Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal for unwanted hair has become one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Laser hair removal utilizes beams of highly concentrated light designed to selectively penetrate into the hair follicles, be absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles, and destroy the hairs within that hair follicle. A variety of lasers and light sources have been developed that may be employed in laser hair removal. The procedure was originally described to be performed on dark hairs on light skin; newer technologies have made the procedure safer for patients with darker skin and those of color.

Why choose laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal can remove unwanted hair, be it from a condition that causes excess hair growth or just the desire for a new look. Most individuals will require a series of treatments over time which will result in the removal of unwanted hair. Most of the lasers and light sources are FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction, which means reduction over time. Some individuals will see very long-term hair removal which may last for many years. Others may require maintenance treatments over time to maintain their degree of hair loss. It is truly impossible to determine in advance who will require how many treatments and how long the hair will remain gone. As stated previously, laser hair removal works best in those with dark hair on lighter skin; however, newer technologies and newer lasers and light sources have made the procedure safe and effective in those with darker skin and those individuals of color.

Possible Risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with the procedure, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Pain
  • Blisters
  • Burns
  • Skin Pigmentation Problems
  • Scarring

How or prepare for the procedure

  • Avoid sunbathing, tanning beds, waxing, chemical peels, or collagen injections for two weeks prior to the procedure
  • Avoid perfumes, deodorants, or any potential irritants in the treatment area before and after the procedure
  • Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements due to the increased risk of bleeding

What to expect after the procedure

  • Redness and swelling of the hair follicles, which is a normal occurrence
  • Pain and discomfort, can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medicines
  • To be given a prescription for a topical antiseptic cream to be applied after treatment
  • To avoid direct sun exposure for at least one week following all laser hair removal procedures

Our Locations

North Atlanta Dermatology has five locations around Northern Atlanta to serve you.

Duluth Office

3850 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, Georgia 30096

Suwanee Office

3370 Paddocks Pkwy.
Suwanee, GA 30024

Hamilton Office

3331 Hamilton Mill, Suite 1106
Buford, GA 30519

Cumming Office

1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041

Marietta Office

1519 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 175
Marietta, GA 30062