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How Does Laser Hair Removal Works?

Unwanted hair can be removed using our laser specifically designed for hair reduction. The Lumenis LightSheer™ Laser System is a state-of-the-art system specially designed to remove unwanted hair faster, with less discomfort and more reliably than other methods, on patients of all skin color.


The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, long enough to heat up the hair and significantly impede the follicle’s ability to re-grow. This process also treats numerous hair follicles simultaneously. Therefore, the Lumenis LightSheer™ Laser System is appropriate for treating even the largest areas of the body both quickly and effectively. A special contact-cooling handpiece allows the Laser Specialist to treat even the most sensitive skin. It protects and cools the upper layer of the skin before, during and after each laser pulse while directing the laser energy to the hair root.


Most patients tolerate the procedure well, but because some areas are more sensitive than others, topical anesthesia can be an option.

Length of Stay

The length of a laser treatment may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Undershot of a man's chin before hair removalUndershot of a man's smooth chin after hair removal

What to expect

Mild to no discomfort following treatment. Side effects may include redness and swelling around the hair follicle, which indicate that it has responded to the treatment. Most patients require a series of treatments. Periodic touch-ups may be necessary.

Resuming Activities

Most people return to normal activity right away.

Duration of results

The Lumenis LightSheer™ Laser System safely and effectively destroys hair follicles over a series of treatments. Hair follicles must be treated during the active growth cycle, so all follicles will not be destroyed in a single treatment.


Side effects, if any, are minor.

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Have additional questions about the Laser Hair Removal procedure? Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Knowling for further information.