Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser — an intense, pulsating beam of light — to remove unwanted hair.

Laser Hair Removal Technique

The most commonly used lasers utilize a low energy laser beam. This beam passes through the patient’s skin and is attracted to the pigment of the hair. The energy passes down the hair shaft and is absorbed by hair follicles that are in the active growth phase, thereby disabling the hair follicle in the deeper layer of the skin. The hair follicles that are in dormant phase are not affected by the treatment. In most cases, minimal pain should be experienced and no anesthesia is required

Laser Hair Removal Benefits

  • A non-invasive, gentle technique that reduces undesirable hair from most parts of the body
  • Treats larger areas effectively because it disables more than one hair at a time
  • May make skin color and complexion more uniform
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Replaces waxing, electrolysis, shaving and bleaching
  • No downtime

Risk

The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:

  • Skin irritation. Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible after laser hair removal. Any signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours.
  • Pigment changes. Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily. Skin lightening primarily affects those who have darker skin, especially if an incorrect laser is used at an incorrect setting.

Rarely, laser hair removal can cause blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture.

Laser hair removal isn’t recommended for the eyelid or surrounding area, due to the possibility of severe eye injury.