Hair removal or hair reduction is easier than ever with new laser technology. Whether your goal is removing unsightly spots of hair, thinning your existing hair, or shaping your hairline, laser hair removal or reduction can help you achieve the look you desire.

Laser hair removal or reduction works over time to thin hair follicles, then prevent them from growing back. Visit Big Island Family Medicine if you’re interested in permanent hair removal or hair reduction.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal or hair reduction selectively targets each individual hair follicle while avoiding damage to the surrounding tissue. The hair follicle is a complex system, but the relevant portion for laser hair removal is the bulb, the “root” of the follicle that the hair grows from. Laser treatment permanently disables the bulb, preventing the hair from ever growing again. Because the bulb needs to be present for treatment to be effective, patients should not pluck or wax hair between sessions.

Each hair goes through three growth phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. However, each individual follicle undergoes these stages independently of neighboring hairs. Laser hair removal or reduction treatments must catch each follicle at a certain stage of growth, so they must be repeated to make sure all hairs are affected.

Hair may grow back progressively lighter and finer between treatments, which are scheduled at least 6-8 weeks apart. Between sessions, patients are advised to avoid sun exposure, use sunscreen on the targeted area, and avoid heat such as hot tubs and saunas for several days after treatment.

Let the team at Big Island Family Medicine know your aesthetic goals for hair removal or hair reduction, and we’ll do our best to help.

Please call our office and press option 3 to connect to our aesthetics department.