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What is Laser Hair Removal?


Plastic Surgery Arts of West MI, Holland, MI

When you consider hair removal, there are several options available before you make a choice. You could choose to shave or use depilatory creams but hair grows back within a few days after their use. For removing your hair from their roots, you could try sugaring and waxing but it could be painful for some during the procedure and when the hair grows back too. When you are tired of tweezing, shaving and waxing, laser hair removal is the right procedure. It is highly concentrated light which is used on your hair follicle and when they absorb the light, it destroys the hair.

Laser hair removal is almost like zapping the unwanted hair and is used on areas like the bikini line, arms, underarms, face and legs. It is a medical procedure and you must ensure that you get it from a trained doctor and technician. Once you plan to undergo laser hair removal, you must limit plucking or waxing for at least 6 weeks before the procedure. It is also important to avoid exposure to the sun for 6 weeks before and after the procedure to avoid any complications.

What are the benefits of laser hair removal in Grand Rapids?

There are several benefits of laser hair removal including:

  • Precision – laser only targets the dark and coarse hair without any damage to the surrounding skin.
  • Speedy procedure – each laser pulse only requires a fraction of a second, treating several hair strands at one go. You can treat a quarter of an inch area every second with the procedure. This means that it only takes a few minutes to treat your upper lip while larger areas like your back could take almost an hour.
  • Predictable procedure – most patients enjoy permanent hair loss in the treated area with just 3 to 7 treatment sessions.

How does the procedure work?

The laser detects hair and focuses on the pigment cells within the follicles. Once the melanin has been targeted, the laser burns the follicles to their roots. After a few sessions of the laser hair removal treatment, you will not need waxing or shaving anymore. However, electrolysis is the only approved procedure for permanent hair removal and with the laser hair removal treatment, you can get the hair growth reduced to such a level where you do not have to shave anymore.

The laser hair removal machine can cover large areas like your stomach, back and legs too. Even though the procedure is mostly used for the underarms and upper lips, there is no limitation as to the areas where laser hair removal can be used.

Is the procedure painful?

The discomfort from laser hair removal in Holland and Grand Rapids is between waxing that may hurt too much and shaving that is completely painless. Your doctor may use ice to numb the area before your treatment. As you continue to get laser hair removal with subsequent sessions, the treatment gets painless.

Plastic Surgery Arts of West Michigan
3124 North Wellness Drive, Suite 10
Holland, MI 49424
United States
Phone: 616-682-7236