Laser Hair Removal
The lasers on the market today come in all shapes and sizes. Different lasers use different wavelengths of light; some utilize a cooling device and some do not. All laser systems emit a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed by the hair. The laser energy is then transformed into heat which disables the follicle. Today, individuals with white or dark/tan skin can utilize lasers to remove their unwanted hair with positive results. Lasers that utilize a cooling device will help provide the patient with increased comfort and protection by cooling the upper layers of skin. This cooling selectivity helps to protect the skin while effectively treating the unwanted hair..
How long will the procedure take?
The length of the procedure depends on the area being treated. An entire back can be done in 1 to 1 1/2 hours; underarms can be done in 1-2 minutes and an upper lip in less than 10 seconds. These are just a few examples. Here is a comparison of time between individual laser hair removal and electrolysis procedures:
Frequently Asked Questions
Hair-removal is a popular non-surgical, non-invasive technique for permanent removal of unwanted hair. During laser hair-removal treatment, a low energy laser passes through the patient's skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. With each treatment, a percentage of the follicles are instantly and permanently disabled. No anesthesia is typically necessary.
Your physician may prescribe a specially formulated skin care product following laser treatment. You will also need to use sunscreen for treated areas during sun-exposure.