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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hair can be inconvenient and make you feel self-conscious, especially on the face. The constant maintenance and battle between daily shaving or painful waxing leads many to try permanent laser hair removal.

We currently use the ELOS technology, which uses two different energy sources (optical and radiofrequency) to remove unwanted hair. ELOS stands for electro-optical-synergy; this refers to the combination of bipolar radiofrequency (RF) current and optical pulsed light (IPL) energy. By combining both light and radiofrequency energy, the ELOS system thermally damages the hair follicle, making this technology the safest hair removal system available.

Safe and successful laser hair treatment is the result of experience and understanding of laser physics, in addition to educating our patients about the hair removal process. Depending on your needs, most body areas and skin types can be treated with the state-of-the-art technology of the ELOS Plus 810nm Diode Laser Hair Removal. The ELOS Plus system was designed for effective hair removal, while providing unsurpassed safety.

HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?

The hair pigment (i.e. color) absorbs the optical laser and radiofrequency energies, converting these energies into heat that permanently destroys or injures the hair follicle, thus making it unable to continue to grow hair. Because not all hair is in the growing phase at the same time, a series of treatments is necessary to achieve long-term hair reduction. Laser treatments are repeated every four to six weeks.

The three phases of hair growth:

Anagen - The active, growing phase of hair. The hair in the anagen phase contains an abundance of melanin. This is the stage treated by the laser.

Catagen - The regression phase when the hair stops growing.

Telogen - The resting phase during which old hair falls out in preparation for a new hair

…………………………Unwanted hair                                                          with Laser treatment                                       hair shaft and follicle is disabled

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL REALLY WORK?
The length of a laser session typically takes a few minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area being treated. Facial hair is treated in 10-15 minutes, while the legs and back can take up to an hour. Because the laser tends to treat hair follicles that are in the active growth phase, anywhere from 5-7 treatments may be required. This varies among individuals as well as the particular body area.

Customer should expect to have a lot less hair, usually an 80-90 percent reduction in the number of growing hairs. Usually the follicles that remain have been damaged and produce a finer hair than prior to the laser treatments. The need for shaving is also decreased considerably.
The appearance of the treated area immediately after a laser session will vary depending on the extent of the treatment and the skin type. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling, which disappear in a short time. After each treatment, patients should avoid exercise and exertion for 24 hours. Perspiration may increase irritation caused by the laser. Patients should avoid sun exposure as well in between treatments. And finally, waxing or plucking hairs between treatments should be avoided as well.

IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL REALLY PERMANENT?
Laser hair removal results in a permanent reduction in the number of hairs and hair density. The first visit is usually very effective, but some re-growth occurs that requires additional treatments for a more effective long-term result. The results from laser hair removal last longer than any other conventional hair removal method.

DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL HURT?
Laser hair removal is not painful. Some have compared it to a rubber band snapping against the skin. In rare cases where a patient has a low tolerance for pain, a numbing cream can be used on the skin.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR A LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT?
Avoid tanning or significant sun exposure of the areas to be treated. For the most effective treatment, ensure that the areas to be treated have not been waxed, tweezed, or bleached. On the day of your treatment, be sure to shave the area before your office visit.

DOES THE ELOS PLUS WORK ON TANNED OR DIFFERENT SKIN COLORS?
Laser hair removal in dark skin was once a risky procedure. The ELOS Plus Diode laser system has revolutionized laser hair removal by allowing lesser energies to combine at the hair follicle to remove the hair. This laser has been uniquely designed to protect the skin during treatment while still achieving hair removal results

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of laser hair removal treatments depends on the area treated, hair type and previous hair removal methods. Typically, 5-7 treatments are required, although patients with lighter hair may require more treatments. An inadequate number of treatments will result in a lower rate of effectiveness; therefore, adhering to a schedule is necessary.


HOW SOON SHOULD I EXPECT RESULTS?
You should begin to see results 2-3 weeks after the first session. You may notice patchy hair growth, and many of the hair will begin to fall out. While many patients see great results after the first session, it still takes 5-7 treatments to obtain the results you desire