What is Laser Hair Reduction?
Laser Hair Reduction employs laser energy that can selectively target microstructures, such as hair follicles. With its targeted absorption by melanin, it gives the optimal balance between safely treating all skin types and effectively removing unwanted hair.
Benefits Of Laser Hair Reduction
There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed through the use of laser therapy. They include the following:
- The Procedure is quick
- Hair is precisely targeted
- Results are permanent or long-lasting
For many patients, the laser hair reduction process is painless, although some patients experience minor discomfort, usually described as something like a rubber band’s snapping against the skin.
Candidates For Laser Hair Reduction
Laser beams are used to remove hair and target its melanin (pigment), good candidates have dark hair and light skin. People with blond, red, gray or white hair and dark skin are usually not good candidates.
How Does Laser Hair Reduction Work?
The laser selectively targets your hair follicles and heats them with laser energy. Unlike other treatments, the laser beam/BroadBand Light(BBL) treats many hairs at once, making treatment of large areas practical. The laser utilizes a unique computer-guided scanning system that automates the treatment, ensuring your skin is rapidly and evenly treated. The computer places the beam or light in an optimum pattern for your skin to experience a safe, effective and gentle treatment. All skin types from light to dark can be treated.
Can In-Grown Hairs Be Treated With Laser Hair Reduction?
Yes, laser energy can be used to remove all types of hair. When “shaving bumps” cover follicles, the laser energy can still penetrate to the hair follicle for a safe and effective treatment.
Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Process
Your physician will discuss the treatment with you. The area of your skin that is to be treated will be scanned with laser light/or BBL. Treatment time will depend on the size of the area to be treated. The continuous cooling feature will ensure your comfort and safety during treatment. Since the sensation varies from individual to individual. Let your physician know if you are very sensitive.
How Many Laser Hair Reduction Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments needed will vary from patient to patient and your physician will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire. Your physician may also combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.
What To Expect After Laser Hair Reduction
Temporary pigmentation changes are possible but seldom occur. Always discuss your concerns with your physician prior to treatment. Patients may have minor discomfort. Cold compresses or ice packs, moisturizers, and anti-inflammatory creams may minimize discomfort. Sun exposure should be avoided as much as possible for some period of time. Keep the treated area clean, use at least SPF 30 sunscreen when going outdoors, and follow physician instructions carefully.
Side Effects Of Laser Hair Reduction
With laser hair reduction the most common side effects include:
Most side effects go away within a few days.