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IPL | LASER HAIR REMOVAL
   
  WHAT IS IT:
FAQS*
Laser or Intense Pulsed Light may be used to destroy hair follicles beneath the surface of the skin. The treatment may be performed on any area of the body and on any skin type if the correct source of light is used. The procedure is usually performed by an aesthetician, preferably under the supervision of a physician, and the treatments are spaced several weeks apart. Common areas of treatment for men and women include the legs, chest, face, abdomen, back, bikini line and underarms.
 
  HOW DOES IT WORK?
 

Because of the varying sizes of treatment areas, one session of laser or IPL hair removal can take anywhere from about 15 to 90 minutes to perform. Patients often report a mild stinging sensation during treatment, but various methods of cooling may be used during treatment to help reduce this. Anethesia is generally not needed.

The light, which is directed at the hair follicles in the area of treatment, penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the follicle beneath the hair. As the light is absorbed, it is converted to heat, destroying the follicles's ability to grow new hair.
Laser or IPL hair removal needs to be performed in stages because hair grows in stages. It is only in its active stage of growth that hair can be removed successfully.

 
  WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER TREATMENT?
 
Patients can continue on with normal daily routines immediately following treatment, but do need to keep the treated areas out of the sun. Some redness may be existent, but should only last several hours, or occasionally up to a couple days. This is easily camouflaged by clothing or makeup.
  Is hair removal temporary or permanent? How many treatments will it take?
   
  Hair removal is both temporary and permanent. During a short series of treatments 3-4 weeks apart, patients will rarely have to shave, tweeze, or pluck. However, if the treatments stop, some of the hair will return in a few months which will be finer and lighter than before. The more treatments, the less hair will ultimately come back.
   
  What are the worst things that can happen with laser or intense pulse light treatment?
  Rare complications include burning, blistering, and extra pigmentation. All of which will usually resolve in a few days to a few weeks
   
  Do laser or IPL treatments cause cancer?
  No, the light is in the visible range and has never to shown to produce cancers of the skin or any other organ.
   
* ALL FAQs ARE REAL QUESTIONS BY OUR PATIENTS AND DR. GOODMAN'S ANSWERS

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