Laser Hair Removal Basics
Laser hair removal is a permanent means of reducing unwanted hair. Laser treatment sessions are completed as a series of treatment, spaced approximately 3 to 6 weeks apart depending on the area being treated. An average treatment session will lead to an approximate 20% reduction in dark, unwanted hairs.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Laser hair reduction is thought to work by targeting the bulb of each hair follicle. Only pigmented hairs can be targeted—the darker and coarser the hair the more successfully a laser can “find” unwanted hair. During treatment, laser energy heats and damages the hair bulb, destroying the hair follicle.
Areas of the Body and Skin Conditions treated with Laser Hair Removal
Many areas of unwanted hair can be targeted with laser hair removal. The LightSheer® DUET™ may be used on face to treat the upper lip, chin, jawline, or neck. It has a very large handpiece that makes treatment of large surface areas such as the chest and back extremely fast, approximately 5 minutes. Laser hair removal can be used to successfully treat pseudofolliculits barbae, a condition of the face and neck in which ingrown hairs cause inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and scarring.
On the body, laser hair removal is used to treat the underarm area, forearms, arms, legs, back, and bikini area.
Minimizing Pain and Discomfort during Laser Hair Removal
Topical anesthetic as well as a Zimmer Chiller greatly decrease the discomfort of laser hair removal making the procedure virtually painless.
What to do before your Laser Hair Removal session
In preparation for laser treatment, skin should be without a tan or self tanner application. Unwanted hairs should not be plucked, tweezed, waxed, chemically exfoliated, or threaded. Shaving is permitted prior to treatment.