Laser Hair Removal

Learn More About Laser Hair Removal at Aurora Health Care

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted hair growth. Laser hair removal is most commonly used to reduce hair growth on the face, back, legs, forearm, underarm and bikini line. However, it can be used to permanently reduce the amount of hair on any area of the body.

Why Consider Laser Hair Removal?

If you’re bothered by hair growing anywhere on your body – or want an alternative to shaving, tweezing, waxing or electrolysis – laser hair removal might be a good option for you.

Laser hair removal can:

  • Eliminate or reduce the need for shaving, waxing, tweezing or other methods of hair removal
  • Permanently remove or reduce unwanted hair
  • Make skin color and complexion more uniform

Laser hair removal is not usually painful, and there is no downtime after the procedure. However, you will have to return for multiple sessions for optimal results, because the laser only removes hair during one of three phases of hair growth.

How is Laser Hair Removal Performed?

During the procedure, lasers are used to disable hair follicles and ultimately impair or stop future hair growth. The lasers see the pigment (color) in the hair follicle and hair shaft and emit light energy to disable that hair follicle.

You will have to return for multiple treatments because the lasers can affect only the follicles that are in the active growth phase, and not all follicles are in that phase at the same time. Hair follicles in the active growth phase have the most pigment, so they can absorb the light energy from the laser. Hair follicles in the other phases of growth have less pigment, so they do not absorb the light energy as well and are not affected by the laser.

Note: Light energy from the lasers will be absorbed by any type of pigment, but for best results, your hair should be darker than your skin so the laser can detect your hair. Laser hair removal is most effective on people who have fair complexions and darker hair, but improving laser technology can successfully remove hair from people of all skin and hair color types.

Before your procedure, your surgeon may choose to shave or trim the hair in the area to be treated. A cooling gel may be applied, or a laser with a cooling tip may be used to protect your skin during treatment. The length of your laser hair removal procedure will depend on the size of the treatment area. A small area, such as the underarm, may take only minutes, while a larger area, such as the back, may last about an hour or more.

During the procedure, the physician will guide the laser over the treatment area. As the laser pulses, it will deliver light energy to the hair active follicles to disable hair growth.

Follow-up hair removal treatments will involve the same process.

Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for Laser Hair Removal?

At Aurora Health Care, you’re not just another patient. Your health is our first priority, and we want what’s best for you – even if that means you choose not to have laser hair removal.

When you choose Aurora for your cosmetic procedure, you’re choosing more than just a surgeon. You’re choosing an entire health care system that offers you much more than one procedure. We offer a multidisciplinary team of doctors who work together to provide you with care that stands above the competition.

At Aurora, we offer:

  • Experience: Aurora skin laser specialists perform hundreds of laser hair removal treatments each year.
  • Expertise: At Aurora, laser hair removal is only performed by board-certified doctors or advanced practitioners trained in laser treatments.
  • Advanced technology: Aurora uses the Lumenis Duet Laser System, FDA approved for all skin types.
  • Attention to you: Your laser specialist will take time to discuss options with you and answer your questions before your treatment begins, giving you peace of mind.

Is Laser Hair Removal Covered by Insurance?

Most cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are considered elective procedures, and thus are not often covered by insurance. However, there are some exceptions. If you have questions about whether your laser hair removal would be covered by insurance, contact your insurance company directly.

How Do I Find a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon at Aurora Health Care?

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