Why Laser Hair Reduction?
The old fashioned ways of removing hair- shaving, tweezing, creams and waxing- are time consuming and don’t last. And, although electrolysis can permanently remove hair, it is an extremely slow and painful method.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
Our lasers are FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction on all skin types, including very fair skin and olive or African-American skin. Treatments are most effective on medium to dark hair on any skin type. Fine and light hair is very difficult to treat. Blonde, red, white and grey hair cannot be treated.
The laser is so safe, it was the first laser cleared by the FDA for the treatment of pseudo-folliculitis, a painful condition also known as “shaving bumps”.
What can I expect during treatment?
Your physician might apply a topical anesthetic to help make the treatment more comfortable. Most patients feel a warm sting as the laser penetrates the hair follicle. Many people describe the sensation as the snap of a rubber band against their skin. To minimize the discomfort, a cool gel is applied to the skin before treatment.
How many treatments are needed?
Laser treatments impair the growth capacity of the hair follicles when they are in the active growth stage. Not all follicles are active at the same time and several treatments, every few weeks, may be necessary to obtain the desired result.
The number of treatments need to achieve hair reduction varies. Most patients experience a marked reduction in hair growth in 5 to 8 treatments.
What should I expect following each treatment?
Once your treatment session is complete, you are free to resume your normal routine. Some patients might experience a slight redness in the treated area. This should resolve in a day or two.
Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen following any laser treatment.
Immediately after treatment, hair follicles might seem to grow for one or two weeks. Typically these are lifeless hairs and they will fall out quite easily.