Need a permanent solution to unwanted hair?
Tired of shaving, tweezing, waxing, electrolysis or chemical depilatories?Laser hair removal is a lunch hour procedure that can free you of unwanted hair virtually anywhere on your body.
“I love laser hair removal!” says Nina, age 29. “I’ve done my underarms, my bikini line and my legs.
“I started with my underarms, because it’s a small area and I was a bit nervous at the beginning,” she admits. “Laser hair removal feels like a little ‘snap’ against your skin—it lasts for just a second and there’s no pain or discomfort afterwards. It happens so fast—a quick little zap. The next day, it felt like a very light sunburn, a little bit sensitive to the touch.”
How does laser hair removal work?
“The pigment in the hair absorbs the laser energy and transmits it down to the root and bulb of the hair shaft,” Dr. Rappaport explains. “This removes hair at the follicle level and impairs its regrowth. Because the laser is attracted to pigment, laser hair removal is most effective on brown or black hair.
“And unlike electrolysis, which removes one hair at a time, laser hair removal quickly treats large areas of the body at once,” says Dr. Rappaport.
‘An in-and-out procedure’
A laser hair removal treatment takes only a few minutes. “The first time took a little bit longer—about 30 to 40 minutes—because they took time to explain the procedure,” Nina recalls. “After that, the treatments took only about 15 minutes. It’s a pretty in-and-out procedure—very easy to fit into your lunch hour.”
Of course, the larger the area being treated, the longer a laser hair removal treatment will take. A lower-leg treatment takes about an hour; full-leg treatments take 1-1/2 hours.
How many treatments are needed?
Because hair grows in stages, several laser hair removal treatments are necessary for maximum results. “The timing of when hair returns varies by the body part and the individual,” Dr. Rappaport explains. “Most patients require four treatments. It’s best to do treatments when new hair becomes visible. In most cases, we do treatments six to eight weeks apart.”