Laser Hair Removal Richmond VA

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What is laser hair removal?

Laser Hair Removal is the process of removing unwanted hair by focusing pulses of laser light to destroy the hair follicle. Today, most women rely on some form of hair removal in their everyday beauty routines. Waxing bars, eyebrow threading studios, and electrolysis centers are at an all-time high and continue to rise. New technologies in hair removal have made it one of the most popular beauty services available.


Removal hair laser technology has also advanced significantly making it extremely safe, reliable, and significantly decreasing the time women need to spend shaving.


What is the history of laser hair removal?

Beauty Rituals of Ancient Egyptians

The ancient Egyptians are the founders of many beauty rituals. Women of ancient Egypt removed all of their body hair, including that on their heads, with tweezers (made from seashells), pumice stones, early beeswax, and sugar-based waxes.


The Roman Empire’s Beauty Standards

During the Roman Empire, the lack of body hair was considered a sign of the upper class. Wealthy women and men used razors made from flints, tweezers, creams, and stones to remove excess hair. Even pubic hair was considered uncivilized. This is why many famous statues and paintings of Grecian women are depicted as hairless.


Middle Ages and Hair Removal

During the Middle Ages, Queen Elizabeth I set the precedence for hair removal by removing it from her face but not her body. The trend of this era was to remove the eyebrows and hair from the forehead to make it appear larger. Women used walnut oil or bandages soaked in ammonia, which they got from their feline pets, and vinegar to destroy the hair.


Creation of First Razor

In the late 18th century, a more civilized approach to hair removal was developed. Jean Jacques Perret, a French barber, created the first straight razor for men in 1760. It was also used by some women.


Razors for men

In 1844, Dr. Gouraud created one of the first depilatory creams called Poudre Subtile. King Camp Gillette, in 1880, created the first modern-day razor for men. A revolution in hair removal was born. It would be another three decades before a razor specifically marketed for women would appear.


Razors for Women

In 1915, Gillette created the first razor specifically for women called the “Milady Decollete”. Many ads for depilatory creams hit the masses. In 1907, an ad for X-Bazin Depilatory Powder began circulating promising to remove “humiliating growth of hair on the face, neck, and arms”. A decade later, a leading women’s fashion magazine featured an ad with a woman with her arms raised and her armpits bare. This was the first of it’s kind.

After the success of the male razor, Remington released the first electric women’s razor in 1940. Due to a wartime shortage of nylon, more products and techniques for hair removal hit the market as women were forced to go bare legged more often.


What are the problems with depilatory creams?

During the 1950s, hair removal became more publicly accepted. Since many depilatory creams were still irritating to the skin, women relied on razors to shave their legs and underarms and tweezers to groom and shape their eyebrows.


The Debut of Wax Strips

Wax strips made their debut in the 1960s and quickly became the method of choice for removing unwanted hair under the arms and on the legs. The first laser hair removal method hit the market in the mid-sixties but was quickly abandoned because it damaged the skin.


Use of Electrolysis for Hair Removal

Although electrolysis had been around for nearly a century, it became more reliable and safe in the 1970s with the development of transistorized equipment. The decade also saw a resurgence in the removal of bikini hair as the swimsuit fad of the 1960s took off.


How does laser hair removal work?

In 1996, Dr. Rox Anderson discovered it was possible to remove hair by targeting the hair follicle. Dr. Anderson was an MIT graduate and a graduate of Harvard Medical School. This method proved to be successful and was first applied in 1996. In 1997 the United States Food and Drug Administration approved these lasers for hair removal. As this technology continued to be researched, laser hair removal became more effective and efficient. It is now a common method in removing hair for long periods of time.


Selective Photothermolysis (SPTL)

The principle Dr. Anderson discovered is called selective photothermolysis (SPTL). It is the matching of a specific wavelength of light to a target tissue. The target tissue then absorbs this light leading to its destruction without harm to the surrounding tissue. Thus, it is specific and selective for only that tissue type.


How are hair follicles destroyed?

One of these target tissues in the human body is melanin. Melanin is a complex polymer derived from the amino acid tyrosine. It gives us the color and pigment of our skin. Melanin is known as a chromophore because it can selectively absorb certain wavelengths of light. When melanin is targeted by the laser, the laser heats only the melanin and causes it to be destroyed. Since follicles are associated with melanin, the hair follicle is too destroyed while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected.

Melanin is considered the primary chromophore for all hair removal lasers currently on the market. Melanin occurs naturally in the skin and gives skin and hair their color.


What types of melanin are in hair?

There are two types of melanin in the hair.


  1. Eumelanin
  2. Pheomelanin

Eumelanin gives hair brown or black color, while Pheomelanin gives hair blonde or red color. Because of the selective absorption of photons of laser light, only black or brown hair can be removed. The laser works best with dark coarse hair. Light skin and dark hair are an ideal combination, being most effective and producing the best results. But new lasers are now able to target black hair in patients with dark skin with success.


Is laser hair removal effective?

Yes, laser hair removal is generally considered to be an effective method for reducing and removing unwanted hair. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures used to achieve long-term hair reduction.


However, it is important to note that the effectiveness of laser hair removal can vary based on factors such as skin type, hair color, and the quality of the equipment used. People with lighter skin and darker hair typically respond best to laser hair removal because the contrast between the hair and skin makes it easier for the laser to target the hair follicles.


Additionally, complete hair removal is not always guaranteed, and some hair regrowth may occur over time. Maintenance sessions may be needed to sustain the results.


What laser wavelengths are used for hair laser removal?

Several wavelengths of laser energy have been used for hair removal. They range from visible light to near-infrared radiation. These lasers are characterized by their wavelength, measured in nanometers. They include Argon 488nm or 514.5nm (no longer used), Ruby 694.3 nm, Alexandrite 755 nm, Pulse Diode 810 nm, and Nd: YAG 1064 nm. Even Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 650nm has been used with success in hair removal lasers.


Pulse Width

Pulse width (or duration) is one of the most important considerations. The length of the heating pulse correlates directly to the damage achieved in the follicle. The main target for destroying hair follicles is the germ cells. They live on the surface of the hair shaft. Light energy is absorbed by the melanin within the hair and heat is generated. The heat then conducts out towards the germ cells. As long as a sufficient temperature is maintained for the required time then these cells will be successfully destroyed. To achieve these conditions the laser or IPL system must be able to generate the required power output. The main reason why hair removal fails is simply that the equipment cannot generate the desired temperature for the correct time.


Spot Size or Width of Laser Beam

Spot size, or the width of the laser beam, directly affects the depth of penetration of the light energy due to scattering effects in the dermal layer. Larger beam diameters result in deeper deposition of energy and hence can induce higher temperatures in deeper follicles. Hair removal lasers have a spot size about the size of a fingertip from 3-18 mm.


Fluence or Energy Density

Fluence or energy density is another important consideration. Fluence is measured in joules per square centimeter (J/cm²). It is important to get treated at high enough settings to heat up the follicles enough to disable them from producing hair.


Epidermal Cooling:

Epidermal cooling has been determined to allow higher fluences and reduce pain and side effects, especially in darker skin. Three types of cooling systems have been developed:

  • Contact Cooling: A window built into the laser handpiece is cooled by circulating water or other internal coolants. This type of cooling is by far the most efficient method of keeping the epidermis protected since it provides a constant heat sink at the skin surface. Sapphire windows are much more conductive than quartz.
  • Cryogen Spray: A cooling spray that is sprayed directly onto the skin immediately before and after the laser pulse.
  • Air Cooling: A second machine blows cold air at -34 degrees C over the treatment area.

Power Density

The most important output parameter when treating hair (and other skin conditions) is power density. Power density is a combination of energy, spot diameter, and pulse duration. These three parameters determine what actually happens when the light energy is absorbed by the tissue chromophore be it melanin, hemoglobin, or water, with the amount of tissue damaged being determined by the temperature/time combination.


What are the benefit of laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal offers several benefits compared to other methods of hair removal. Key advantages include:


  1. Precision: Laser hair removal targets hair follicles with high precision, meaning it can selectively remove or reduce hair without causing damage to the surrounding skin. This makes it particularly effective for removing unwanted hair from smaller or delicate areas like the face, underarms, bikini line, and upper lip.

  2. Long-term Hair Reduction: With a series of treatment sessions, laser hair removal can lead to long-term hair reduction. Many people experience a significant decrease in hair growth, and some may achieve near-permanent hair removal results. This means you can enjoy smoother skin for an extended period compared to temporary hair removal methods like shaving or waxing.

  3. Speed: Each laser pulse takes only a fraction of a second and can target multiple hair follicles simultaneously. This makes laser hair removal a fast and efficient method, suitable for treating larger areas of the body.

  4. Predictability: Laser hair removal results are relatively predictable, and most people experience consistent hair reduction. Although individual responses may vary, the procedure’s efficacy is generally well-established.

  5. Reduced Ingrown Hairs: Unlike methods like shaving or waxing, which can lead to ingrown hairs, laser hair removal reduces the likelihood of ingrown hairs since it targets the hair follicles at the root.

  6. Less Discomfort: While everyone’s pain tolerance varies, many people find laser hair removal to be less painful than other hair removal techniques like waxing or epilating. Modern laser devices often incorporate cooling mechanisms to help minimize discomfort during the procedure.

  7. No Waiting for Hair Growth: Unlike waxing, which requires hair to be a certain length before treatment, laser hair removal can be performed on shorter hair. This means you don’t need to endure periods of noticeable hair growth between sessions.

  8. Cost-effective in the Long Run: Though laser hair removal may have a higher upfront cost compared to some other methods, its long-term effectiveness can save money over time, as you won’t need to buy razors, shaving creams, or frequent salon visits for waxing.


What are the stages of hair growth?

There are three stages of hair growth: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen.
Laser Hair Removal Hair Growth Cycle

Anagen Phase

The anagen phase is known as the growth phase. It begins in the papilla and can last from two to six years. The span at which the hair remains in this stage of growth is determined by genetics. The longer the hair stays in the anagen phase, the longer it will grow. During this phase, the cells in the papilla divide to produce new hair fibers, and the follicle buries itself into the dermal layer of the skin to nourish the strand. About 85% of the hairs on the head are in the anagen phase at any given time.


Catagen Phase

Signals sent out by the body determine when the anagen phase ends and the catagen phase begins. The first sign of catagen is the cessation of melanin production in the hair bulb and breakdown of follicular melanocytes. The catagen phase, also known as the transitional phase, allows the follicle to renew itself. During this time, which lasts about two weeks, the hair follicle shrinks due to disintegration and the papilla detaches and “rests,” cutting the hair strand off from its nourishing blood supply. The follicle becomes 1/6 its original length, causing the hair shaft to be pushed upward. While hair is not growing during this phase, the length of the terminal fibers increases when the follicle pushes them upward.


Telogen phase

During the telogen or resting phase, the follicle remains dormant for one to four months. Ten to fifteen percent of the hairs on one’s head are in this phase of growth at any given time. In this phase the epidermal cells lining the follicle channel continue to grow as normal and may accumulate around the base of the hair, temporarily anchoring it in place and preserving the hair for its natural purpose without taxing the body’s resources needed during the growth phase.
At some point, the follicle will begin to grow again, softening the anchor point of the shaft initially. The hair base will break free from the root and the hair will be shed. Within two weeks the new hair shaft will begin to emerge once the telogen phase is complete. The process results in normal hair loss known as shedding.


How do the hair cycles effect laser hair removal?

Best Time for Laser Hair Removal Treatment

It can take 6-12 weeks for the hair to grow from the papilla to show above the skin during the anagen phase. With this knowledge, we know that if you were to pluck your eyebrows you would not see the exact same hair in a week, even if you have hair in the same area. This growing stage, anagen phase, is the perfect time to receive laser hair removal treatments. Because only 85% of the hairs are in this phase, it will take multiple treatments over a period of time to achieve the desired results. On average it takes 5 treatments, separated by 8 weeks to complete a course of treatment.


Getting Treated During Catagen Stage

It is very important to keep on your schedule for your treatments. Missing a treatment could allow your hair to enter the catagen phase. If you get treatment during the catagen stage, it will likely not be as effective because the hair is not actively growing. Thus, laser hair removal treatments are scheduled around the Anagen stage of hair growth to work towards a goal of permanent hair removal.


Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?

A good candidate for laser hair removal is someone who meets specific criteria that make the procedure more effective and safe. While laser hair removal is suitable for many individuals, it may not be suitable for everyone.


Here are some characteristics of a good candidate for laser hair removal:


  1. Light Skin, Dark Hair: The ideal candidate has a significant contrast between their skin color and hair color. Laser hair removal works best when there is a higher concentration of melanin in the hair follicles (dark hair) compared to the surrounding skin. Light skin with dark hair allows the laser to more effectively target the hair follicles without damaging the skin.

  2. Not Pregnant or Nursing: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid laser hair removal, as the safety of the procedure during these conditions has not been definitively established.

  3. No Sunburn or Recent Sun Exposure: Laser hair removal should not be performed on tanned or sunburned skin. It’s essential to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds before and after treatment to reduce the risk of complications.

  4. No Active Infections or Skin Conditions: Individuals with active infections, skin conditions (e.g., eczema, psoriasis) or open wounds in the treatment area should postpone laser hair removal until the condition has resolved.

  5. Realistic Expectations: A good candidate understands that laser hair removal leads to hair reduction but not complete permanent hair removal. While many people experience long-lasting results, occasional maintenance sessions may be needed to maintain the effects.

  6. Committed to Multiple Sessions: Laser hair removal requires multiple treatment sessions to target hair follicles in various growth stages. A good candidate is willing to commit to the recommended treatment plan to achieve the best results.

  7. Avoiding Photosensitizing Medications: Some medications can increase skin sensitivity to light, making laser hair removal riskier. A good candidate should discuss their medication history with the treating professional to determine if any adjustments are needed before treatment.

  8. In Good Health: Overall good health contributes to successful laser hair removal. Certain medical conditions or medications may make the procedure less suitable or require additional precautions.

  9. No Active History of Keloid Scarring: People with a history of keloid scarring may have a higher risk of adverse reactions to laser hair removal.

Which areas can undergo laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a versatile procedure that can be used to target unwanted hair on various areas of the body. Virtually any part of the body with unwanted hair can undergo laser hair removal. Some common areas treated with laser hair removal include:


  1. Face: Facial hair laser removal can effectively target hair on the upper lip, chin, cheeks, sideburns, and forehead.

  2. Underarms: Removing underarm hair is a popular choice for laser hair removal as it provides long-lasting smoothness.

  3. Bikini Area: Laser hair removal is commonly used for the bikini line, extending into different levels of Brazilian and Hollywood styles.

  4. Legs: Both the upper and lower legs can be treated with laser hair removal for long-lasting hair reduction.

  5. Chest and Back: Men often seek laser hair removal to reduce hair on the chest and back areas.

  6. Arms: Laser hair removal can target unwanted hair on the forearms or upper arms.

  7. Abdomen: Unwanted hair on the stomach or abdominal area can be treated with laser hair removal.

  8. Neck: Some individuals may choose to remove or reduce hair on the neck using laser hair removal.

  9. Shoulders: Laser hair removal can effectively target hair on the shoulders.

  10. Buttocks: For individuals seeking hair reduction in the buttocks area, laser hair removal can be an option.

It’s important to note that laser hair removal may not be suitable for certain areas, such as around the eyes or inside the ears, due to the risk of injury to the eyes or delicate structures. Additionally, the effectiveness of the treatment may vary based on the individual’s hair and skin type.


Does laser hair removal hurt? 

Is laser hair removal painful? The level of discomfort experienced during laser hair removal can vary from person to person and depends on individual pain tolerance, the area being treated, and the type of laser used. Most people describe the sensation during laser hair removal as mild to moderate, similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin or a tingling or stinging feeling. However, it’s important to note that the pain experienced is generally well-tolerated by most individuals.


Several factors can influence the level of discomfort during laser hair removal:


  1. Laser Technology: Advancements in laser technology have led to devices that incorporate cooling mechanisms, such as a cooling spray or cooling tip, to minimize discomfort during treatment.

  2. Skin Sensitivity: Individuals with sensitive skin may experience slightly more discomfort during the procedure.

  3. Treatment Area: Certain areas of the body, such as the face or bikini area, may be more sensitive than others, like the legs or back.

  4. Hair and Skin Color: Laser hair removal is generally more comfortable for people with lighter skin and darker hair, as there is better contrast between the hair and skin, allowing for more precise targeting of the hair follicles.

  5. Individual Pain Tolerance: Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, so what may be uncomfortable for one person might be more tolerable for another.

To make the procedure more comfortable, some practitioners may apply a numbing cream to the treatment area before starting the session. Additionally, they may use cooling techniques to soothe the skin during and after treatment.

It’s essential to communicate with your practitioner during the procedure. They can adjust the laser settings or provide additional cooling if you find the discomfort too intense.

Keep in mind that the sensation is usually brief and subsides quickly after each laser pulse. Moreover, the discomfort tends to decrease with subsequent sessions, as hair growth is reduced, and the treated area becomes less sensitive.


How many laser hair removal sessions will I require?

Multiple treatments depending on the type of hair and skin color have been shown to provide long-term reduction of hair. Most patients need a minimum of five treatments. Current parameters differ from device to device but manufacturers and clinicians generally recommend waiting from four to eight weeks between sessions, depending on the area being treated.


Parameters that Impact Sessions

The number of sessions depends on various parameters, including the area of the body being treated, skin color, the coarseness of hair, the reason for hirsutism, and sex. Coarse dark hair on light skin is easiest to treat. Certain areas may require considerably more treatments to achieve desired results such as a man’s beard.


Is laser hair removal effective on light-colored hair or blonde hair?

The laser does not work well on light-colored hair, red hair, gray hair, white hair, as well as fine hair of any color. For darker-skinned patients with black hair, the 810nm Diode laser, and the long-pulsed Nd:YAG with a cooling tip can be safe and effective.


Shedding of hairs

Typically the shedding of the treated hairs takes about two to three weeks. These hairs should be allowed to fall out on their own and should not be manipulated to avoid infections. Pulling hairs after a session can be more painful as well as counteract the effects of the treatment.


What are the side effects of laser hair removal?

Side Effects

Normal side effects that may occur after laser hair removal treatments include itching, pink skin, redness, and swelling around the treatment area or swelling of the follicles (follicular edema). These side effects rarely last more than two or three days.


Pain-Free Treatment

The newest 810nm Diode lasers with an internal cooling head are essentially pain-free. They do not require the use of numbing creams. Lasers that do not have an internal cooling system or use and external cooling system will have some level of pain. These lasers require the use of numbing cream. The cream should be applied about 30 minutes before the procedure. Icing the area after the treatment helps relieve any discomfort. Use of strong numbing creams over large skin areas being treated at one time must be avoided, as this can seriously harm or cause death in patients.


What are the risks of laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced professional. However, like any medical procedure, there are some potential risks and side effects associated with laser hair removal. It’s essential to be aware of these risks before undergoing the treatment. Some of the risks include:


  1. Skin Irritation: Temporary skin redness, swelling, and mild irritation are common immediately after the procedure. This typically subsides within a few hours to a day.

  2. Pigment Changes: In some cases, laser hair removal can cause temporary pigment changes, especially in individuals with darker skin. This can result in either darkening (hyperpigmentation) or lightening (hypopigmentation) of the skin in the treated area. These changes are usually temporary but may last for several weeks to months.

  3. Burns or Blisters: Incorrect laser settings or inappropriate use of the laser can cause burns or blisters on the skin. This risk is minimized by ensuring that the laser is properly calibrated for your skin type and hair color and that the procedure is performed by a skilled professional.

  4. Scarring: While rare, scarring can occur in some cases, particularly if the skin is not properly cared for after the treatment or if there is an adverse reaction to the procedure.

  5. Eye Injury: Laser hair removal around the eye area can be risky, as there is a potential for eye injury. Proper eye protection is crucial during the procedure.

  6. Ingrown Hairs: Although laser hair removal can help reduce ingrown hairs over time, there is a possibility of temporary increased ingrown hairs in the treated area during the early stages of treatment.

  7. Herpes Flare-Up: In individuals with a history of cold sores or oral herpes, laser hair removal on the upper lip may trigger a herpes flare-up.

  8. Hormonal Stimulation: In some cases, laser hair removal may cause temporary stimulation of hair growth, particularly in individuals with hormonal imbalances.

  9. Allergic Reactions: While rare, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the numbing creams or gels used during the procedure.

  10. Unsatisfactory Results: Laser hair removal may not be effective in completely removing all hair in some individuals. It is essential to have realistic expectations and understand that the results can vary.

To minimize the risks associated with laser hair removal, it’s essential to choose a reputable and experienced practitioner and follow their pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions carefully. Inform your practitioner of any medical conditions, medications, or skin sensitivities before undergoing the procedure.


What should I expect from my laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is an in-office procedure. The process takes between 10-30 minutes depending on the number of areas treated.


What should I do prior to my laser hair removal treatment?

Prior to your laser hair removal treatment, you should not tweeze, wax, or use any hair treatment that removes hair from its root. There must be hair in the follicle for laser hair removal to work. One should avoid sun exposure, spray tans, or self-tanners 14 days prior and 7 days after your laser hair removal treatment. Tanned skin has extra melanin which attracts laser energy. On the day of your laser hair removal treatment, avoid applying any lotion, moisturizer, sunscreen, perfume, or other similar cosmetics to the surface of your skin. Do not apply make-up or wear jewelry to your appointment. You will need to shave 1-2 days before your session. The idea is to have a nice, close shave so that there is no hair outside the skin. It is best to have just enough hair to be visible so your laser technician knows what is to be treated.


What can I expect during my laser hair removal treatment?

During the procedure, a cool gel will be applied. The gel enhances the efficacy of the laser. Depending on whether the laser has a built-in cooling system, one may need to apply an anesthetic gel prior to the treatment. Once the treatment is performed, a moisturizer with sunblock will be applied.


What can I expect after my laser hair removal treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, there may be mild redness and swelling. The swelling may last up to 2 hours and the redness may last for a couple of days. The treated area may feel like a sunburn. One may apply ice for the first few hours after treatment to reduce any discomfort or swelling. Make-up can be applied two hours after the treatment. It is necessary to avoid sun exposure for 7 days after the procedure. There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently as if you had a sunburn for the first 24 hours. One should wash the area gently and pat dry until the skin returns to normal. Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin.


Do not use any other hair removal treatment products or services (waxing, electrolysis, or tweezing) that will disturb the hair follicle in the treatment area. Anywhere from 3-7 days after the treatment, shedding of the surface hair may occur and this appears as new hair growth. This is not new hair growth, it is the shaft that was below the skin being expelled. It may take 7-10 days for the shafts to be fully expelled.


Does laser hair removal leave scars?

In general, laser hair removal is considered a safe procedure with a low risk of scarring when performed by a qualified and experienced professional. However, like any medical procedure, there is a small potential for adverse effects, including scarring, though it is relatively rare.


The risk of scarring from laser hair removal can be minimized by following these guidelines:


  1. Choosing a Qualified Professional: Ensure that you undergo the procedure at a reputable and licensed clinic or under the supervision of a qualified dermatologist or trained practitioner. A skilled professional will use appropriate equipment and settings based on your skin type and hair color to minimize the risk of complications.

  2. Skin Type and Hair Color Assessment: Different types of lasers are used for various skin types and hair colors. It is essential that the professional assesses your skin and hair to choose the most suitable laser for your needs.

  3. Avoiding Sun Exposure: Tanned or sun-exposed skin is more susceptible to adverse reactions, including scarring, from laser treatment. It is crucial to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds before and after the procedure.

  4. Pre-Treatment and Post-Treatment Care: Follow the pre-treatment and post-treatment care instructions provided by the professional. These guidelines will help reduce the risk of complications and ensure proper healing.

  5. Avoiding Photosensitizing Medications: Certain medications can increase the skin’s sensitivity to light and may raise the risk of adverse reactions. Inform your practitioner about any medications you are taking before the procedure.

  6. Realistic Expectations: While laser hair removal is generally effective in reducing hair growth, it does not guarantee complete hair removal. Having realistic expectations can help avoid unnecessary treatment and potential complications.

It’s important to note that complications are relatively uncommon with laser hair removal when performed by trained professionals. However, if you experience any unusual side effects, such as excessive redness, swelling, blistering, or scarring after the procedure, contact your healthcare provider immediately for appropriate evaluation and treatment.


Is laser hair removal permanent?

The duration of the results from laser hair removal can vary from person to person and depends on several factors, including the individual’s hair and skin type, the area being treated, and the specific laser used. In general, most people experience long-lasting hair reduction, but complete permanent hair removal may not always be achieved.


Here are general guidelines on how long the results of laser hair removal may last:


  1. Hair Growth Reduction: After completing a full series of laser hair removal sessions, many individuals experience a significant reduction in hair growth in the treated area. This can last for several months to years. The hair that does regrow is often lighter, finer, and sparser.

  2. Maintenance Sessions: To maintain the results, occasional maintenance sessions may be necessary. The frequency of maintenance sessions can vary depending on individual hair regrowth patterns and can range from several months to a year or more.

  3. Hormonal Factors: Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy, menopause, or certain medical conditions, can sometimes trigger new hair growth. In such cases, additional maintenance sessions may be needed to address the new hair.

  4. Individual Response: The effectiveness and duration of results can vary based on an individual’s response to treatment. Some people may experience more extended periods of hair reduction, while others may require more frequent maintenance sessions.

  5. Treatment Area: The area being treated can also impact the duration of results. Hair on certain body areas, such as the face or underarms, may require more frequent maintenance sessions compared to other areas like the legs or back.

  6. Skin and Hair Type: People with lighter skin and darker hair typically respond better to laser hair removal. Those with darker skin or lighter hair may require more sessions and may have different outcomes.

  7. Quality of Treatment: The skill and expertise of the practitioner performing the laser hair removal can influence the effectiveness and longevity of the results.

Laser hair removal before and after photos

Laser Hair Removal Before and After Photo.Laser Hair Removal Before and After

  • 810nm Diode Laser.
  • Legs, arms, bikini line, chest, back, and face.
  • Total of 6 treatments.
  • Treatments are 8 weeks apart.

How much is laser hair removal?

And how much does laser hair removal cost in Richmond VA.? Laser hair removal cost Richmond VA  is between $80 to $500 per session depending on the area. Laser hair removal cost for packages of 6 treatments range from $400 to $2000.


Dr. DeConti has extensive training and certifications in multiple laser systems including alexandrite, q-switch, diode, KTP: YAG, Nd: YAG, CO2, erbium, argon, krypton, ruby, and copper vapor lasers as well as Intense Pulsed Light Systems (IPL). He can treat a wide range of medical and cosmetic conditions including laser hair removal, skin resurfacing, tattoo removal, port-wine stains, and hemangioma removal, wrinkle correction and reduction, pigmented spots, lesion destruction, acne reduction, telangiectasia and vein reduction, laser liposuction, laser photocoagulation, endovenous laser therapy, and laser scalpel surgery. As a highly credentialed plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, he is an expert in the intimate details of laser medicine and surgery. This knowledge allows Dr. DeConti and his staff to perform all laser procedures accurately and effectively for the finest and most optimum results with the least amount of risk.


To learn more about the benefits of Laser Hair Removal or Laser Tattoo Removal call 804 673-8000 and schedule a consultation at DeConti Plastic Surgery today.


Learn more:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Laser Hair Removal

Mayo Clinic: Laser Hair Removal

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