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What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

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Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas. Benefits of laser hair removal include:

  • Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
  • Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
  • Predictability. Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.

From: Laser Hair Removal WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: "Laser Hair Removal Information."

Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Washington: "Laser Hair Removal."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Laser Hair Removal."

FDA: "Removing Hair Safely."

The Hair Removal Journal: "How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: "Laser Hair Removal Information."

Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Washington: "Laser Hair Removal."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Laser Hair Removal."

FDA: "Removing Hair Safely."

The Hair Removal Journal: "How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

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