For many men, unwanted hair can be a nightmare. Getting rid of it can be painful. Until recently, the only choices we had for removing unwanted hair were smelly hair-removal creams, sharp razors, hot wax or painful electrolysis needles.
Today, advanced medical lasers and light systems provide the ultimate solution. This medical technology transcends the older, painful hair removal treatments and delivers longer lasting results. Now, even the men in our practice are pleased with the results made possible by our lasers.
How does a laser remove hair?
Lasers and light systems don’t actually remove the hair. Instead, they kill the unwanted hair by targeting the melanin in the hair follicle; disabling the hair from further growth. Hair removal lasers and light systems use low-energy settings to gently disable unwanted hair, thus putting an end to routine shaving or waxing. These treatments leave your skin looking and feeling smoother and silkier.
Because these systems scan the skin rather than treating one hair at a time, it is possible to treat larger areas such as the back, shoulders, arms, legs, face and neck. Best of all, these advanced Hair Removal Treatments are safe, fast, gentle and effective alternative methods for hair removal.
What if I have dark skin?
Hair removal lasers work by targeting the melanin. By adjusting the power settings on our lasers we can focus on the melanin in the hair and not the melanin in the skin. By lowering the power settings we can even treat patients with dark skin successfully.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually two to three treatments are sufficient; however, your hair grows in cycles and many factors influence its growth. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism all play a part in your hair’s location, thickness and resilience. The number of treatments you may require for optimal long term benefits depends on the area you wish to have treated, the hair density and your hair’s growth cycle.
Laser and light systems treat the hair follicles in the growth cycle at the time of the treatment. Since some hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after your treatment, multiple treatments may be required to deliver optimal results. Most patients like us to treat until the hair is gone.
1.) After your treatment, the area is cleansed and you can return to your normal activities immediately. Your physician may recommend that you use a specially formulated skin care product line or prescribe a skin care regime especially formulated for your skin type after laser treatments. The use of sunscreen is recommended for 48 hours on any treated areas exposed to the sun.
2.) Dr.Numb numbing cream works by preventing the nerves from transmitting painful nerve impulses to the brain. To use, apply a thick (quarter inch) layer of the cream to the area to be pierced then cover the area with saran wrap for at least 30 minutes. Make sure that the area is clean. Afterwards, peel off the saran wrap and the skin covered will be completely numb for at least two hours.
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Note: Some older lasers do not work equally well with light or dark hair and skin. If you have dark skin, you may want to have a patch test to see if your skin can tolerate the laser.
Find out if you could benefit from this procedure, schedule a consultation with our office today.
What are the benefits of Laser and Light Hair Removal?
* They do not cause the irritation that other hair removal methods may cause.
* Larger areas may be treated at one time than with electrolysis, waxing or tweezing.
* They combine the speed of shaving with the lasting results promised by electrolysis.
* They are effective on almost any area of the body where smoother, younger, hair-free skin is desired.
How are these treatments different from electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a much slower process. With electrolysis, a needle is actually inserted into each hair follicle, one at a time. Once inserted, an electric shock burns the follicle to retard hair growth. Our advanced laser and light systems use cool light to scan the treatment area; and within minutes all of the hairs in the laser beam are treated. Most patients who have had both say that treatment with lasers and light systems are less painful, faster and more convenient.
What are the treatments like?
Laser and Light Hair Removal are both gentle processes. First, we cleanse the area to be treated. Then the area is scanned with the laser or light hand piece. The light energy passes through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy vaporizes the carbon particles in the follicle, disabling hair growth. Treatments can last from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the size of the area being treated.