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Is Laser Hair Removal the Right Choice?

Many consider cosmetic procedures that will enhance their appearance and build self confidence. However, no surgery or clinical procedure is without risk, and not all treatments are the right choice for everyone. To ensure the success of a procedure, it is important to weigh both the risks and the odds for success. By choosing carefully, a patient considering a cosmetic procedure can boost the chances of a positive result.

Laser hair removal can take away unwanted hair on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. No more need for razors or creams that will only do the job for a short period of time. When this treatment is successful, the benefits can last up to a year or even longer before the process must be repeated. However, to ensure that this particular procedure is the right choice that will bring about the desired results, there are a few factors to think about.

Overall Health

Laser treatments of any kind should only be done on patients who are physically healthy and emotionally and mentally stable. Any current medical conditions or prescriptions that are taken regularly should be discussed with a doctor prior to laser hair removal. While some of these concerns are not necessarily grounds for not performing the procedure at all, it may alter the way the doctor approaches the treatment process. Treatment should not be done on skin that has a rash or sun damaged skin.


While laser hair removal can be attempted on most hair and skin coloring, there are some tones that will see better results with the treatments than others. Because the laser targets melanin, the dark pigment in the hair, darker hair tends to respond to this procedure better than lighter hair colors. By the same token, since those with darker skin tones have more melanin in the skin, the laser can affect the surface of darker skin. This makes it more challenging to treat dark skin tones, although it can be done as long as the hair color is darker than the complexion.


Laser hair removal is rarely something that can be completed in a single session. Most doctors will recommend three to five sessions that take place four to eight weeks apart. The additional sessions will help to ensure that repeat procedures in the future are few and far between. In fact, some find that they can wait a full year or even longer to schedule maintenance appointments after the initial sessions are complete.

Since multiple sessions are required at the beginning of the process and insurance companies usually don't cover these types of treatments, a patient needs to be ready and willing to commit to a significant amount of time and money to complete the full procedure protocol. However, the ability to remove unwanted hair on a semi-permanent basis is attractive enough to motivate many to commit to this treatment process.

Laser treatments have become a popular method for many different cosmetic procedures, due to the effectiveness of the treatment itself and the shorter recovery time. If you are interested in laser hair removal, contact a dermatologist for more information.

Submitted by:

Elisa Cruz

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