Because it’s safe and effective, laser hair removal has become one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the United States. Laser hair removal technology works by delivering laser-generated heat in short-pulses through your skin directly to the hair follicle, where it’s absorbed by the pigment of active-growth hair follicles, permanently disabling them. Dr. Morris and his team use LightPod® laser technology, which is gentler and more effective than traditional laser technology, to get rid of unwanted hair.
Besides being the gentlest, most effective option for permanent hair removal, laser hair removal treatments can leave your skin looking smoother and silkier than shaving, plucking, waxing, or bleaching. The technology can be used to treat both large and small areas, and it can also be used on most parts of your body. Laser hair removal is commonly used to treat the following areas:
Besides permanently removing hair, the procedure may also make your complexion more uniform at the treatment site. Darker hairs are generally easier to remove because they absorb more laser light than lighter hairs do.
Laser hair removal treatments take place in a room specifically set up for the procedure. Before beginning, Dr. Morris or a member of his team will cleanse and dry the area that’s going to be treated, and everyone in the room will wear protective eyewear. The doctor will mark your skin with a light-colored pencil to help ensure proper coverage and guide the laser as he works. Your skin will be gently held taut as the laser is systematically passed over the entire area, spot-by-spot, emitting quick pulses of light down to each hair follicle. The entire procedure may last for just a few minutes or longer than an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
You can expect a 10-25% reduction in hair after your first laser hair treatment. Even though you may see immediate results, most patients need 2-6 laser hair removal treatments to achieve permanent hair removal. That’s because the technique only affects active-growth hair follicles, and dormant hair follicles remain unaffected until they become active again. After going through a full treatment cycle, patients generally stay hair-free for months or even years. When hair does regrow, there’s usually less of it, and it tends to be lighter in color.