Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal FAQ’s
What is laser hair removal?
LHR utilizes the properties of the laser to specifically target dark hair follicles (as opposed to the surrounding skin). The goal is to essentially destroy the hair follicles, which are beneath the surface of the skin, so they will no longer grow hair or get inflamed. It is important to select a laser that utilizes the appropriate wavelengths of light in order to effectively treat hair, but also to be safe on all skin types (lighter or darker).
Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
With current laser technology, dark, thick, hair is the best to treat. Blonde, white/gray, red color and “peach fuzz” or fluffy hair is much less effective, if at all. Many patients do find it worthwhile to do laser hair removal if they have a mix of dark and light hair, knowing that just the dark hair will be treated.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Effective LHR can be uncomfortable as follicles are actively being treated. We strive to limit this discomfort by cooling the treatment area before, during, and after laser treatment. We recommend breaking up multiple or large treatment areas (staged treatment) to limit the time that patients feel discomfort.
How long would my treatment take?
Treatment time depends on the size of the treatment area. For example, underarms on a fair-skinned patient may take 5 minutes; full legs may take 20-25 minutes.
What is the recovery time for laser hair removal?
There is no significant recovery time for LHR. Immediately following the treatment the treatment area may be mildly red with small bumps representing treated hair follicles. These findings usually go away in a few days. We recommend mild moisturizers, extra icing as necessary, and extra sun-protection for the week following treatment.
Our Prowave® IPL and Coolglide® Nd:YAG laser performs rapid, permanent hair removal on the full range of skin types, from light to tanned/dark skin.