Laser Hair Removal
Treating Unwanted, Excessive or Unusual Hair Growth
Laser Hair Removal is an option for you no matter what your skin color – If you are simply tired of shaving, waxing or using chemicals on sensitive skin to remove hair – if you have undesirable hair growth patterns – or if you have excess facial or body hair…you can get help at Premiere Dermatology and Laser Center.
The most effective way to solve unwanted hair problems is with laser therapy. By destroying the hair at the root itself, Laser Hair Reduction offers the ideal alternative to traditional hair removal methods.
Dr. Cobos uses the newest technology using the Candela GentleLase (Alexandrite) laser.
Laser Hair Removal works for:
- Back and Neck
- Arms and Under-arms
- Upper Lip
- Intrusive Hairline
- Excess Facial Hair and “Moustache” Growth
- Bikini Line (Playboy and Brazilian)
- Hormone-induced Hair Growth
How do Hair Lasers Work?
Lasers work by delivering an intense beam of light that is absorbed by the skin. This light is converted to heat and is absorbed by the cells being targeted, while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Candela lasers feature a patented skin-cooling device for even greater patient comfort and safety – and better results.
Multiple treatments are required for effective hair reduction because the hair follicle must be “active” at the time of treatment and not all follicles are active at the same time.
Candela GentleMax system is the fastest laser available today. Treatment time per session depends on the amount of area treated. A lip may take only a few minutes whereas an entire back may take 30 minutes or more.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
A topical local anesthetic is applied before the procedure to reduce discomfort. You will feel a stinging sensation when the laser is fired. The procedure causes a slight charring of stubble. You may notice odor of singed hair, which is normal. Most patients feeling nothing more than a slight sting … like the snap of a rubber band.
What About Side Effects?
Possible Side Effects – Slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn, may occur in some clients. These effects typically last 24 hours or less. In some instances, slight blistering may occur and is quickly managed with topical creams.
Burns and scarring are seen mostly in medically un-supervised “spa” or locations. For your protection and safety, it’s imperative to always make sure your treatment is being performed by a board certified dermatologist or a dermatolgist-supervised nurse in a dermatology office.
Who is the Best Candidate for Laser Hair Treatments?
Laser Hair treatments work best in lighter skinned, darker haired patients. Because the primary target in hair follicles is melanin pigment (the “color” in skin and hair), less laser energy is absorbed by the skin and more by the hair follicle.
Darker skin types such as peoples of Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent can now be safely and effectively treated without the risk of creating hyperpigmentation (discoloration). Dr. Cobos uses the the GentleMax systems because they allow treatment of all skin types and color.
Tanned skin absorbs laser energy as it passes through the skin to the hair follicle. Although Dr. Cobos recommends that you refrain from tanning prior to hair laser treatments, with the Candela GentleLase system, even tanned skin can be safely treated.
However, “Spray-on” stocking products are a no-no for several days prior to laser hair removal since those products contain metallics that attract heat and can cause burns.
Because the pigment in the hair is the target for the laser energy, gray or white hair (which lacks pigment) cannot be effectively treated with any laser or light-based device.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
Multiple laser treatments are necessary for best results. Laser energy has its greatest effect on growing, or anagen hair follicles; as the dormant, or telogen hairs become active, usually within 3 weeks to 3 months, some new hair growth will be observed.
Usually at least 3 treatments over the course of a year will be necessary for satisfactory, long-lasting results. The female face, armpits, and bikini lines are areas which respond fastest to laser treatments – backs, arms and legs usually need more treatments over time. The scalp is very resistant to treatment.
Causes of Excessive Hair Growth
Excessive hair growth can be caused by the hormonal shifts of puberty, pregnancy or menopause. You may also have unwanted hair growth patterns caused by heredity, medication, hormone replacement therapy, diseases or other reasons.
Hirsutism is a medical condition that is defined as the excessive growth of thick dark hair in locations where hair growth in women is usually minimal or absent. Such male-pattern growth of body hair usually occurs in androgen-stimulated locations, such as the face, chest, and areolae (nipple area).
Laser hair removal successfully manages most all abnormal and excess hair growth issues.
Will my skin become totally hair-free?
Studies show that for suitable candidates, hair removal lasers can reduce hair counts by 40 percent to 80 percent. Results vary from person to person, however, and some people respond better to treatment than others
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Multiple treatments can prolong the duration of hair loss, but hair regrowth is possible. Also as you age, unwanted hair growth inevitably continues, and you may need repeat treatments in the future.
Satisfaction with laser treatment for hair is very high overall. Most patients are thrilled with their results, even though there are nearly always some very fine or small hairs that can not be permanently removed. The fine blonde or light hairs on the face won’t as effectively absorb laser light and are not as responsive as darker hair.