Laser Hair Removal Bend, OR

Laser hair removal is a technique that uses beams of highly concentrated light to penetrate the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by pigment in the hair follicles and destroys the hair within the follicle. For patients who struggle to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering. Small areas can be treated in less than a minute. Large areas, such as the legs, may take up to an hour.

Prior To Treatment

Patients should schedule a consultation to assess whether they are a good candidate for laser hair removal. Your doctor will also discuss medical history, risks, benefits and expectations.

For four weeks prior to treatment, patients must stop plucking and waxing the hair that will be treated. These methods can disturb the hair follicle. Lasers target hair at the root, which would be damaged from waxing or plucking. Shaving is the only method approved for removing unwanted hair prior to treatment, as it preserves the follicle. While you may shave the area that will be treated, do so only as instructed during your consultation.

You should avoid sun exposure for six weeks before the treatment. Sunlight can increase the sensitivity of the skin and have negative side effects on laser hair removal. Patients should cover the area to be treated and apply sunscreen if they plan to be exposed to the sun before the treatment. If patients have a tan, they may be advised to wait until the tan fades before undergoing treatment.

Lotions, creams, makeup, and deodorant must be removed prior to treatment to ensure that the area is clean. You should also wear clothing that will leave the treated area exposed or is loose fitting. Tight clothing can feel uncomfortable if the skin is sensitive after treatment.

After The Treatment

Patients may experience redness and swelling in the treated area for the first few hours after laser hair removal. Ice can be applied to the treated area if needed for discomfort.

Avoid sun exposure after treatment. Patients must continue to use sunscreen on treated areas to avoid unwanted changes in the color of the skin.

As the body begins to push out the dead hair follicle, it will look like the hair is still growing. However, hair generally falls out within 7-10 days after treatment. Treated areas may be shaved or trimmed, however you should not tweeze or wax as this will disturb the treated follicles.

Results of laser hair removal vary greatly from person to person. Generally, six treatments are recommended to eliminate hair growth in a specific area. Hair grows in cycles, so treatments are scheduled four to six weeks apart. After the initial series of treatments you can expect permanent hair reduction, but you may need periodic maintenance as a few hairs regrow over time.