Laser hair removal uses noninvasive laser energy to target hair growth at its source, the hair follicle. By destroying the follicles, unwanted hair can’t grow back so you get long-lasting smooth skin.
Concentrated beams of light target the hair follicles that lie deep below the skin’s surface. The light passes through the upper layer of skin without damaging it. When the hair follicle absorbs enough heat, it ruptures and can no longer produce hair.
Not all hair follicles in a treatment area can be targeted in a single session, so you must schedule multiple sessions to get rid of most or all of them. How many sessions it takes depends on the area being treated, the density of the hair, and your skin and hair type.
Laser hair removal treats most areas of the body effectively. Some of the most common areas treated include:
The procedure is convenient, safe, and effective, but laser hair treatment can be slightly uncomfortable. Dr. Adams suggests avoiding caffeine before a procedure, because it can make you experience deeper sensations. Also, avoid having a session during your menstrual cycle, as your senses are also heightened during this time.
You may have slight reddening of the skin and minor swelling following a session. This should resolve within a day or two.
The length of each session depends on the size of the treatment area, the number of treatment areas, and the amount of hair in a treatment area. Denser, larger areas, such as the chest, take longer to treat compared to small areas, such as the chin or lip.
Dr. Adams and her staff evaluate each candidate for hair removal to determine if they’re right for the procedure. Your current state of health and treatment goals are important factors in considering whether laser hair removal is right for you.
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