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A 32-year-old member asked:

How effective is laser hair removal for women?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Laser Hair Removal: Laser hair reduction is very effective for women (and men). Depending on skin type, ethnicity, laser used and area you wish treated, you may need between 6 and 10 treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart. Multiple areas can be treated simultaneously if you wish.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Very to not at all: For the right woman, it works great. Dark hair, light skin and tolerance to the treatment are all good signs that it will work. Lighter hair and darker skin make it harder, but not impossible....More treatments. Bikini, underarms, nipples, happy trail all work well. Facial hair is more resistant. Good equipment helps a lot. We estimate a 60-90% reduction after 5 treatments space 6 wks apart.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is laser hair removal effective?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Rosato
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: I have had laser hair reduction. It smarted and i needed to bite on a towel but it was worth it. Approximately 90% reduction. I recommend the candela gentlelase. (i do not own one but that is the one i lease).
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can laser hair removal be expensive?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Can be: Depends on the extent of desired hair removal. Does require several visits to remove most unwanted hair as the hair can only be destroyed during its growing cycle. Many hairs are in resting mode and will not be effectively removed. Set intervals for retreatment is the way the hairs will be most effectively reduced.
A 30-year-old male asked:

Is there risk with laser hair removal?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology 27 years experience
Yes: Everything has risks. The nation risk of laser hair removal is in burning the skin. However the risk is low when performed by experienced physicians and nurses.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Are there any dangers to laser hair removal?

6 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: Lasers are medical devices and as such have dangers such as causing burns with permanent scars or blindness. That is why they must be used in most states under the direction of a doctor. There are some home devices sold which obviously have fewer dangers but also less reliable results. If you are using home devices, follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to avoid problems.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is laser hair removal permanent?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. H. william Song
aesthetic Medicine 30 years experience
No.: Laser permanently destroys hair that are in the active growth stage. Dormant hair and hair that your body has not made yet will be unaffected. Multiple treatments are needed to treat all the existing hair follicles as they become active. Once the series is completed, there will be a significant reduction in hair growth. Over time your body makes new hair and maintenance treatments are needed.
Last updated Feb 26, 2017

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