Throughout history there have been many different methods for people to remove unwanted body or facial hair. Waxing, shaving, threading, sugaring, and plucking are all temporary hair removal methods that produce various results. If you want to remove your hair more effectively, the best option today is to use a laser. A professional can use a concentrated laser light to remove hair on various parts of the body.
Laser hair removal is commonly performed by a board-certified doctor. It typically takes several treatments in one spot of the body to remove the hair. Repeated treatments are necessary as the hair grows back to remove it more thoroughly and keep it from coming back. Most laser procedures focus on one small area of the body at a time, such as the upper lip, underarm or bikini area.
If you are scheduled for hair removal via laser, your doctor will give you instructions about what to expect. Some offices pretreat the area with a numbing agent to make you more comfortable during the procedure. While the laser is being used, you wear a set of goggles to keep the laser from damaging your vision. The laser works by attacking hair follicles and preventing them from growing.
After the laser hair removal procedure, there may be some redness and swelling. Over the next few weeks or months, your hair may start to shed away if the treatment was successful. Then, it either doesn't grow back or comes back very slowly and sparse. Results tend to be most successful on patients with light skin and dark hair. Some patients may need periodic maintenance treatments.