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Sunday, November 1, 2009

What is Laser Hair Removal?

What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses laser light – an intense, pulsating beam of light. Laser hair removal works by passing this light beam through the skin to the hair follicles where hair growth originates. The laser targets dark pigment, called melanin, in hair. When the laser beam is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle, the heat generated destroys the hair follicle instantly.

Why it’s done
Laser hair removal is used for people who want to remove unwanted body hair. Common treatment locations include the legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and bikini line. However, it is possible to treat unwanted hair in almost any area of the body.

At Westgate Dermatology we use the most advanced Laser, Candela GentleLASE. Five to seven treatments will usually achieve permanent hair removal for most patients, although two or three treatments for some patients is sufficient. Check out our website for more details http://www.westgatedermatology.com/

How should you prepare?
Before scheduling laser hair removal, you will meet with your doctor to discuss the factors that determine whether the procedure is likely to work well for you.

Please keep in mind, if you have a tan from sun exposure or sunless tanning products, you must wait until the tan fades completely before undergoing laser hair removal. Avoid sun exposure four to six weeks before treatment.

Laser hair removal is most effective if hairs are visible but shaved short. You can shave three days prior to the procedure. Avoid waxing or plucking hair and electrolysis three weeks before treatment.

Cost
This treatment is not usually covered by medical insurance. The cost depends on the number and the size of the areas treated, and the time required for treatment.


Results
Studies show that for suitable candidates, hair removal lasers can reduce hair counts by 70 to 90 percent. Results can vary from person to person. Multiple treatments prolong the duration of hair loss, but hair regrowth is possible. Expect to undergo five to eight treatments spaced four to eight weeks apart to achieve maximum reduction of hair. Then, you will likely undergo periodic maintenance treatments. (However, some patients are very pleased with the results after two or three treatments).

To reduce your risks, choose a qualified, trained doctor who is board certified in dermatology or a similar specialty. Your doctor should meet with you before the procedure and determine your treatment plan. We do not recommend a spa, salon or clinic that allows nonmedical personnel to perform the procedure, without a Doctor present in the clinic. Studies show that 78 percent of all complications occurred in nontraditional medical facilities, such as free-standing medical spas and laser centers in shopping malls.

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