Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has become one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser (pulsating beam of light) to remove unwanted hair. The heat from the light of the laser is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair which triggers inflammation in the hair follicle. When this happens it causes the hair follicle to go into its “resting” (telogen) phase. While resting, the follicle produces no hair.
Upon arrival to our office your skin will be washed and prepped. You and our certified laser technician will put on protective safety sunglasses to protect your eyes from the laser. The machine (Candela’s GentleMax®) will be calibrated to the right laser light energy setting for you and your skin type. When the procedure begins, the laser will be aimed at your hair follicles in the area where the removal is taking place. The laser emits a beam of light that is absorbed by the pigment in the base or bulb of the hair. When the specific wavelength finds the pigment it is looking for, it is absorbed into the target tissue, and then the light turns to heat, the heat then destroys the hair follicle. Once the laser has touched all hair follicles of the treated area a soothing aloe vera gel will be placed over the area to get rid of any discomfort. For small areas (ex: armpit, upper lip) the procedure takes only a few minutes. For larger areas (ex: legs, arms) the procedure may take up to 45 minutes.
Laser hair removal requires multiple sessions in order to achieve desired removal. This is based primarily on biological factors – the cycle of hair growth. We recommend a protocol of five to six sessions in order to achieve permanent removal in the treated area.
Our lasers have been specifically chosen because they offer the fastest results, with the least amount of discomfort. All of our systems are FDA approved.
Hair Removal Recovery
Laser hair removal is very safe for the skin. Temporary redness of the skin lasts a very short time, and most people return to work or normal activities immediately after treatment. The treated area will “shed” some hair over the next 3-4 weeks, and you may experience a period of hairlessness in the area while you wait for your next treatment.