Laser hair removal uses lasers to prevent the body from growing hair in undesirable areas. During treatment, a laser is shined on hair follicles in the area being treated. The heat causes the hair follicles to go into a resting phase.
The number of treatments needed to stop the body from growing hair in a certain area depends on both the color of the patient’s hair and the type of hair. It is impossible to know how many treatments any specific patient will need to have done without an in-person consultation with a laser hair specialist.
Once the course of treatments is completed, maintenance treatments are often needed to send hairs that come out of their resting phase back into rest. These maintenance treatments aren’t nearly as frequent as the initial laser hair removal treatments are, though.
The exact amount of time that a laser hair removal treatment takes depends both on the area being treated and the amount of hair. Generally speaking, treatments are outpatient procedures and only take part of a day. Patients are often able to schedule their treatments around other obligations, and they’re typically free to return to their home, school or office once treatment is over.
Almost any area of the body where hair grows can be treated with laser hair removal. The two exceptions are the eyes and the skin surrounding the eyes, as shining a laser in the eyes could damage them. Usually, patients have the treatment done on their upper lip, face, neck, chest, skin surrounding the nipples, underarms, lower and upper back, bikini line, buttocks, legs, and feet.