Special Laser Hair Removal Packages Are Now Available!
“Unwanted facial and body hair is a common problem that affects both men and women. Fortunately, Laser Hair Removal is a safe and effective option for the permanent reduction of unwanted hair.”
-Georgann A. Poulos, M.D.
How does the laser remove hair?
The laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. This results in a 20-30% reduction in the hair during each session.
Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal works best on dark hair (medium brown to black). The skin should not be tan and self- tanners should be avoided prior to and after hair removal sessions.
Laser hair removal can be done on people with multiple different skin tones however, a person with lighter skin would require a different laser than someone with a darker skin tone.
Is laser hair removal painful?
The laser treatment itself can cause a slight tingling or heat sensation. Patients generally tolerate the procedure very well. The treatment time can vary considerably depending on the size of the area treated. A small area such as the upper lip may take only a few minutes, while a larger area like the back or legs would take longer.
What should I expect after the hair removal session?
After the laser session, mild redness and swelling around the hair follicle are common. It is important to avoid tanning the skin after the laser session. You can shave or trim unwanted hairs prior to the next session, however the unwanted hairs should not be plucked out or waxed..
What are potential complications?
Laser hair removal is a very safe type of laser surgery when performed by highly trained health care professionals. Complications such as blistering or scabbing can occur but permanent scarring can be minimized under close supervision of a physician.
How many treatments are required?
Since the laser affects only those hairs in the growing stage (not all hairs will be in this stage at the same time), multiple treatments will most likely be needed to effectively remove hair from one area. Subsequent sessions will be scheduled after 6 weeks. By this time you will probably begin to notice the re-growth of hairs that were previously in the resting stage. Typically, one would need 5 to 6 sessions for best results.