Lasers Hair Removal
About Laser Hair Removal
Do you feel like frequent hair removal is taking up your time? Both men and women deal with unwanted hair and having to constantly get rid of it. Tasks like shaving, depilatories, plucking, and waxing can be time-consuming, inconvenient, and painful. And you’re not wrong in feeling like you just shaved or waxed. These methods only give you temporary results- some only a few hours.
Free yourself from the razor and wax strips. Laser technology is giving you a permanent solution to remove unwanted body hair. Your skin will feel smooth and healthy as you say goodbye to your old hair removal regimen.
Laser hair removal is the 3rd most performed non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the US according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery. Our state-of-the-art laser system can help you get to the root of the problem.
If you’re looking for effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body, laser hair removal is the solution. Laser hair removal can treat the face, legs, back, underarms, or bikini line. The treatments are quick and easy so you can get back to your everyday activities.
* 1 15th Annual Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2011.
How It Works
Understanding how your hair grows will help you better understand how laser hair removal works. We’ve given you an overview below and how a laser will be able to permanently reduce those unwanted hairs.
How Your Hair Grows
Your hair grows from deep within hair follicles that are embedded in the skin. It doesn’t grow continuously, but in a three-phase cycle.
Anagen Phase: This phase is where the hair actively grows which typically lasts for several months and is the best phase for laser hair removal.
Catagen Phase: In this brief phase, the hair bulb regresses and begins to shrink.
Telogen Phase: The final phase is a resting phase that lasts a few months. The hair is released from the follicle and once complete, the hair will restart at the Anagen or growth phase.
Everyone’s hair growth rate is different, and the length of the hair growth cycle depends on the type of hair. The active hair growth phase on your head may last many years, while the hair on your body may have an active growth phase that only lasts a few months.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
During the laser hair removal procedure, a laser device emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Those pigments are the substances that give your skin and hair its color. The energy from the laser device will damage the hair follicle and impair its ability to grow.
We’ve got to catch your hair in the anagen, or active growth phase, to make sure we give you the best results. When your hair follicles are in the anagen phase, they have more pigment and absorb more energy. This is why it takes multiple treatments to ensure we achieve the right outcome.
Laser Hair Removal Procedure
As the doctor guides the laser over the treatment area, gentle pulses of energy are delivered into your skin and hair follicles.
The energy absorbed from the laser will damage the hair follicles. You’ll see hairs that were present in the follicles at the time of treatment fall out over time, and future hair growth will be impaired.
As mentioned before, all of your hairs won’t be growing at the same time so a single procedure won’t treat the hair follicles in the area. Some hair regrowth might occur as the follicles in the transitional and resting periods return to the active growth phase, but it won’t be as thick as it was before. You’ll notice the regrowth becoming thinner and lighter with each subsequent treatment until there is little to no hair at all.
What To Expect On The Day Of Treatment
For those wanting to get started as soon as possible, we can begin treatment the same day as your consultation. If this is something you’re interested in, we suggest shaving prior to your consultation and minimizing sun exposure. The procedure is quick and easy so even your lunch break is the perfect time to get started.
A gel is applied to your skin where you will receive treatment. The doctor begins your treatment by guiding the laser hand piece over the desired area. A cooling feeling while the hand piece is gliding over the treatment area will make your session comfortable. While the energy is being delivered into your skin and hair follicles, you may feel a slight rubber-band-like snapping. However, the discomfort is over almost immediately and depending on the size of the area, treatments take just a few minutes.
We’ll remove the gel after the treatment and may apply a cooling gel to your skin. There’s no need for bandages and ointments because the treatments are so minimally invasive. It might feel like you have a mild sunburn after your treatment, but all of your day to day activities can be resumed right away.
If you are a laser hair removal patient, please be aware of the following:
– Shave the area being treated prior to your appointment.
– Discontinue all waxing, plucking, and tweezing on the areas receiving treatment 6 weeks before and during your sessions.
– Discontinue excessive UV exposure, tanning and tanning beds and tanning creams on the areas receiving treatment, 4 weeks prior to your appointment.
Post Treatment Instructions For Laser Hair Removal
A little redness might appear around the treatment site immediately after the treatment. It could last a couple days, but usually subsides within the first few hours. It is normal for the treated area to feel like a mild sunburn for the first few days, so no need to feel alarmed.
We recommend avoiding sun exposure on the treated area and it’s important to use a sunscreen SPF 45 or greater at all times throughout the course of treatment.
You may experience shedding anywhere from 7-30 days after treatment, and this may appear as new hair growth. This is mostly dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle.