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Michele A Finley MD
12337 Hancock Street Suite 22
Carmel, IN 46033

Laser Hair Removal

What are Laser Hair Removal Systems and How Do they Work?
All laser systems emit a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed by the hair. The laser energy is then transformed into heat which disables the follicle. Lasers that utilize a cooling device will help provide the patient with increased comfort and protection by cooling the upper layers of skin. This cooling selectivity helps to protect the skin while effectively treating the unwanted hair.   This procedure results in finer, sparser hair growth.  Removing 100 percent of the hair is rarely achieved.

How long will the procedure take?
The length of the procedure depends on the area being treated. An entire back can be done in 1 to 1 1/2 hours; underarms can be done in 1-2 minutes and an upper lip in less than 10 seconds.

Will All My Hair Be Removed In One Session? 
Because only 30% or your hair is in the active phase at any one time, a series, or course, of laser hair removal treatments will be required to achieve the long-term clearance you desire. These treatments are spaced approximately 4-8 weeks apart, based on hair growth cycles. You can expect an average of 4-8 treatments.

Is it safe?
Yes, the procedure is completely safe. After the procedure, patients may experience slight pink or red skin in the treated area. The color will most likely fade within a few minutes to a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days. When cold packs are used, the skin will return to normal much more quickly. The lasers utilize energy wavelengths of light that pass directly through the skin into the hair follicles. 

Does it hurt?
The feel of the laser on the skin has been described in many different ways. Some say it feels like a pinch on the skin and others say it feels cool or it feels like a mild rubber band snap.
Who is a good candidate for the procedure? 
Laser hair removal is used for people who want to decrease unwanted body hair. Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and bikini line. Although laser hair removal doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal, it does extend the "hair-free" period, which can vary from several months to several years. With multiple treatments, long-term hair reduction is possible.  

How do I get started with a Laser Hair Removal? 
To find out more about our Laser Hair Removal and to discuss your individual requirements with Dr. Michele Finley, please contact us.