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Laser Hair Removal

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Laser Hair Removal may be an option worth considering if you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. This treatment beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The hair is destroyed by the light which is absorbed by the light.

Preparing for Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal is more than striking unwanted hair. This medical procedure requires training to perform and does carry potential risks and side effects. It is important to thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor who is performing the procedure before getting laser hair removal.

Plucking, waxing, and electrolysis should be limited six weeks prior to your treatment because the laser targets the roots of the hair, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.

Sun exposure should be avoided for six weeks before and after treatment as it reduces the effects and makes complication after treatment more likely.

What to expect during Laser Hair Removal

Your hair that shall be treated will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface, just before the procedure. The laser equipment shall be adjusted according to the color, location and thickness of your hair being treated.

The technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection depending on the laser or light source used. It is also important to protect the outer layers of your skin with a special cooling device or cold gel. This helps the penetration of the laser light. The physician shall give a pulse of light to the area being treated and watch the area for a few minutes to check for bad reactions. After completing the procedure, you may be given ice pack, cold water or anti-inflammatory creams to ease any discomfort. The treatments are continued until your hair stops growing.