Laser Hair Removal

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Laser Hair Removal Laser hair removal is a safe, quick method of removing unwanted hair from the face, legs, back, chest, stomach, arms, neck, bikini area, underarms, or anywhere! It helps both men and women eliminate the hassles of regular hair removal maintenance and allows them to enjoy smooth, ready-to-bare skin.

The Procedure
Laser hair removal is usually performed in a series of at least 5-15 treatments spaced anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks apart. The exact schedule for each patient will vary depending on density, color, and texture of hair, as well as skin tone. The spacing between each session will also change as treatments progress.

Prior to a laser hair removal treatment, some patients have a numbing cream applied. The patient then relaxes as the technician directs the laser light at the area of unwanted hair. This light is attracted to the melanin in the hair follicle, heating it and creating scar tissue directly around it, thus blocking any further hair growth. Once a specific follicle is affected, no hair will ever grow there, but because hair grows in stages, not every follicle is affected during any one treatment. This is why it is necessary for the procedure to be performed in a series of treatments.
Typical Minimum Cost of Laser Hair Removal (based on national averages):
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Time Required for Laser Hair Removal:
It can take around 15 minutes or over an hour to perform laser hair removal. Time requirements vary depending on the size of the treatment area, hair color and skin tone. Your laser technician should be able to provide you with a time estimate during your initial consultation.
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Is Laser Hair Removal an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?
Laser hair removal is performed on an outpatient basis.
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What are the Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal side effects do not always occur, and are quite temporary when experienced. Expected reactions include slight redness in the area of treatment. This may be accompanied by mild swelling or bumpiness, similar to a sunburn. These side effects will remain local, typically lasting for just a few hours, and at most for 2-3 days.

As with any cosmetic procedure, reactions are unique to each individual patient. During your initial consultation, you and your laser specialist should discuss the potential side effects that are unique to your situation.
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How Long do Laser Hair Removal results last?
After the completion of a custom-designed package of laser hair removal, results are permanent. It is possible for new hair follicles to form sporadically in the future, requiring minor touch-ups. Your laser professional will design the most effective treatment package for your unique needs.
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What is the recovery time for Laser Hair Removal?
The laser hair removal recovery period is virtually non-existent! There is no "downtime" required after a treatment since it involves just minimal side effects. Most patients go right from their laser hair removal session to work, daily errands, school, or the gym.

There are precautions to take after a laser hair removal treatment. Patients should avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Also, it's suggested that patients hold off on shaving for about 4 days after treatment. Once the next round of hair grows back, patients should refrain from any hair removal methods that pull the hair out at the root (no tweezing or waxing). Also, irritating topical medications or chemicals (i.e. astringents or Retin-A) should be avoided, both before and after treatment.
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Will my insurance company cover Laser Hair Removal?
Due to the cosmetic nature of laser hair removal, insurance usually does not apply.
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Is there much discomfort for Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal discomfort varies depending on a patient's threshold for pain and on the area being treated. Laser hair removal might prove to be more painful in delicate facial or body areas than in larger, fleshier regions of the body. Most laser hair remvoval patients do report a mild stinging sensation.
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What types of anesthesia is necessary for Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal treatments need not be performed with anesthesia. However, many clinics sell or prescribe topical numbing creams to be applied before the treatment. The use of laser hair removal anesthesia, then, is dependent upon the patient's needs and the area being treated.
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What else is Laser Hair Removal referred to as?
Hair Removal by Laser. Hair Removal. Permanent Hair Removal. Permanent Laser Hair Removal.
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What should I ask at my consulation for Laser Hair Removal?
  1. What kind of laser do you use? Is it right for my skin type? Have you treated many other patients with a skin type similar to mine? And how about my hair color?

  2. How long have you been performing laser hair removal treatments? Can you tell me about your training and experience?

  3. Do you know how many treatments you have performed?

  4. If I felt I could benefit from it, would you be able to have one of your previous patients call me to talk about their experience?

  5. I’ve heard that tanned skin is a laser hair removal no-no. Can you explain that to me a little better? For how long before and after my treatment do I need to avoid the sun?

  6. I know it’s prohibited to “pluck” any hairs out by the roots before treatment. What are your rules about shaving before treatment? Should I shave just before? Should it be a close shave?

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