If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. That destroys the hair.
Trying to get rid of unwanted hair on the face or body is a common problem. Laser hair reduction offers results that cannot be achieved with conventional shaving or waxing. The laser works by targeting the hair in the follicle, below the skin's surface. The lasers we use in our medical spa are FDA approved and safe and effective. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. Facial areas, bikini area, upper and lower legs, arms, chest, and back may be treated leaving skin smooth, stubble free and without the irritation of ingrown hairs. In an hour or less, most body areas can be hair free. While some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, most patients report little or no discomfort. Again, this is a no down time procedure.
Hair grows in cycles. A minimum of four to six treatments will be necessary, as the process is most effective on hair during the early growth cycle. After each session, you will see substantial visible hair reduction. Each laser hair removal treatment will result in a hair growth reduction. Additionally, hair will grow progressively slower, lighter, and finer with each treatment. It takes more than one treatment to affect all the follicles growing in an area.
The number of sessions will vary for each individual. During the initial visit, the laser light disables those follicles in the "active" phase of the growth cycle. Follicles in the "dormant" phase will not be affected. Since follicles cycle through "active" and "dormant" phases, additional sessions may be desired once the "dormant" follicles become "active".
For this reason, we recommend a series of treatments. Most people achieve satisfactory clearance after four to six treatments, but individual results may vary depending on medical and genetic factors. Lighter colored hair may require more treatments than darker colored hair.
Since no procedure can guarantee permanent hair removal, most patients can expect a sixty to seventy percent reduction in hair growth. Remember the laser is FDA approved for permanent hair reduction not removal. The extent of long-term hair reduction will vary among clients because of the nature of hair and the many factors that influence the growth of hair. After the initial full course of treatments, there should be little hair re-growth. This re-growth will require future laser hair removal treatments to sustain hair reduction.
Note: Multiple treatments will be required to achieve optimum results