What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a minor procedure that treats unwanted or excessive hair. Laser hair removal uses an intense, pulsating beam of light that penetrates the skin and damages hair follicles. This removes hair and inhibits its regrowth. It may take multiple treatments and occasional maintenance treatments to achieve long-lasting results. 

Laser hair removal is only one method to treat unwanted hair. Discuss all the treatment choices with your doctor to understand which options are right for you.  

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Dec 21, 2012

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Medical References

  1. Denver Hair Reduction Services. Rocky Mountain laser Aesthetics. http://www.rockymountainlaser.com/hair_removal.html.
  2. Laser hair removal. American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/cosmetic-treatments/laser-hair-removal.
  3. Laser Hair Removal. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/skin/laser-hair-removal.

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