Get rid of your unwanted hair with laser hair reduction.

Tweezing, waxing, sugaring and shaving are some of the many readily available methods of hair removal. After a period of time, however, the hair removed by each of these procedures grows back. With laser hair reduction it is possible to achieve semi-permanent results that, after a course of treatments, may only require an annual touch-up session to maintain. Below you will find the information you need to decide if this method is right for you.

What Is Laser Hair Reduction?

The laser used in this treatment emits a beam of light that targets the melanin, or pigment, in the hair. As this light is absorbed by the hair, it is transformed into heat which burns the hair follicle, or the sac from which the hair grows. This damages the sac which, consequently, either impedes or delays any further hair growth from this follicle.

How Effective Is It?
While you will not be completely free of hair, there is typically a 70-90% reduction after a course of treatments. You will be able to stop using other methods of hair removal. Moreover, while the procedure used to be successful primarily for those with light skin and dark hair, there are now lasers that are efficacious for those with lighter hair color as well as those with darker skin tones.

How Many Treatments Are Needed?
The amount of sessions needed is different for each person and depends on a variety of factors. Normally, five to ten treatments are required to achieve the best results. They should be scheduled in intervals of six to eight weeks to ensure that there are enough hair follicles in the growth stage, the point at which the laser can effectively target them.

How Do You Prepare for an Appointment?
While your doctor will give you specific instructions, there are usually several steps to take in preparation. You should avoid electrolysis, waxing, or plucking for four weeks and exposure to sun for at least six weeks before the appointment. Your doctor may also advise you to stop taking blood thinning and anti-inflammation medications. Finally, the area that will be treated should be shaved or trimmed on the day of the session.