When attempts to get rid of unwanted hair are unsuccessful, laser hair removal may be a solution. Hair is removed by destroying the hair follicle with a laser. Prior to the procedure, patients should avoid waxing and pluck for at least six weeks. Tanning increases the risk of side effects such as pigment changes, so it is important to stay out of the sun before having the procedure.
More than one treatment is usually necessary, and the results will likely not be permanent. However, long-term hair removal is possible, especially in people with light skin and dark hair. Because hair grows in cycles, regular treatments must be done to remove new hair growth. After the initial 4-7 treatments, annual maintenance can keep unwanted hair from regrowing.
Laser hair removal is safe and effective. A laser beam can be used to remove hair from any area of the body. Laser hair removal is commonly performed on the face, arms, legs, and bikini areas. It is also used to remove unwanted hair from chests, backs, and underarms. Treatment times range from fifteen minutes to over an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Call Dr. Zizmor for a consultation.