Laser hair removal - Frequent Asked Questions

Eugene Mandrea, MD

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Chicago Dermatologist

You must have wondered at least once if laser hair removal is the right alternative for you. In order to decide for the best, the most frequent asked questions:
• How long does laser hair removal treatment take?


Well, here is an approximate guide:
• Bikini Line 8-10 minutes
• Chin 2-3 minutes
• Legs 1½ -3 hours
• Underarms 1-2 minutes
• Back 1½ -3 hours
• Shoulders 10-20 minutes
• Upper lip less than 1 minute


• How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal is, generally, a three-step process and there is absolutely no significant recovery period you must go through after having the treatment. In fact, laser hair removal is a very effective, fast, gentle, safe and skin care alternative method for hair removal and it’s designed to use a low-energy laser to gently and permanently remove unwanted hair.


• What are the side effects of laser hair removal?
The one and only main side effect is a certain redness, a “sunburn-like” reaction. But that’s actually a good sign, showing that the hair removal procedure went well. However, it is important to listen to the practitioner carefully and apply post- treatment creams.


• Will my insurance cover laser hair removal?
No. Currently, it is not seen as a medical procedure. However, laser hair removal is an out-of-pocket expense that anyone can afford.


• Am I a right candidate for laser hair removal?
Generally, laser hair removal works best with dark coarse hair. Light skin and dark hair are an ideal combination, but new lasers are now able to target dark black hair even for patients with dark skin.