Those stupid stray hairs just keep coming back no matter how many times you shave, pluck or wax. You’ve tried everything but laser hair removal because you are afraid it will damage your breast implants. A laser is hot and intense- wouldn’t it melt or pop the implant as a result? Your imagination goes into overdrive as you remember that scene from Star Wars where the death-star targets a planet with its lasers and the planet explodes into oblivion. Ok, now you imagine this happening inside your body and you decide maybe you can live with those stray hairs. Here’s a reality check that should put your mind at ease.
First of all, you should know exactly how the laser works. The area being treated is very specific and the light from the laser is attracted to dark pigments such as the melanin in your hair. The light is actually absorbed by the hair and then travels down the follicle killing it. The sensation is like a sharp burning pinch, but it is not unbearable. The actual amount of pain you feel depends on the sensitivity of your skin and the place from where it is removed. After several treatments, the procedure can give you permanent hair removal or at least lighten or reduce its amount. The surrounding skin is unharmed because it is attracted to the dark pigment, if you have light-colored hair or are dark-skinned, this procedure will not work well for you.
If you have breast implants, it doesn’t matter how close to the breast the laser is being performed; it will not affect the implants. While the laser is intense, it is not so intense as to penetrate any deeper than the follicle. You also have a good deal of tissue, fat and possibly muscle protecting the implant from damage.
One thing you do need to know is that if you recently got implants and want to use the laser therapy, you should wait until you have healed from the surgery. This is so the laser doesn’t aggravate the incisions and cause possible scarring and hyper-pigmentation. Other than that, it is perfectly safe to eliminate those pesky hairs.
Before you commit to any procedure, make sure you have thoroughly researched it and your doctor. While breast implants may not get in the way of the laser work, there may be some other reason why you are not a good candidate. The laws on who can perform the procedure are different by state, so make sure you have an experienced physician or an experienced clinician under the supervision of a doctor perform the procedure. As for the breast implants, make sure your doctor is a board certified plastic surgeon.
So, set aside your fears of annihilating your enhanced chest area. If there is something keeping you from feeling completely confident and satisfied with your body like unwanted hair, go ahead and look into laser hair removal. It is not going to ruin the work you have already done on your quest for self-confidence.