If you have unwanted body hair, you may be able to reduce it permanently. This guide explains.
Permanent Hair Reduction With Laser Treatments
Many people have body hair they don’t want or need – and the good news is that you may be able to get rid of it permanently through laser treatments. Laser treatments are superior to shaving, waxing or electrolysis – each of which is a pain (sometimes physical) for various reasons. In fact, laser hair reduction can take away the hassle of unwanted facial and body hair by destroying the hair cells that cause hair growth. Even better, laser treatments won’t harm the surrounding skin.
Common Questions About Laser Hair Removal
Check out these common questions about laser hair removal in Ann Arbor. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for here, call our office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Deepa Macha – she’ll give you the answers and guidance you need.
Is Laser Hair Removal Good for Facial Hair?
Yes – in fact, laser hair removal can be excellent for facial hair. If you’re tired of shaving or waxing your upper lip, chin or other facial areas, laser treatments may be able to help. One of the great things about laser hair removal is that it can be tailored to each individual’s needs – so if you have sensitive skin, Dr. Macha can use a different laser or adjust the settings to make sure you’re comfortable during treatment.
Is Laser Hair Removal Good for Armpits, Legs and Pubic Hair?
Laser hair removal can be used on almost any area of the body – including the armpits, legs and pubic area. In fact, one of the great things about laser treatments is that they can be used to target very specific areas – so if you only want to remove hair from your bikini line, for example, Dr. Macha can target that area specifically.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
Most people report only minor discomfort during laser hair removal – often described as a “snapping” sensation. Some people compare it to the sensation of having a rubber band snapped against the skin. Most people find that the discomfort is manageable and tolerable. In fact, many people find that the discomfort decreases as the treatment goes on.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of treatments required. Typically, larger areas like the legs or back will require more treatments than smaller areas like the upper lip. Dr. Macha will develop a customized treatment plan during your free consultation, and she’ll be able to give you an estimate of the cost at that time.
What Are the Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal?
The most common side effect of laser hair removal is temporary redness and swelling of the treatment area. This is usually mild and goes away within a few hours. Other possible side effects include skin lightening or darkening, blistering, crusting or scabbing. These side effects are usually mild and temporary.
When Will I See Results?
Most people will see some hair reduction after the first treatment – but it typically takes 3-6 treatments to see significant results. The number of treatments required varies depending on the individual, but most people will need at least 3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart to see significant results.
Are the Results Permanent?
Most people will see a significant reduction in hair growth. Eventually, some hair will begin to regrow – but it is usually much finer and lighter than the hair that was there before.
How Do I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?
There are a few things you can do to prepare for your laser hair removal treatment:
- Avoid sun exposure for 4 weeks before treatment. This means staying out of the sun, using sunscreen, and avoiding tanning beds.
- Avoid waxing, plucking, electrolysis or shaving for 4 weeks before treatment. This is because the laser targets the hair follicle – and if the hair is not in the follicle, the treatment will be less effective.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Sessions Will I Need?
The number of sessions you’ll need for optimal results depends on various factors, including:
- Your skin tone
- The color of your hair
- The thickness of your hair
- The area being treated
In general, people with lighter skin and darker hair will see the best results in fewer sessions. Dr. Macha will develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs during your consultation.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
During laser hair removal, a small hand-held device is passed over the treatment area. You may feel a slight snapping sensation as the laser pulses hit your skin – but most people tolerate this quite well. Some people compare it to the feeling of having a rubber band snapped against the skin.
Immediately following treatment, the area may be slightly red and swollen. This is normal and should subside within a day or two. You should avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen when outdoors to protect the treated area.
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