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About Laser Hair Removal Our skilled providers administer the most sought after hair removal method, which is fast, safe, convenient and pain-free. Laser hair removal involves targeting concentrated laser light directly into the hair follicles to kill unwanted facial and body hair and inhibit their future growth. How it Works With the latest cooling technology, laser hair removal is fast, easy and virtually painless. As the clean hand-piece tip is passed over the area to be treated, the laser targets the melanin (dark pigment) in the hair follicle and destroys it. Because hair has several stages of growth it takes a series of treatments to achieve optimal results. There is about 10 to 20 % reduction with each treatment, so generally a series of 5 to 10 treatments (depending on the area) is necessary. Our laser targets unwanted hair with an exact precision that keeps the surrounding skin safe during the procedure. As with all medical aesthetic procedures, maintenance is required to keep looking your finest. Areas of Treatment Laser hair removal can be safely used for different areas of the body including the face, arms, underarms, back, abdomen, legs, and bikini area.
Where can laser hair removal be used? One of the most appealing things about laser hair removal is its versatility. Common treatment areas include the arms, legs, upper lip, and bikini area. But the treatment can also be used on the back, the stomach, the neck, fingers, and toes. To put it simply: if there is an area you’d like to treat, chances are laser hair removal could be an option. What are some of the different types of lasers used for hair removal? IPL Intense pulsed light is not technically a laser; rather, it is multiple wavelengths of intense (non-laser) light. The light pulses detect contrast between skin and hair follicle and emit multiple waves of light energy to that follicle. The ideal candidate for IPL has fair skin and dark hair. People with deeper complexions (i.e. who have more melanin) should avoid IPL, as the light energy may have trouble distinguishing between hair and skin, and burn the skin as a result. Alexandrite This type of laser is created by passing through an alexandrite crystal to produce a specific wavelength. This is a relatively short wavelength, making it ideal for a range of skintones from fair to medium, and allowing it to cover a relatively large area. This laser can be used on fine hair, as well as coarse hair. Nd:YAG This laser has the longest wavelengths of all of the lasers — and, as a result, the lowest melanin absorption rate. This means that the laser is less likely to target melanin in the skin (and cause burning). Instead, the laser bypasses the skin to go directly to the root of the hair. For these reasons, the Nd: YAG is suitable for people with deeper skin tones, though more treatments may be required for optimal results. (In other words, it’s slower to work than other lasers.) Diode This laser, which has a wavelength of 810mn, is ideal for coarse, thick hairs. It can be used on fair to medium-deep skin tones. Because the wavelength is relatively long, the laser itself is able to target the hair on a deep level and bypass melanin (similar to the Nd: YAG) which is why it might be a viable option for olive skin tones.
THE PROCESS Consultation Laser hair removal can be administered by a number of different trained professionals. This includes dermatologists as well as technicians who are specifically trained in performing laser hair removal. A consultation will include information about your health background, your skin type, and your expectations from the procedure. Procedure Your laser hair removal specialist will ensure the area to be treated is adequately shaved and cleaned. Next, they will glide the laser machine over the area in a few strokes and/or concentrated pulses. Recovery The treated area may appear slightly flushed post-laser; it may also feel sensitive. Many say it looks and feels like a sunburn. That said, there is virtually no real downtime after laser hair removal. Although, it’s important to protect the treatment area from UV rays, which can sensitize the skin. For this reason, many people choose to undergo laser hair removal in the wintertime, when the skin is generally more covered in layers of clothing.Between appointments, it’s important that you only use a razor to remove the hair; waxing and plucking pulls hair from the root and could prevent a laser from “picking up” the pigment at your next laser hair removal appointment. Results While many laser hair removal clinics promise permanent hair removal, the reality is closer to permanent hair reduction. So, do not be surprised if some hairs do regrow after treatment. While it’s not ideal, rest assured that these hairs will be significantly sparser and finer in texture than they were before treatment. Next Steps For optimal results, ensure you are scheduling follow-up appointments until you’re satisfied with your results. Generally, this tends to be every 4-6 weeks — but be sure to discuss your personal timeline with your specialist.