Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses laser technology to remove unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal is most effective for people with light skin and dark hair because the laser beam targets the pigment, or melanin, in the hair. More recently, advances in technology have made laser hair removal an option for people who have darker skin, but you will want to talk with your doctor about how it will work for you.
Laser hair removal isn’t generally effective for white, gray, red or blond hair because the hair is too light for the laser to detect.
During treatment, a laser beam from a hand-held laser goes through the skin and hits an individual hair follicle. The laser’s heat damages the follicle, and that prevents future growth from that follicle. Depending on the type of laser, you may also have a cooling gel applied to your skin first to make it more comfortable.
You may experience some redness and swelling immediately following a treatment. In rare cases your skin may have a reaction to the treatment, but it can be treated with a steroid cream from your doctor.
Laser hair removal can delay the growth of hair, but regrowth can still occur. Individual results can vary from one person to the next, depending on their body’s individual processes as well as which area was treated. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed every six to 12 months. Your doctor at U.S. Dermatology Partners can provide more information on how it might be helpful for you.
*Results may vary by individual