Laser Hair Removal Q & A

Q: How does laser hair removal work?

A: The laser targets the dark pigment in the hair. The pigment absorbs the laser energy and the heat destroys the hair follicle.

Q: Is the result permanent?

A: Laser hair removal is FDA approved for permanent hair reduction. On the average 80% of people get an 80% reduction of the hair. Some people do better than this, and some do not fare as well.

No one can guarantee the results of laser hair removal; otherwise they are misleading you, but most people are extremely satisfied, which is why we perform the procedure regularly. The results are influenced by the skin and hair type.

Q: Who is the ideal candidate?

A: The best candidate is someone who has light skin and dark hair. This way the laser can be placed on its highest setting and the darker hair will absorb the energy. With darker or tanned skin, the energy has to be lowered, or a different laser should be used, but results can still be excellent.

Q: What are the side effects?

A: Side effects are extremely rare. Occasionally, a temporary darkening of the skin can occur (hyperpigmentation), more commonly in a dark skinned or tanned patient. This can be avoided by using the special systems for darker skin that we have at Associates in Plastic Surgery.

Temporary dark spots have occurred in less than 0.1% of patients at our office and in no case has the spotting been permanent. Lightening of skin (hypopigmentation) is even more rare. In general, laser hair removal is extremely safe when performed in the right setting.