Laser Hair Removal

Martha E. Stewart, M.D. | Mandeville, LA | Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses pulsed laser energy to remove unwanted hair from a targeted area, while leaving surrounding skin unharmed. Common areas on which laser hair removal is performed are the chin, upper lip, chest, underarms, back, bikini line and legs.

Although there are many temporary treatments (including tweezing, shaving, using depilatory creams and waxing) to remove unwanted hair, patients seeking more permanent and less irritating/painful methods are frequently good candidates for laser hair removal. Hair can be removed from nearly any area of the body (the eye area is an exception because of the possibility of serious eye damage).

Candidates for Laser Hair Removal

Because the laser beams used to remove hair target its melanin (pigment), the best candidates have dark hair and light skin. Conversely, those with blond, red, gray or white hair and dark skin are usually not good candidates. Recent technological advances have made laser hair removal for those with dark skin more successful, while techniques for using lasers to effectively remove light-colored hair are being investigated.

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Ideal For:

  • Faces
  • Underarms
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Back
  • Bikini Area
  • Chest

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed through the use of laser therapy. They include the following:

  • Hair is precisely targeted
  • Procedure is usually quick
  • Results can be permanent or long-lasting

For many patients laser hair removal is painless, although some experience minor discomfort, usually described as something like a rubber band snapping against the skin.

Laser Hair Removal Procedure

A handheld device that emits intense laser pulses is moved across the area, focusing on individual hair follicles.

Hair growth takes place cyclically in three stages. The most effective laser hair removal takes place during the anagen (full-growth) stage because the hair follicles in this stage are susceptible to laser energy. Because all hair is not in the same stage of growth at any given time, several laser treatments (usually between 3-5, spaced 4-8 weeks apart) are necessary. To some extent, the length of treatment depends on the texture of the patient’s hair and the location from which it is being removed.

Recovery from Laser Hair Removal

Some redness, soreness or swelling may occur immediately after laser hair removal, but almost always disappears within a few days. Cold compresses or ice packs, moisturizers, and anti-inflammatory creams may minimize discomfort. Sun exposure should be avoided as much as possible for some period of time.

Complications of Laser Hair Removal

The most common complication of laser hair removal is the regrowth of the unwanted hair. Frequently, however, the hair that regrows is finer and lighter than the hair that was removed. Usually, regrowth can be addressed with a few additional treatment sessions. Other complications that may arise after laser hair treatment include skin irritation such as blistering and crusting, changes in pigmentation or texture of the skin, and scarring at the removal site.

Martha E. Stewart, M.D. | Mandeville, LA | Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions:

What areas can be treated?

Light based permanent hair reduction can remove hair from faces (except around eyes), backs, chests, arms, underarms, bikini lines and legs.

Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure based on a variety of factors. While permanent hair reduction is available for all skin types, only pigmented hair is affected by the laser. Therefore, blonde, white, or lighter pigmented hair will not be affected by the laser.

How does it work?

Light is used to target and destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth without harming surrounding tissue, so there’s minimal risk.

How long does it take?

Permanent hair reduction treatments take just minutes for small areas and about a half hour for larger areas.

How many treatments will I need

Several treatment sessions are recommended for the best aesthetic outcomes. Permanent hair reduction technology can only affect hair in active phases of growth so several treatments are needed to affect all unwanted hair. You do not need to let hair grow out between treatment sessions.

What will the treatment feel like?

Most people feel only a slight, momentary “snap” at the treatment site during the procedure.

How quickly will I recover?

You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Typically most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling, immediately following treatment. This usually lasts 2 to 24 hours. Ask your doctor to discuss other possible side effects and necessary post-treatment care.

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