laser hair removal
A permanent hair-removal solution for those who are tired of unsightly razor bumps, painful wax appointments and the pesky ingrowns that come with them, and unwanted body hair in general.
How does laser hair removal work?
The laser is a focused, precisely filtered light applied to the surface of the skin with a hand-held wand. This light travels through the skin until it strikes the hair shafts or the bulb (root) of the hair. The bulb is usually where the highest concentration of melanin is located, as opposed to the rest of the hair shaft.
As the light is converted to heat energy, the bulb and most of the hair shaft are instantly vaporized.
The intense heat radiated by the hair also destroys the hair- producing papilla. This means that our laser treatments will permanently reduce the total number of body hairs, however, they will not result in a permanent removal of all hair. This is due to the fact that not all hair follicles are ‘active’ at the same time.
Only active hair follicles can be affected and destroyed by the treatment. ‘Inactive’ hair follicles can be treated as they become ‘active’ over time. For laser hair removal treatments, an average of 5-7 treatments are required to remove most visible hair; the amount of time for all ‘active’ hair follicle cycles to be treated.
The best results have been achieved on darker, finer hair but other factors may influence the treatment process, and are generally best evaluated and discussed in person.
How many treatments will I need?
Hair grows in cycles. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin, hair coloring and coarseness of the hair. Typically patients are recommended the following:
5-7 treatments 4-6 weeks a part to ensure all hair active growth cycles are treated.
No hair removal other than shaving 6 weeks prior to treatment
No sun exposure or self tanning 3-4 weeks prior
Ideal candidate is light skin with dark hair but able to treat all skin types
Hair grows in 3 cycles and best to target hair in the active growing stage (anagen). Usually 80% of hair is able to be treated (everyone has dormant or sleeping hairs)