Laser Hair Removal

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive technique that uses highly concentrated light to penetrate hair follicles. The laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft in the follicle-generating heat which damages the follicle to inhibit future hair growth. Therefore, plucking hair before treatment reduces the efficacy of the laser treatment as the target is absent.

Because laser hair removal only affects actively growing hair follicles, it may take several laser hair removal treatments to provide significant hair reduction. Additionally, while laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed.

What is the cost of laser hair removal?

The average cost of laser hair removal is $293, according to 2017 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The cost of laser hair removal may vary. The average fee reference above is the national average surgeon/physician fee only.

Laser hair removal costs may be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the procedure, the type of procedure used, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires and the geographic location of the office.

Laser hair removal costs may include:

  • Procedure costs
  • Prescriptions for medication

Most health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans for laser hair removal, so be sure to ask.

 


Case Study

Your plastic surgeon may perform the laser hair removal procedure, or may delegate this to a nurse or other licensed provider.

A beam of highly focused light is absorbed by hair in disabling unwanted hair follicles. There is some mild discomfort that last a few seconds. People with white or gray hair may not have enough pigment target to be a candidate for laser hair removal.

Because hair grows in cycles, it typically takes three to four laser hair removal treatments to provide significant hair reduction.

Specialist

During your laser hair removal consultation be prepared to discuss:

  • Your goals
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Previous surgeries

Your surgeon, or his specialty-trained nurse, will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your options
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of laser hair removal and any risks or potential complications

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon questions. It's very important to understand all aspects of your laser hair removal. It's natural to feel some anxiety, whether it's excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don't be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

Disclaimer

Laser hair removal doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. Some hair could be resistant to the laser treatment or grow again after treatment — although the new hair growth might be finer and lighter in color.

Possible laser hair removal side effects include:

  • Mild swelling around the hair follicles
  • Pigment changes may occur, especially in those with darker skin. These changes are usually temporary
  • Slight redness of the skin
  • Temporary irritation resulting in blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture

Special care must be taken for those with darker skin. A less intensive laser should be used to avoid damaging the outer skin.

Anyone who has tanned, used a spray tan or gone to a tanning booth should wait until the tan has faded as the pigment in the skin absorbs the laser light and reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all your questions directly with your laser hair reduction provider.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Procedure

Why is laser the treatment of choice for hair removal?

Lasers remove hair for good, giving you a long-lasting, even permanent result.  In only a few treatments (most laser companies recommend six to eight to get clearance) we can clear your skin of the unwanted hair that has bothered you for so long.

Traditional hair removal methods, such as waxing, shaving, depilatory creamsplucking/tweezing, sugaring, and stringing provide only temporary results — some for fewer than 24 hours.  Within hours or possibly days, you are back at it again, hunched over a magnifying mirror to tweeze out facial hair, running a razor over tender skin, or enduring painful waxing.  To make it worse, these methods can often stimulate hair growth!

Laser has another advantage, in that you NEVER AGAIN have to let the hair grow out a few days before your treatments in order to get it to work, as you do with the other methods.  Once you start working with LaserLight, you begin your life of being hair free where you want to be!

How does laser remove hair?

Hair removal lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that is known to be absorbed by the pigment (color) in the hair follicle — without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is converted to heat energy, which in turns disables the hair follicle so that it will not produce another hair.

What makes a LaserLight hair removal treatment safe and comfortable?

We use a patented Advanced Contact Cooling System™ to protect your outer skin during a laser hair removal treatment.  The laser’s light emerges through a sapphire crystal window that is pressed against your skin, to instantly remove the heat that gives you a little “pinch” feeling as the laser pulses. Our equipment also emits a patented smooth pulse of light, which delivers a continuous energy level without characteristic spikes in energy that in some of the other lasers cause a sharp sting.  You experience minimum discomfort during a LaserLight treatment, and many of our clients report that the sensation is much more comfortable than waxing, electrolysis, or even tweezing!

What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?

LaserLight’s hair removal lasers can safely treat any body part except for the small area inside the bony ridge of the eye socket.

Are some people better candidates for laser hair removal than others?

Laser hair removal works best on individuals with light skin and coarse, dark hair (brown and black) hair.  We have had superb results with individuals with all ranges of skin color and hair color —  even blonde, red, or light brown hair!   While some of our competitors recommend electrolysis for individuals with these hair colors, we recommend it only for those whose hair is white all the way through.

How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?

A number of factors determine the length of time for a treatment.  At LaserLight, we plan for adequate time to go as slowly or as fast as is comfortable and appropriate for each client.  The size and “topography” of the area treated factors into the time required, as does the amount of preparation.  As a general rule, legs and backs take an hour to an hour and a half, while an upper lip or the tops of ears may require eight to 10 minutes.  The front of the neck or underarms can take as little as 20 minutes.

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