Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that can remove unwanted hair on any area of the body. It is a safe and effective alternative to shaving and waxing. Depending on the number of treatments needed, it can take between six and eight sessions to achieve results.
The procedure can be performed on virtually any part of the body, including the back, arms, legs, and face. However, some people may not be suitable for the treatment. A thorough physical examination is required before undergoing the procedure.
For the best results, patients should limit sun exposure for six weeks before treatment. This will reduce the likelihood of side effects. To minimize redness, cold compresses can be applied to the treated area.
Patients may experience burning or a stinging sensation. During the treatment, a topical anesthetic will be administered to ease any discomfort.
How laser hair removal works
Depending on the location of the laser, the procedure may take as little as a minute or as much as an hour. Lasers that have a pulse duration of less than one second can be used on smaller areas. Larger areas require more time to treat.
The laser can be used on any area of the body, but most common areas are the back, chest, bikini line, and axillae. Generally, treatment sessions are scheduled every four to six weeks.
If you want to eliminate all of your hair, you will likely need a number of treatments. After three to seven treatments, you can expect to see a reduction in the number of hairs in your treatment area. Some hairs will grow back.