Who is an ideal candidate for laser hair removal?
If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering. Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and destroys the hair follicle. Because of this, the ideal patient has dark hair and light skin, however, the modern lasers can be used on all skin types. Unfortunately, light hair does not respond to laser treatments.
How does the procedure work?
The actual procedure is very simple and the time required varies with the area being treated. Treating the bikini area takes 10 minutes, but the back can take a half hour.
How many sessions are typically required?
The number of sessions also depends on the area treated. The faster the hair grows, the quicker the area responds. The average number of treatments is between six and eight sessions spaced four to six weeks apart.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Many people choose to ice the area or apply a cooling gel prior to the treatment to minimize the discomfort.
What is the typical cost for laser hair removal?
The cost of the treatment depends on the area treated, and so it varies drastically from area to area.
Are there any risks or side effects with laser hair removal?
It is important to have the area shaved and to have avoided the sun for at least two weeks prior to your visit. Immediately after the treatment, the area may be red and swollen. Occasionally, small scabs form.
How soon do patients see results, and are they permanent?
Most people will see an improvement after the first treatment. They will notice that they don't have to shave as often. Each treatment permanently reduces the hair in the area treated.
North Atlanta Dermatology
3850 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, Georgia 30096
Dr. Gabrielle Sabini is board-certified in dermatology. With over 20 years of experience, she specializes in dermatology, procedural dermatology and dermatopathology at North Atlanta Dermatology.