Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that permanently and safely removes and reduces hair growth. Controlled flashes of light penetrate the skin and are absorbed by the hair follicles. The heat from the light damages and destroys the potential for hair re-growth.
Laser hair removal reduces unwanted hair from all parts of the body, except for areas around the eyes. This works best on fair skin with dark hair but treatment can be performed for those with darker skin.
How Lasers Remove Unwanted Hair
Lasers work by damaging the root of the hair follicle. The laser can only remove hair when a hair shaft is present. The hair shaft is the target for the laser. Most of the hair follicles on the human body are empty. That means they are not actively growing a hair. Since only 25% to 35% of your hairs are actively growing at any time, these are the only ones that can be treated. The laser does not affect the empty follicles without a hair. Since most hair follicles are not growing at a given time, laser hair removal takes more than one treatment. Usually 4-5 treatments are required. This allows the hair follicles to begin to grow a hair. To remove hair, the laser’s energy is absorbed by the hair. This creates heat, and the heat destroys the hair cell.
What to Expect Before Laser Hair Removal
Dr. Garramone may suggest as little exposure to sunlight as possible prior to your laser hair removal procedure to improve the results and reduce any potential side effects. Shaving, as opposed to other hair removal alternatives, is also suggested prior to your procedure. On the day of your laser hair removal treatment, a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize any associated pain. .
What to Expect After Laser Hair Removal
Initial discomfort and redness after treatment is expected but should resolve within a day. You may put ice onto the treated area. Post-treatment hair shedding is a common side effect. It is best to avoid sun exposure until the skin has healed. Use sunscreen when out in the sun after healing.
4-6 treatments are necessary and they are usually spaced 5-9 weeks apart. Some patients may require additional treatments. Treatment is effective on all skin types. The procedure does not guarantee permanent hair removal as some hair follicles can recover or even be resistant; however, new hair may be lighter and finer. Additional maintenance treatments might be needed to keep hair from growing back.
Note: Laser hair removal is not effective on grey, white or blonde hairs
For more information about Laser Hair Removal, or to schedule a Laser Hair Removal consultation, please contact Dr. Garramone’s office today at 239-482-1900.