Laser hair removal is a popular procedure that uses concentrated beams of light to penetrate hair follicles and inhibit future growth. It is useful to remove unwanted hair from the face or body, and preferred by many over repetitive habits of shaving or waxing.
At the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, we strive to be on the forefront of innovative techniques, and our laser treatments are no exception. Utilizing the newest technology allows our doctors to reach the most consistent and natural results. Laser hair removal is safe, effective, and noninvasive, while allowing for significant precision in delicate areas of the body.
Laser hair removal can be a practical option for anyone, male or female, that has unwanted hair on their face or body. The most common target areas are the legs, arms, underarm, chest, back, upper lip, chin, and eyebrows.
If you are interested in learning more about laser hair removal or believe you might be a candidate, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your aesthetic goals.
When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon that will review your medical history and perform an evaluation to see if laser hair removal is the best course of treatment for you. If you have any questions about the procedure, the potential risks, or the associated cost, the consultation is the ideal time to ask.
Laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure that can be performed in-office by a trained and qualified plastic surgeon. The technique uses concentrated beams of light to generate heat that damages hair at the follicle to inhibit future growth.
It is important to not pluck or shave the target areas before the procedure since this will reduce the efficacy of the treatment. Skin and hair color will also factor into laser hair removal. The laser targets the pigment in the hair; therefore, patients with dark hair and lighter complexion generally benefit the most (Fitzpatrick 1-3).
Laser hair removal only affects actively growing hair. It may require more than one treatment to provide significant reduction.
There is no recovery period after laser hair removal. You may experience some minor discomfort during the procedure, and mild swelling at the target areas is normal afterwards.
The potential risks of laser hair removal are infrequent and minor, but may include:
- Swelling of the follicles
- Temporary pigment changes
- Burning or blistering of the skin
Since hair grows in cycles, laser hair removal is not typically permanent, though new hair growth is usually finer and lighter in color. New growth can be managed with follow-up treatments at six to twelve month intervals.
The potential cost of laser hair removal varies greatly, largely depending on the target areas and extent of the procedure. The national averages for laser hair removal in the United States ranges from $300 to $900 per treatment, though these figures will fluctuate based on your location and other factors.
If you would like to remove unwanted hair from your face or body and avoid the repetition of shaving or waxing, call us at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago to schedule a consultation. You will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will discuss your specific aesthetic goals and determine if laser hair removal is the best course of treatment for you.