What can I expect after the laser treatment?
The application of laser to the skin results in a pink color. Discomforts similar to slight sunburn and/or swelling may be noted over the next 72-hour period. In certain instances, especially in darker skin toned individuals, temporary pigmentation changes may be noted. You may also notice hair within the follicles for the first few days after treatment, however, these will fall out leaving you with “Bare, Beautiful Skin”.
How does laser hair removal work?
Lasers target the pigment in the hair (melanin) in an effort to destroy the hair follicle. The laser is absorbed by the pigmented hair shaft and transferred to the surrounding follicle, thus destroying it. Laser only kills hair that is in the growing stage.
What areas can be treated?
Virtually, any body part can be treated.
Can hair return years later?
No. Once a hair follicle is destroyed it is said to be sterile, it can never produce a hair again. But with some medications, hormonal changes, stress etc., dormant hair follicles can be stimulated and begin growing hair.
What precautions do I need to take?
Cautions and side effects are always an issue and will be discussed at your FREE consultation. Avoiding direct sun 2 – 4 weeks before and after your treatment. Also you must avoid bleaching, tweezing or waxing 2 – 4 weeks prior to your treatment for best results. Shaving is okay, but it is best to have a slight growth of hair for the technician to see where the growth pattern is.
Is the laser treatment painful?
While some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, most patients report little or no discomfort. The advanced cooling device of our laser is all you need to minimize any discomfort. For more sensitive patients, anesthetic creams can be applied prior to treatment.
How many sessions are needed?
The number of sessions will vary for each individual. During the initial visit, the laser disables those follicles in the Anagen “active” phase of the growth cycle. Follicles in the Telogen “resting or dormant” phase will not be affected. This is why sessions are scheduled between four to six weeks apart giving the dormant follicles time to become active.
What does the treatment involve?
The patient is asked to wear protective eyewear. The area to be worked on will be shaved. A small hand piece is placed against the skin and a burst of coolant is applied as the laser is activated. The hand piece is repositioned and the laser is activated again. These pulses are about one per second, making the treatment go very quickly.