Laser Hair Removal
We use an IPL (intense pulsed light) laser machine to remove unwanted hair. Laser hair removal works by passing a light beam through the skin. The laser targets dark pigment, called melanin, in hair. When the light beam hits the hair follicle (where hair growth originates), the intense heat destroys the hair follicle instantly.
In most cases, laser hair removal slows hair regrowth, but it takes several treatments to provide an extended "hair-free" period. For this reason, we also call this process “hair reduction”.
Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and bikini line. However, it is possible to treat unwanted hair in almost any area of the body.
Although laser hair removal doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal, it does extend the hair-free period, which can vary from several months to many years. With multiple treatments, long-term hair removal is possible.
Hair color and skin type both influence the success of laser hair removal. It's most successful on people with dark hair (brown or black) and light skin. However, it can also be used safely on people with darker skin types. Laser hair removal does not work for white, blonde, light brown or light red hair.
Side effects may include the following:
• Incomplete hair removal: Some hair may be resistant to the laser treatment.
• Darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation). This is usually a temporary condition, but in rare instances, is long lasting or permanent.
• Lightening of the skin (hypopigmentation). This is of special concern with people who have darker skin. Laser hair treatment is more successful on fair skin, but darker skin also can be treated.
• Blistering and scarring. These rarely occur.
• Changes in the skin texture. These rarely occur.
• Crusting or scabbing. If this occurs, it's temporary.
• Hair changes. New hair growth may be finer and lighter in color. In some cases, new hair may grow in areas adjacent to the treated areas. This can be successfully treated with additional laser treatments.
How To Prepare for Laser Hair Removal:
• If you are tan you will receive best results if you wait until the tan fades.
• Allow hair growth for several days before the procedure so that the hairs are visible but shaved short. For best results, avoid waxing or plucking the hair 3 weeks prior to treatment.
Laser hair removal is not routinely covered by insurance companies, so payment will be required in advance or, at a minimum, on the day of treatment. Special rates are available for multiple hair removal visits purchased in advance.