Laser Hair Removal
Lasers produce intense light that is absorbed by the pigment in hair called melanin. The melanin absorbs the light and heats up. This heat damages the hair follicle without hurting the surrounding tissue. The damaged hair follicle stops producing hair or replaces thick adult hair with a fine, light-colored hair called vellus hair.
Traditional hair removal methods, such as waxing, shaving, and plucking, remove only the hair shaft. This leaves the hair follicle in place to grow new hair. The other option is Electrolysis which delivers an electrical current to each follicle that can lead to permanent hair removal. However, since it removes one follicle at a time it can be very time consuming and painful. Even a small area can take an hour or more where a laser can do the same area in less than 10 minutes.
Typical Questions For Laser Hair Reduction
Q: Is it painful?
A: Since we have the latest technology it actually is a lot less painful than the older lasers out there. We have had patients that had previous treatments come prepared for the “rubber band snap” pain and they are really surprised how painless it is. With this new technology, it also allows the operator to get the treatment done pretty quickly. However, we won’t say that it is totally pain free. It can be uncomfortable.
Q: How many treatments do I need?
A: Since hair grows in different growth cycles, it may take 6 to 8 treatments to get the desired reduction you are looking for. When you come in we will treat all of the desired area and it will get all the follicles that are there at that time. As the next stage of hair growth occurs (approximately 4 to 6 weeks later) you will come back for another treatment. This is why we sell the treatments in packages.
Q: What do I need to do to prepare for the treatment?
A: First, you cannot be tan (even if a tanning lotion was used). Although you will shave just before your treatment you must refrain from waxing or tweezing for 4 weeks prior to your treatment. You must be off any glycolics or retinols for a week prior to treatment and Accutane for 6 months. If we are doing your under arms all deodorant must be removed prior to treatment.
Note that the treatment does not work well on blonde, white or gray hair. At your consultation our professional staff will advise if the treatment is not your best option.
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