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Laser Hair Removal

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a great procedure for long term hair reduction.

How does laser hair removal work?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) systems release precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by melanin, the pigment in hair. This heats up the hair and destroys the cells responsible for hair growth, to achieve long term hair reduction. For best results, all areas to be treated must be shaved prior to each treatment.

What should I expect with this treatment?

During the procedure, you will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of ultrasound gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin and minimize discomfort. The light handle is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, targeting many follicles simultaneously. This may be felt as a short burst of heat in the skin, and you may smell burnt hairs in the process.

Only hair in the active growth stage of the growth cycle is affected. Therefore, multiple treatments are needed. Depending on the site treated, treatment is conducted every four to eight weeks until a satisfactory result is seen.

The hairs fall out after 1 -3 weeks as they grow out with the normal skin. During this period, the hairs will seem to ‘grow’ as they are pushed out by the new epidermis.

What type of hair works best for this treatment?

The darker the hair, the more easily it can be treated. Since darker hair contains more melanin, it will heat up easily. Red and blonde hair contains less melanin, which makes it harder to treat. Grey/white hair has no melanin, so it cannot be effectively treated.

What areas do can be treated?

Laser hair removal is a great solution for many areas of your body. The following are areas in which we offer this treatment:

Face/Head

  • Upper Lip
  • Chin
  • Lip/chin combination
  • Side burns
  • Full face
  • Brow line
  • Ears
  • Nose
  • Front of neck line
  • Back of neck line
  • Cheeks only
  • Vertex scalp
  • Full scalp
  • Spot treatment

Lower Body

  • 1/2 leg
  • Full leg
  • Bikini line
  • Brazilian-style
  • French-style
  • Toes

Upper Body

  • Underarms
  • 1/2 sleeve (elbow to wrist)
  • Full sleeve (shoulder to wrist)
  • Abdomen (belly area)
  • Chest
  • Abdomen/chest combination
  • 1/2 back
  • Full back
  • Fingers
  • Top of hand
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