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Laser Hair Removal

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

by on Jan.24, 2010, under Laser Hair Removal, Services

Almost everyone has unwanted hair somewhere on their body. Are you tired of tweezing, plucking, shaving, and waxing?

Laser Hair Removal - BEFORE & AFTER

Unfortunately, traditional hair removal routines can be tedious, painful, and expensive. Have you tried everything to get rid of it? Those days are finally over. Shaving may last a day and waxing a couple of weeks, but none of them last forever. Therein lies the true beauty of laser hair removal. Image by Design can now remove unwanted hair quickly, comfortably, and for good. This revolutionary cosmetic treatment works on all skin types and on all parts of the body. “Get to the root of the problem” and conveniently get rid of that unwanted hair forever. 

Shaving may last a day and waxing a couple of weeks, but none of them last forever. Therein lies the true beauty of laser hair removal.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Laser hair removal can remove unwanted hair faster and more effectively than traditional methods. Below are answers to some of the most common patient questions.

How does it work?

The Elite aesthetic laser combines two different and very powerful laser wavelengths that attack the hair follicle and completely destroy it, making hair re-growth in the targeted area impossible. Unlike electrolysis, which involves injecting a needle into each and every hair follicle, the new Elite aesthetic laser emits a powerful beam of light that passes through the skin and targets many follicles at once. This means that, instead of spending months or even years getting electrolysis treatments, patients can now permanently solve their unwanted hair problems in significantly less time. This exciting new laser treatment is faster, safer, and more effective.

What kind of results can I expect?

Results are dependent on many factors: color of the hair, exposure to the sun, energy level that can be safely used, and coarseness of the hair. Most patients notice that the maximum number of hairs that are permanently destroyed occurs after the 4th or 5th treatment. Patients then take advantage of the prolonged growth delay for the remaining hairs (which all grow in the same cycle). Fifty percent of patients who complete 5 treatments will achieve 50-75% permanent hair reduction, but results do vary.

Can anyone have this treatment?

Anyone with unwanted hair anywhere on his or her body is an ideal candidate for the Elite treatment. All skin types and all body parts are applicable when using Cynosure’s Elite laser.

Am I a viable candidate for laser hair removal?

Women/Men over 18 years of age (those younger must be accompanied by a parent) who have unwanted face or body hair are viable candidates. Laser hair removal can be applied to all areas of the body and on all types of skin (even tanned or dark skin).

How many laser hair treatments are required?

All patients will require a minimum of 5 treatments with 4-6 week intervals between the treatments in order to target hairs that might have been in the sleeping phase (telogen) at the time of the first treatment. Only hair follicles in the Anagen growth phase at the time of each treatment are affected by the laser (usually 20-30% in a given area). After laser treatments, some patients notice a dramatic reduction in the number of hairs that don’t grow back and a long delay before those hairs that were not destroyed begin to grow back. Permanent reduction of up to 90% can be achieved. The hairs that grow back are usually much lighter in color and finer in thickness. 

We will talk to you about variables that may affect your individual results.   The number of treatments necessary to achieve your desired results will vary based on your skin type, hair color, and hair texture.

What will my skin look like after treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, the area will be slightly red and puffy, but that typically goes away within an hour or two. The best news is that many of the unwanted hairs are gone byt the end of the treatments. It is possible to return to normal activities right away. Re-growth or “stubble” may appear in 2-3 weeks. This is the old hair re-growth from the follicle, which will fall away from the skin easily. The area must be protected from the sun for one week and then a sunscreen should always be used.

Does it hurt?

When being treated with the Elite™ Aesthetic Laser, you may experience a slight prickly or lightly stinging sensation. Remember that everyone is different and what one person considers bothersome, another may not mind at all. It all depends on individual sensitivity or tolerance to the stimulation. Most people tolerate the treatment just fine.

Are there any side effects?

After the treatment, redness and some slight swelling may occur, typically lasting anywhere from 12 hours to 48 hours.

Insurance Guidelines

Laser Hair Removal is considered to be a cosmetic procedure and, therefore, is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.

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