Painless Laser Hair Removal
What is it?
Laser hair removal at Banerji Plastic Surgery is a painless treatment we perform using a beam of light (laser) to target hair follicles, which halts or delays future hair growth. Multiple treatments are typically needed for the initial removal of the hair and long term maintenance may be required as well.
Why do it?
Painless laser hair removal is performed to reduce unwanted hair. Typical treatment areas include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and the bikini line. Laser hair removal is most effective for treating dark hair. Darker hair absorbs more of the laser beam. Hair colors that are difficult to treat include red, gray, blond and white.
What are the risks?
Side effects are minimal but include skin irritation and pigment changes, especially for those who do no avoid sun exposure before and after treatment. Laser hair removal is not performed on the skin of the eyelids, brows and surrounding areas due to the risk of causing eye injury.
What do I need to do before treatment?
We recommend staying out of the sun before and after treatment. We also recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily whether you have laser hair removal treatment or not. It is also recommended you avoid any tanning creams or sunless tanning lotions before treatment.
It is also important to shave the area you want to be treated the day before your appointment.
What can I expect before, during and after treatment?
For complete hair removal, you usually need a series of three to six treatments. The time between sessions is usually 4-6 weeks depending on the area being treated. During the procedure at Banerji Plastic Surgery, we first apply ultrasound gel to the area being treated and then the tip of the instrument is rubbed along the skin. You may feel some pressure from the device but the procedure should be painless. The entire process lasts a few minutes for small areas and up to 30 minutes for larger areas. You may have mild redness following the treatment that will resolve quickly.
When will I see my results?
Hair does not fall out immediately, but you will notice a reduction in hair growth after the first 2-3 treatments. By the 5th session, most patients report the area has been completely treated. Results may vary and some patients need maintenance treatments periodically for long-term hair reduction.