Understanding Laser Treatment:
A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. Only certain types of lasers produce the kind of energy that will permanently affect the hair follicle. Lasers are attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle – the darker and coarser the hair, the easier it is to remove. Both blond and white hair will have little or no response to laser hair removal. Each laser pulse is a fraction of a second affecting several hairs at one time.
What To Expect:
The length of a laser session may be a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. Hair has active, resting and dormant growth phases. Because the hair follicles that are in the active growth phase are more susceptible to the laser light, multiple treatments are required to affect the majority of hair permanently.
How many treatments will I need?
In many cases, significant improvement is realized in as few as 4 to 5 treatments for legs, underarms and bikini. In our experience, the face usually requires 8 to 9 treatments to be hair free. For best results we schedule treatments 4-6 weeks apart.
What does it feel like?
Although many patients report little or no discomfort, some may experience a mild stinging sensation only when the laser pulse is delivered. The cold tip of the CoolGlide™ hand piece helps sooth the skin as the laser pulse is delivered. The GentleLASE delivers a spray of cooling gas both before and after the laser pulse.
What happens after treatment?
Following your treatment you can return to normal activities immediately. Sunscreen is recommended on any areas exposed to the sun for the entire treatment time. We can treat tan skin but not sunburned skin. In the next two weeks you may experience what seems to be re-growth of hair. Most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not re-growing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck the hair, only shaving will not harm your end results.
What complications may occur?
Redness and local swelling of the skin, similar to sunburn, may occur in some patients. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, the redness can last a day or two.
How long do the results last?
Both the CoolGlide™ Laser System and GentleLASE™ Laser System are cleared by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. In clinical studies, patients were followed for one year after completing two treatments. The reduction in hair growth proved to be stable for the duration of that time.