How it works: Laser penetrates the skin to target the hair shaft and inhibit hair growth. It essentially destroys the follicle, meaning it can achieve permanent removal. Typically, the hair in treated areas falls out within 2-3 weeks.
Best for: People with hair darker than their skin — while professional dermatologists can vary the type of laser used, laser is not suited to people with blonde or grey hair, because it targets the melanin in the hair.
Pros: Great for long term hair removal in all areas. It causes no damage to the dermis so the most sensitive skin can be treated.
Cons: Laser hair removal can be painful, with most people describing it as a “snapping” sensation against the skin, and a sensation of heat from the laser. Also, it requires visit to a dermatologist for best results.
Cost: $100 to $450 per treatment, with an average of six sessions recommended, depending on the area being treated. Several cycles of treatment are usually recommended to capture the hair follicles at different stages of the growth cycle. Some people require touch-up treatments, especially on larger areas.
Tip: While it may seem expensive, in the long run, many consider laser removal to be an investment that can pay off. It is the most effective and cost effective treatment considering how much one can spend over a lifetime with options such as waxing or electrolysis.
The Kopelson Clinic offers a myriad of advanced dermatological treatments and procedures, Dr. Kopelson and his staff provide personalized clinical suggestions and cosmetic dermatology services to customize each patient’s specific medical and cosmetic concerns.