Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser – an intense, pulsating beam of light – to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth.

Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair. It typically takes several sessions of laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed as well.Laser hair removal is used to remove unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, and chin and bikini line. However, it’s possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area. Hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. For example, laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair because the laser beam targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. People who have darker skin can also attempt laser hair removal, but the laser beam may also affect the melanin in the skin. Laser hair removal isn’t generally effective for white, blond or gray hair – although treatment options for lighter hair continue to be investigated.

 

At the Laser Department of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital we use combined laser therapy to remove unwanted hair, employing several types of laser Techniques which gives quick and efficient results.Some hair may be resistant to the laser treatment or may grow again after treatment although the new hair growth may be finer and lighter in color.

 

The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:

  • Skin irritation: temporary irritation, crusting or scabbing is possible after laser hair removal.
  • Pigment changes: Laser hair removal may darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily. Skin lightening primarily affects those who have darker skin, especially if an incorrect laser is used at an incorrect setting.
  • Rarely, laser hair removal may cause blistering, scarring or other changes in skin texture.

The results of laser hair removal vary greatly from person to person. Multiple treatments can prolong the duration of hair loss.For best results, you may need four to six treatments spaced a number of weeks apart. Additional periodic maintenance treatments, perhaps once every six to 12 months – may be needed as well.

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