No longer willing to endure tedious plucking or painful and lengthy electrolysis, increasing numbers of women and men are turning to laser hair removal. In fact, it has become one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, ranking only behind wrinkle-relaxing injections in terms of frequency of procedures performed. Quick and effective, laser hair removal involves directing beams of highly concentrated light that are designed to selectively penetrate the hair follicle. Each pulse of a hair-removal laser takes a fraction of a second, treating many hairs simultaneously in an area approximately the size of a quarter.
Because the procedure requires absorption of laser impulses by pigment, it was originally best suited for people with dark hair and light skin. However, newer technologies have made the procedure safer for patients with darker skin. Permanent hair loss may require several sessions.
For best results, laser hair removal requires at least four treatments spread out over 4-6 week intervals. Some maintenance sessions may be necessary and will be determined by your physician and your response to the laser.