Laser Hair Removal: The Basics

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Laser Hair Removal: The Basics

iStock_000012163368XSmallLaser hair removal is one of the most common aesthetic procedures, and yet a lot of people don’t know much about it. If you’re looking for a permanent solution to hair removal, laser treatments can save you time and money you would normally spend on shaving, waxing, and applying messy creams. Lasers penetrate the hair follicle to permanently destroy hairs so that they never grow back, and you never have to worry about hair removal again.

The procedure for laser hair removal is relatively quick. We can accomplish hair removal of legs in about ten minutes, or fifteen minutes for your full back. Most patients report the procedure is quite comfortable and is definitely less painless than waxing. In fact, with the Cutera ProWave laser, no numbing cream is even required. You may feel a slight stinging or poking sensation, and experience some redness or faint soreness for a few hours afterward. It’s important to avoid direct sunlight or use sunscreen on your laser-treated skin, because your skin will be more sensitive to sun damage immediately after treatment.

It’s best to think of laser treatment as permanent hair reduction, at least with the first treatments, rather than a complete removal. After three treatments, we generally see about an 80 percent reduction in hair on the treated area. Of course, this always depends upon your skin and hair type, and your body’s response to the treatment. For stubborn hairs we can do follow-up treatments on those last few remaining hairs, so that we can fine-tune your results.

Nearly all patients report being very satisfied with their laser hair removal. This treatment is great for those who are too busy to worry about frequent hair removal techniques in a salon, or who experience such quick regrowth that they are never really satisfied with temporary solutions. Laser hair removal can also save you quite a bit of money, when you compare the cost to the money and time you spend waxing on a regular basis.

To learn more about how laser hair removal can help you, please call our office to set up a consultation.