Effective, Proven, Long-term alternative
Unwanted hair grows on various regions of the body which can be unsightly or embarrassing or you may 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, neck, 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.
Managing Unwanted Hair since 1997
At Lesprit Medical Clinic we provide Laser Hair Removal treatments since 1997. We break down the various hair and skin types that each type of laser can treat, so a customized mix-and-match approach is taken to give each patient suitable treatment. Our licensed laser professionals have extensive experience using a variety of up-to-date laser technology, so they can recommend the most appropriate treatment. Laser hair removal method is suitable for both men and women.
Laser hair reduction works by destroying the hair follicles using heat. Light energy of a specific wavelength is applied to the skin and absorbed by the hair pigment called melanin, without causing damage to the surrounding skin. This causes the pigment to heat up, which damages both the hair shaft and the follicle, disrupting its growth and causing the hair to fall out. Any hair that does grow back will be thinner.
AM I A CANDIDATE?
It’s possible to remove any type of pigmented hair using laser although the darker hair generally responds to laser treatment far better than lighter hair. Grey or white hair has no pigment and cannot be removed using laser. Electrolysis, the permanent alternative that treats all hair types including grey and white, is available at Lesprit Medical Clinic.
Preparing for laser treatment may differ depending on the type of laser used. With certain types of laser, to increase the effectiveness of your treatment, you may have to shave or trim the hair on the day of each session. With other varieties of laser, shaving isn’t necessary but a few days may be required for the hair to fall out. However, you should not pluck, wax or bleach the hair, as this will not leave enough pigmented hair for the laser to work on.
Treatment sessions vary in length depending on the size and location of the area that is being treated. Upper lip treatment may take as little as five minutes, larger areas as underarms or bikini may take about 15-20 minutes. Since treatment only affects hair in the growth phase, several sessions will be needed. Treatments are recommended every four to six weeks, with a course of possibly four to ten sessions required. Nonetheless, you may see significant results from the first session.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL RESULTS
The results from a laser hair removal procedure depend on your skin tone, your hair type, and the growth phase of the hair being treated. It is important to realize that laser hair removal will likely not prevent hair from growing completely. However, laser hair removal can reduce hair growth significantly over time giving your skin the smooth appearance that you desire.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Side effects are rare. Generally your skin may initially redden and you may feel a slight burning sensation, but this will pass quickly within a few hours or a day or two at most. In rare cases, the treated skin may appear darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation), or you may get mild blistering, however the risk of scarring is low.