Removing unwanted hair is a bothersome task that can now be taken care of — permanently — with a laser. Laser hair removal is effective because it destroys hair follicles, preventing them from producing new hair. Learn why laser hair removal is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures today, and contact Chicago Aesthetic Surgery Institute and NeoDerma Medspa to set up an appointment with our professional medical team.
Laser hair removal works best on individuals with dark and course hair and light skin. However, candidates with darker skin tones and blond, grey or red hair may also benefit from treatment. Laser hair removal candidates should not have any skin disorders such as psoriasis, cystic acne or dermatitis. They should not be darkly tanned and avoid medications such as Retin-A or Accutane.
Laser hair removal is most commonly used on the face, back, arms, legs and the bikini area. Prior to the procedure, a numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. The laser emits energy that passes through the skin and is attracted to pigment in the hair follicles. The laser energy is absorbed by the hair follicles that are in their active growth phase, as they have the most pigment. These follicles are impaired and unable to grow new hair. The laser can disable multiple hair follicles at the same time. However, not all hair follicles are actively growing at the same time. Some may be in their dormant phase, which is why additional treatments are needed to destroy these follicles and thus completely remove hair. The laser dispenses only low-level energy, so the surrounding skin is not affected. The laser hair removal procedure is not painful and does not require any downtime.
Many people have discovered the benefits of laser hair removal. It replaces the need for other hair removal methods like tweezing, shaving and waxing, which may be tedious, uncomfortable and/or costly. Treatment is non-invasive and does not require anesthesia. The laser is able to canvass a large area of skin. In addition, there is no recovery and no downtime.
The risks of laser hair removal are minimal but include mild swelling and redness in the treatment area. There is also the risk that some patients may not respond well to laser hair removal, and it may not work on their skin and hair color.
We encourage you to contact us today to speak with our team of licensed medical professionals in order to determine whether laser hair removal is a good option for you.