LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Laser hair removal works by sending a beam of laser light to a group of hair follicles with enough power to disable or destroy the root, but not enough power to harm the surrounding skin. The Laser beam finds the hair follicles by targeting the substance that gives skin and hair dark color – melanin.
Light Targets Hair's Melanin
The hair removal laser uses pulsed light which gets drawn to the melanin in the hair shaft
Heat Energy is Absorbed down the Hair Shaft
Energy from the laser heats up the hair follicle - resulting in the destruction of the follicle
Hair Follicle Unable to Regrow Hair
As the hair follicle heats up, it gets detached and eventually falls out and the follicle is left unable to produce new hair growth
IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL PAINFUL?
Most patients report a snapping feeling. For the most part, the ice that is applied to the treatment area before the procedure will minimize any discomfort from the laser. A small number of patients report minor itching, redness or swelling in the treatment area that subsides within a few days.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Due to the staggered nature of the hair growth cycle, in which some hairs are actively growing while others are dormant, laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to catch each hair as it enters the “active” growth phase. The number of laser hair removal treatments necessary for complete hair removal varies from person to person, and is best determined during consultation. Most patients require 4-6 hair removal treatments, spread out between 4-6 week intervals.
IS THERE ANY DOWN TIME?
After your treatment you should be ready to go back to work or go on with your day. In terms of hair removal, you will notice some hairs falling out during or directly after the treatment. This trend will continue for about 21 days – just when it is about time for you to reschedule your next appointment. Rare after effects include: redness in the area that was treated. If you were exposed to the sun without sunscreen, you may also notice a skin discoloration.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT?
– Before your first session, it is important for you to avoid waxing for six weeks. This is also the case with the use of tweezers. The laser needs to be able to identify the hair follicle. During this time period, shaving is acceptable.
– You MUST stay out of the sun. Any tanning of the skin can result in pigmentation in the areas you laser.
– On the day before your treatment, you should shave with a clean, new razor. By shaving, the lasers will be able to locate the follicles.
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