What is laser hair reduction?
How does laser hair reduction work?
It works by targeting the dark pigment in hair. As a result, white and light shades of hair do not respond well. Five to six treatments, spaced about a month apart, will help you achieve a 90% reduction in hair quantity and density. You may have to have periodic touch-ups, but you will be very happy throwing away that razor and avoiding those annoying skin bumps during bikini season!
How do I prepare for a laser hair removal treatment?
It is important to avoid tweezing for a few weeks prior to treatment so the laser has something to target. You will be gently shaved prior to the treatment. It is also to avoid tanning before and after your treatments because the laser targets dark pigments and dark skin may experience hypo-pigmentation (lighter areas) if the laser energy contacts it.
Does laser hair reduction hurt?
There is some discomfort involved in the treatment. Many people compare it to being snapped with a rubber band. This is very temporary and your dermatologist can help alleviate this with a cold air blower or topical numbing cream.
What are the risks of laser hair reduction?
Risks include hypo-pigmentation, redness, and very rarely burns or scarring.