Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a procedure to remove unwanted hair from areas such as the face, arm, leg, underarm, and bikini area. It targets the hair follicle and inhibits future hair growth. Although typically multiple sessions are required, it does not guarantee permanent hair removal. This procedure is most effective for those with light skin and dark hair as the laser beam targets the hair’s pigment (melanin); with advances in technology however, it has become an option for those with darker skin as well. Its effectiveness is not optimal for grey, white, blonde or red hair, as this lighter hair cannot be “seen” by the laser.

Just who can perform this medical procedure varies from state to state (or country to country), predominantly board-certified doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses, or licensed cosmetic laser technicians. The most common side effects are skin irritation, pigment changes, and changes in skin texture such as blistering, scarring, or crusting.