Laser hair removal is a medical/cosmetic procedure that uses a beam of light (pulsed laser) to remove unwanted hair from the treated area, while leaving surrounding skin unharmed. During the treatment, laser energy is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle. This energy is converted to heat by the melanin causing damage to the hair follicle leading to hair loss and thinning of the hair in the treated area. Common treatment areas include but are not limited to the chin, upper lip, chest, armpits, back, bikini line and legs.
Although there are many temporary treatments, including shaving, using creams and waxing, to remove unwanted hair, patients seeking longer term and less irritating means of hair removal are frequently good candidates for laser hair removal.