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Laser Hair Removal - Related Questions

Q. I had laser hair removal several years ago and I just realized I have two long hairs under my arms. Is this normal?

A. Yes. Laser hair reduction is remarkably effective, but occasionally there are dormant hair follicles that reactivate years later. Remember, only a growing follicle can be destroyed by the laser energy. A quick and simple spot treatment should handle the problem quickly.

Q. I am from Egypt and I have fine, dark hair and medium-dark complexion. I am interested in laser hair removal. Am I a good candidate?

A. Yes. While coarser hair responds more dramatically, fine dark hairs will be reduced with a series of laser hair removal sessions. Be sure your dermatologist uses a laser hair removal system that has a longer pulse duration to prevent problems with darker skin.

Q. My boyfriend is always getting ingrown hairs on his neck. They sometimes get infected. Can he do a laser treatment to remove these ingrown hairs?

A. Yes. Laser hair reduction can be used on the neck of men to thin out the coarser hairs that cause folliculitis and unsightly discolorations. Since the end point is to reduce the folliculitis, and not to rid the patient of hair completely, just a few sessions can make the difference.

Q. I am interested in reducing the hair on my face. I am confused with so many options. I went to a well advertised laser clinic, but I did not even see a doctor, so I left. How can I find my best option?

A. Good call! These large laser operations that have no physician supervision is no place to get a medical laser procedure. I am a huge fan of laser hair removal, but not everyone is a good candidate. The best candidate has coarse, dark hair and fair skin. The least responsive candidate has gray hair and dark skin. It is important that the laser be right for the skin color. Longer pulse widths are needed for darker skin. In general, see a qualified board certified dermatologist who owns and operates his or her own equipment, and you will get the best results.


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