Laser Hair Reduction is a more accurate description of what is commonly known as Laser Hair Removal. This treatment permanently reduces your hair, but does not remove it forever. Why? Well, your body continues to change. These changes can include hormone levels and possibly your weight, both of which can lead to new hair growth. Because of this, we recommended having an annual maintenance treatment plan to keep yourself hair-less and smooth.
Depending on the the area of your body being having treated, you will likely need several follow-up appointments to achieve optimal results. Areas needing hair removal typically requires between two to six treatments achieve maximum effectiveness. During this time, it is important for you to avoid sun exposure between treatments and six weeks after your last treatment.
How hair is removed
A beam of "light" is emitted by the laser and absorbed by the hair’s pigment (called melanin) and converted to heat. The level of heat produced damages the hair follicles in the treated area, which inhibits, or slows down, hair growth in the future.
What to expect from Laser Hair Removal
For the first few hours after the procedure, your skin may be red and swollen -- properly applied ice typically eases the discomfort. Your hair will not immediately fall out, but instead will shed from the treated area over a period of time. You will notice that if your hair regrows, it will be finer and lighter. Hair removal treatments typically last for several months at a time, and can last for years, but the results are not guaranteed to be permanent. You may need shorter, more sporadic maintenance treatments to achieve longer-term results.
Although your procedure will be performed by a member of our highly skilled and trained staff, Dr. Kate Kuhlman-Wood, a board-certified Plastic Surgeon, will verify your Laser Hair Removal treatment plan prior to beginning. Plastic Surgeons are among the select few medical specialties trained and tested in the use of advanced Laser Technology. As with any medical procedure, there are risks. Although rare, the risks and necessary precautions will be discussed in detail prior to your procedure.
Individual results may vary.