William Callaghan. MD (laser-hair-reduction Surgery)
Laser Hair Reduction
Laser hair reduction is a method of removing most of the hairs in our bodies without using continuous methods such as waxing, shaving, or more painful ways, such as electrolysis.
The procedure utilizes a LASER or IPL (Intense Pulse Light) to permanently remove unwanted hair of the legs, back, face, under arms, or any other place! The procedure basically involves beams of highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorb the light which then destroys the hair.
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas. The benefits are great. LASERS can selectively remove dark, coarse hairs while leaving the skin undamaged.
It is performed with much more speed that other methods and target specific areas well. This can all occur is a few sessions, usually between 5-7.
The procedure needs to be performed with qualified individuals. This means either a physician or a nurse or nurse practitioner. Laser hair removal is more than just ''zapping'' unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Prior to undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for three weeks before treatment. That's because the laser targets the hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. Also, avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
Recovery and Risks
For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it's sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. If your face was treated, you can wear makeup the next day unless your skin is blistering.
Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.
Blisters are rare but are more likely in people with darker complexions. Other potential side effects are swelling, redness, and scarring. Permanent scarring or changes in skin color are rare.