Is there any downtime associated with laser hair removal?

If you want to get rid of unwanted hair without shaving, waxing, or tweezing, laser hair removal is a dream come true.  Laser hair removal can give you the hair-free skin in all the right places.  But how does it work, and is there any downtime.

How laser hair removal works

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment in which laser energy is used to reduce unwanted hair. The laser emits pulses of energy that target the melanin (pigment) at the base of the hair follicle.  The pigment absorbs the light which damages the hair follicle, and prevents future hair growth.

Is there any downtime associated with laser hair removal?

There is typically no downtime after a laser hair removal session.  The treated area may be mildly red after treatment but this typically resolves within a few hours, so patients are generally able to resume normal activities.  After laser hair removal patients are advised to minimize direct sun exposure and use a broad spectrum sunscreen when going outdoors, as the treated skin will be very sensitive.

Is laser hair removal painful?

Depending on the laser technology being used laser hair removal may be slightly uncomfortable, but it is not painful.  The treatment is often described as feeling similar to having an elastic band snapped against the skin.  

How many laser hair sessions will you need

Most patients need 4-6 treatments to achieve the desired hair reduction.  Sessions are spaced at least 4 weeks apart.

Would you like to learn more about laser hair removal? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Maitland, FL area, Derrow Dermatology is our featured practice. 

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