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Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment performed by applying a laser to the targeted treatment area of the skin to remove unwanted hair on any part of the body or face. The hair follicles in the area are damaged by the laser, which weakens and inhibits future hair growth. Over a series of treatments, all of the hair follicles in the area are treated during their growth period, eliminating the hair and leaving the skin completely smooth.

What are the Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal? 

Laser hair removal is a very popular treatment because it provides many benefits for people who are tired of dealing with unwanted hair.

  • Provides convenience, no more worrying about shaving or waxing before going out
  • Short procedure time
  • Less painful than waxing and some other methods of removing hair 
  • Customizable to remove hair precisely
  • Can be applied to almost any area of the face and body
  • Does away with ingrown hairs, razor burn, and irritation caused by other hair removal methods 
  • Removes hair completely 
  • Doesn’t damage the skin
  • Lasts for years and is often considered permanent
  • No downtime
  • Boosts confidence

Am I a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal? 

Men and women who want to be rid of unwanted hair are usually candidates for laser hair removal. Candidates should meet the following requirements:
 

  • Are generally healthy
  • Have no rashes, skin outbreaks, or infections in the treatment area
  • Are not pregnant
  • Have not been tanning in the sun or tanning bed recently
  • Hair is dark enough to be detected by the laser

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

Laser hair removal treatments take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. Treatment time for both legs is usually about 20 minutes. The back is also usually treated in about 20 minutes.

The first step is the application of a topical numbing cream to the area to help minimize discomfort. Once the procedure starts, the laser is applied to the hair follicles in the treatment area during their growth stage. The pigment of the hair in the follicles absorbs the energy of the laser, which damages and disables the hair follicle, rendering it unable to continue to grow hair.

In the next 1-2 weeks, the portion of the hair shaft below the skin is pushed out, and you may notice shedding hairs in the area during this time. The treatment area will need to be addressed several times over a period of time, which ensures every follicle in the treatment area is addressed during the growth stage.

What Areas Can Be Treated With Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal can be performed almost anywhere on the body. Some common areas treated are as follows:

  • underarms
  • legs
  • chest
  • back 
  • upper lip
  • bikini area
  • Brazilian (can include the labia)
  • chin 
  • sideburns
  • toes 
  • stomach 
  • buttocks

Recovery After Laser Hair Removal 

The minimal recovery time after laser hair removal treatments. Patients can immediately return to their usual activities or work. There may be some tenderness, small bumps, or redness during the healing period, which lasts for a few hours to a day. It’s important not to pluck or wax the treated area during this period of time. Wear sunscreen and avoid sun exposure or other activities that could irritate the treated skin.

FAQ

How long do the results last?

Laser hair removal results are so long-lasting that many people consider the results permanent. However, there is potential light hair growth that may return after a couple of years. This can be treated with a touchup appointment.

Is laser hair removal painful?

The treatment is uncomfortable, with most people comparing the sensation to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against their skin. Topical numbing cream is applied to help minimize discomfort.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically, patients require 3-5 treatments to destroy all the hair follicles in the area at the growth stage. Areas with more dense hair growth may require more.

Should I shave before laser hair removal?

Shave but do not pluck or wax the treatment area 24-48 hours before your laser hair removal session. Follicles must have the hair roots in them in order to be properly treated.

How should I prepare for laser hair removal treatment?

For a month before laser hair treatment, do not tan, pluck, wax, or have electrolysis. Come to your appointment with the area clean-shaven and free of any products.

What is the cost of laser hair removal?

Cost of laser hair removal depends on the size and location of the treatment area, and the number of treatments that are required. Typical cost range is $280-$350 per session.

Why Choose Dr. Courtney Plastic Surgery?

As a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Courtney is dedicated to beautiful results. He is a caring, doctor with a personalized approach to patients, ensuring each individual achieves their aesthetic goals. His practice is welcoming, luxurious, and state-of-the-art, providing the most advanced technology and modern treatments. Call us today or contact us online to schedule your consultation and get started with laser hair removal treatments.

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