Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures on the planet. Read on to learn more about whether laser hair removal may be right for you.
Q: Why choose laser hair removal?
A: For many patients, the choice to receive laser hair removal is all about convenience: with just a few laser hair removal treatments, you may never need to worry about shaving your legs again. For others, this decision may be based upon comfort: laser hair removal is certainly not to be taken lightly, especially for those with sensitive skin, but if using a razor or waxing is problematic for you, laser hair removal may be a viable alternative. Finally, for some patients, it decision is profoundly cosmetic. If you experience visible hair growth in a location that you find unsightly, laser hair removal may be the best way to permanently remove that growth and get back to feeling confident about your own body.
Q: How does laser hair removal work?
A: Laser hair removal is facilitated through a concentrated beam of light that is aimed direct at the hair. This light is absorbed by the hair’s pigment, and is calibrated to damage the hair follicle without negatively impacting the skin itself. Generally speaking, most patients need between 3 and 6 treatments in order to ensure that hair does not grow back in the future.
Q: Where is laser hair removal most common?
A: Laser hair removal can be performed on virtually any area of the body, although a specialist may be needed for the zone close to the eyes. Female patients most commonly opt for removal in the upper lip, chin, underarms, bikini line, legs, and arms, while men tend to focus on the back, shoulder, chest, and abdomen. Ultimately, this is a personal choice that depends upon your preferences and the advice of your physician.
Q: How should I prepare for laser hair removal?
A: In large part, this will be a question of following the personalized advice of your dermatologist. However, a few common preparation tips include:
● Avoid exposure to sunlight in the weeks leading up to your procedure
● Inform your doctor of any skin conditions you already have
● Moisturize and clean your skin regularly.
Q: How long does recovery generally take?
A: You will be able to return to your regular activities immediately after treatment, however, it is recommended that you continue to avoid overexposure to the sun for at least a few weeks. Depending on your condition, you may be given specific instructions to treat any redness, irritability, or swelling that occurs.