Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, and bikini line as well as other areas where unsightly hair is a problem. Through advanced laser technology, clients can experience superior hair reduction results safely and effectively.
The primary principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis (SPTL), the matching of a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration to obtain optimal effect on a targeted tissue with minimal effect on surrounding tissue. Lasers can cause localized damage by selectively heating dark target matter, melanin, in the area that causes hair growth, the follicle, while not heating the rest of the skin. Light is absorbed by dark objects, so laser energy can be absorbed by dark material in the skin, but with much more speed and intensity.
Laser hair removal has the following benefits:
- Precision - lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
- Speed - each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second.
- Predictability - most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
How Does It Work?
By combining bi-polar radio-frequency and optical energy, our laser enables men and women of all skin types to enjoy the benefits of beautifully smooth skin. The majority of our patients express that their laser hair removal treatments are quick, comfortable and highly successful. As with any cosmetic treatment, the number of recommended treatments will vary depending on the expectation and need of each client. However, most patients should expect to receive 5 to 8 laser treatments at intervals determined by the provider. Thereafter, the average time for maintenance treatments should resume in approximately 6 to 9 months, depending on an individual's hair growth cycle.
Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.
I've had my lip, underarms, bikini and legs all done at this location specifically, and I'm so happy I did.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, and bikini line as well as other areas where unsightly hair is a problem.
What To Expect: Physical and Social Down Time.
Laser hair removal is more than just “zapping” unwanted hair; it is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Once the patient has planned laser hair removal, they should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. Patients should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of laser hair removal and increases the risk of complications following treatment.
Just before the procedure, the hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to just a few millimeters above the skin surface, and the laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of the hair being treated, as well as your skin color. Depending on the laser or light source used, the patient and the technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of the skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin. Next, the operator will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the optimal parameters were used and to check for adverse reactions before proceeding. Depending on the area being treated, treatment time may range from 15 minutes to an hour. When the procedure is completed, the patient may be given ice packs or aloe gels, anti-inflammatory creams or lotion, or water to relieve any discomfort. The patient may be scheduled for their next treatment four to six weeks later. Treatments will be repeated until hair growth stops.
After treatment, the treated area of patients skin will look and feel much like it is sunburned for a day or two. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. Unless patients experience blistering, they will be able to wear makeup the following day. Over the next month, the treated hair will fall out. Wearing sunscreen for the following month will help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin. Blisters are rare, but are more likely in patients with darker complexions. Other potential side effects are swelling, redness, and scaring. Permanent scarring or changes in skin color are rare.