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Laser Hair Removal

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Virtually everyone, at one point in their lives has suffered from unwanted hair. Whether it is on your legs, face, back, bikini line, or anywhere else on your body chances are, you’ve tweezed, plucked, shaved and waxed. Laser hair removal has revolutionized how people can have a more permanent solution to unwanted hair, and at Physicians Skin & Laser, we make people feel better about themselves. With different lasers to tailor the procedure for individual skin and hair types PSL offers our patients the most effective solution for unwanted hair anywhere on your body. Because the laser targets melanin, or pigment, in the hair follicle, several treatments will be needed, since melanin is only produced during the growth phase of the hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Laser Hair Removal work for me?

Due to the fact that a laser targets melanin, the more melanin an individual has in his/her hair, the more effective a laser will be. Therefore, someone with gray, red, or blonde hair is not as good a candidate for laser hair removal as one with darker hair.

What are the advantages of Laser Hair Removal?

It is important to note that laser hair removal is a non-invasive method of photoepilation, which does not require needles or chemical creams. The advantages of laser hair removal include:

  • The technique is safe if performed properly
  • It is considered to be less painful as compared to other methods
  • Many consumers have experienced long-lasting hair removal or even permanent hair reduction
  • The method is very useful for removing hair from large areas such as backs or legs

What are the limitations/disadvantages of Laser Hair Removal?

Although laser hair removal is an excellent treatment option, some patients may experience hair regrowth. However, this hair is usually finer and lighter in color. Possible side effects, though very rare, may include damage to the surrounding healthy tissue in the form of scars, burns, redness and swelling. The process is also not as effective on unpigmented (gray) hairs and red or blonde hair.

What areas can be treated?

Any area, except near the eyes, be treated with laser hair removal. The most common areas requested are the face, upper lip, neck, chest, periareolar, underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line, and legs.

Are there any side effects?

In most cases there are no side effects associated with the procedure. However, pigmentary change of the skin treated can occur, including either dark or light areas. Pigmentary changes may persist for months, but are almost always temporary. They are very rare in patients with fair skin, who are untanned. Blisters and burns are rare, but occasionally occur, particularly in patients with dark skin if treated improperly.