Is laser hair removal for you?
Excessive hair growth, or unusual hair growth patterns, is a common problem for many people. Factors such as genetics, endocrine systems, medications and ethnicity influence distribution and growth of hair. Abnormal hair growth is difficult to define. What may be an unbearable burden to one may be unnoticed by someone else. Underlying hormonal problems rarely cause excessive hair growth.
You will need a series of treatments. Hair growth cycles between active and resting stages. The growing cycle of body hair lasts only for a few months while as much as 30% of your hair is in the resting stage.
Laser hair removal is the newest, state-of-the-art procedure to offer you a customized treatment according to your hair color , texture, and body location.. Any hair with at least some pigment in it (black, brown, red, and even some darker blond) can be treated effectively. Blond, gray and fine hair will require more treatments.
Who is an ideal candidate for laser hair removal?
The ideal candidate has dark hair and light skin. Dark hairs absorb more of the laser light and lighter skin allows more transmission of the laser light into the follicle.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is the non-invasive removal of unwanted facial and body hair with the assistance of an intense pulsed light laser. The dark color of the hair (melanin) absorbs the laser light energy and deactivates the hair follicle’s ability to grow. The laser is designed to selectively target the follicle without damaging the surrounding skin.
What areas are commonly treated?
For women, the lip and chin are the most common areas, followed by the bikini line, legs and axilla (armpits). For men the back, shoulder and upper arms are the most popular areas. It is possible to treat most areas of the body.
How is laser hair removal performed?
Laser hair removal is performed as an in office procedure. This procedure should be performed by a doctor or trained aesthetician. Prior to suggesting a laser hair removal program, the doctor will personally evaluate each patient for hair color, texture, skin type and other medical factors.
Are there risks associated with laser hair removal?
As with any medical or surgical procedure there are risks. With laser hair removal they are minimal. At the time of your consultation, all potential risks will be discussed with you prior to your laser hair removal treatment.
Are there any pre-treatment restrictions?
Suntan will make the laser treatment less effective and increase the chances for an adverse effect such as blisters or burning. Avoid sun bathing and tanning for two months prior to the procedure. The follicle beneath the skin contains the melanin that the laser targets, so avoid waxing, tweezing and electrolysis for two weeks prior to the procedure. Additionally, the laser can not be used in cases of active outbreaks of cold sores or Herpes Simplex virus.
What should I do after treatment?
After the treatment, your skin will be sensitive, slightly red and possibly swollen. This reaction subsides within hours and your skin returns to normal. You may also experience a slight burning sensation of the skin, comparable with a sunburn. In most cases no special after care is necessary. If you wish, ice packs or a gentle soothing lotion, like Aloe Vera, may be applied to the area.
On rare occasions, blistering and/or scabbing may occur. If these reactions occur, the healing will take longer and will require more intensive after care. Please call the office if this condition occurs.
Avoid sun exposure or tanning for at least 2 months after treatment. Exposure to the sun may cause temporary skin changes and “browning”. A sunblock with SPF 30 or higher should be applied.
What should I notice over the next few weeks?
Within 2 or 3 weeks after the treatment you will notice ‘regrowth’ or stubble. Some of this is dead hair being expelled by the skin, and some is growing hair that will require additional treatments.
Are multiple treatments required?
The laser only treats hairs that are in their active growth phase. The number of active follicles and their cycle time will vary with each area of the body. Follicles that are in a dormant phase (at least two-thirds) are not affected. Additional treatments are performed as hairs that were dormant become active and begin to grow. The number of sessions will vary with each patient and body area. It’s important to realize that multiple treatments are certainly required. Usually five treatments 8 weeks apart are required to achieve satisfactory results.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Unlike traditional methods such as shaving, plucking and waxing, laser hair removal is intended to provide long lasting or permanent reduction in hair.
Who should you NOT CHOOSE for laser hair removal?
- Clinics that are reluctant to fully discuss the price over the phone.
- Clinics that will not tell you who will be performing your laser procedure.
- Beware of clinics that are not supervised by a full-time physician.