What is Laser Hair Reduction?

Laser hair reduction is a non-invasive technique for permanently reducing facial or body hair. At Farmington Dermatologists, we offer two lasers for laser hair reduction. These include the Alexandrite Laser and the YAG laser.

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Who is a Good Candidate?

Individuals who have unwanted facial or body hair that makes them feel self-conscious, or those who are looking for an alternative to waxing and shaving, can often see effective results from laser hair reduction. Patients with light skin can benefit from the Alexandrite Laser, while those with darker skin tones can benefit from the YAG laser.

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How is Treatment Done?

Laser hair reduction is performed at the laser suite. No anesthetic is necessary, though some do choose for a topical anesthetic. To best protect the outer layers of the skin, a cold gel or cooling device will be used. The correct type of laser for your skin tone will be used, and a low energy laser beam will be absorbed by the pigment of the hair follicles. This will instantly stunt the active growth of the hair follicles with each treatment. Ice packs or anti-inflammatory creams can be used post-treatment to reduce any discomfort.

On average, patients will require three to eight treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to see optimal results.

Laser Hair Reduction Recovery

There is little to no downtime associated with laser hair reduction. Patients can often return to their everyday routines directly after treatment. Patients must apply sunscreen to the treatment areas when exposed to sunlight.

Patients in the Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield areas that wish to permanently reduce their body hair growth can turn to laser hair reduction for long-term results. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.  For more information, visit our blog.