How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Shaving off your hair all the time can become an annoying and even painful process that frequently results in red, irritated skin. Advances in hair removal technology have created an easier way to remove unwanted hair using a laser that causes minimal skin abrasion.

How does laser hair removal work?

  • Lasers are aimed at the hair follicles in the skin, cauterizing them so that hair has difficulty growing. Treatment areas include the arms, legs, back, chest, face, bikini area, and neck area. It will take time to show decreased hair growth and several treatments are required. A topical anesthetic ointment is used so it is a painless procedure, especially compared to painful hair removal methods like waxing and tweezing.
  • Most people will require 3 to 6 treatments at four-week intervals for significant decrease in hair growth to occur. Occasional maintenance laser treatments may be necessary if some hair regrows.

Preparing for the procedure:

  • Ask the dermatologist about your risk factors, any skin sensitivities and procedure details.
  • Don’t do any tanning, waxing or other skin procedures for at least two weeks prior to the treatment.
  • Don’t use any strong fragrances or chemical products on the area for two weeks before and after the procedure.

Possible side effects following the procedure include redness, pain, swelling, blistering, skin discoloration and infection.

It is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist who has the knowledge and expertise about skin-related issues to achieve the best results. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222and make an appointment.