Laser Hair Removal 101

  • Posted on: Dec 30 2019
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Hair growth is a natural process of the human body, but excessive or unwanted hair growth can impede many people’s confidence. Thankfully, laser hair removal is an effective and permanent solution to your unwanted body hair. Regardless if you’re getting laser hair removal as part of a mommy makeover in Chicago or a one-off procedure, you’ll be thrilled with the results. 

What Causes Excess Hair Growth?

First, let’s determine the source of your excess hair growth. There are multiple reasons that could contribute, including being on birth control, medication, natural hormone production, genetics, or your thyroid. Laser hair removal is an ideal solution to minimize maintenance, reduce the number of ingrown hairs, reduce scarring and offers a long-term solution to unwanted hair growth. 

The Specifics of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is ideal for treating dark, coarse hair, and it is not effective in treating white, blonde, grey or red hair. This is because lasers are attracted to pigment, beaming a concentrated light into the hair follicle and destroying the hair. The laser will pulse, lasting less than one second per pulse, and multiple treatments are typically necessary to achieve the desired results. Popular areas to receive laser hair removal include the arms, legs, chest, underarm, lip and chin. 


Make sure to leave the hair in the treatment area alone, avoiding plucking, tweezing and threading at all costs. It’s also ideal that you don’t wax beforehand, as this can remove the root of the hair that the laser targets. The length of the hair being treated should be at least a few millimeters long. 

Laser hair removal is a life-changing decision for the better! Our team at the Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery is here to help answer your questions and help you feel more confident. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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