Some people wonder why OB/GYN practices offer LHR. Isn’t it the realm of plastic surgeons and dermatologists?

For gynecologists laser hair removal is a natural transition and a perfect fit as they can perform these procedures in discrete areas of the female body in a comfortable setting of a medical office. Permanent reduction of hair in women care clinics also tends to be more affordable as these treatments are typically focused on small areas and can be combined with regular office visits.

laser hair by OB/GYNs

How does laser remove hair?

Highly controlled flashes of laser beams are selectively absorbed by hair follicles lying below the surface of the skin. The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages and destroys the regrowth potential of the follicle- all without damaging surrounding tissue. Hair follicles are usually in different growth cycles at different times in relation to one another. Since the follicle must in active growth in order to be affected by the laser, several treatments spread over several months are required to assure the destruction of all hair follicles.

Areas treated: bikini area, underarms, and face.

Results?

The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to your specific kind of hair and skin. Usually five to six treatments spread out 4 weeks apart are required to achieve satisfactory results. Following each treatment, you can generally return to work and resume all regular activities.

Can all hair be treated?

Any hair with at least some pigment in it (black, brown, red) can be treated effectively. Blond or white hair does not respond well to treatment with a laser.

Are there any possible side effects?

Side effects are rare. You may experience some slight reddening or local swelling at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours.

On rare occasions, some blistering or bruising may occur, but typically resolves quickly. The skin may also become lighter or darker following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun exposure before and after treatments will minimize risk of complications.

How much does the laser hair removal cost?

Prices vary for each patient depending on the type of laser procedure, area of the body to be treated, and the number of treatments needed. Generally, there has been a tremendous drop in laser hair removal costs in the past couple of years – due to latest advances and laser technologies and greater competition between laser providers.

Keep in mind that most people spend more money in 4-5 years on shaving, waxing, and depiliatory products. Laser hair removal will save you both time and money and it would have paid for itself in just a few years.