Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed. Unwanted hair grows on various regions of the body. Often, individuals find the presence of hair in certain regions of the body unsightly or embarrassing.

In other instances, individuals wish to lessen the need for shaving, waxing, tweezing, or other methods of hair removal.

Most commonly, laser hair removal is used to reduce hair growth on the face, back, legs, forearm, underarm, and bikini line. However, laser hair removal can be used to permanently reduce the amount of hair on any area of the body.

 

How Laser Hair Removal Works
During laser hair removal, a laser emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair its color. The laser works by selective photothermolysis, which means that the light energy is selectively absorbed by pigmented areas. Hair follicles that are in the anagen, or active growth phase, have the largest amount of melanin, or pigment, and can absorb light energy from the laser. However, hair follicles that are in catagen or telogen growth phases are less pigmented. Therefore, these follicles do not absorb light energy as well and hair growth is not impaired. The energy, or heat, from the laser damages the hair follicle, which impairs its ability to grow hair. With time, the hairs that were present in the damaged follicles will fall out, resulting in a smoother appearance and less hair growth. As not all hairs are actively growing at the same time, a single procedure will not treat all of the hair follicles in the area. As the follicles in the transitional and resting periods return to the active growth phase, you may notice some hair growth in the region. This is why multiple treatments are usually required to treat a single area completely.

Laser Hair Removal Recovery
Following the procedure, your skin may appear red or irritated. However, the redness will likely dissipate within one to two days. Your physician may recommend that you use a topical cream to protect your skin as it heals. It is also important to use sunscreen for a few weeks following the procedure. You should not use any products that may irritate your skin such as alpha hydroxy acids or harsh astringents. In addition, you should avoid plucking or waxing of the treatment area.

Laser Hair Removal Results
You may notice some hair that appears on the surface of your skin within seven to ten days following treatment. These hairs are usually those that have fallen out of hair follicles impaired during treatment. However, you will notice some new hair growth within a few weeks, as hair follicles that were inactive during treatment re-enter the active growth phase. Therefore, you will most likely undergo multiple treatments spaced approximately four to eight weeks apart. Although the number of treatments varies by individual, most individuals receive approximately six to eight treatments.

 

Facial Hair Sculpting – For Men 

Some men develop uncomfortable stubble within just a few hours of shaving, and would simply like to reduce the thickness and coarseness of their facial hair. A light laser hair reduction of a couple of treatments can often result in softer, thinner, and finer hair.

Shaving in the treated areas ultimately becomes less frequent. This allows the face to rest between shavings, and eliminates razor burn.

Another popular process involves the use of laser hair removal to sculpt or shape the beard line. Many men, whether they shave their face or have a beard, like to have a sharp, clean, margin to their beard line, whether under the chin or on the upper portions of the face.

For example, some men with extremely full beards extending downwards on the neck, or upwards towards their eyes, would rather have this area smooth and free of hair.

A laser hair removal procedure to shape the beard line gives the “five o-clock shadow” the attractive air of being intentional. Moreover, laser hair removal treatment reduces ingrown hairs, barbers rash, or folliculitis (inflammation and/or infection of the follicle) that may result from shaving of the neck.

Many men, whether they shave their face or have a beard, like to have a sharp, clean margin of their beardline under their chin.

Laser hair removal for the face can be a benefit for these men, as well as others. For example, men with extremely full beards, extending upwards towards their upper face or eyes, would rather have this area smooth and free of hair.

 

Facial Hair Reduction – For Women

 

           

Individuals with medical conditions that result in excessive hair growth, such as Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or other syndromes of hormonal imbalance, often use laser hair removal for dramatic reductions in the amount and coarseness of undesired hair on the face (and elsewhere). Common facial treatment areas include the lip, chin, sides of the face, and sideburns. Hair above the eyebrows is also sometimes treated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No more stubble, no more missed spots, no more nicks and cuts on the knees and ankles.

In short, laser hair removal can leave your legs completely smooth everywhere, and free you from having to carry a razor!

Both the upper legs and the lower legs (which includes the knees) can be treated. Generally the feet and toes are treated separately, but both are common treatment areas as well. This service is not only for women anymore but for many males especially athletes as well.