Seven Important Questions on Laser Hair Removal Answered

Is laser hair removal safe for all skin types?

While a consultation is deemed essential, with the help of the latest equipment in laser removal, the procedure can be carried out on nearly all types of skins. The laser settings are mostly adjustable and can be altered based on the color of the skin and hair. Most board-certified clinics will offer the latest technologies in hair removal, making the limitations almost negligible.


Is the process painful?

A snapping feeling has been reported by most patients who have undergone laser hair removal. But the ice oozing out of the machine will numb most of the sensations from the laser. While some patients report issues like swelling, red patches and itching, these effects are short-lived.


How many sessions are needed for laser removal?

The uneven nature of hair growth calls for multiple sessions of laser hair removal. This is majorly because some follicles are generally more active than others. Between 4 and 7 sessions of hair removal are prescribed most consultants.


How is hair targeted by the laser?

During the process of laser removal, the laser targets and destroys hair follicles through light and electric pulses. Only the hair follicles, and not the surrounding skin and tissues, are affected. Once the hair follicles are destroyed, future hair growth is inhibited.


Which areas respond to laser removal?

Laser hair removal can be used on all areas of the body, barring the eyebrow. Most reputable clinics will avoid using laser removal anywhere close to the eyes. Eyebrow waxing is one procedure that can be used instead.


Is laser removal safe right after waxing?

Most specialists will advise against laser removal right after waxing. The ideal wait-time after waxing is about 6 weeks. It is important that hair is not tweezed in the period.


What is the recovery time after hair removal through laser?

In general, people can go on with their routine right from the first day. Some hair will fall off right after the procedure is complete and more hair will keep falling every day until three weeks, by when it shall be time for the next session.

However, on some rare occasions, a red patch appears on the treated area. Also, if the skin is exposed to direct sunlight after the treatment without sunscreen, skin discoloration might result.



Dr. Michael J. Brown is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers innovative aesthetic procedures for the face, breast, and body.


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