Laser hair removal is an easy, non-invasive way to permanently reduce or remove unwanted facial hairs. Laser hair removal leaves your skin smoother and silkier than electrolysis, waxing or razors. It is gentle and can be used to treat larger areas with little discomfort. Laser hair removal is one the most popular aesthetic procedures in America today.
Why Laser Hair Removal is a Good Idea
If you have light hair and dark skin
Unwanted facial hair or body hair can make you self-conscious and limit your ability to wear certain clothes.
You can also opt for electrolysis, shaving, and bleaching if you’re looking for an alternative.
Are You a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Here are some reasons you might want to consider laser hair reduction:
- Unwanted hair is found on a part of your face, such as your cheeks, upper lip, or chin.
- Unwanted hair is found on a part of your body, such as your back, underarm or bikini line.
You’re Looking for An Alternative to Shaving, Waxing, or Electrolysis?
You Have Light Hair and Dark Skin
The laser light will be absorbed more by darker hairs, while the lightening of lighter skin allows for more light to reach the hair follicles. The length, color, and coarseness of hair can be affected by age, skin color, medication, hormone levels, and body area. This will impact the outcome of any cosmetic laser treatment.
What is The Procedure for Laser Hair Removal?
Protective eye shields will cover your eyes before you undergo laser hair removal to protect your retinas and corneas. The treatment will reduce the hair to just a few millimeters above your skin. A special cooling device or cold gel will be used to protect your skin’s outer layers. This will make the treatment easier by facilitating the penetration of laser light through the skin.
Low-energy lasers are the most popular for hair removal. This beam is adjusted to your skin and the location, color, thickness and color of the hair to be removed. First, a test treatment will be performed by applying a pulse light to the area. The low-energy laser beam will pass through the skin and be absorbed into the pigment of a portion of active-growth hair-follicles. The area will be monitored to ensure that the settings are correct, and to detect any adverse reactions.
If the test is successful, the low energy laser beam is directed spot-by–spot to the treatment areas. This instantly disables active-growth hair follicles and permanently disabling them with each treatment. The treatment does not affect the dormant phases of the hair follicles.
After the procedure is complete, you might be given cold water, ice packs, or anti-inflammatory creams and lotions to reduce discomfort.
For optimal results, multiple sessions are necessary. For best results, you will need to attend between three and eight sessions initially. However, additional treatments should be planned for if you have exogenous or endogenous hormone secreting states.
Most plastic surgeons recommend that treatment intervals last between four and eight weeks depending on the following:
- The area being treated
- Your gender, age and hair type.
- Select the laser-based or light-based device
Ask Your Aesthetic Surgeon Questions
It is crucial that you take an active part in your treatment. Please use this list to help guide your first consultation.
- Are you a candidate for laser hair reduction?
- What options do I have if my treatment doesn’t achieve the desired results?
- Are there any before-and-after images I can view for the procedure?
- What are the risks and potential complications of my procedure?
- Are the results I seek realistic and reasonable?
- How can complications be managed?
- What are the costs of my treatment?
- How long can I expect to recover and when can my normal activities resume?
- What can you expect from me in order to achieve the best results?
How to Prepare For Your Laser Hair Removal Procedures
How can I prepare for a procedure to remove laser hairs?
Pretreatment instructions will be provided by your surgeon. They will also answer any questions you might have.
Your surgeon will ask you these questions before your procedure.
- If you have darker skin, use a bleaching cream
- Use sunscreen or avoid the sun
- To promote healing, you should stop smoking for at least six weeks prior to starting treatment.
- Pretreatment plucking and waxing are not recommended.
- Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal remedies that may cause increased bleeding.
No matter what type of surgery is being performed, it is vital to hydrate before and after the treatment in order for safe recovery.
What Should I Expect From Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal can be done outpatient. You can apply a topical anesthetic gel before the treatment. Skin cooling will be helpful during the procedure. Most people will feel minimal pain, although there may be a slight sensation of stinging during treatment. Laser hair removal takes between 15 and 30 minutes. However, depending on how large the area is, it may take longer.
The treatment plan you have discussed with your surgeon will be followed by your surgeon.
Once your procedure is complete, you can return home to resume your normal activities.
What is The Life Expectancy of The Results?
Permanent hair removal can take up to three to eight sessions to remove all active-growth hairs.
Keep in touch with your cosmetic plastic surgeon
To ensure safety and to achieve the best possible outcome, you should return to your surgeon’s office at the prescribed times. Also, be sure to visit the office whenever there are any changes to the treatment areas. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your surgeon.
Laser Hair Removal Limitations and Risks
Laser hair removal is not known to cause serious complications. During your consultation, you will discuss the risks associated with laser hair removal.
Every surgical procedure carries some risk. There are some potential complications to all types of surgeries.
Anesthesia-related Adverse Reactions
Seroma (or hemomatoma) is an accumulation of blood under the skin. This may need to be removed.
- Bleeding and infection
- Allergy reactions
- Sensational changes
- Substratural damage
Unsatisfactory results may require additional procedures
Here are some other risks associated with laser hair removal:
- Modifications in skin texture and/or color
- Skin blistering
- Eye injury
- Hair growth is increased
Your board-certified plastic surgeon can provide guidance and assistance before and after you have your laser hair removal procedure. This will help to minimize some risks.