minor discomfort, usually described as something like a rubber band’s snapping against the skin.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment Areas
Common areas treated on the face include:
- upper lip
Common areas treated on the body include:
- under arms
- the bikini area
Candidates 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.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment 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.
How Many Laser Hair Removal 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.
Side Effects Of 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 Laser Hair Removal 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.
How Can I Prepare For My Laser Hair Removal?
Preparing ahead of time for your laser hair removal can help ensure a complication-free procedure. Before arriving for your laser hair removal appointment, we recommend you do the following to prepare:
- Avoid prolonged time in the sun to decrease your chances of a sunburn.
- Avoid the use of retinols and alpha hydroxy acids for a week prior to your appointment in the area of treatment
- Avoid tanning and tanning beds.
- Shave the treated area one to two days before your procedure.
- Avoid waxing or plucking hair in the treated area the day before your procedure.
- Arrive with clean skin.
- Wear loose clothing that can be easily taken on and off your treated area.
What Is Recovery Like After Laser Hair Removal?
Recovery after a laser hair removal treatment is not a difficult process. In fact, laser hair removal barely requires any downtime at all. However, patients should be aware that there are certain activities they should avoid immediately after their treatment. These activities can include:
- Avoid taking hot baths and showers for 48 hours.
- Avoid swimming for 48 hours.
- Avoid applying makeup on the treated area for 48 hours.
- Avoid wearing perfumed products or bleaching creams for 48 hours.
Most patients are able to return to their normal daily routines without any difficulty immediately after their treatment.
How Long Do the Results of Laser Hair Removal Last?
We recommend getting laser hair removal done every four to six weeks. Because most patients will need multiple treatments before seeing complete hair removal, it is best to space these sessions out each month.
While a reduction in hair loss will be noticeable after your first treatment, you will begin to notice less and less hair after each treatment. Once you achieve complete hair loss, you will only need a touch-up laser hair removal appointment for that same area once each year if regrowth occurs.