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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is laser hair removal effective?

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Dr. Ralph Rosato
Plastic Surgery 36 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).
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Yes: It's very effective if done properly and using the right lasers with the right settings. Works best on dark coarse hair. Patients with darker skin are at higher risk of getting burned and have to be treated with different lasers and settings than patients with white skin. It's possible to get 80% or more hair reduction after a series of treatments.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
It can be...depends!: First, laser hair removal works best on brown or black hair. The laser is attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle. Laser light is NOT attracted to gray, blond, red, or very light colored hair. Many people who have laser hair removal will get "tune-ups" or maintenance treatments from time to time.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How effective is laser hair removal?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If can be very: effective but is best for darker hair.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How effective is laser hair removal for women?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can laser hair removal be expensive?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 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 31-year-old member asked:

Is laser hair removal safe?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yes: In the hands of an experienced doctor using the appropriate device and settings, laser hair removal is very safe. While rare, the side effects of laser hair removal includes blistering, darkening of the skin, redness and pain. The key is to find the right experienced physician who will minimize these risks!
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is laser hair removal permanent?

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Dr. H. william Song
aesthetic Medicine 29 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.

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