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How Laser Hair Removal Works

Tired of endlessly shaving, tweezing or waxing unwanted body hair? Laser hair removal is one of the most popular, widely-used cosmetic procedures in the United States and is used by men and women alike. The procedure can help remove hair from the face, armpits, arms, legs, back, and pubic area—almost anywhere!

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal uses a cosmetic laser to fire a highly concentrated beam of light into hair follicles. The heat is absorbed by the pigment (or color) of the hair follicle. The damage caused by the heat prevents the hair from growing back.

Each pulse from the laser takes just a fraction of a second and can treat an area the size of a quarter every second. The upper lip area can take as little as 8-10 minutes, and laser hair removal treatment on the back can be done in just an hour.

The lasers are also very precise, resulting in successful hair removal while leave the surrounding area unharmed. It works best on patients with fair skin and dark hair.

If you are planning on receiving laser hair removal treatments, the best way to prepare for your appointments is to reduce the amount of plucking and waxing for about 6 weeks prior in order to preserve your hair’s root. But it is okay to continue shaving as normal. It is also advised to avoid sun exposure because you cannot receive laser hair removal with a sunburn or a tan.

The successful and permanent removal of hair takes time. Most patients need 3-7 sessions to reach full results and completely clear an area.

Is laser hair removal safe?

Laser hair removal is a safe procedure when performed by a board-certified dermatologist or licensed professional. No current research suggests that the light energy used during the procedure poses a risk for cancer. Rare side effects of laser hair removal include scarring and discoloration of the treated area. 

The Dermatology Center of Indiana services Noblesville, Westfield, Avon, and Bloomington along with many other cities throughout Indiana. Join us today in one of our locations where you are always welcome!

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