Remove unwanted hair more permanently



What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is an excellent option for men and women who are unhappy with shaving, waxing, and tweezing to remove unwanted hair. It is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the country. Laser hair removal involves delivering highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in those follicles absorbs the light, which in turn destroys the unwanted hair. Small areas can be treated in just a few minutes. Large areas, such as the legs, may take up to an hour.

How should I prepare for treatment?

Please schedule a consultation at Deschutes Dermatology to assess whether you are a good candidate for laser hair removal. During the appointment, you and your provider will discuss medical history, risks, benefits, and expectations.

Six Weeks Prior to Treatment
Avoid sun exposure to the area; sunlight can increase the sensitivity of the skin and have negative side effects on laser hair removal. Patients should keep the area to be treated covered with clothing. In addition, you should always apply sunscreen if you plan to be exposed to sunlight. If you have a tan, you may be advised to wait until the tan fades before undergoing treatment.

Four Weeks Prior to Treatment
Patients must stop plucking and waxing the hair that will be treated, as these methods can disturb the hair follicle. 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, please do so only as instructed during your consultation.


Treatment Day
Lotions, creams, makeup, and deodorant must be removed prior to treatment to ensure that the area is clean. Please wear clothing that will leave the treated area exposed or is loose-fitting. Tight clothing may feel uncomfortable if the skin is sensitive after treatment.

After Laser Hair Removal
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 all sun exposure after treatment. Patients must continue to use sunscreen on treated areas to avoid potential 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.

How many treatments will I need?

Six treatments are usually 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.

For more information about receiving laser hair removal, please contact our office.

Please schedule a full consultation with our office to decide which service is the best option for you. During the appointment, you and your provider will discuss medical history, benefits and expectations.


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