Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures - Laser Hair Removal
It is important to note that laser hair removal is a non-invasive method of photoepilation, which does not require needles or chemical creams. The advantages of laser hair removal include:
- The technique is safe if performed properly
- It is considered to be less painful as compared to other methods
- Many consumers have experienced long-lasting hair removal or even permanent hair reduction
- The method is very useful for removing hair from large areas such as backs or legs
Although laser hair removal is an excellent treatment option, some patients may experience hair regrowth. However, this hair is usually finer and lighter in color. Possible side effects, though very rare, may include damage to the surrounding healthy tissue in the form of scars, burns, redness and swelling. The process is also not as effective on unpigmented (gray) hairs and red or blonde hair.
Areas that can be treated:
Any area, except near the eyes, be treated with laser hair removal. The most common areas requested are the face, upper lip, neck, chest, periareolar, underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line, and legs.
Laser Hair Removal Advantages
One of the main advantages of laser hair removal is the speed of the treatment in combination with the long lasting results. For example, to remove hair from the back with laser hair removal usually takes about an hour.
In contrast, a full back hair removal with electrolysis can take up to and over 125 hours.
In most cases there are no side effects associated with the procedure.
However, pigmentary change of the skin treated can occur, including either dark or light areas. Pigmentary changes may persist for months, but are almost always temporary. They are very rare in patients with fair skin, who are untanned. Blisters and burns are rare, but occasionally occur, particularly in patients with dark skin if treated improperly.