Laser Hair Removal

A Look at Laser Hair Removal

07/18/11

Laser Hair Removal is a long term and non-invasive method of treatment for unwanted body hair. Patients should expect a 30 percent decrease in hair at the treated area with each treatment. Multiple treatments are often necessary to achieve desired reduction. A minimum of 4-6 sessions is average per section of treated area to reach optimal patient satisfaction. Treatments are spaced one month apart.

Preparation

• For optimum results, shave either the night before or the day of treatment leaving the hairs within the follicle and below the skin.
*Do NOT wax, pluck, or use hair removal cream 1 week prior to treatment!!
• Patients are to avoid sunlight and active tanning 3 days prior to treatment
• Refrain from using any topic cosmetic on skin such as lotions, oils, bleaching creams, fragrance sprays, perfumes, etc.,
• For facial treatment: the skin must be thoroughly be cleansed of all make-up, anesthetic creams, and other applications immediately prior to laser treatment

Will there be pain?

There is mild discomfort associated with the procedure. Some describe it as similar to being faintly hit with a thin rubber band. This sensation usually decreases on subsequent laser sessions.

Will there be side-effects?

An individual’s response to Laser Hair Removal is highly variable and depends on numerous factors including, but not limited to, skin color, hair color and size, and laser type. In rare cases, the following may occur:
• Redness
• Blistering
• Scabbing (like sunburn)
• Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin)
• Hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin)

Although these side-effects are easily healed and reversible, if you feel or see any of the above symptoms please contact our office immediately: (561) 655-6622.

After-Care Instructions

While Laser Hair Removal doesn’t require any down time and normal activities can be resumes immediately after the procedure, patients are advised to wait 24 hours before taking part in any swimming in a chlorinated pool, intense sunlight or active tanning, and to refrain from administering any topical cosmetic to treated area(s).

Be sure to ask your primary physician about any recommendation he or she may have regarding changes in your daily skin regimen or the use of other medications and drugs in conjunction with you Laser Hair Removal treatment.

What else should be expected?

Due to desired area of treatment being shaved prior to treatment, no immediate results will be seen. Patients will notice that after the first treatment hair will take longer to grow back. Hair cast will shed from treated areas over the following week and should not be confused with new hair growth.
Overtime some sparse new hairs may grow. Patients may desire a touch-up session.
Please see our information on laser skin treatments.

Do you have areas of unwanted hair that you are tired of removing over and over? Consider Laser/IPL hair removal. It’s fast, friendly, and with minimal discomfort.

Please contact our office to schedule an appointment at 561-655-6622.