The Treatment:

Laser hair removal works by zapping the hair with heat. A topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize pain. A targeted beam of light is directed through the skin into the follicle of the hair below the surface. The laser beam is converted to heat, which destroys the follicle but leaves the surrounding skin unharmed.

The Schedule:

For six weeks before treatment, you must avoid tanning (in the sun or with self-tanning products), bleaching, tweezing, and waxing. If you have a darker skin type, you should apply a topical bleaching cream four to six weeks before treatment. You should stop shaving a few days before treatment. If you have a history of fever blisters, you may need an antiviral medication beginning the day before treatment.

Immediately after treatment, you may experience swelling for a few hours and redness for two to three days. Your hair will begin to shed five to 14 days after treatment and can be wiped away with a wet cloth.

Avoid sun exposure and use a sunscreen at all times during the course of treatments. For six weeks after a treatment, you may shave and use depilatories, but do not wax, have electrolysis to the area, or tweeze.

Treatments are typically scheduled at four-to-six-week intervals.


The ideal candidate for laser hair removal has pale skin and dark hair. Darker skinned individuals will require more treatments and are at a greater risk for side effects. Side effects may include pain, redness, swelling, white spots, dark spots and blistering, as well as scarring and infection.

If you are taking Isotretinoin (Accutane®), you must wait 6 to 12 months before having laser hair removal.

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