Laser Hair Removal is a permanent technique for getting rid of unwanted, excess hair by using a beam of light energy. For this beam to be effective, because it focuses on the area of darkest pigment, your hair needs to be darker than the skin surrounding it. When the light energy connects with the hair, it transfers heat energy to the hair and damages the part of the follicle that produces the hair. Once it is damaged, it is unable to grow new hairs, thus making the removal of hair in that area permanent.
Contrary to what you may think, as a result of new technology in state of the art lasers, Laser Hair Removal has become much less uncomfortable than waxing and, when it’s done properly, has no side effects. In fact with many lasers the process is virtually pain free! You won’t get ingrowns from this procedure and any existing ingrowns, which consistently come back from other forms of hair removal, will stop permanently.
Any part of your face or body, be it the area between your belly button and pubic bone, bikini line, areola, legs, underarms or anywhere else from which you pull the hair out by waxing, plucking, threading, has the potential for developing ingrown hairs. And even gentle shaving can cause ingrowns in susceptible people. It’s partly due to the kind and shape of hair follicles you have. Dr. Schultz says, “Some people don’t have ingrowns even when they pull everything out and that’s a genetic gift from their parents.” But if you’re like the rest of us and have gotten an ingrown hair before, Laser Hair Removal is a no brainer because it has no risk of ingrowns and it has become virtually painless.
Experience goes a long way in understanding how to use lasers effectively and safely. And Dr. Schultz explains, “The laser operators in my office have been through more than five generations of different hair lasers. So we really understand client selection, energy parameters, and technique to give the best results painlessly and with no downtime.” Dr. Schultz has worked with lasers for decades, so his and his staff’s vast knowledge can assure you that you’ll receive the most effective, safe and customized laser treatment for your hair removal needs.
Before coming in for your appointment, you should shave the treatment area and it’s best not to have a tan in the areas you’d like treated. That’s because the tanned skin will fight with the dark hair for the energy of the laser. For those with darker skin, make sure you’re working with the correct operator and laser to get the best treatment for your skin color. Once you decide on which areas you’d like to have treated, we will begin the laser hair removal process.
A numbing agent may be applied to the treatment area and you will only feel slight discomfort at most but no significant pain. In fact with the lasers our staff uses today, no patient in Dr. Schultz’s practice has discontinued treatment because of discomfort. Appointments vary in length, depending on the size of the treated area, and can last between five minutes to upwards of an hour. You may have slight swelling or a slight sunburn feel when the treatment is over, but you can resume most of your normal activities after your appointment. Again, you’ll want to avoid unprotected and excessive sun exposure so that the pigment of your skin remains lighter than the pigment of your hair.
For most areas you’ll need to repeat this treatment six to eight times over the course of a year to see the best results. This is because your hairs don’t all grow synchronously or at the same time. Only certain follicles have actively growing hairs at any given time while the others are “sleeping”. Only the active follicle are destroyed by the laser while the sleeping ones are unaffected. So for complete results in any given area, multiple treatments are needed to insure that all the follicles have been treated in their growing phase to give you soft, smooth hair free skin.
Yes, as long as the patient is a true candidate for theRead More
Laser hair removal is permanent. Multiple treatments are required in order toRead More
For best results, we recommend six to eight treatments over the courseRead More
Light energy is applied to the hair—this transfers heat energy, which damagesRead More
No, you do not have to grow out your hair. However, itRead More
Your appointment time will vary; depending on the treated area, it couldRead More
There is minimal discomfort, if any. Certain areas of the body willRead More
No, light and white hairs are not a target for the laser.Read More
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