Is Laser Treatment Right For You? Learn the Facts

From pigment changes to allergic reactions, here are 16 things you need to know before trying laser treatments (12 Photos)

Gina Colonette on Aug 14, 2012 at 5:17PM

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Is Laser Treatment Right For You? Learn the Facts

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Laser Hair Removal Takes More Than One Treatment

Shaving and waxing can be time consuming, expensive and tedious. Laser hair removal might be your go-to option for a more permanent solution, but you'll need more than one treatment. A laser has to zap each hair when it's in the growth cycle, says Susan Taylor, M.D., dermatologist and author of Reader's Digest Guide to Skin Care: Professional Secrets and Natural Treatments for Glowing, Youthful Skin. “For any given individual only 80 percent of their hairs are in the growth cycle and the others are not,” says Dr. Taylor. Since there’s no which hairs got destroyed, you'll need several follow-up visits -- the best results go every four to six weeks for about six months, says Debra Jaliman, M.D., author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist.

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