Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Laser hair removal is one effective way for people to rid themselves of unsightly or unwanted hair on different areas of the body. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about laser hair removal.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a procedure in which a specialized laser light beam is used to remove hair. The results of laser hair removal can last for several months, depending on which area of the body is treated. More than one session might be required to achieve the desired results.

How is laser hair removal different from other hair removal techniques?

In general, use of the laser is quicker and less uncomfortable than traditional hair removal techniques such as electrolysis or waxing. Although it is more expensive, the results of this hair removal technique last longer, and usually fewer sessions are required.

Is laser hair removal painful?

Sometimes there is mild discomfort during and after the procedure. The physician or nurse might apply an anesthetic lotion or spray prior to treatment, and you’ll be given specific instructions for post-treatment care at home, including management of any discomfort. Side effects or complications are not common, but could include burns or infection, conditions which can be treated.

Where can I find a doctor for laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is performed in an outpatient setting, by a physician or nurse who is trained, experienced, and certified in this technique. Your primary care physician might be able to recommend a dermatologist or laser hair removal center.

Does laser hair removal work for everyone?

Some people are better candidates for laser hair removal than others, and some should avoid laser hair removal. People with certain hair or skin colors, certain medical or skin conditions, taking certain medications, and pregnant women, among others, might not see optimal results, or might need to avoid laser hair removal all together. Physicians and RNs certified in this technique can evaluate and discuss your overall health status and recommend whether or not this option is appropriate for you.

For more information on laser hair removal, Restylane® and BOTOX® injections, LipoDissolve, Thermage®, and other treatment options, it is important to speak with a skilled cosmetic dermatologist at our skin rejuvenation centers in Los Angeles.