Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal has become a popular procedure that has evolved over the past 25 years.  The procedure utilizes laser light with a specific wavelength, that heats the hair follicle.  When the follicle reaches a specific temperature, the follicle will shrink which inhibits future hair growth.  The procedure is permanent, but dark course hair responds better than white fine hair.

Our hair is in one of three stages at any given time.  The Anagen stage is the growth phase, Catagen is the resting phase and Telogen is the shedding phase.  Hair that is actively growing or in the Anagen phase responds to Laser hair removal.   Resting (Catagen) or Shedding (Telogen) hair does not typically respond to laser hair removal.  Every 4 to 6 weeks the hair will move from the growing phase to the resting phase and then onto the shedding phase.   Therefore, a series of hair removal sessions is typically required in order to achieve the best results.

Treatments are typically performed about 4 to 8 weeks apart from each other and are initially done in a series of 5 to 8 treatments.   The treatment can be performed on many different areas of the face and/or body including the upper lip, chin, facial cheeks, neck, axillas(underarms), bikini, legs, feet and chest or back.

In order to achieve the best results with laser hair removal we recommend that you shave the area/s to be treated about 1 to 2 days before your appointment.  This allows us to see the hair but minimizes the amount of skin irritation from shaving performed at the time of the treatment.  It is also important to avoid tweezing, bleaching, waxing or use of depilatory creams for 2 to 3 weeks before your initial treatment.  You may, however, share the area to be treated.  We also encourage patients to avoid direct sun exposure to the treatment area for 2 to 3 weeks before and after the treatment is performed.  This allows the laser light to be absorbed more directly into the hair follicle versus on the surface of the skin where the skin is tanned.

After the treatment is performed, you may experience a slight sunburned feeling to the treated area for a couple of hours.  Cool compresses may be applied to the area after treatment if needed.  Use of sun protection with an SPF of 15 or greater should be used daily to prevent any sun damage or pigmentation to develop on the treated area/s.

You will notice that the hair will be singed in the treated area.  The hair will continue to grow until the hair follicle has grown and fallen out.  This process may take up to two weeks (or in some cases longer).   You may not tweeze, bleach, or use depilatory creams or wax in between treatments.  You may, however, shave the area if needed until the next treatment session.

Most patients enjoy the results they achieve from Laser Hair Removal and choose to receive treatment in additional areas over time.