Unwanted facial and body hair is a common problem that can be a source of distress. Dermatologists use lasers and light sources to safely and effectively treat larger areas of unwanted hair with minimal patient discomfort and fewer complications than other hair-reduction methods. Most lasers are equipped with a cooling device that reduces the discomfort from the laser light and also protects the top layer of skin from excessive heating and potential changes in pigmentation.
We use the most advanced and effective technologies available. All equipment is tested safe for both men and women, even on sensitive skin.
Candela® GentleLASE Plus
We utilize an Alexandrite laser with a wavelength of 755 for hair reduction. This Candela® GentleLASE Plus has a patented Dynamic Cooling Device that’s fast and efficient. A short burst of cooling spray is emitted just prior to the laser pulse allowing rapid treatment with minimal discomfort. Over the course of eight treatments the laser damages the hair follicle while it is in the active growth phase, thus preventing it from growing again. Since the laser is attracted to pigment, the hair being treated must have pigment to be susceptible to the laser energy. Blonde and grey hair does not respond well. In addition, the laser cannot differentiate between pigment in the skin and the pigment in the hair; therefore, we ask our patients to refrain from sun exposure and self-tanners while being treated with the laser. The hair needs to be present for the laser to identify it, so we also ask patients to refrain from waxing, plucking and using depilatories while being treated. Shaving is acceptable. Treatments should be every four to six weeks.
Safe and effective on all skin types, this revolutionary new module with “IN-Motion™” technology, gently heats the dermis to a temperature that damages the hair follicle and prevents re-growth. The Soprano®XL uses a powerful gold-standard diode treatment head with SHR and DualChill™ techniques that protect the epidermis. Thus, the Soprano®XL is virtually pain free and no analgesics are required. With faster, comprehensive hair removal, patients can enjoy consistent results even on large areas such as legs, arms, backs and abdomen. As with other lasers, hair must be visible to treat. Eight treatments are recommended every four to six weeks.
How Does It Work?
Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) devices send specific concentrated beams of light through the skin that are absorbed by the melanin (dark) pigment present in the hair follicle shafts. Because hair grows in cycles, repeated treatments are necessary to destroy the hair follicles. In general, three or more treatments are required to achieve permanent hair growth reduction.
Will it work for me?
Darker hair responds best to laser hair removal. Lighter-colored hair is least responsive, but topical medications can be used in an effort to increase effectiveness. Be sure to avoid tanning or sunless tanners and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for up to six weeks prior to treatment.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects include discomfort, swelling, and redness that last one to three days. Other possible side effects include blistering, herpes simplex outbreaks, bacterial infections and temporary skin lightening or darkening (especially in patients with skin of color or those with tans). Patients are instructed to avoid sun exposure and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher following the procedure.
|Treatment Type||Laser Hair Removal|
|Treatment Problem or Condition||Unwanted Hair|
|Skin Type||All Skin Types|
Typically six to eight treatments about 4 to 6 weeks apart are needed to achieve 90% permanent hair loss. Why only 90%? The body will always continue to produce new hair follicles that were not around during your treatment. However, usually this will be a few strands of fine, fair, baby-like hair.