Larger areas may be treated using lasers than with electrolysis, waxing or tweezing. Laser hair removal combines the speed of shaving with the lasting results of electrolysis. And laser hair removal is effective on almost any area of the body where smoother, younger, hair-free skin is desired.
Laser Hair Removal – How does Laser Hair Removal work?
The laser beam passes through the skin and is absorbed in the hair follicle residing underneath the skin’s surface. The laser energy destroys the follicle with the heat that it generates. Destroyed hairs are then either dissolved within the skin or rejected by the body within two to three weeks. Most people require approximately four to eight sessions to have desired results.
The Candela GentleLASE laser we use is safe and effective for all skin types. However, it may not be as effective for individuals with heavily tanned and/or very dark skin (Skin Type VI) due to the laser targeting the melanin in the skin. In addition, most lasers are not effective for those with light, red or gray hair.
Our laser utilizes a special patented cooling system that lowers the temperature of the skin at the procedure site before, during, and after laser exposure. It is almost painless. No local anesthesia or pain medication is required, but for more sensitive areas, topical anesthetic cream is available at our office.
Are there any side effects? Are results permanent?
Most clients experience a mild stinging or burning sensation when the laser pulse is delivered and some may experience a slight reddening of the skin or local swelling. This typically disappears within a short period of time from anywhere between a couple of hours to a couple of days.
The FDA has cleared the GentleLASE laser for permanent hair reduction. Since lasers have only been used for hair removal for approximately 17 years, it is difficult to predict the effects of the procedure and how long it will last. However, studies have shown that clients are usually hair free and satisfied with the results.
What should I expect following the laser hair removal procedure?
Some people may experience a slight reddening around the hair follicles immediately following the procedure. This reaction typically disappears within a few hours. The use of sun screen at or above 25 SPF is recommended on all skin areas exposed to the sun for approximately the next four weeks following the laser procedure.
It is also recommended that you avoid heavy sun exposure for the next four weeks. Application of ice or aloe gel after the procedure will generally facilitate healing and cooling. Approximately two weeks after the laser hair removal procedure the body will exfoliate the dead hairs.
Our GentleLASE 755 nm Alexandrite lasers are Candela’s premier hair removal laser, treating quickly, comfortably and effectively. This laser is best for skin types 2 to 4 (light skin to olive skin types). The GentleLASE is safe and effective and has been cleared by the FDA. Our equipment is serviced and updated regularly.
Laser hair removal technology is here! Why not take advantage and never shave again? You don’t want to be one of those people who say, “I wish I had done this years ago.”