Laser hair removal, a noninvasive procedure that does away with unwanted body hair. The laser uses intense heat to damage targeted hair follicles, which stops new hair from growing. Any hair that does regrow will be finer. In some cases the stoppage of hair growth is permanent.
Laser hair removal can target most any area on your body. Common areas include the bikini line, arms, armpits, back, and legs. Sensitive areas on the body, such as the upper lip, can also be treated.
Protect your skin from UV rays for about 2 weeks before laser hair removal by avoiding tanning beds and wearing sunscreen or protective clothing when you’re outdoors. Avoid chemical peels and collagen injections as well. You may also benefit from avoiding blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, and herbal supplements, to guard against bleeding.
A hand-held laser device is pressed to the skin, applying laser energy in the treatment area. You will be fitted with goggles to protect your eyes from the laser.
After laser hair removal, redness and swelling may appear and last for several hours. Any discomfort can be minimized with cool packs and gentle hygiene practices, such as washing your skin carefully with soap and water. Avoid picking at or scratching your skin, and protect it with sunscreen for at least 1 week after treatment.
The number of treatments necessary to get results varies based factors such as the prevalence of hair in the treatment area. Many people get the best results with 4-6 laser hair removal treatments. Once you’re pleased with the outcome, you may benefit from occasional maintenance sessions, about once or twice per year.
While laser therapy is considered safe, like all procedures, it may cause side effects. In addition to temporary swelling and redness that get better on their own, possible side effects include skin irritation or scabbing and potentially permanent pigment changes.
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