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Who Can Perform Laser Hair Removal?

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Hair laser removal can be performed by dermatologists who are trained in using hair laser removal technology. However, laser hair removal is now widely available not only in dermatology clinics, but in spas, salons, and walk-in hair removal centers in shopping malls.

Dr. Tina S. Alster, MD, FAAD, a professor of dermatology at Georgetown University, however cautions that despite the wide availability of laser hair removal treatments being offered today, treatment should be sought only from a dermatologist, a trained doctor or at least a specialist under their supervision[1].

Laser hair removal procedures performed in clinics and establishments that provide this service use hand held laser machines, wherein the laser beam is directed at your skin in order to target your unwanted hair follicles[2]. The extreme heat that the laser beams produce destroy the hair follicle and thereby causing the treated area to be free of hair. Depending on the type of laser used, the are may be permanently hair-free or it may require a subsequent treatment at a later time.

In order for you not to feel the discomfort of the heat that the laser beams produce, the machines may be equipped with cooling devices to cool your skin. Another alternative is the use of a cooling gel to soothe and cool your skin during the course of treatment. Depending on how large the surface area that is being treated, your laser hair removal treatments may last from as short as fifteen minutes to as long as several hours.

There are also new machines or devices that are available today that will allow you to perform laser hair removal at home on your own[3]. When compared to laser hair removal treatments administered in clinics and offices, these devices produce relatively the same results but require a few more treatments in order to achieve the desired results. It is highly advisable however to consult with a professional first before performing the at-home procedure[4].

 

Resources

[1]Alster, Dr. Tina. “Laser Hair Removal.” The American Academy of Dermatology. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/cosmetic-treatments/laser-hair-removal>.

[2]The Mayo Clinic Staff. “Laser Hair Removal: What You Can Expect.” The Mayo Clinic. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/laser-hair-removal/MY00134/DSECTION=what-you-can-expect>.

[3] Alster, Dr. Tina. “Laser Hair Removal.” The American Academy of Dermatology. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/cosmetic-treatments/laser-hair-removal>.

[4] Alster, Dr. Tina. “Laser Hair Removal.” The American Academy of Dermatology. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/cosmetic-treatments/laser-hair-removal>.

 

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