Laser Hair Removal

Q. What is Laser Hair Removal?

A. Laser Hair Removal procedure is the use of a FDA approved laser to remove unwanted hair from various parts of the body.

  • Relatively painless when compared to electrolysis or waxing
  • Fast unlike electrolysis.
  • Permanent unlike shaving, tweezing, or waxing
  • Leaves no scarring

Q. How does Laser Hair Removal treatment work?

A. The laser used for hair removal heats the area that causes hair growth by applying thermal energy to it. This damages the hair follicle and inhibits its ability to regenerate and re-grow. The laser light causes localized damage to the area that causes hair growth on under arms, legs, back, neck, hands, chest, and other hairy areas. Laser precision means there is no damage to the rest of the skin. Unlike electrolysis, which destroys one hair at a time, Laser Hair Removal treats hundreds of follicles in one pass.

Q. What is the advantage of using a laser?

A. Lasers are precise instruments that can be adjusted to the exact parameters that will specifically disable the hair follicle. The laser uses a wide beam that treats hundreds of hair follicles at once instead of treating hair-by-hair like electrolysis. Because of this, large areas such as legs, arms, or a back can be treated in a short amount of time. You will see results that last far longer than tweezing, waxing, shaving, chemical depilation, or other temporary treatments.

Q. Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?

A. The lasers we have received FDA approval for "permanent hair reduction." Once we disable the blood supply feeding the hair follicles those particular follicles will not grow back, they are permanently destroyed. However, not all of the hair follicles on our body are active and as we get older, inactive hairs will become active. The laser will not keep those hairs from becoming active but once they are, we can treat them successfully with the laser.

Q. Can anyone have Laser Hair Removal?

A. Laser Hair Removal is suitable for most people, but should not be performed if you:

  • Are sensitive to bleaching agents
  • Have an infection or a history of herpes simplex around the treatment area
  • Used Accutane within the past six months
  • Have a history of keloid, or raised, scars

Q. What happens to the skin after the treatment?

A. Within several minutes of the treatment, the treated area may become slightly red. Some experience a sensation similar to mild sunburn. This reaction subsides within a few minutes to a few hours and the area returns to normal. Since the laser does not burn or cut the skin in any way, no bandages are necessary. You are able to reapply your make-up, return to work, and continue with your normal daily activities.

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