Laser Hair Reduction
If you are looking for a way to significantly reduce your reliance on shaving, plucking, or waxing to get rid of undesired hair, laser hair reduction may be the ideal solution for your needs. Laser hair reduction is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes powerful laser energy to target and destroy individual hair follicles in the treatment area. One of the chief advantages of this procedure is that it is designed to not only remove the hair, but also to limit the possibility of regrowth. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, James M. Shaw, MD, and the aesthetic professionals here at Shaw Plastic Surgery can create a customized laser hair reduction treatment plan to help you achieve smoother, hair-free skin for years to come.
- Laser Hair Reduction Benefits
- Laser Hair Reduction Candidates
- Laser Hair Reduction Treatment
- Laser Hair Reduction Recovery
- Laser Hair Reduction Results
- Laser Hair Reduction Cost
What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Reduction?
Laser hair reduction offers a number of benefits for both women and men who would like a long-term solution capable of addressing areas of undesired hair, including:
- Removal of hair in virtually any body region
- Long-lasting results
- Non-surgical treatment that typically does not require a recovery period
- Can be effective for a variety of skin types
Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Reduction?
Since laser hair reduction works by delivering energy to the pigment inside hair follicles in order to destroy them at the root, the best candidates for laser hair reduction are typically individuals who have undesired hair that is darker in color than the skin that surrounds it. During your initial consultation, we will evaluate the area(s) you wish to treat and help you determine if laser hair reduction is ideal for your goals.
How Does Laser Hair Reduction Work?
Laser hair reduction is an in-office procedure that does not require general anesthesia; however, a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort. A special handpiece will be precisely guided over the areas of undesired hair, where it will deliver targeted laser energy into the hair follicles. This should stimulate a process by which the melanin pigment in the follicle converts the laser energy into heat, ultimately destroying the hair at its root and causing it to fall out.
A series of laser hair reduction treatment sessions may be recommended in order to achieve optimal results. Laser hair reduction can take just a few minutes or as long as an hour to complete, depending on the number of areas and the size of the areas being treated.
What Can I Expect During Laser Hair Reduction Recovery?
A recovery period is generally not necessary after laser hair reduction. In fact, many individuals feel comfortable going right back to their normal daily routines. With this in mind, it is important to note that temporary laser hair reduction side effects such as mild swelling, tenderness, redness, and dry skin in the treatment areas are common. Some patients may even experience a degree of blistering in the targeted areas of skin. Exposure of the treated areas to sunlight should be avoided for several days after the procedure; if this is not possible, an effective broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen should be applied to the treatment areas. The after-effects of laser hair reduction should fade within a few days following the procedure. We will provide you with detailed post-treatment instructions and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
How Long Do Laser Hair Reduction Results Last?
The goal of laser hair reduction treatment is to produce long-lasting results that should not require re-treatment in later years. Patients who have multiple treatment sessions can significantly increase the chances of achieving an 80% to 90% reduction in hair that will not regrow in the future.
How Much Does Laser Hair Reduction Cost?
The cost of laser hair reduction at our practice typically falls in the range of $80 (lip) to $600 (full legs); a package of 6 treatments offers the best value. It is important to note that the approximate price of this procedure can fluctuate since laser hair reduction is customized to each patient’s individual needs. The size and number of targeted areas, where they are located, and the number of laser hair reduction treatments recommended to achieve optimal results will all have an effect on the total cost. Once your personalized treatment plan is developed, we will calculate a price estimate and go over the details with you. Shaw Plastic Surgery accepts numerous convenient payment options, including financing plans through CareCredit®, which is a reputable company that offers a variety of monthly installment plans for applicants who qualify.
Would you like to learn more about laser hair reduction procedures? Please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to answering your questions or assisting you with scheduling a consultation for this state-of-the-art treatment option.