What Areas Can Be Treated With Laser Hair Removal?

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If you are interested in cutting out the expense and hassle of shaving or waxing to get rid of body hair, then you may have looked into laser hair removal, offered by Impressions Face + Body in Chicago, IL. You may have some questions about the treatment, such as which areas you can get treated successfully. Fortunately, laser treatment to remove unwanted body hair is safe for many areas.

What Areas Can Be Treated With Laser Hair Removal?


The face is one of the most frequently treated areas with a laser for hair removal. This is an area of the body where many people, especially women, don't want hair to grow, particularly dark hair. A laser can safely remove hair from the upper lip, chin, neck, and sideburns. Since the laser only penetrates the upper layer of skin to the hair follicle, it's completely safe to remove hair from the sensitive areas of the face.


The skin on the legs is much tougher than the skin on the face, so the legs are a very popular area of the body for laser treatments to remove unwanted hair. Most women have already put their legs through shaving and waxing, so laser treatment is no big deal. However, it is a big deal that you won't have to deal with razors or wax anymore! Laser treatment makes these expenses a thing of the past.


Underarms are another area of the body that is often exposed to laser treatments to remove unwanted hair. Women, in particular, have spent years shaving or waxing under their arms, only to have to deal repeatedly with razor burn or ingrown hair. Fortunately, it is extremely safe to use a laser on the skin under the arms, and in fact, it's an area that takes only about a minute to complete for both underarms.


Increasingly, men seek hair removal or thinning options for their back hair. Laser treatment is perfect for this use because if someone doesn't want to remove all their back hair, they either have to pluck out the hairs they want removed or undergo laser sessions to thin it out. Waxing and shaving don't allow for thinning at all. However, if you want to remove all back hair, this is possible with a laser.


As with the back, men are trying to remove or thin their chest hair more often. Laser treatment can target specific hair follicles so that only the hair the patient wants removed is targeted. This results in a permanent thinning effect. People who want to remove all their chest hair can also undergo laser treatments to stop shaving and waxing this sensitive body area.


Unwanted hair on the stomach can make you self-conscious, especially if you want to wear a two-piece swimsuit or go shirtless. Fortunately, laser treatment can successfully remove hair from this area of the body. If you just want to thin out the hair on your abdomen, this can also be done with a laser because it is so precise that it can target some parts while leaving others untouched, creating a thinning effect.


Arm hair isn't the most common hair removed by a laser, but it certainly is an area that can be treated effectively. Women with dark hair on their arms or men who want to thin the hair on their arms can get fantastic results from laser treatments. Of course, if men want to remove all their arm hair, they can do that with a laser. Silky smooth arms can be a reality with laser treatment!

Bikini Area

This is a very sensitive area of the body, so it's no wonder people worry about getting laser hair removal treatment in their bikini area. However, as with most body parts, removing hair from this area is completely safe.

Areas That Can't Be Treated With a Laser

Eyelids and Eyebrows

The only areas of the body that shouldn't be treated with a laser to remove unwanted hair are the eyelids and eyebrows. This is because the laser can damage the eyes. You'll probably be given eye protection during your treatments to remove hair from any other body part just to be safe. Be aware of providers who say they can treat eyebrows with a laser, as they may not be adequately trained.

Special Considerations for Laser Hair Removal

When considering laser hair removal, it's essential to factor in individual skin types and existing medical conditions. Individuals with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema or psoriasis may experience more pronounced side effects, such as redness or irritation.

Certain medications, particularly those affecting hormone levels or skin sensitivity (like isotretinoin for acne), can also influence treatment outcomes and side effect severity. It's crucial to have a thorough consultation with a laser specialist who can tailor the procedure according to your unique skin and health profile to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Preparations for Laser Hair Removal

Proper preparation can significantly enhance the effectiveness of laser hair removal and minimize potential discomfort. Before treatment, avoid sun exposure and tanning treatments for at least two weeks, as tanned skin can increase the risks of side effects like blistering and discoloration. It's also important to skip plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment because the laser targets the roots of the hair, which are temporarily removed by these methods. Shaving the area the day before your appointment is recommended, as it preserves the hair shaft below the surface.

Aftercare for Laser Hair Removal

Post-treatment care is crucial for achieving the best results and minimizing discomfort. After laser hair removal, avoid sun exposure to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily in the treated areas. Keep the skin cool and soothed with aloe vera or other gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizers. Avoid hot showers, saunas, and exercise for the first 24 hours to prevent irritation. If you experience any unusual side effects, contact your practitioner immediately. Always ensure a follow-up schedule with your specialist to assess the progress and plan for any additional sessions as needed.

In all cases, consulting with a qualified professional before undergoing laser hair removal is vital to ensure that the procedure is appropriate for your skin type, hair color, and medical history, and to discuss any potential risks and benefits.

Are You Ready?

Now that you know which body parts can be treated with a laser to remove unwanted hair, are you ready to ditch the razors and waxing appointments? If so, contact Impressions Face + Body in Chicago, IL to schedule a consultation with one of our hair removal experts.

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