Hair Removal -
Laser hair removal can be performed on men and women of all skin types who are not tanned. It works on dark colored hair only. Currently, there is not effective technology that allows for laser hair removal on grey, white or blonde hair.
The laser emits light which targets and vaporizes by the pigment located in the hair follicle. This leads to damage to the hair follicle causing the hair to be eliminated or to significantly impede the hair's re-growth. Approximately 10-20% of the hairs are permanently destroyed with each treatment, thus a series of 5 to 8 treatments are needed for significant hair reduction. Treatment sessions may take a few minutes or to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area treated. The hairs fall out within 1 to 2 weeks after treatment, and 80-90% of the treated hairs re-grow in 4-6 weeks on the face, and 8-10 weeks on the body.
The laser treatment itself feels like a slight stinging sensation. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. Because some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, topical anesthetic cream is available over the counter at any pharmacy, and can be applied to the area prior to the procedure.
Immediately after the treatment the area may be red and slightly swollen. This usually fades in a short time and most people return to normal activity right away. Some people may experience some brown scabbing or blistering that is temporary and will resolve in a few days. Occasionally there may be residue of the hairs left in the follicle which appears as a dark spot. This resolves in a few days as the hairs are shed and fall out.
After the treatment,
the area may be iced to decrease swelling or redness. Polysporin ointment,
Vaseline or vitamin E gel can be applied to the treated area twice a day
for the next few days. For the next 4 to 5 days following treatment, do
not rub the area vigorously. Patients can continue to shave or loofah
the area to help expel the hair out.
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