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Q: How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal uses laser light pulses to selectively destroy hair follicles by targeting the melanin (color) in them. The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the laser’s light pulse, which damages the follicle enough to significantly slow hair regrowth. 

Q: Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal provides permanent hair reduction by up to 90 percent after a series of six-to-eight treatments.

Q: Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?

If you have unwanted hair that you’d like to reduce permanently, then you’re an ideal candidate for laser hair removal. It’s safe and effective for almost all skin tone and hair color combinations.

Q: What’s a laser hair removal treatment like?

A laser hair removal treatment can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the size of the area treated. Before the treatment, you’ll be given protective eye gear and, if you want it, a topical anesthetic. Once the treatment begins, you’ll feel a stinging sensation along with a prickling and burning sensation when the laser is active. Most patients describe the sensation as similar to that of a rubber band being snapped against the skin.

Q:How do I prepare for a laser hair removal treatment?

Prior to a laser hair removal treatment, you’ll be asked to avoid sun exposure for a minimum of four weeks beforehand. This is because suntans can reduce the effect of the laser treatment. You’ll also be asked to discontinue waxing or tweezing three weeks before a laser hair removal treatment. Make sure to follow all pre-care instructions your medical professional gives you.

Q: How many treatments will I need?

It depends on the area being treated. Because only hair follicles in the active growth stage can be successfully targeted during a laser hair removal treatment, you may need between three and eight treatments spaced five-to-eight weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

Q: Will I experience any side effects?

Potential side effects include skin irritation that can last up to 24 hours after laser hair removal treatment. You might also notice hair shedding and regrowth. While complications are rare, they can still occur. The most common complications include blisters, swelling, pigmentation changes, redness, and scarring. Scabbing and bruising can also occur, but these symptoms generally disappear within a few days. Tell your medical professional if any side effects bother you and are not subsiding.