Laser Hair Reduction

Unwanted hair can be removed through waxing, shaving, tweezing, or use of chemical creams. However, all these methods produce temporary results. Laser reduction treatment has the ability to result in permanent hair reduction.

The beam of light generated by the laser is specifically designed to be absorbed by the pigment in the hair. The darker the hair, the better the light can be absorbed. As the laser light is absorbed, energy is transferred to the hair follicle, resulting in permanent damage. Each hair grows in a cycle, with a new one being “born” in the follicle after the old one falls out or is removed. Multiple treatments will often be needed to achieve permanent hair reduction, since all hair follicles are in different phases of their growth cycle at any given time, and therefore become vulnerable at different times.

We use the Lumenis Light Sheer and the Sciton Laser for safe and effective laser hair reduction treatments.Treatment can usually be performed within 15 and 20 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Larger areas may require a longer treatment time.

The laser has a cooling tip that is placed directly against the skin to decrease patient discomfort. Following treatment, patients can return immediately to their normal daily activities, though mild redness and swelling may temporarily occur. You do not want to have a tan during the treatments, as the laser looks for pigment. Also, you want to refrain from any other means of hair removal other than shaving.

This treatment is not only for women. Men can use laser hair reduction treatment to reduce unwanted back hair and ingrown neck hair. Most patients tolerate this procedure well.