Laser hair removal now? In the middle of winter? Right now is actually the ideal time for many aesthetic treatments, especially laser hair removal. Hair removal is one of the top requests among both male and female clients. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, having less hair saves money and time to maintain, and reduces incidence of painful ingrown hairs and shaving irritation. It is also a great procedure for athletes, particularly dancers and swimmers. Keep reading for answers to the most common questions we get about hair removal and we'll explain how our laser works to reduce hair.
Our GentleLASE laser is specially designed for hair removal. The ideal client for this laser will have light skin and dark hair. The laser light targets the dark pigment in the hair, releasing heat and cutting off the blood supply to the base of the hair follicle. The coarsest, darkest hairs will be the easiest to treat because they attract the most energy from the laser. As treatments progress, finer hairs may remain, but growth will be sparser and lighter. All lasers result in permanent hair reduction, not 100% permanent hair removal. Also, any white, blonde, or grey hair will not be affected because it does not contain dark pigment. The only way to permanently remove light colored hair is with electrolysis.
The GentleLASE is preferable to many other lasers for two reasons: speed and comfort. Small facial areas can be treated in 15 minutes or less, and large areas like the full back take about 45 minutes. Also, the skin is cooled with a burst of cryogen before and after the laser pulse, making the treatment much more comfortable than older laser models. Due to the cryogen cooling of the skin, most patients find that the treatment has minimal discomfort and no pre-numbing is needed. A series of 5 easy treatments usually will result in a 75-80 percent reduction in hair growth, after which periodic touch-ups are suggested.
Like any laser treatment, there are some considerations to keep in mind with the GentleLASE. Sun exposure is the most important consideration. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun after a hair removal treatment, which increases your chances of getting dark spots if you get too much sun before or after the treatment. It is also not possible to treat tanned skin due to the risk of excess pigmentation or blisters. Also, treatments must be spaced 4-8 weeks apart in order to target the different cycles of hair growth, so the total series takes several months to complete. For these reasons, performing hair removal in the winter is the perfect time!
We recommend a complimentary consultation prior to starting your laser hair removal series so that our estheticians can fully review your medical history, assess your skin color and hair growth, and determine if you are a good candidate for GentleLASE. Call today to take advantage of 20% off all laser hair removal packages through February!