Laser Hair Removal
For everyone who has given up on tweezing, plucking, electrolysis, and waxing, laser hair removal can produce a convenient long-term solution. Laser hair removal is a cosmetic laser treatment in which hair follicles are destroyed through the use of energy at a specifically calibrated wavelength. This laser beam has a high penetrative index and effectively ruptures the hair follicle, prohibiting it from encouraging hair growth in treatment areas such as the face, legs, arms, and back.
Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures done in the United States. At Regional Skin & Laser Center, our skin and laser specialists perform laser hair removal with state-of-the-art devices: the LightSheer® hair reduction system and Sciton®’s Forever Bare BBL™. Continue reading for more information about these advanced laser hair removal methods.
- Laser Hair Removal Benefits
- Laser Hair Removal Candidates
- Laser Hair Removal Treatment Areas
- Laser Hair Removal Procedure
- Laser Hair Removal Recovery
- Laser Hair Removal Cost
What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal can offer a variety of advantages over other hair removal treatments. Depending on the laser being utilized and the expertise of the provider, these benefits can include:
- Up to 90% of hair removal virtually anywhere on the body
- Due to advanced cooling properties, such as LightSheer’s ChillTip™ component, laser hair removal is considered less painful than both waxing and depilation
- Limited opportunity for surrounding tissue damage
- Generally safe for all skin textures and tones
- A relatively quick “lunch break” procedure with little to no need for downtime
The devices we use for laser hair removal are chosen specifically for their accuracy, effectiveness, and ability to create a more comfortable patient experience. Hair that is removed with one of these devices generally takes longer to grow back as compared to other hair-removal methods, and the results are often much smoother and more natural-looking.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
The success of a laser hair removal treatment is determined by many factors, including the color of the hair and skin type. While advancements in laser technology have made laser hair removal applicable to most patients, hair must have pigment for the laser to most effectively remove it. That said, laser hair removal often produces the best results on a high contrast between hair and skin (i.e. very dark hair and light skin).
As with every procedure we offer at Regional Skin & Laser Center, the only way to determine your candidacy for laser hair removal is to attend a consultation with a member of our team. For a comprehensive evaluation of your aesthetic and skin care needs, feel free to contact us today.
What Areas Can Laser Hair Removal Treat?
Both the LightSheer® and Forever Bare BBL ™ systems are specifically designed to eliminate undesired hair from all parts of the body. The LightSheer® laser is also purported to be an effective treatment for pseudofolliculitis barbae, also known as PFB or razor bumps.
The areas most commonly treated with these lasers include:
How Does Laser Hair Removal Treatment Work?
Hair reduction through laser treatment is a three-step procedure. The first step is cleaning the treatment region, followed by shaving the area, and lastly scanning it with the laser handpiece. Scanning is the step when the laser is passed over the skin and penetrates to destroy hair follicles. The number of sessions and the choice of treatment depend on the location of the area, hair-growth cycle, and density of hair. Damage up to 20% is induced to the hair follicle with each treatment session.
Follicles are shed around 15 to 20 days after treatment. Hair is not permanently removed through laser treatment; instead, the duration between periods of regrowth is stretched. Efficiency of laser hair removal is high when the laser energy is used on actively growing hair; in other words, the treatment should only be employed during the initial hair growth phase, which is also known as the “anagen” phase. While multiple sessions are typically warranted to maintain the full effects of laser hair removal, the arms and legs require fewer sessions as compared to the face and neck regions.
What Can I Expect During Laser Hair Removal Recovery?
Slight redness and swelling may be visible soon after laser hair removal treatment. Swelling and rashes typically subside within two hours. Applying a soothing gel, like aloe vera, is recommended for a week after treatment. The treated region may still feel warm for up to 24 hours.
Avoid exposing skin to direct sunlight for 48 hours. When laser treatment is performed on the face, it is recommended to avoid wearing makeup for 72 hours after the treatment session. Internal and external heat sources like saunas, hot ovens, and intense cardio exercises must be avoided for 48 hours. You should also be mindful of over-exposure to the sun following your laser treatment and should use high-quality lotions and sunscreens. During your consultation, a member of our team can advise you on which skin care products you may want to use.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
The cost of your laser hair removal procedure is contingent upon several factors, not limited to the extent of treatment, the treatment areas, the type of laser being administered, and whether or not a topical anesthetic is applied.
During your initial consultation, you will be thoroughly informed on the details of your care, including the price. Meanwhile, please feel free to direct any financial questions to our staff.
Schedule Your Consultation
For more on our laser hair removal treatment, consult with a skilled medical professional at Regional Skin & Laser Center. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.