Laser hair removal is a treatment that permanently or semi-permanently reduces unwanted hair. It is a good option for anyone who is tired of the constant pressure to tweeze, shave or wax away hair on the face or body. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S., and there is good reason for this. You can have smooth, hair-free skin for months and in some cases for a year when it is removed with laser light.
The light waves emitted by the laser are aimed at the hair follicle. The pigment in the follicle absorbs the light as heat, which destroys it. This usually means the follicle can no longer grow hair. If, after several months, it is still able to grow hair, the hair will be weak and pale. It takes a series of treatments that are spaced a set amount of time apart until you have smooth, clear skin.
Laser hair removal is a safe procedure as it targets the hair and not the skin. New lasers have been developed that work on virtually any shade of skin. The most important thing to remember is not to expose the treated area to direct sunlight.
During a consultation with our expert at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery, you can learn more about laser hair removal. It is suitable for almost every part of the body. Some of the most common places where hair is treated include:
• Upper lips
• Bikini lines
Laser hair removal is very precise. It can target one hair on your upper lip or larger areas, such as on your back or legs. Each pulse of the laser takes only a fraction of a second, so the treatment sessions are usually relatively quick.
Before your treatment, we may ask you to avoid sunlight for a certain amount of time and not wax, tweeze or have electrolysis for about six weeks before the treatment date. This is because these hair removal treatments affect the follicle, so the laser has nothing to target. Shaving is fine because it does not touch the follicle. In fact, we may even ask you to shave a few days before your treatment date.
Laser hair removal is the standard treatment to reduce or remove unwanted body hair. Talk to the team at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery in Waltham, MA to see how this treatment can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!