Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

How does laser remove hair?
Hair removal lasers emit light at a specific wavelength that is absorbed by the melanin pigment (color) in the hair follicle. The light is converted to heat energy, which damages the hair follicle so it will no longer grow. Because it only targets the pigment in the hair follicle, it does not damage the surrounding skin.

Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
Men, women and teenagers can seek laser hair removal to treat unwanted hair. Hair removal is commonly done on the face,underarm, pubic area, legs, chest and the back. Because the laser targets the pigment, the hair must be dark. At our office we can offer laser hair removal to all skin types . The LightSheer Diode is effective for light skinned patients, and we also offer the GentleYag that is effective for darker skinned patients.

What can I expect?
Laser treatments take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on the size and the location of the treatment. It is mildly uncomfortable and the sensation often is described as feeling like a snapping rubber band, but it is generally well tolerated. After treatment you can expect some redness and swelling like a mild sunburn that will resolve within a few days. You can return to your normal activities immediately.

How often will I need treatment ?
Laser hair removal targets the hair follicle when they are in their growth phase or cycle.At any one time not all hair follicles are in their growth phase, therefore multiple treatments are required. Patients will typically need at least 4 to 6 treatments at intervals of 1 to 3 months to achieve acceptable results.