Laser hair removal involves the removal of unwanted facial or body hair with laser light. Lasers produce intense light that is absorbed by the pigment in hair called melanin. This damages the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding tissue. This damaged follicle stops producing hair or replaces thick, dark, coarse hair (terminal hair) with fine, light colored hair (vellus hair). Traditional hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving, and plucking, remove only the hair shaft. This leaves the follicle in place to produce new hair.
Laser hair removal is a safe, effective, and convenient alternative to other methods. Improvements may be seen after only one treatment, but repeat treatments are required for most to achieve desired results.
*Laser hair removal is typically not effective on hair that is very light in color (blonde, red, white/gray).
*Our specific hair laser is also less effective on darker skin types (may require additional treatment sessions due to the need for a lower setting - a more effective laser for darker skin types is now available through the dermatology department at UIHC)
Before your appointment:
- Do not pluck or wax the hair for at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment (shaving is ok).
- For best results, skin should not be tanned at the time of treatment, this includes tan from natural sun, tanning beds, or sunless tanning cream / spray tan.
- For treatment of the bikini line or underarms, wear light colored undergarments to your appointment.
- Laser hair removal cannot be done if you have been on isotretinoin (Accutane) in the 12 months prior to your appointment.
- Laser hair removal should not be done in areas where there is an active infection.
- If you are prone to cold sores / herpes in the area for which treatment is desired, notify the office several days prior to your appointment so that a prophylactic prescription can be provided.
- Visits are typically every 4-6 weeks.