Almost anywhere that hair grows can be treated with the exception of eyebrows and eyelashes. The most common areas treated include facial and bikini lines for women and back and chest for men. Laser hair removal can also be used on the underarms, arms, legs, and abdomen.
Lasers have been used in cosmetic medicine for many years. Laser hair removal treatments began around 15 years ago and techniques and treatments have vastly improved over the years.
Home hair removal devices are easy to operate but are very low-powered and ineffective at removing hair. Many, many slow applications over a long period of time can result in less hair, but laser hair removal is quicker, more powerful, and more effective.
No. Electrolysis treats a single hair at a time while laser hair removal treats multiple hairs with ease pulse of energy, making laser hair removal faster and more efficient.
Because hair grows in cycles, a single treatment is unable to target all hair in the treatment area. Most patients achieve their best results after 6-8 laser hair removal treatments, and best practice is to time treatments 8-12 weeks apart.
There are a variety of lasers available to treat patients with a wide range of skin and hair colors, but not every patient is a good candidate. The best way to determine your eligibility for laser hair removal is to meet with a doctor trained and experienced in administering laser hair removal treatments.
It can take up to 3 weeks for all treated hairs to shed completely. Once hair growth returns — usually several weeks after hair is shed — the next treatment can be scheduled.
Despite the claims of some doctors and even the FDA approval for laser hair removal, it actually provides dramatic reduction in hair growth. While it can remove almost all hair from the treatment area, finer hairs remain following treatment. However, research indicates that the results achieved are permanent.