How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

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Laser hair reduction is a non-invasive procedure that can help reduce unwanted hair. Typically, the procedure takes a few minutes to treat small areas, but large areas may take up to an hour.

Individuals with all skin types can benefit from laser hair removal. However, it is recommended to avoid shaving, plucking, and waxing before your treatment.


The laser light is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in your hair, which is converted to heat and then destroyed permanently. This disables the hair follicles and stops new growth without affecting the surrounding skin. The treatment is painless and requires no anesthetic.

The treatment area should be shaved one day prior to the laser session. This is because the laser looks for pigment, so a tan or dark color in the hair will interfere with the results. In addition, waxing, tweezing or other depilatory methods must be avoided for two weeks before your laser treatments as they may cause skin irritation.

Laser hair reduction is safe for all ages and skin tones. However, it is recommended that teens receive treatment only after they are through puberty and have established a regular menstrual cycle. Teens must also have a written consent from their parent or guardian. It is also recommended that patients be on a healthy diet and not taking any medications, particularly antibiotics or any other type of drug that affects blood circulation.


Unlike shaving, plucking or waxing, laser treatment destroys hair follicles directly and stops new hair from growing. It also decreases the thickness of existing hair.

The laser emits a beam of light that passes through the skin to target pigment (melanin) in hair. As the beam of light hits the melanin, it is converted to heat and destroys the tube-shaped sacs that produce the hairs.

This process can be done in the doctor’s office or in a spa. If you go to a spa, make sure the person performing your treatments is a licensed medical professional, such as a nurse or physician assistant.

During laser hair removal, you’ll sit or lie down while your doctor presses a hand-held device against your skin. The device has a cooling device or gel to protect your skin and lessen the chance of side effects. You may need several treatment sessions before you see results. Because of the natural hair growth cycle, your doctor may recommend that you return for maintenance treatments every six months to a year.

Virtually Painless

The laser’s light energy heats the hair pigment and destroys the hair follicle, preventing it from growing more hair. Unlike traditional waxing and shaving, this treatment removes unwanted hair permanently.

The Cutera Excel HR laser is the most popular device for permanent hair reduction because it is safe, effective and virtually painless. We also use the Alexandrite laser and YAG laser to remove unwanted hair and treat red marks, brown spots, scars, vascular lesions and melasma (patches of discoloration that can be triggered by birth control, pregnancy or hormone replacement) on any skin type.

The Soprano Ice Platinum Laser uses SHR technology that gradually heats the skin to prevent injury while treating the hair follicles with pulses of high-frequency laser light. This technique, combined with contact cooling, ensures that you experience a comfortable treatment and helps achieve optimal results. This innovative approach to laser treatment makes SHR the quickest and most effective permanent hair removal method.


The neodymium-YAG laser emits light pulses that are absorbed by the pigment melanin in your hair. This light energy converts to heat that destroys the hair follicle and prevents normal regrowth of your unwanted hair.

This procedure is quick and requires no downtime. Some clients may experience slight discomfort when the laser is applied to the skin, but this is usually tolerable and can be mitigated with topical pain relief.

With our revolutionary blend of epilation and laser technology, you can achieve silky smooth skin that is permanent, without the pain of waxing or shaving. Schedule a visit with Beauty Medics online or by phone to start your journey to permanently smooth skin.

Our Diode Laser machine is safe and effective for all skin phototypes. Its unique design allows the laser to quickly detect your pigment in the hair follicle and target it with laser energy, regardless of its location in the skin. This ensures that over time your unwanted hair will diminish and fade away.