How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
During laser hair removal, the laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the hair follicles that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.
When your treatment begins, the nurses will press a hand-held laser to your skin. When the laser is activated, the laser beam will pass through your skin to the hair follicles. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles. You might feel discomfort similar to a pinprick, but most patients find the discomfort minimal and tolerable. Redness and swelling may occur after each treatment, but will diminish in a few hours and can be treated by applying ice.
A typical laser hair removal treatment takes about 15-60 minutes, depending on the area of the body that is being treated. Patients generally need 8 treatments over time because the hair on our bodies grows in cycles. During the treatment series, the hair will thin and become finer in texture. Your hair will eventually stop regrowing, leaving you hair-free. Common areas of treatment include the back, bikini area, buttocks, legs, face, chest, underarms, and arms.
If you are considering laser hair removal, we encourage you to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our dedicated staff. We can answer all of your questions, create an individualized treatment plan, and provide details concerning cost.