Laser hair removal is effective for nearly every part of the body with unwanted hair, including the arms, underarms, chin, upper lip, cheeks, neck, abs, breasts, buttocks, bikini, legs and toes. However, skin with tattoos should not be treated.
Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light to gently remove unwanted hair. During the treatment, the light emitted by the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, creating heat. The heat then damages the hair follicles that are located right beneath the skin and prevents or delays them from future hair growth.
Hair follicles are responsible for producing new strands of hair so destroying them results in the hair follicle’s loss of production. Precision lasers can effectively target the hair follicle while leaving the surrounding skin untouched. After the treatment, any remaining hair or regrowth is finer and usually lighter than the original hair.
Risks may include redness, swelling, change of pigmentation, or scarring. Blistering and crusting are rare; however, if these do occur a thin layer of over-the-counter antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin® can be applied 2-3 times a day for 3 days.
The appearance of laser hair removal treated areas following treatment varies from patient to patient, depending on the characteristics of the patient and the treatment given. During the treatment, some hairs will be shed from the follicle immediately, while the remaining will shed in the following weeks. Transient redness and swelling around the hair follicle may appear immediately after the treatment but are, in fact, positive results indicating the follicle’s response to the treatment. Following the treatment, you will be provided with guidelines, namely in terms of sun exposure.
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After a laser hair removal treatment, you may notice that your hair is noticeably thinner. Over a period of 3-10 days, you will continue to shed your hair. You may think you’re seeing hair growth, but really it is the hair follicles surfacing before they fall out.
Multiple treatments are required to achieve laser hair removal. This is due to the increased effect of the laser on hair in the early growth stage (anagen). Not all hairs are in the same phase at a given time.
Unlike other laser hair removal providers, we utilize cutting-edge laser technology so we can treat all skin tone variations. Earlier generations of laser technology were only able to effectively treat patients with dark hair and light skin so the laser could more easily decipher the pigment within the hair. Through our advanced lasers, our treatments are inclusive and can accommodate all skin tones.
However, it is important to know that laser hair removal is only effective for certain hair color. In order for the laser hair removal treatment to be successful, melanin (hair pigment) must be present, meaning that laser hair removal works best on people with brunette or darker hair color. Laser hair removal may not respond well on people with light hair color, including blonde, red or gray hair.
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