Laser Hair Removal
Goodbye Razor, Say Hello to Laser
The Spectrum Diode Laser will reduce and may permanently remove unsightly or unwanted body hair. Melanin gives our hair color and is what the laser light targets to destroy the hair follicles in the active growth stage. 1/3 to 2/3 of hair is in active growth stage at any time. Hair has the most melanin during this stage. Safe for all skin colors and will leave the area “hair free”. Discomfort is minimal and is usually compared to the “snap of a rubber band”. Multiple treatments may be required.
WHAT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Laser hair removal is used to reduce unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and the bikini line. However, it's possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, except the eyelid or surrounding area. Skin with tattoos should not be treated either.
HOW IT WORKS
During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.
The effects of hair removal using laser are long-lasting. Hair can take weeks or months to grow back, and with every subsequent session, the hair takes much longer to reappear. And even when it does grow back, the hair is so much thinner and sparser than before. Eventually, you’ll find that you’re practically hairless.
Results vary significantly and are difficult to predict. Most people experience hair removal that lasts several months, and it might last for years. But laser hair removal doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. When hair regrows, it's usually finer and lighter in color.
Am I A Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?
Almost everyone is a good candidate for laser hair removal. Candidate’s with lighter skin and darker hair tend to have quicker results. However, technology has significantly increased, and most people will have excellent results when looking to remove the hair on their legs by laser hair removal.
If you tend to tan and have lighter skin, it is best to wait until you are no longer tanned before you get laser hair removal on your legs. Also, this includes self-tanner and creams. For people with darker skin, they should look for a practitioner that will use a laser with a long wavelength. The longer the wavelength, the better results without damaging the skin surface.
Candidates who have lighter hair on their legs are more difficult to treat and usually require more time and sessions. People who have grey or white hair might not be treated since there is no pigment in the hair follicles. People with very fine or thin hair, you may run into issues when it comes to removing your leg hair with lasers.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
You're going to need your follicle roots intact for the laser to do its job, so avoid waxing, tweezing, threading, or anything else that removes hair at the root before your appointment. Then shave the areas one to two days prior to the treatment, but not the day of the treatment.
When you arrive at the office, expect to do a test spot, especially if your skin is very fair or naturally medium to dark. Any reactions will be immediate, so the technician can address it on the spot.
What to Expect With Your Treatment.
Laser hair removal usually requires two to six treatments. The interval between treatments will vary depending on the location. On areas where hair grows quickly, such as the upper lip, the treatment might be repeated in four to eight weeks. On areas of slow hair growth, such as the back, the treatment might be every 12 to 16 weeks.
For each treatment you'll wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. An assistant might shave the site again if necessary. The doctor might apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to reduce any discomfort during treatment.