Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Photo of a woman's smooth and hairless legs

July 6, 2016

Almost everyone who has unsightly body hair they would like to have permanently reduced is a good candidate for laser hair removal. Although the results of the procedure will depend on the amount of hair in the area and the patient’s skin type, laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair.

Laser hair removal works by using laser to target the pigment in the hair follicle. The heat from the laser makes it so that the follicle is not able to grow any more hair. The laser light is absorbed as heat into the pigment in the follicle and kills it. The follicle gradually comes out and will no longer grow hair. Hair has three main growing stages, including the beginning, growth and falling-out stage. Laser hair removal is only effective during the growth stage, which is why multiple sessions are necessary.

You are a good candidate for laser hair removal if:

  • You will follow the directions of our specialist for before and after care. This will give you the best results possible.
  • You have reasonable expectations. Laser hair removal is not permanent hair removal. However, it may permanently reduce the hair, and any hair that grows back is thin and pale. It requires several treatments as well as follow-up sessions. Some people need follow-up treatments after three or four months, and others need them only after several years.
  • You want hair removed from your chest, shoulders, arms, legs, armpits, back, upper lip, chin or bikini line. These areas of your body are considered safe for laser hair removal. It is a great option for large areas, such as the back and legs.
  • You are tired of constantly shaving, waxing or plucking unwanted hair and want long-term hair removal results.

During treatment, the upper lip may take as little as 15 minutes and the back or legs may take several hours. The hair follicles may start to come out about one week after treatment, and may take up to two weeks to come out completely.

The best way to know if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal is to consult with our specialist at Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center in La Jolla. Our office also serves the San Diego and surrounding areas. During your consultation, you will learn about your options, and approximately how many sessions you need to completely remove the unwanted hair in your selected area. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.

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