Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal/Reduction

Laser hair removal is an excellent way to reduce the density of hair in areas on the body. The treatment targets the darker hair pigment (color) and leaves the safety of skin. This treatment is safe for all skin-types and ages who have healthy skin and are free of the contraindications as mentioned below. An initial 6-10 treatments every 4-6 weeks over the course of a year can significantly reduce the appearance of hair on or around the body. 

Top - frequently asked questions regarding laser treatments and you! 

  • Try to shave  2-3 days before the procedure. 

  • No significant changes in the skin recently reported including breakdown of skin or excess dryness or sunburn 

  • Skin is clean without lotion, oil, makeup, deodorant, powder, perfume or sunscreen 

  • Have you taken antibiotics in the last 10 days?

  • Have you tanned or exposed the treatment area to more than 30 minutes of sun exposure in the last 2 weeks?

  • Are you pregnant or nursing?

  • Have you taken Accutane in the last 6 months?

  • Have you used a self-tanner on the treatment area in the last 7 days? (test using a baby wipe, hard rub to the skin will show brown residue)

  • Antiviral agent for 2 days prior to and day of treatment if history of cold sores 

  • Patient denies today: active cold sores, herpes simplex, or warts in the area to be treated

  • No pregnancy or nursing, dermatitis or inflammatory rosacea within the peel application area.

  • Reports no allergies to salicylates.

  • Have you had a neurotoxin or filler injection in the treatment area in the last 2 weeks?

  • Have you pulled out the hair by the root in the last 4 weeks? (hair removal)

  • Did you shave closely today? (hair removal)

  • Are you prone to seizures?  (cannot treat with IPL due to flashing light)

  • If use of a peel was recommended in conjunction with the micro-needling, No topical agents that may increase skin sensitivity, reaction to the peel, or dryness 3-4 days prior to the peel (topical retinoid or hydroquinone products). No acids or defoliants that may be drying or irritating to the skin (such as alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) beta hydroxyl acids (BHA), exfoliating masks, hydroquinone, or benzoyl peroxide acne products). 


Medical History Contraindications

  • No Auto immune disorders: HIV/AIDS, Lupus, Uncontrolled Diabetes

  • No Cancer less than 5 years

  • No History of keloid scars are not recommended

  • Pacemaker/Defibrillator not treatable with any Radio Frequency devices

  • Non-intact skin, rashes, herpes outbreak, fungal infections, pustules in the treatment area

  • Hair growth medications such as propecia (laser hair removal)

  • Hormone imbalance

 


What You Can Expect 
Skin care is the overall process through which an individual protects, nurtures and repairs his or her skin. There is no one optimal skin care regimen that applies to all patients. Rather, each person's unique combination of characteristics requires an individualized approach. In consultation, we will develop a skin care routine that is well suited to your needs. The number one enemy of healthy, beautiful skin is over-exposure to UV radiation. The primary source of this radiation are the sun's rays and it is also found in the lights used in tanning beds. Exposure to this radiation causes the skin to age prematurely. It causes wrinkles, age spots, freckles, uneven tone and texture, broken blood vessels and, worst of all, skin cancer. 

  • Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
    People with light colored skin and dark, coarse hair typically respond best to laser hair removal. Darker skin contains higher concentrations of melanin (pigment), which competes with the pigment in the follicle for absorption of laser energy. For this reason, you should avoid tanning before and after treatment. 
     

  • What Areas Can Be Treated with Laser Hair Removal?
    Anywhere that you have unwanted hair, except in the immediate vicinity of the eyes, can be treated. The most common treatment areas in women are the underarms, legs, arms, bikini line, lateral cheeks, upper lip, and chin. Another increasingly popular treatment is complete hair removal in the bikini area. In men, the most common treatment areas include the beard area, back, and shoulders.
     

  • What Are the Benefits of Laser Treatment As Compared to Other Hair Removal Techniques?
    This system provides fast, safe, effective, and permanent reduction of hair. It reduces the number of hairs in the treatment area, as well as lessening the size and color of any hairs that do regrow. Our laser has earned FDA certification for hair removal hairs that do remain after treatment are finer in texture and lighter in color than the hair that grew before treatment.
     

  • Are the Results of Treatment Permanent?
    There may be some hairs that are injured without being destroyed, and therefore rendered inactive temporarily. These hairs may begin to regrow after a period of time. Therefore, six treatment sessions, timed at six-week intervals, are necessary to achieve optimal results. Even after a series of treatments, you may have some persistent hairs that continue to grow. Permanent reduction of 70 to 90 percent is a very realistic goal, although it is important to understand that some patients do not see this amount of improvement. Any remaining hairs are typically smaller in diameter and lighter in color, making them far less noticeable.
     

  • How Much Hair Will Grow Back, and How Fast Will It Grow?
    Hair growth is cyclical in nature; it goes through active and resting phases. Laser energy acts on pigment found in the follicles of actively growing hairs. The actual hair shafts are shed within a month of treatment. For a person who is a good candidate for laser hair removal, a reduction of 30 percent is typically achieved with a single treatment. 

    There is a possibility that, at some point in the future, some regrowth may occur. However, to date, our patients are enjoying excellent, stable results. Hair growth and development continues as we age, which is evidenced by the coarse hairs seen on the faces of some elderly women. Therefore, even people who have achieved exceptional results may eventually wish to seek a touch-up treatment.
     

  • How Should I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
    Avoid tanning with natural sunlight or indoor lamps. You should also avoid waxing or plucking hairs for at least 14 days prior to treatment. You can bleach the hairs, because the chemicals will not reach the hair root, which is where the laser energy works its magic. Pigment in the visible part of the hair is irrelevant to treatment, because we will shave the area after taking photographs, before beginning treatment. For subsequent appointments, we will ask that you shave the area at home, at least two hours prior to your laser session. Hairs extending above the skin surface are detrimental because they absorb some of the laser energy before it can reach the root. Skin is a bit more sensitive immediately after shaving, which is why we ask that you shave earlier to make your experience more comfortable. It also gives you the opportunity to define the treatment region in areas such as the bikini line.
     

  • Please avoid taking anticoagulants (medications that prevent blood clotting) such as aspirin immediately prior to and following laser treatment. This will help minimize post-treatment bruising. In addition, we ask that you do not wear any cosmetic products on the skin that is to be treated. Because some cosmetics absorb laser energy they can cause overheating of the skin surface, as well as decreasing the amount of energy reaching the deep hair roots. If you wish, you can apply cosmetics immediately after your appointment.
     

  • It is extremely important that you tell us if you have any kind of permanent makeup near the treatment site. Permanent eyeliner, lip liner, eyebrows, and similar cosmetic enhancements are actually tattoos, and the pigment can absorb laser energy. This can alter the color of the ink, overheat the skin, or both. 
     

  • How Long Will My Appointment Take?
    Our Laser is much faster than many systems, because a large number of hair follicles can be treated with each pulse. Therefore, facial areas such as cheeks, chin, or lip only take about ten minutes. Smaller body areas such as the bikini line or underarms will take about fifteen minutes, and larger areas such as the entire back, both arms, or legs will take about thirty minutes.
     

  • Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
    You will likely experience some fleeting discomfort during treatment, but most patients do not call it painful. The sensation is often compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin. Our patients often comment that they experience much less discomfort during subsequent sessions than they did during the initial treatment. The first session may seem more uncomfortable due to the apprehension associated with an unfamiliar experience. Once people discover how fast and gentle laser hair removal can be, their nervousness fades away!
     

  • We highly recommend shaving two hours before the time of your appointment, to make it even more comfortable. Local anesthetic is available, which some patients request when particularly sensitive or large areas are being treated. Additionally, we can prescribe a mild sedative medication, but you will need to arrange transportation if you choose this option, because you will be unable to drive until the medicine has worn off. Patients who have had electrolysis, waxing, or even laser treatments with a different system frequently tell us how much gentler and more comfortable the Laser is.
     

  • If the treatment area is particularly sensitive, or you have low pain tolerance, you can obtain LMX anesthetic cream. A thick layer should be applied to the area to be treated approximately 45 minutes prior to your appointment. Additionally, some patients find that taking an over the counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Aleve (not aspirin or any other anticoagulant) a couple of hours before treatment is helpful. Our cooling system, which blows cool air on the skin, further reducing the discomfort and protecting the skin surface. If you experience undue discomfort during the treatment, please let us know so we can apply additional cooling or change the settings of the laser.
     

  • How Will I Look After My Appointment?
    Immediately following laser treatment, the skin usually becomes a bit puffy and reddish in color, particularly the area surrounding hairs. This is a normal reaction and is not a cause for alarm. However, we will ask that you pay attention and carefully record how long it takes to fade. This information will help us optimize the comfort and effectiveness of subsequent sessions. You will not need to wear bandages because the skin is not broken or otherwise injured. Most cosmetic products can be applied to the treatment area immediately after your session, if you wish. You can use a gentle moisturizer such as Lipikar Balm to improve persistent redness. A large percentage of the treated hairs will shed within two or three weeks. It may initially appear that these hairs are continuing to grow. If portion of the hairs remain longer than three weeks, these will be treated in subsequent sessions.
     

  • How Many Laser Sessions Will I Need?
    In most cases, six treatments are needed, and these must be timed exactly six weeks apart. At any given time, approximately 50 to 80 percent of hairs are in the active growth phase; the remainder is resting, and they will not be affected by laser energy. Additionally, some hairs will not have sufficient pigment in the roots for the laser to destroy them. In time, as hairs cycle through various phases, they will reach the optimal conditions for laser treatment. This is why several treatments are necessary. 
     

  • At times, re-treatment may be needed to eliminate fine hairs that have reemerged. It is important to understand that no single session can eliminate 100 percent of hairs in any area. On average, each session will destroy 25 to 30 percent of pigmented, active hairs. Therefore, everyone will require a minimum of six treatments to achieve optimal results. It may seem as if the first four treatments have removed all hairs, but the final treatments are essential for longevity of results. Certain patients may require more than six treatments, especially those who have been inconstant and not attended earlier appointments on the exact date recommended. Because hairs can become thicker as you age, a touch-up may be needed in the future.
     

  • What Risks Are Associated with Laser Hair Removal?
    Mild swelling or redness is normal, and it should resolve itself in a matter of hours or days.  Individuals carrying the herpes virus may experience a flare following any kind of skin injury, but this can usually be avoided with appropriate preventive medicine. Dark skinned individuals are at the greatest risk of experiencing changes in skin color, which may become darker or lighter. However, our Laser minimizes these risks, due to its longer wavelength and sapphire cooling plate. 
     

  • What Kind of Aftercare Is Required?
    Avoid irritants such as abrasive cleaners or acne medications in the treated area. Lipwax, Balm, or similar topical moisturizers can be beneficial, helping to resolve pinkness or redness. Cold packs can also be helpful in reducing swelling. Sun protection is important. We recommend a combination of protective clothing and a high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen. The best products for this use are available for purchase at our office. We have seen a few patients experience problems resulting from exposing the treatment area, so this step is very important.
     

  • You will be able to return to work and resume normal activities immediately after your appointment. After three or four days you can shave the treated area if you wish, but do not pluck, wax, or otherwise extract hairs from the treatment area. Also, avoid using depilatory creams. To ensure optimal effectiveness, do not use any hair removal technique other than shaving during the course of treatment.
     

  • What People Are Not Good Candidates for Laser Hair Removal?
    Generally, darker skin requires gentler, and therefore slower, treatment. For optimal speed and safety of treatment, the area should not be tanned. Gray or light blond hairs do not respond well to laser energy. In our office, we have had excellent success treating people who are good candidates, including those who have seen little to no results from other laser treatment or alternatives such as electrolysis. Children can be treated with good results, but they must be old enough to understand instructions and willingly cooperate with the advice of the laser professional.

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