How is this procedure done?

During a laser hair removal procedure, your surgeon will run a laser that produces a powerful beam of invisible light over the area you are treating. The invisible light emitted from the laser passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicle. This action disables the hair follicle and reduces its ability to grow new hair. Lasers used in this procedure are designed to act on hair follicles only, leaving surrounding tissues untouched. The pulses produced by the laser creates a minor burning or stinging sensation that most patients can tolerate without the need of any anesthetic. After the procedure, your treated area may be slightly pink or swollen, producing the feeling of a mild sunburn for a day or two.

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How do I prepare for this procedure?

Your physician will normally advise you to avoid sun exposure to the areas you are having treated for two weeks prior to your procedure. In most cases, you will be asked to shave the area intended for treatment the day before your procedure. You also will be advised not to have pluck, wax or electrolysis hair removal procedures for six weeks prior to your laser hair removal treatment.

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How long does the procedure take?

Laser hair removal procedures normally last from 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the size and scope of the area you are treating.

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What form of anesthesia is used?

Laser hair removal is a pain-free procedure and anesthesia is not required. However, some patients choose to apply a topical anesthetic to avoid feeling any sensation from the laser.

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Can I return home the same day?

You may return home or to work immediately following your treatment. Since anesthesia is not required, you will not need to make arrangements for someone to drive you.

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What precautions should I take during my recovery?

Patients should avoid sun exposure to treated areas for two weeks.

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How long before I can return to normal activity?

Laser hair removal procedures are noninvasive so you can immediately return to your normal activities, including work or your exercise routine.

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What are some of the complications that can occur with my procedure?

Though complications with laser hair removal are rare, as with any medical procedure there are potential risks that you should be aware of. There is a minimal chance of scarring, and in certain instances increased or decreased skin pigmentation may occur within the lasered sites, especially in darker skinned patients. In most cases, changes in pigmentation will resolve themselves during the natural healing process. This risk can be minimized by avoiding exposure to the sun soon after your procedure. If such sun exposure cannot be avoided, be sure to wear protective sun block lotions at all times.

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What can I expect immediately after my procedure as well as later on?

After your procedure your skin will usually be red and swollen, but this will disappear in a short time. On occasion, small crusting or pimples may appear around your hair follicles. Your physician can provide you with an antibiotic ointment that will quickly reduce these symptoms. You should experience a significant reduction in the growth of new hair at your treated areas. To achieve permanent hair loss, at least three treatments will probably be needed at one to three month intervals.

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