Services - Laser Hair Removal

 

Laser or Intense Pulsed Light may be used safely and effectively to destroy hair follicles beneath the surface of the skin. The treatment may be performed on any area of the body and on any skin type if the correct source of light is used. Treatments are spaced several weeks apart. Common areas of treatment for men and women include the legs, chest, face, abdomen, back, bikini line and underarms.

 

How Does It Work?
Because of the varying sizes of treatment areas, one session of laser or IPL hair removal can take anywhere from about 15 to 90 minutes to perform. Patients often report a mild stinging sensation, similar to a rubberband, snap during treatment, but various methods of cooling may be used during treatment to help reduce this. Anethesia is generally not needed.

 

The light, which is directed at the hair follicles in the area of treatment, penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the follicle beneath the hair. As the light is absorbed, it is converted to heat, destroying the follicles’ ability to grow new hair without harming the surrounding skin.

 

Laser or IPL hair removal needs to be performed in stages (i.e. multiple treatments) because hair grows in stages. It is only in its active stage of growth that hair can be removed successfully.

 

What To Expect After Treatment?
Patients can continue on with normal daily routines immediately following treatment, but do need to keep the treated areas out of the sun. Some redness may be existent, but should only last several hours, or occasionally up to a couple days. This is easily camouflaged by clothing or makeup.

 

Is hair removal temporary or permanent?  How many treatments will it take?
Hair removal is both temporary and permanent. During a short series of treatments, patients will continue to shave.  There should be absolutely no tweezing, or plucking during the treatment period. This makes the treatment less effective. However, if the treatments stop, some of the hair will return in a few months which will be finer and lighter than before. The more treatments, the less hair will ultimately come back. Hair grows in cycles. Some hair follicles are actively growing while others remain in a dormant phase. The laser or IPL hair removal eliminates only hair follicles in the active growth phase. Approximately 8 weeks later, additional hair follicles enter the growth phase. Usually 4 to 7 sessions, 4 to 8 weeks apart, depending on the area of the body being treated, are necessary before all hairs can be treated.

 

Are the treatments safe?
Our Laser is FDA approved for hair removal. Treatments are non-evasive and very safe. Rare complications include burning, blistering, and extra pigmentation. All of which will usually resolve in a few days to a few weeks.

 

Do laser or IPL treatments cause cancer?
No, the light is in the visible range and has never to shown to produce cancers of the skin or any other organ.