What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to unwanted body hair and eliminates the need to pluck, wax, or shave. During treatment, laser energy is directed at the hair follicle and is absorbed by melanin, the chemical that gives your hair pigment. The hair is then heated and destroyed.

Who is a Candidate?

Both men and women can benefit from laser hair removal. Candidates for laser hair removal are those who have unwanted body hair that they wish to remove for good. Laser hair removal can be used on virtually any part of the body including the legs, arms, underarms, face, and bikini line. Lasers are more effective on those with darker hair colors such as brown and black, but those with lighter hair are still candidates, they might just need a few more treatment sessions.

The Procedure

To begin your laser hair removal treatment, the appropriate laser setting will be selected depending on your skin and hair type. In a grid-like pattern, pulses of laser energy will be directed at the treatment area, destroying the hair follicles. Patients report feeling a sensation similar to the snap of a rubber band.

Recovery and Results

After your laser hair removal treatment session, you can expect the treated area to feel like a sunburn with some mild redness, swelling, and stinging. This will resolve over the next few days. You should apply sunscreen and limit sun exposure for a month after each treatment session to avoid irritating or causing any discoloration to your treated skin. Over the course of the next month, your treated hair will fall out.

While you can notice improvement after one session, you will require several treatment sessions to fully eliminate hair. Only a certain percentage of hair is active at once, requiring many spaced out treatment sessions to give the hair time to grow. Four to six treatment sessions are recommended with about four to six weeks of time in-between.

To learn more about the laser hair removal process or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chao, contact our Latham, NY office today.