Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal - Using a laser, the hair follicle can be destroyed, leading to no future hair growth or slowed hair growth in the area of treatment. Some areas are more amenable to laser hair removal than others, such as the underarms vs the back. Depending on the area being treated, the treatment time varies from several minutes to several hours. For most patients, discomfort is minimum and anesthesia is not required.
What should I expect?
This is a non-invasive, gentle technique that reduces undesirable hair from most parts of the body. It disables more than one hair at a time, making it easier to treat larger areas at once. However, it only treats hair during the growth phase and because of the density of hair in some areas, you may not "kill" all hair follicles in a certain area with one treatment. This is why multiple treatments are required. But with time, as more follicles are killed, less and less hair growth is expected. The process of killing hair follicles can be painful but tolerable and similar to a pop of a rubber band.
How should I prepare?
Sometimes a topical anesthetic can be used before laser hair removal but to be effective, it may need to remain in place for at least 45 minutes before it's anesthetic properties take effect.
What are the risks?
Some patients may experience several side effects such as pain, redness, swelling, blistering or hyper or hypopigmentation. Pain may be controlled with medication prescribed by your physician. Blistering may be the most noticeable side effect from laser hair removal. All side effects are temporary however you may want to arrange time off of work until the blistering subsides. Hyperpigmentation is a darkening of the skin and does not necessarily have a remedy. In patients with darker skin, blistering can occur. If you are unsure if you are a candidate, one test spot can be performed in an inconspicuous area and if no blistering occurs, you can proceed with treatment.
How do I ensure my safety?
Laser hair removal, aside from risks mentioned above, are safe and cleared by the FDA before use.
What will recovery be like?
You may experience redness or mild swelling around the hairs following the procedure. It is advised that you wear sunscreen on the treated areas that may be exposed to the sun. However, you should be able to return to work after your treatment session.
How much does it cost?
In the United States, the average cost of laser hair removal is $860, according to BuildMyBod's 2019 Plastic Surgery Pricing Report.This includes costs of anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related fees.
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