• Considering Laser Hair Removal? We Answer All of Your Questions

    on Dec 4th, 2018

If you dislike (or hate) shaving, tweezing, waxing, or plucking your body or facial hair, you aren’t alone — and definitely justified in your dislike. Fortunately, laser hair removal is a great option available to almost everyone.

And even though you may not be thinking about getting into a bikini or showing off your legs now that the temperature has dropped, winter is the best time of year to get laser hair removal. You need to stay out of the sun following your laser hair removal treatment, so dark winter months are the ideal time to get rid of your unwanted hair. That way, you’ll have smooth, hair-free skin when temperatures start to rise.

Considering it? At Danvers Family Doctors, P.C., we have answers to your most pressing questions about hair removal.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal uses pulses of light to target dark hair pigments and then penetrate the skin to destroy the hair follicle and prevent new hair from growing. One of the benefits of laser hair removal is that it targets and attacks only the hair follicle, leaving the surrounding skin untouched. Each pulse of light attacks many hairs at the same time.

Where on my body can I get laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal can address hair on most places on your body or face, including your legs, armpits, chest, back, upper lip, chin, and bikini line.

Does the laser hurt?

Each treatment lasts only a few minutes and is mostly painless. After the treatment, some people feel slight tenderness or sensitivity with redness at the location of the treatment. But this mild discomfort dissipates shortly. There is no downtime, so you can return to your normal activities immediately after treatment.

How should I prepare for my treatment?

You should avoid the sun and tanning for six weeks before your treatment and also avoid plucking or waxing your hair. If you pluck or wax the hair, you eliminate the root, which is what the laser targets. You should also avoid these same activities between treatments.

How many laser treatments will I need?

Since your hair grows in cycles and not all at the same time, you’ll need a few sessions to make sure the laser zaps all the unwanted hair you want removed. Depending on the area treated, you may need three to seven sessions with an occasional maintenance session.

Are there risks to laser hair removal?

There are few risks other than minor side effects such as redness, tenderness, and blisters. In rare cases, the laser may lighten or darken the surrounding skin, but this happens primarily when people expose themselves to direct sunlight for a period of time between treatments.

What results can I expect?

You can expect a gradual thinning out of your hair, less stubble, and smoother skin for months. Laser hair removal is best for people with light skin and dark hair, but at Danvers Family Doctors, we use the Icon™ laser, which is an advanced laser technology that works on most skin tones and hair colors.  


If you have any questions that we didn’t answer here or want to find out more about laser hair removal, call our Danvers, Massachusetts, office or make an appointment online.

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