Removing Unwanted Body Hair with Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Laser hair removal treatment uses pulses of high-energy light to produce long-term hair reduction. Various types of lasers are used depending on the patient’s skin and hair color; and the difficult part of hair removal is in targeting the melanin pigment contained within the hair shaft without damaging the melanin pigment in the surface of the skin. For this reason, results can depend on experience, and you should be careful when choosing the right practitioner, preferably a trained physician. Do your research and ask the right questions prior to receiving any laser hair removal treatment.

Laser Hair Removal Treatment Considerations

Laser hair removal is typically achieved through multiple sessions done on a monthly or every other month basis. In between these laser hair removal treatments, some hair will re-grow. The number of treatments needed, as well as the intervals of treatment, depends on the location of the hair and the individual. While you can achieve a significant amount of permanent hair reduction, maintenance treatments are always required. Maintenance treatments may eventually only be required on a yearly basis or longer, and will also depend on the area being treated, as well as the individual.

Laser hair removal treatment can be expensive; but most patients find the long term effects and reduced hair growth to be well worth the investment. The cost of treatment depends on the area being treated and the number of treatments needed, as well as the practitioner performing the treatment. Everyone has their own unique pattern of hair growth, and it may be difficult to estimate the number of treatments needed, but many practitioners will offer discounts through packages consisting of multiple treatment sessions.

When choosing the right practitioner, again preferably a physician, it is important they know about skin and understand the technology. They should be board certified and have performed laser hair removal treatments for a reasonable amount of time. To determine whether or not a physician is board certified, you can check with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Also of importance is whether or not they own their own laser(s), and if so, the number of different lasers that they own. Dark or light skin in addition to thick or thin hair can all make a difference in the type of laser required and the resulting effect. An excellent resource for information on laser hair removal is the Hair Removal Journal, through which you can also find a qualified physician in your area.