Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser — an intense, pulsating beam of light — to remove unwanted hair. Pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and destroys the hair. Although laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal.
For most people, the answer is yes! We treat both men and women of all skin types. Lasers are attracted to pigment in the hair. This means that if you have white, blond or thin vellus hair (peach fuzz), the treatment will be ineffective. Best results are seen by those with course, dark hair and light skin. However, our advanced technology is designed to offer safe and effective treatments for all skin types, allowing a tailored treatment approach for optimized results. We highly recommend a free consultation to discuss treatment expectations and any potential contradictions to laser hair removal procedures.
Once the decision has been made to begin laser hair removal treatments, you should stop plucking, tweezing, threading, waxing, or using hair removal creams six weeks prior to your first laser hair removal appointment. The hairs' roots are temporarily removed when plucked, tweezed, threaded or waxed. Since the laser targets the root of the hair, plucking, tweezing, threading or waxing before your appointment would render laser treatment ineffective. You may only shave the area to be treated. In addition, you must avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and tanning creams for approximately one month before any laser treatment, and refrain from these throughout the course of the remaining treatments and at least six weeks thereafter. Hyperpigmentation, or hypopigmentation can result if the treated area is exposed to the sun without sunscreen.
Typically, it will take multiple laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Most patients have semi-permanent hair loss after an average of three to six sessions. For optimal results, six to nine treatments are recommended at intervals of approximately six to eight weeks between treatments.
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 of skin equivalent to the approximate size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, man take up to an hour.
Most hair removal lasers are equipped with a cooling device that helps reduce the discomfort and protects the top layer of skin from the heat. However, the level of discomfort depends on the treated area, the texture of the hair, and the skin type. Darker skin types are more sensitive to the laser because they have more pigment. In addition, patients with dark and course hair generally experience higher levels of discomfort. After each treatment, the hair becomes thinner and any pain or discomfort should eventually subside.
Following your treatment, you may experience discomfort such as redness and swelling; however, pain can be relieved with moisturizer or by applying ice to the treated area. Treated hair will exfoliate or push out in approximately two to three weeks (sometimes sooner) and may appear darker and thicker before falling out.
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