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Laser Hair Removal in Philadelphia

Permanent hair reduction can be achieved through a series of laser treatments anywhere on the body.

Gradual reduction with each treatment, however, many patients experience significant clearing and relief of ingrown hair in as little as one session. Depending on the area of concern, type of hair, and medical history, a series of 5-10 treatments may be required for optimal clearance.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a process that uses a beam of concentrated light that is absorbed by the melanin within the hair follicle. The light destroys the follicle resulting in inhibited or delayed hair growth.

Treatment Preparation

  • 4 weeks before: Avoid waxing, tweezing, or threading the area to be treated
  • 2 weeks before: avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen
  • 1 week before: discontinue use of retinol, AHA’s, and BHA’s (if treating the face, lip, chin, jawline, or neck)
  • Day before/day of: closely shave the area to be treated
  • Patients taking antibiotics should not be treated with a laser as it causes the skin to be photosensitive.

Candidates for Laser Hair Removal

While virtually every skin type is a candidate, laser hair removal can only be used to treat dark hair.

It will not treat white, grey, red, or blond hair as the laser is targeting the dark pigment of melanin.

How Long do Treatments Take?

The duration of Laser Hair Removal treatments can be anywhere between 15 minutes and 2 hours depending on the area treated and the density of hair.

Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Certain areas are more sensitive, but many compare the sensation to that of a rubber band snap. Sensitive areas can be numbed prior to the laser treatment using topical numbing cream

Most people require 6-10 sessions depending on the amount and type of hair being treated. Treatments should be spaced 4 - 6 weeks apart. Yearly maintenance sessions are recommended for maximum reduction.

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