What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a safe and convenient way to reduce unwanted facial or body hair without involving cosmetic surgery. Compared to traditional hair removal techniques, the results with laser hair removal are more effective, longer lasting, and aesthetically superior.

The procedure leaves the skin looking smoother and silkier and can treat larger areas with minimal discomfort and no significant downtime. Laser hair removal currently ranks among the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the US. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides laser hair removal to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding locations across the landscape.



Individuals with the following attributes will typically make good candidates for laser hair removal:

  • Appearance of undesirable facial or body hair that make the person feel self-conscious or limit their ability to wear certain types of clothes
  • The skin complexion is light while the color of hair is dark
  • The person is seeking longer lasting and more effective alternatives to waxing, shaving, hair lotions and bleaching

Candidates with both small and large areas of the body with unwanted hair can achieve equally effective results with laser hair removal. They should be prepared to undergo multiple treatment sessions in order to achieve more successful outcomes.



Before the procedure begins, the treatment provider will place protective eye shields over the patient’s eyes to prevent laser exposure. The hair to be treated with laser will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The provider will then apply a cold gel or use a special cooling device to preserve the outer layers of the skin from laser heat.

Low energy laser beam devices are commonly used to perform laser hair removal. Unlike plastic surgery, the procedure causes minimal discomfort and has very low risk of side effects. The laser device will be adjusted to the patient’s skin color and the location, thickness and color of the hair that is to be removed. The provider will first perform a test treatment by directing a pulse light to the treatment area.

The low energy beam will penetrate through the skin and get absorbed by the pigment of a part of the active growth hair follicles. This area will be monitored to ensure that the optimal settings are in place and to assess any adverse reactions to the treatment. Once the test is successful, the laser beam will be methodically directed spot by spot to the targeted areas.

The active growth hair follicles will be instantly and permanently disabled with each treatment, but the follicles in their dormant stage of growth will not be impacted. Multiple sessions are usually required to achieve optimal results. Hard working and judicious cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and nearby areas for laser hair removal.



Most patients will be able to resume their normal routine or return to work immediately after the laser hair removal treatment session. Direct sun exposure in the treated areas should be avoided for several weeks, and the patient should use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Taking new patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City,  Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV and surrounding areas.

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