Laser Hair Removal
What laser hair removal is and how it works
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses an intense, pulsating beam of light directed precisely at a target hair follicle (the hole from which a hair develops). The beam passes through the skin to the root of the hair where heat from the laser damages the follicle, inhibiting further growth of that hair. The way the laser works in by causing only localized damage to a dark substance at the seat of the hair growth, the follicle, while not heating the skin through which it passes.
Laser use for hair removal has been approved for "permanent hair reduction" in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration. Per the FDA, "permanent" hair reduction is the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a course of treatment.
Laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, but one treatment doesn't guarantee permanent removal. Multiple laser hair removal treatments are normally needed to provide extended hair-free periods.
Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Some people, both men and women suffer from having too much body hair. This can cause embarrassment, making them have too much attention on their legs, arms, bikini line, lip, or anywhere else the overabundance of hair has appeared.
Plucking, waxing and shaving are all temporary solutions, take time and must be seen to regularly - and plucking or waxing can be quite painful.
People looking for a more lasting solution may want to try laser hair removal.
Using a specifically designed laser, a plastic surgeon can remove hair from any location on the body. Areas frequently addressed are the upper lip, chin, underarm, bikini line, and the back.
Laser hair removal is most effective on people with thick, dark, coarse hair, but can work on other hair colors and types as well. Check with a plastic surgeon to find out whether laser hair removal will be workable for you, given your skin and hair color.
How do I prepare for my laser hair removal?
In the days before the procedure, you’ll have a consultation with your plastic surgeon where the two of you will go over, among other things, any medications you take and your current state of health. He’ll advise you regarding any conditions or drugs that could create a problem with receiving the laser hair removal.
You will be asked to shave the area being treated so that the laser can penetrate to the root of the hair. Don’t wax, tweeze or bleach for at least one month before coming in for your hair removal session. The root needs to be intact for the laser to be effective in destroying the hair.
How does laser hair removal feel? Does it hurt?
The area being addressed is first numbed so the treatment feels pretty comfortable. Patient’s have described it as a light pinch or like a rubber band snapped softly onto the skin.
How should I care for laser hair removal sites after the procedure?
After your treatment you should avoid direct sun exposure and use sunscreen when you do have to be out in the sun. Any hair growth that occurs in the area between treatment sessions should be shaved off and not waxed or threaded
If you have more hair growth than you would like and are considering a more permanent solution, give the office a call. I’d be happy to meet with you and discuss whether laser hair removal is right for you.
Why Dr. Stephenson is uniquely qualified to provide your skin care:
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Member, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Performed thousands of surgeries for aesthetic and reconstructive issues