Light-Based Hair Reduction

Light based laser hair removal

Excess body or facial hair can be a problem for both men and women. Laser/IPL technology has brought us a safe, long-lasting way to remove unwanted hair from any part of the body, leaving skin feeling smooth and healthy.

This treatment uses highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, which destroys unwanted hair in areas including the face, leg, arm, underarm and bikini line.

Laser/light can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time (approximately the size of a quarter every second).

Most patients experience hair loss after 4-6 treatments.

What are the benefits of light-based hair reduction?

  • Precision: lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
  • Speed: each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time.
  • Predictability: most patients have permanent hair loss after 4-6 treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

Hair removal lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that is known to be absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is converted to heat energy, which disables the hair follicle so that it will not produce another hair.

How long does it take?

Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in minutes. Large areas such as the legs or back may take up to an hour.

What do I do after getting light-based hair reduction?

To avoid possible side effects, you should avoid direct sunlight from hitting your treated skin, not use a tanning bed and follow your dermatologist’s after-care instructions.

How many treatments will I need?

Most patients experience hair loss after 4-6 treatments.

When will I see results?

You will see results immediately after treatment, the results vary from patient to patient. You can expect a 10%-25% reduction in hair after the first treatment.

Does it hurt?

Many patients say that the laser pulses feel like warm pinpricks or a rubber band being snapped against the skin.

How long will the results last?

Most patients remain hair free for months or even years. When some of the hair regrows, it will likely be less noticeable.

How quickly will I recover?

There is not really any downtime. Immediately after having laser hair removal, your skin will be red and swollen, but you may return to your everyday activities.

What can I expect following the treatment?

You may see some redness and swelling after treatment. It often looks like a mild sunburn. Apply a cool compress to reduce your discomfort. The most common side effects are minor and last 1-3 days. They are discomfort, swelling and redness.