Lasers use intensely-focused energy to heat individual hair follicles, destroying the hair and the root while leaving the remaining tissue unharmed. While laser hair removal was once primarily used on darker hair which absorbs more heat, today's techniques and adjustable lasers can be used successfully on any hair color or skin type.
Today's lasers are safe and effective enough to be used on just about any area of the body, including the face, arms, legs, chest, back and bikini area, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.
Prior to the treatment session, the patient needs to let the hair in the treatment area grow for a few weeks without shaving it, waxing it, threading it or using other removal or trimming techniques. At the beginning of the session, the hair will be trimmed to a precise length just above the skin surface to enable results to be more consistent, and a special gel will be applied to the skin to help keep the area cool during treatment. Next, a small test area will be treated so the laser can be precisely adjusted for optimal results. Once the laser has been adjusted, the laser handpiece will be moved slowly over the treatment area, emitting tiny bursts of laser energy at each follicle. Following treatment, ice packs or cool compresses may be applied to prevent discomfort and reduce redness. During treatment, most people report little to no discomfort, with some likening it to the snap of a tiny rubber band.
Yes. Hair grows in a cyclical pattern, and at any given time, the follicles in the treatment area can be in different phases of this cycle. To be effective, laser energy must be applied during a specific phase of growth, and multiple treatments will be needed to ensure each follicle is treated during that phase. Most patients benefit from a series of six treatment sessions spaced out over several weeks.