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Permanent Laser Hair Removal

Permanent laser hair removal is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that can significantly reduce unwanted body hair. Traditional methods of hair removal, including shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams, are temporary at best, while permanent laser hair removal effects are permanent more than eighty percent of the time. Because this method of hair removal is safe and effective, this is rapidly becoming one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the United States. In 2003, over 923,000 Americans had permanent laser hair removal performed.

Permanent laser hair removal lasers emit a special light that passes through the skin to target the melanin (color) in the hair follicle. This causes damage to the hair follicle and causes the hair to fall out. These lasers are specially designed to damage and destroy large areas of hair in a short amount of time. These lasers are so safe and effective that permanent laser hair removal can be performed on all body parts including the legs, arms, bikini line, underarms, face, and back.

Permanent laser hair removal generally requires a series of treatments. Three to six sessions of permanent laser hair removal is the average that a patient will require in order to achieve their desired results. Each session generally produces five to ten percent permanent hair loss or more. Even if total permanent hair loss is not achieved, treatment results in significant hair reduction and greatly thins and lightens the color of the hair that remains.

The cost of each permanent laser hair removal session depends on a number of factors including where you are having the procedure done, who is performing the service, how large a area you wish to have treated, the density of the hair, how many session will produce the optimal results, and more. In general the cost of one permanent laser hair removal session ranges from three to five hundred dollars.

The permanent laser hair removal procedure is usually done without the use of anesthesia because it is a relatively painless procedure. Most permanent laser hair removal patients equate the physical sensation associated with the procedure to a pinprick or the snap of a rubber band against the skin. After the permanent laser hair removal procedure, the skin may appear red and swollen for a few days to a week. Generally, an area of the skin will be tested before the procedure in order to discover a person's individual reaction to the laser treatment. Permanent laser hair removal treatment is most effective when used on hair that is one to two millimeters in length.

Permanent laser hair removal is a fast, safe, and effective method of treating unwanted hair. If you are interested in learning more about permanent laser hair removal, you may wish to consult with a cosmetic surgeon who can further discuss with you the risks and benefits of this procedure as well as what type of results you can expect. To find out if you are a good candidate for permanent laser hair removal or to learn more about the procedure, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon in your area.