What is laser hair removal? West County Plastic Surgeons offers laser hair removal for our St. Louis patients who want to permanently reduce unwanted hair on their body or face. Typically, the patients who choose this option for hair reduction have tried and are dissatisfied with other hair-removal options, including tweezing, shaving, waxing, electrolysis, or creams. Laser hair removal uses focused light energy to target and penetrate the hair shaft and destroy the hair root. The laser energy also damages the hair follicle, discouraging hair regrowth.
Because hair grows in cycles of active growth followed by periods of rest, hair removal using laser technology can effectively target actively growing hair follicles only. This means that several sessions will be required to treat unwanted hair follicles during their active phase. Response time, number of treatments required, and laser choice differ considerably from patient to patient.
West County Plastic Surgery offers three separate laser hair removal options to meet the diverse needs of our St. Louis patients:
- Chilled-Tip Light Sheer (800 nm laser diode) for patients with lighter skin tones
- Long-Pulsed Nd:YAG (1064 nm) for individuals with darker skin tones
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for patients with lighter hair color
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Length of procedure: 15 to 30 minutes.
Number of treatments: May require 3 to 6 treatments, depending on skin and hair color
Estimated recovery time: Immediate
To schedule your appointment for laser hair removal, contact our St. Louis office by phoning 314-996-8800, requesting your consultation online, or emailing us today.