Laser Hair Removal
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is more than just “zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure. Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S. There are many different technologies that can be used for laser hair removal. At Totality, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is used. This technology beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light which destroys the hair permanently.
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What are the benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour. Predictability. Most Totality patients have permanent hair reduction after an average of six sessions, depending hair color, skin type, and body area(s) being treated. Shaving and waxing will be a thing of the past after laser hair removal from Totality.
What results are expected with Laser Hair Removal?
After the recommended three to ten (on average six) treatments, you should have noticeable reduction in hair growth. With less hair growth comes smooth, soft skin as well as less irritation such as razor burn or consistent ingrown hairs. Depending on the body part being treated, hair color and type, and skin type, more or less sessions may be needed to achieve the desired hair removal. Totality has a satisfaction guaranteed policy that ensures you get the hair growth reduction you have always wanted.
What should I do to prepare for a Laser Hair Removal session?
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. You can shave the area prior to a session but we recommend visible hair growth to ensure the entire area is treated. You should also limit sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
What can I expect during treatments with Laser Hair Removal?
At Totality, the Lumenis M22 IPL is used for laser hair removal. You and the technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin. Next, the technician will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for reactions. When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. It is recommended you schedule your next treatment four weeks later. You’ll need to continue treatments until hair stops growing.
What aftercare is recommended following a Laser Hair Removal treatment?
For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help ease any discomfort. If your face was treated, you can wear makeup the next day. Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.
What are the possible side effects associated with Laser Hair Removal?
Blisters are rare but are more likely in people with darker complexions. Other potential side effects are swelling, redness, ingrown hairs and scarring. Permanent scarring or changes in skin color are rare. Totality stands by our commitment to your safety and well-being, we will do our due diligence to ensure your provided the utmost care. Should you experience unsettling side effects, our staff is always happy to evaluate you, free of charge.
Am I a candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal can be used on patients of most skin types and anywhere on the body. Since this procedure spares healthy tissue, it can be performed on delicate skin areas, such as the face, neck, chest, and hands. Patients with the following conditions need to be individually assessed for this treatment:
- Current of history of cancer, especially malignant melanoma or recurrent non-melanoma skin cancer or pre-cancerous lesions such as multiple dysplastic nevi
- Any active infection
- Patients with recurrent herpes simplex, systemic lupus erythematosus or porphyrias as these disease may be stimulated by light at the wavelength used in the laser treatment
- Use of photosensitive medications and/or herbs that may cause sensitivity to laser light such as isotretinoin, tetracycline, Acutane, or St. John’s Wort in the past 6 months
- Immunosuppressive diseases, including AIDS and HIV infection, or use of immunosuppressive medications
- History of bleeding tendencies or on oral anticoagulants
- History of keloid scarring
- Exposure to sun or artificial tanning during the 3-4 weeks prior to treatment
- Are pregnant
What does Laser Hair Removal cost?
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Schedule a Consultation
We encourage you to schedule a consultation today. During our meeting, we will advise on whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for Laser Hair Removal, as well as compose a custom treatment plan designed to achieve the smooth, clear and vein-free skin you’ve always wanted. Call the office today and one of our seasoned staff members will be able to assist you.
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