Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses pulsed laser energy to remove unwanted hair from a targeted area, while leaving surrounding skin unharmed. Common areas on which laser hair removal is performed are the chin, upper lip, chest, underarms, back, bikini line, and legs.
Although there are many temporary treatments to remove unwanted hair, including tweezing, shaving, using depilatory creams, and waxing, patients seeking more permanent and less irritating / painful methods are frequently good candidates for laser hair removal. Through this safe and usually painless procedure, hair can be removed from nearly any area of the body. (The eye area is an exception because of the possibility of serious eye damage.)
Candidates for Laser Hair Removal
Because the laser beams used to remove hair target its melanin (pigment), the best candidates have dark hair and light skin. Conversely, those with blond, red, gray or white hair and dark skin are usually not good candidates. Recent technological advances have made laser hair removal for those with dark skin more successful, while techniques for using lasers to effectively remove light-colored hair are being investigated.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed through the use of laser therapy. They include the following:
- Hair is precisely targeted
- Procedure is quick
- Results are permanent (for 90 percent of patients) or long-lasting
For many patients, laser hair removal is painless, although some experience minor discomfort, usually described as something like a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Laser Hair Removal Procedure
Laser hair removal is performed while the target area is numbed by a topical anesthetic. A handheld device that emits intense laser pulses is moved across the area, focusing on individual hair follicles. There are several different methods of laser hair removal, some of which combine laser impulses with radiofrequency. The appropriate method for each patient is decided in consultation with the physician administering treatment.
Hair growth takes place cyclically, in three stages. The most effective laser hair removal takes place during the andogen (full-growth) stage, because the hair follicles in this stage are susceptible to laser energy. Because all hair is not in the same stage of growth at any given time, several laser treatments, usually between three and five, spaced four to eight weeks apart, are necessary. The length of treatment depends on the texture of the patient’s hair and the location from which it is being removed.
Recovery from Laser Hair Removal
Some redness, soreness, or swelling may occur immediately after laser hair removal, but these reactions almost always fade within a few days. Cold compresses, ice packs, moisturizers, and anti-inflammatory creams may minimize discomfort. Sun exposure should be avoided as much as possible during the recovery period.
Complications of Laser Hair Removal
The most common complication of laser hair removal is the regrowth of the unwanted hair. Frequently, however, the hair that regrows is finer and lighter than the hair that was removed. Usually, regrowth can be addressed with a few additional treatment sessions. Other complications that may arise after laser hair treatment include skin irritation such as blistering and crusting, changes in pigmentation or texture of the skin, and scarring at the removal site.
Laser Hair Removal for Men
More and more men are opting for laser hair removal and enjoying its benefits, including smooth skin and saving time with shaving and trimming. With Viora V-IPL handpieces, hair reduction treatments for men have never been more comfortable, affordable and effective.
“Laser Hair Removal” is a collective term for the utilization of lasers and intense pulsed light for the purpose of permanent hair reduction. Hair removal lasers selectively deliver laser light to dark hairs. This light causes the dark hairs to become heated, and this heat travels down the hair shaft into the hair follicle and disrupts it, preventing future hair growth. Since gray/white, blonde and red hairs have little or no dark melanin pigment, laser hair removal is not considered effective in treating these hair colors.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Hair reduction treatments are some of the most popular treatments for men and women today. Viora’s hair reduction solutions offer an important advantage in the aesthetic market by using the most effective IPL and laser devices. With PCR™ Technology and industry leading photo-epilation, Viora’s V-IPL laser hair reduction solutions offer a significant reduction in hair growth that is both safe and quick.
Because body hair grows in three different stages, it takes multiple sessions in order to clear selected areas, but at Sanctuaire MD, our treatment packages can keep your skin silky and smooth for good.
The hair growth cycle is every 6-8 weeks for the body, and 4-6 weeks for the face. We suggest to our clients to schedule treatments 6-8 weeks apart to achieve the best permanent hair reduction results. It will take 6-8 treatments (on average) for permanent removal of up to 95% of the unwanted hair.
What Areas Can I Treat?
Laser hair removal is commonly done on: lip, underarm, ear lobe, shoulders, back, abdomen, buttocks, face, neck, chest, legs, toes, arms, and hands.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Common side effects seen after laser hair removal treatments include temporary discomfort, redness, and swelling in the treatment area; loss of freckles or lightening of moles in the treatment area; and temporary skin lightening or darkening in the treatment area in some tanned or darker skin types.
For your hair removal needs, we offer:
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Lafayette, CA 94549
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