What is Laser Hair Removal
As a non-invasive laser treatment, laser hair removal is designed to permanently reduce unwanted and unsightly hair from your face and other body parts. While it may sound like science fiction, lasers can be used for this purpose.
The way it works is the laser beam passes through the skin and comes in contact with an individual hair follicle. The heat then damages the follicle and prevents it from forming new hairs. Usually, for the hair growth to be completely stopped, the follicle needs to be in an active growth cycle. For this reason, it requires more than one treatment to destroy all of the hair follicles and prevent hair from growing in that treated area. The wavelength of light that is chosen to target the hair follicle is selected to have the maximum possible impact on the hair follicle while not impacting the surrounding skin.
Laser Hair Removal Treatments
This procedure is relatively painless as the laser energy is delivered through a handheld device that has a comfortable cooling tip which soothes the skin. With each pass of the laser a very mild sensation will be felt that is not painful. This allows for the treatment to be done without any anesthesia required.
Most hair removal sessions should take 30 minutes or less and varies based on the size of the area that is being treated. Dr. Jacono recommends for most patients between 6 to 8 separate treatments in order to fully stop the hair growth permanently. Laser hair removal sessions should be done about every 4 to 6 weeks apart.
Laser Hair Removal Candidates
Men or women who are frustrated by the appearance of unsightly hair on their face, neck, or body, generally make excellent candidates for Laser Hair Removal. Patients should be in generally good health and have a realistic expectation for their results.
Unfortunately, only those with brown or black hair are good candidates for permanent laser hair removal. Those with blonde hair have a different type of melanin that does not absorb the laser wavelength as readily, making it impossible for blonde hair to be removed using this method.
What Should I Do Before the Treatment?
Prior to your treatment do not have any other hair removal treatments performed that will affect the root. You should not wax or epilate, however, shaving is required otherwise the hair will burn.
Recovery After Laser Hair Removal
Patients generally enjoy no downtime after laser hair removal sessions and should be able to return to work or school immediately. There may be a slight redness seen in the treated area but this will go away within an hour of the treatment. Results will begin to show in two to four weeks, as the hair begins to fall out.
Laser Hair Removal Consultation
Contact J SPA Medical Spa today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Jacono to have a professional hair removal treatment performed that will ensure that most of the hairs do not grow back.
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
What areas of the body are most popular for laser hair removal?
The most popular areas include the underarms, women’s chins, and bikini area.
How long has laser technology been in use?
Laser hair removal has been available since the mid-1990’s.
What is the difference between an IPL and a laser?
IPL and lasers both reduce hair but they use different wavelengths and widths to accomplish the task.
What type of results can you expect from laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal delivers permanent reduction.
How is laser hair removal different from electrolysis hair removal?
Electrolysis uses needles to remove hair and can remove 100% of hair and works on all hair colors. Lasers are much faster, less painful, and are more reliable.
What are the risks of hair removal?
This is a risk of pigment change.
How old should you be for laser hair removal?
You should wait until one year after the onset of your period.
Is it painful?
It can be uncomfortable.