Laser Hair Removal is a popular cosmetic procedure that many men and women use to streamline the process of getting ready for the day every morning. In as little as five to eight short treatments, you can reduce the appearance of body hair by up to 90 percent.
This means no more shaving in the morning or dealing with razor burn. The laser technology can be applied in any area where body hair naturally grows to stop the regrowth of hair.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works by targeting a special laser light at the hair follicles located just beneath the skin’s surface. The laser interrupts the natural hair regrowth cycle and softens existing hair so that it will fall away.
Treatments are administered over a period of several months to ensure all follicles are targeted during their most active hair-growth phases. This makes the results more uniform and consistent.
In general, patients see a notable decrease of body hair after their first two or three treatments, typically around 50 percent. Then, as treatments continue, the removal of body hair can be up to 90 percent effective.
The laser is typically more effective for those who have very dark hair in contrast to their skin color, although those with light hair may still be treated.
Most patients require five to eight treatments spaced out over four to six weeks each to achieve the desired results. Each treatment will work on targeting a different set of hair follicles until they have all been treated while growing hair (active phase).
Where Can Laser Hair Removal Be Used?
Laser hair removal can be used on nearly any area of the body. You can choose to have facial hair removal done to deal with hairs on the upper lip, chin and along the jaw line.
Many women opt to have laser hair removal done on their legs, while others choose to do a full bikini treatment.
Men can have laser hair removal done on their chests, backs and arms.
The underarms are another commonly treated region for both men and women.
What is a Laser Hair Removal Treatment Like?
You will begin your treatment by lying down on a table with the target area exposed. Your doctor may apply a topical soothing gel to sensitive areas to make the process more comfortable.
The laser will be placed over the target area and a cool stream of air will be directed at the skin to keep you comfortable while the laser works.
Most patients report that they feel a light stinging sensation during treatment, like having their skin snapped with a rubber band.
The entire treatment can typically be completed in around 30 minutes, although treatments of the legs and back often require more time.
How Long do the Results Last?
After you have completed the entire course of treatments, the results are considered permanent. Many doctors recommend coming back once or twice a year for a touchup to stop any new follicle growth that occurs.