Laser hair removal is an easy way to permanently reduce unwanted hair. At Richmond Aesthetic Surgery and Dermlounge we use the Cynosure Elite Alexandrite YAG laser that allows for safe and effective hair removal on all skin types.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
The laser works by targeting the chemical structure of the pigment of each hair follicle. The laser is specific tuned to target the molecule melanin, which is found in high concentrations in the hair root. When treated, the hair root follicle is obliterated, which often completely eliminates hair growth. As shown in the picture below, there are four stages of hair growth. In order for laser hair removal to be effective, each hair has to be treated during the active phase of growth. For this reason it takes approximately six treatments for permanent reduction. The hair that is treated during each session is permanently reduced and the hair growth you will see growing between sessions is hair that was in the dormant stages and is now actively growing. It is very important to receive treatments once a month for 6 consecutive months for permanent reduction. It is only effective on colored hair, so unfortunately we are unable to treat gray, white, or very blonde hairs.
The Best Candidates for Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is safe and effective on all skin types as long as the hair is pigmented or darker in color than the surrounding skin. This means people of all ethnicities are candidates for permanent laser hair reduction.
The most common side effects include redness and irritation of the treated areas that usually resolve within one hour of treatment. Dr. Neil J. Zemmel will guide you through the entire recovery process to ensure your safe and effective outcome.