Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a common cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted hair from the body.

Laser hair removal involves the use of highly concentrated beams of light directed towards the area of hair that are to be removed from the body. The laser beams selectively penetrate and destroy hair follicles in the skin by becoming absorbed by the pigment in the follicles.

Areas of the body that may be treated with laser hair removal include the Face, neck ,bikini area , back  ,chest  and shoulders .

Types of lasers and light sources

There are various lasers and sources of light that may be used in laser hair removal. The type of laser technology used depends on the hair color and skin type of the individual.

Common types of lasers that may be used for laser hair removal include:

Diode: this laser is most effective for patients with darker skin types.

Neodymium YAG: this laser can be used for all skin types.

Ruby: this is the oldest type of laser, and is best for fine and light hair.

Alexandrite: this is good for large body areas.

Intense pulsed light sources: these are not lasers .

Before treatment, you will have an initial consultation at clinic. During this consultation we will discuss your medical history and examine your skin. We will also examine the places you want the hair removed, the texture and color of the hair, and where it is in its growth cycle. A laser hair treatment plan and its related costs will also be discussed, as well as any associated risks.

Protect your skin from the sun with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 every day. Do not use a tanning bed. If you have a natural or artificial tan from self-tanning products, your tan must fade completely before your laser hair treatment. Do not pluck, wax, use dissolving creams or have electrolysis for at least one month before treatment. Shaving may be recommended before treatment.

Before treatment begins, the targeted area will be cleaned. A topical anesthetic may then be applied to the area to keep you more comfortable, although many patients do not need it.

You will wear protective eye goggles during the procedure. The laser operater will hold your skin taut while the laser is fired. The laser beam will pass through your skin to the tiny follicles where hair growth originates. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which stops hair growth. You may feel a stinging sensation or warm pinpricks.

The time of treatment will depend on the size of the area treated.

You may experience redness or swelling for the first few hours after laser hair removal. You may also have a stinging sensation for one day . The area may also become slightly crusty.

Do not pick or rub the area and be sure to clean gently with soap and water. Avoid sun exposure, both natural and artificial, for at least 10 days  after treatment. It is also important to use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 50 every day.


What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal can safely treat any body part except for the small area inside the bony ridge of the eye socket.

Are some people better candidates for laser hair removal than others?

Laser hair removal works best on individuals with light skin and coarse, dark hair  .

How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?

A number of factors determine the length of time for a treatment.  The size and of the area treated factors into the time required, as does the amount of preparation.  As a general rule, legs and backs take an hour to an hour and a half, while an upper lip or the tops of ears may require 10 minutes.  The front of the neck or underarms can take as little as 30 minutes.

Why does it take a number of laser hair removal treatments to clear an area of excess , unwanted hair?

Hair grows in repeating cycles, and only in the actively growing phase does the hair contain enough pigment to absorb sufficient energy to disable the hair follicle.  When hair is in the dormant phase, it has little or no pigment, and it cannot absorb the laser light

What is the difference between an IPL and a laser?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is not a laser. While IPLs can be effective for some cosmetic procedures, our experience supports the more powerful, yet safer use of the laser for hair removal.

Are home laser hair removal devices difficult to use?

No. Home laser hair removal gadgets systems are by necessity, low powered devices made for home use by those with the correct skin tone, and with no formal training or previous laser hair removal experience.