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Laser hair removal is used to reduce unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and the bikini line. However, it's possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, except the eyelid or surrounding area.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal is based on selective damage to hair follicles while leaving the skin undamaged. During the process of laser hair removal, light is absorbed by melanin in the hair shaft and hair follicle and is converted into heat energy, thereby raising the hair temperature. When the temperature is high enough, irreversible damage occurs to the hair structures and thus growth of the hair is prevented.
There are just a few steps to take to make your laser hair removal as effective as possible.
- Stay Out of the Sun – It helps the laser wavelength direct the optimal amount of energy onto the hair if the hair color and skin color are quite different. Our lasers can remove hair on different skin tones, but it is most effective when there is contrast. So, we ask our patients to not tan or darken their skin for at least one month prior to their appointment.
- No Plucking – Don’t wax or pluck your unwanted hair for 4-6 weeks prior to your appointment. This step ensures that the hair is actively anchored in the hair follicles. You can still shave, as that doesn’t have any effect on the hair follicles.
- Shave the Night Before – Finally, the night before your treatment closely shave the area with the unwanted hair (again, this leaves plenty of hair shaft down in the follicle to absorb the laser energy).
- No Ingrown Hairs