Trade Your Razor for Laser

 Are you tired of spending countless hours shaving every month?  Are you plagued by ingrown hairs that make shaving painful and leave your skin irritated?  Then, it’s time to consider permanently reducing your unwanted hair with laser hair removal!

 

 

How does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Lasers that are used for hair removal work by emitting a wavelength of light that targets the dark pigment deep within our hair follicles.  Your hair absorbs the energy from this laser light and the follicle become damaged.  This damage disables the hair from growing fully again.  Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic treatments in the United States today.

What results can I expect with laser hair removal?

Each treatment with laser hair removal will permanently reduce hair by up 20%.  At the end of a treatment package, many patients enjoy 90% permanent reduction or higher.  Annual touch-up treatments are usually recommended and needed to maintain your results.  Hair that does grow back is usually finer and softer than it was previously.

 

Why do I need multiple treatments to see results?

Our hair has different stages or cycles of growth.  A laser can only have an impact on the anagen, or active cycle of growth.  Growth cycles vary depending on what part of your body the hair is present.  For example, the cycle may last longer on your legs than it does on your toes.  Therefore, multiple treatments are needed, usually in intervals of 4 to 8 weeks apart, to catch your body’s next growth cycle and be effective.

 

Is there a risk associated with Laser Hair Removal?

The most common complications with laser hair removal result when the laser is used on skin that has an active tan.  Because the laser is attracted to the pigment in a hair follicle, it can become confused if the pigment, or melanin, in the surrounding skin is also darker.  Complications arise when the laser treats the skin instead of the hair and causes a burn.  It is not advised to have an active tan during the course of your laser treatments.  This causes many patients to opt to treat in the Fall and Winter.

You will also need to discuss with your provider if you suffer from any form of the Herpes Complex or are currently taking any medications that cause sensitivity to light.  Laser treatments can trigger a herpes outbreak and burn skin that is more sensitive because of photosensitizing medications. 

 

 Does Laser Hair Removal work on all colors of hair?

No.  Because the laser is attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle, any blonde, grey or translucent hair will not absorb any energy from the laser.  Keep in mind though, many hairs are light on the surface but dark at the root, where the laser treats.  Your provider will help you decide if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal.

 

What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?

The most common areas treated with laser hair removal include legs, back, chest, arms, underarms, bikini area, upper lip, chin, sideburns, neck, and knuckles.

 

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Most patients describe the sensation of laser hair removal like a light snap of a rubber band.  Certain parts of your body may be more sensitive, like the upper lip or bikini area.  Most patients find the sensation very tolerable, but topical numbing and/or ice may be used to address any discomfort.

 

What happens after a laser hair removal treatment?

After your treatment, your skin may be slightly swollen, red and sensitive for up to 48 hours.  Topical hydrocortisone can be used to address this.  You will be advised to wear an SPF of at least 30 if you will be out in the sun and avoid anything that introduces heat to the treatment area, like hot showers or sweating at the gym.

As the next 10 days to 2 weeks progress, you will notice the treated hairs begin to shed and the next growth cycle comes through.  You can shave during the course of your treatments.  A reduction in regrowth will be noticed with each subsequent treatment and your provider may recommend pushing out the interval of time between your treatments because there is simply not enough hair to treat!

Once you have completed your initial package, your provider will lay out a yearly maintenance plan of one or two treatments to keep you hair-free and smooth for good!

 

Ready to trade your razor for our laser?  Schedule a laser hair removal consultation with a Clinical Skin Therapeutics certified laser technician to get started!

 

 

 

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Clinical Skin Therapeutics

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