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Laser Hair Removal & Reduction

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Laser hair removal treatments can be very effective. Studies have shown that the Alexandrite laser can safely reduce the appearance of unwanted hair in several areas of the body*, including the face, armpits, bikini area, legs, and back. Patients with darker hair and fairer skin tend to have the best results, but patients with many skin and hair types can be successfully treated.

This technique works by using concentrated beams of light to target the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles. This absorption of light converts into heat, which can damage the hair follicles and inhibit future hair growth.

During the procedure, an experienced staff member will carefully move a hand-held device over the skin in the area where you wish to remove hair. We can apply a topical anesthetic and a cooling gel to your skin for your comfort. This non-surgical procedure typically requires only a few minutes for small areas, such as the area above your lip, or up to an hour for larger areas such as your back.

While an assistant performs the procedure, our plastic surgeon provides medical supervision. Most of our patients will need several Alexandrite laser hair removal sessions for maximum results.

You should avoid sun exposure for a few weeks following the procedure, and it may also be helpful to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. We recommend that you shave the area to be treated several days before, and that you avoid waxing or plucking of hair in the area several weeks beforehand.

Side effects are usually temporary and very mild. Following the procedure, you may experience some continued stinging, redness, or swelling. Occasionally, patients may experience some temporary darkening or lightening of skin color, but these complications are rare.

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Medical References*

National Library of Medicine