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Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions

What is Laser Hair Removal?
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1. What is Laser Hair Removal?

The way laser hair removal works is that the doctor shoots a beam of light down to the base of the skin allowing the root of the hair to absorb the light while burning it from the inside. Laser hair removal is considered a relatively painless procedure.

For more information read What is Laser Hair Removal?.

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2. Are the laser hair removal treatments painful?

Laser hair removal treatments have been described as the feeling of having a rubber band snap against your skin. It is relatively a painless procedure. For some a numbing cream can be applied if you experience any discomfort.

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3. How many treatments will I need?

This will vary based on the individual needs of the patient and the areas being treated. The number of visits can vary depending on the size of the area, but on average most specialists initially recommend 3-4 sessions with periodic touchups.

To learn more, see How Many Treatments?

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4. What areas can be treated?

Any area where excess hair exists can be treated. The only exception is the area right next to the eye. The most common areas requested are the face, upper lip, under the chin, underarms, bikini line, legs, chest, back and stomach area.

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5. Can anyone get laser hair removal?

Women and men over the age of 18 and who are in good health are candidates for laser hair removal.

To learn more about who should have laser hair removal, read Am I a Candidate.

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6. Who should not get laser hair removal?

In general people with dark skin or light hair do not make good candidates. However, with todays state of the art technology, there are many laser centers that have specialized lasers that can make almost everyone a candiate today.

To learn more about who should have laser hair removal, read Am I a Candidate.

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7. Are There Any Side Effects?

People with tan skin or dark skin may be at risk for blistering and/ or discoloration. All medical procedures carry risks, however in the hands of a qualified, highly trained laser hair removal specialist who has the state of the art laser equipment, many agree that laser hair removal is a very low risk procedure even on people with dark skin and light hair.

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8. What does laser hair removal cost?

The cost of laser hair removal treatments can vary ranging from $100-$500 depending on the size of the area being treated and the expertise of the practioner. As a rule of thumb, one can generally expect to pay an average of $429 per session. The number of sessions will vary depending on the size of the area being treated. Smaller areas such as the upper lip will cost considerable less ($120) while large areas, such as the legs, back or legs, will cost considerably more. Remember that laser hair removal is a specialized skill and in the wrong hands can cause damage. Never let price be the determining factor of whom you choose. A qualified skilled practioner will not discount his or her prices. Choose your specialist based on experience, certification, training and a caring staff.

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