Posted by: Skin and Cancer Institute in Cosmetic Procedures

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If you’ve ever been to a salon for waxing, you know that the process can be time-consuming and expensive. Plus, the ordeal of waxing is anything but enjoyable. From the pain of having hair ripped out at the root to the unsightly redness and swelling that often accompanies it, waxing is unpleasant, to say the least. 

And yet, many of you regularly subject yourselves to waxing simply because you want to avoid the even greater hassle–shaving. But what if there was a way to eliminate unwanted hair without any ongoing pain or hassle?

With laser hair removal treatment, you can do just that! By targeting the hair follicle with a concentrated beam of light, laser hair removal permanently destroys cells responsible for hair growth. That means no more stubbly legs, no more prickly underarms, and no more dreaded bikini line waxes! So why not give laser hair removal a try? You may find that it’s the best decision you’ve ever made.

The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal benefits include:

Permanent hair reduction: Laser hair removal can provide permanent hair reduction in many people. Some, however, may require several treatments to achieve this result.

Precision: Laser hair removal can target specific areas with precision, which means that you can avoid unwanted hair exactly where you choose to target its growth.

Safety: Laser hair removal is generally safe when performed by a qualified medical professional like our Skin and Cancer Institute providers.

Fast treatment times: Laser hair removal treatments are usually quick. Expect it to take only a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated.

The Risks of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal risks include:

Skin irritation: Some people may experience temporary skin irritation, redness, and swelling after treatment. These side effects typically resolve within a few hours or days.

Burns: Rare but serious burns can occur if the laser beam is not properly targeted. These burns can cause permanent scarring.

Changes in skin color: Rare but possible changes in skin color can occur after laser hair removal, such as darkening or lightening of the treated area. These changes are usually temporary but could be permanent in some cases.

Scarring: Rare but possible scarring can occur after laser hair removal. This is more likely to occur if the laser beam is not properly targeted or if the person has a history of keloid scarring.

Eye injury: Serious eye injury can occur if the laser light beams enter the eye. This is why it is essential to wear protective eyewear during treatment.

Before having laser hair removal, be sure to consult with a qualified medical professional like those at the Skin and Cancer Institute. They’ll walk you through the risks and benefits and help you decide if you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal.

What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is typically performed in an outpatient setting, meaning you’ll go home after your treatment. The procedure itself is usually quick, taking only a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Before having laser hair removal, you will need to consult with a qualified medical professional to discuss your specific case. During this consultation, your medical history will be reviewed, and a physical examination will be performed. Be sure to tell your provider about any medications you are taking, as some can increase the risk of side effects.

You will also need to avoid the sun for several weeks before and after treatment, as this can boost the risk of side effects.

During the procedure, you will be asked to lie down on a treatment bed. A gel will be applied to the treatment area to help protect your skin. Your provider will then pass the laser device over the treatment area, delivering bursts of laser light into the hair follicles.

You may feel a hot sensation during treatment, but this should not be painful. Some people may experience temporary redness, swelling, and/or bruising after treatment, but the side effects go away after a few hours or days.

After treatment, remember to avoid sun exposure and wear your sunscreen when outdoors. You should also avoid picking at or rubbing the treated area as this can cause irritation.

Most people will need multiple treatment sessions to achieve desired results. You’ll probably need between three and eight sessions, but this varies by person. 

If laser hair removal is something that piques your interest, be sure to consult with a qualified medical professional to discuss your specific case. This way, you can ensure that you are a good candidate for treatment and understand all the benefits and risks involved.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal can be considered permanent when it results in a significant reduction in the growth of unwanted facial and body hair. However, it is important to understand that some people may still experience some regrowth after treatment.

When will I see the results?

Most people will see positive results after just one treatment. However, it’s a good idea to schedule multiple treatment sessions to achieve your desired results. How many sessions you need depends on each person’s individual case, but we recommend a minimum of three.

What should I do before laser hair removal?

Before having laser hair removal, you should avoid tanning and sun exposure for at least six weeks. Also, shave the treatment area before your appointment.

Conclusion

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses concentrated beams of light to destroy hair follicles. This helps to reduce the growth of unwanted facial and body hair. Laser hair removal works by delivering bursts of laser light into the hair follicles. This damages the follicle, so future hair growth is prevented. Most people will need multiple treatment sessions to achieve desired results. The number of sessions required will depend on the person’s individual case but is typically between three and eight.

If you are interested in laser hair removal, be sure to consult with a qualified medical professional to discuss your specific case. This is the only way to ensure that you are a good candidate for treatment and that you understand all of the risks and benefits involved.