LASER HAIR REMOVAL
If you have unwanted hair on your body, laser hair reduction could help you eliminate the tedious, ongoing chore of shaving, plucking and waxing by permanently reducing unwanted body hair.
How do laser treatments work?
The intense light of a highly-focused laser is directed at the hair shaft, where it is absorbed by the hair's pigment. Each pulse of light takes only a fraction of a second to administer allowing our specialists to treat many hairs at the same time. The absorbed energy damages the follicles, slowing or possibly eliminating future growth from that follicle, so in-grown hairs that often occur when waxing or shaving are not an issue. Because hair grows in cycles, it can take 3 to 5 treatments to obtain the desired cosmetic results.
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Who is a candidate for this procedure?
Because laser hair reduction relies on the pigment's absorption to prevent future hair growth, the best results are seen in candidates with light skin and dark hair. Dark hair allows more energy to be absorbed by the hair shaft, while light skin prevents the laser energy from being absorbed by the skin and potentially causing damage.
What's involved in this technique?
Just prior to your procedure, a topical anesthetic may be applied to reduce discomfort, although typically this step is not necessary for most patients. One or more tests may be conducted to allow the laser's power and pulse frequency to be adjusted for your needs. Each pulse can treat multiple hairs. Some small areas, like the upper lip, can take just about one minute to complete. Larger areas, like the legs, can take up to an hour. During treatment, you may experience a slight stinging sensation or minor warmth. The feel of treatment varies by client.
Will I need follow-up treatments?
Most men and women find they need from three to five treatments to achieve the aesthetic results they desire. The number of sessions you need may vary based on your skin and hair tone. Treatments can prevent hair growth for several months to many years, and when touch-up sessions are required, they're typically necessary no more than once a year. Our doctor will be able to help determine the exact number of treatments you need to achieve the desired cosmetic results.
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