Procedures

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal can provide a permanent reduction in hair growth in the treated area. Using laser hair removal, individuals have longer lasting results than with shaving, waxing, or depilatories.

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Benefits of laser hair removal include ease of treatment and duration of results. Most individuals who have used laser hair removal report a permanent reduction in hair growth, and many never experience regrowth following laser hair removal. Individuals with light skin and dark hair tend to have better results with laser hair removal, because the laser is absorbed more fully by darker pigment. Some people are not laser hair removal candidates for this reason, their skin is too dark and their hair too light for laser hair removal to be effective. Individuals with tanned skin are also poor candidates for laser hair removal, they should wait for their tan to fade in order to achieve optimal results.

Some laser hair removal side effects include pigmentation change in the skin of the treated area. While this adverse laser hair removal reaction is temporary, it can last a few months in extreme cases. Those laser hair removal candidates with fair, untanned skin almost never experience pigmentation change as a result of laser hair removal. Also rare are blisters and burns, although they occasionally occur following laser hair removal on patients with darker skin, since dark skin absorbs the laser more readily.

Laser hair removal is becoming increasingly popular as the associated technology (and results) improve and the effects of laser hair removal become more permanent. Individuals who are interested in learning more about laser hair removal should contact a physician who performs this procedure to ask questions and get more information.