Laser Hair Removal
At Precision Laser & Esthetics we offer the option between a Cutera CoolGlide Yag laser or a Candela GentleLase Plus Alexandrite laser for hair removal. The two options allows us to choose a machine to best treat your specific skin type. Both machines are safe and effective for all skin types, but the Candela performs better on lighter skin.
Laser hair removal will target the pigment in your hair, so the hair color needs to be dark, which then absorbs the light from the the laser and turns it into heat, this will destroy the hair follicle and keep it from regrowing. After a number of sessions (which will vary from person to person) the hair should be permanently gone. Immediately following your treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave. Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur, and in the even that should happen please call us so we can set you up an appointment to see our Doctor.
Q: Is laser hair removal permanent?
A: Clients typically see permanent results after 7-10 treatments. Generally you will require a yearly or bi-yearly touch-up treatment. Major hormone changes can also cause the hair to start re-growing, this issue can be solved with one or two touch-up treatments. The laser is not very effective on lighter colored hair, it works best on brown or darker hair. To see best results throughout your treatment follow the instructions and treatment schedule suggested by your laser technician.
Q: What is considered a successful treatment?
A: 80% reduction in total hair is considered to be a success. Only 10% of hair follicles are active at any given time, thus the need for multiple treatments. The reduction that you have is considered permanent.
Q: Does laser hair removal hurt?
A: The actual pain level is different for each client and can be adjusted for by your technician. Higher heat energy (joules) will make for a more uncomfortable, but also a more effective treatment. Pain levels will decrease with each treatment, as less follicles will be active further in your treatment cycle. Compared to waxing, laser hair removal hurts significantly less. Some people would describe the treatment as being snapped repeatedly by a rubber band. Some areas are more sensitive than others, but overall the treatment is quick and tolerable.
Q: What should I do before my laser hair removal treatment?
A: Avoid tanning and major sun exposure 7-10 days before your appointment. 7-10 days prior to treatments, cycle off medications such as antibiotics, and ones with sun sensitivity as a side effect. 1-3 days prior your appointment, shave the area that is being treated. Avoid waxing or tweezing as it will remove the follicle we are trying to permanently destroy. Avoid any oils and lotions on the area to be treated day of the appointment. If you are treating an area on your face, be sure to stop using products with active ingredients such as Beta Hydroxy Acids (glycolic, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid), as well as retinol products 3-4 days before your appointment.