Atlana plastic surgeon, Dr. Connors, offers laser hair removal services at his cosmetic surgery center. Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses a laser beam of light to target and remove unwanted hair. This light travels through the skin to hit the hair follicle, permanently destroying it. This procedure can remove up to 80-100% of the hair in a specific area. Both men and women are candidates for laser hair removal. The most common treatment areas include the legs, bikini area, underarms and face for women, and back, chest, legs, arms and face for men.
- Recovery Time: 1 Day
- Post-op Follow-up: 3-4 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
Anyone with unwanted hair is a candidate for laser hair removal. However, individuals with darker hair and lighter skin often experience better results. The number of sessions that will be required to produce the desired results will depend on the thickness of hair, how much hair exists in an area, color of the hair, and what the ultimate goal is. Individuals with lighter colored hair may require more treatments.
Why So Many Sessions?
Hair growth occurs in cycles. Some hairs may be in the middle of their growth phase during the treatment session, while others may be dormant. Spreading out the treatment allows the dormant hairs to grow and gives the area time so that all of the hairs are eventually targeted during treatment. Between treatments, the hairs that do grow can be shaved because the follicle is not affected.
What Is The Recovery?
Laser hair removal results in zero downtime. The skin will be pink and a tingling sensation may reside on the treated area for a couple of hours after treatment. Patients can leave their appointment and go directly back to work.
Will The Hair Grow Back?
Laser hair removal is considered a solid solution for hair removal, however it is referred to as semi-permanent. There can still be some hair growth that occurs where the laser technology did not hit. Therefore, even though the majority of the hair will be gone, some hairs can still pop up. Patients find that these are tremendously easier to manage than before the original treatments. Additional laser hair removal treatments can also be scheduled to take care of these as well.