Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses laser energy to remove unwanted hair from a targeted area, while leaving surrounding skin unharmed.
Common areas in which we perform laser hair removal are the chin, upper lip, chest, underarms, back, bikini line, and legs.
Preparation for treatment:
- Shave the treatment area within 24 hours before treatment. Long hair will burn while being treated with the laser.
- Don’t wax or pluck the area being treated between or prior to sessions. Remember, it’s the dark color of the hair that allows the laser energy to affect the hair follicle!
- Make sure that the treatment area is free of makeup, lotion, deodorant, and sunscreen.
- Refrain from having laser hair removal of any area that was exposed to the sun within 4 weeks prior to appointment.
- Do not use fake tanning products 3-4 weeks prior to treatment.
We conduct an initial consultation to customize a plan to meet your needs. During your consultation, we will address questions you may have and customize a treatment plan for your individual goals. We offer complimentary consultations in our office and online through our virtual consultation tool.
Number of Sessions Needed
3-8 sessions spaced 4-8 weeks apart. Some patients also need touchup sessions.
After your laser hair removal session ends, your skin may feel sensitive and have mild swelling or redness. This is temporary and should subside within a few hours. Avoid hot showers and use of skincare products like perfume on the treatment area for a few days.
You should avoid direct sun exposure and artificial tanning for 6 weeks after treatment. To further protect your skin, be sure to apply sunscreen daily to help prevent hyperpigmentation and burning while you are outside.
Duration of Results
Results vary significantly and are difficult to predict. Most people experience hair removal that lasts several months, and may last for years. Laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. When hair regrows, it is usually finer and lighter.
In the week following your laser session, you’ll notice that the hair in your treatment area seems more prominent, but it’s not growing. This is because it’s about to fall out!
Depending on the area(s) that you’re treating, and how well your hair reacts to the laser, you should begin to notice less hair after your first few treatments. Patience is key.
Laser hair reduction in Scottsdale can help to relieve ingrown hairs and irritation from shaving or waxing.
How it works
Laser Hair Reduction
During laser hair reduction treatment, we move a handheld device across the area, focusing on individual hair follicles. Hair growth takes place cyclically, in three stages. The most effective laser hair removal takes place during the anagen (full-grown) stage, because the hair follicles in this stage are susceptible to laser energy.
Because not all hair is at the same stage of growth, several laser treatment sessions will be necessary. Usually between 3-5 sessions, spaced 4-8 weeks apart. We will customize a plan based on your hair’s texture for the best results possible.
How long will laser hair reduction last?
Depending on the area of treatment, you may need 4 to 6 treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart. In most cases, hair removal lasts several months, and sometimes it might last for years. If hair grows back, it's often finer and lighter.
How much hair will I lose after the first treatment?
You will lose about 5% to 10% of hair after the first treatment, which is why you need several treatments.