Laser Hair Removal
What To Expect
- Upon examining your skin during a laser hair removal consultation, one of our Medical Aestheticians will determine what number your skin tone falls into on the Fitzpatrick Scale. This number will determine which laser will be most effective for your skin type.
- Depending on your skin tone a test procedure may be required during your laser hair removal consultation.
- The average amount required per area is about 6-10 treatments. The number of treatments is determined by your hair thickness, hormone levels, and hair growth cycle.
- The standard time between treatments is 4-8 weeks, which is based on the 6 week hair growth cycle
- Immediately following your treatment, the area may appear red and swollen but you can resume normal activities
How to Prepare & Maintain Laser Hair Removal
- Do not tweeze or wax 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- Laser Hair Removal cannot be performed on skin that is tan or burned from sun exposure.Self-tanner should not be used 2 weeks prior to your Laser Hair Removal treatment. Discontinue the use of any topical prescription medications 7 days before treatment. For example, Retin-A, Trilumen, Differin, etc.
- The area must be shaved the day before or the day of treatment. You can do this at home or as an additional service your Medical Aesthetician can shave the area for you.
How it Works
A hair follicle goes through 3 stages of growth:
1. Anagen: This is the "perfect" stage for treatment. The hair shaft is attached to the papilla, thus enabling the laser to attack the melanin in the shaft and disable the papilla. This period for facial and body hair can be as long as 2-3 weeks.
2. Catagen: The growth process has reversed itself and the hair is getting ready to shed (this is not the same shedding process as post-laser treatment). The moisture, water and salt have begun to dry up. It is still possible to treat with laser in the future since a follicle in the Catagen stage will produce another hair. This stage is variable and can last as little as 2 days.
3. Telogen: This is the final stage, the "resting" stage. The hair is neither developing nor growing. It cannot be treated during this stage. The hair shaft is completely detached from the papilla, not allowing for the laser to attack the melanin and disable the papilla. This stage can last from a few days to a few years.
What this all means is that it is important to treat hair during the Anagen or growing stage. Only during this stage of the cycle can the hair be permanently destroyed. It takes 6-12 weeks for a hair to grow from the papilla to the surface of the skin. Our medical aestheticians may change the number of weeks between treatments depending on the rate that "your" hair grows.
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