Lasers and Radiofrequency
Laser Hair Reduction
Unwanted hair can be a cause of insecurity, inconvenience, unpleasant ingrown hairs, and more. Shaving and waxing are only temporary solutions and tweezing is tedious, not to mention painful! If unwanted body hair is causing a problem in your life, it may be time to consider laser hair reduction.
Ditch the razor for the laser!
How Does It Work?
The basis of laser hair reduction is that the area where the hair grows, the follicle, is targeted by a specific wavelength of light. This light is specifically engineered to be damaging to the hair follicle without harming the skin around the follicle. With each treatment, the heat will keep destroying the actively growing hair follicle until the hair growth becomes lighter, thinner, and much more sparse. Since the laser light targets pigment in the hair follicle, this process works only for black or brown hair, and it’s best with darker, coarser hair. Laser hair reduction typically works best when your skin is at its lightest color and our consultation will help determine if you are a good candidate.
Most people need an average of 6-8 treatments, separated by 4-8 weeks apart to see best results, plus an occasional maintenance session. Everyone’s hair growth genetics are different which may affect how many sessions are needed. Individual and package options are available.
What are the Benefits?
Laser hair reduction offers several benefits over the alternatives of shaving, waxing, and tweezing. Some of these benefits are:
- Speed: Each pulse of the laser can target multiple hair follicles at once. This means that, depending on the area, most procedures can be done quickly.
- Results: Most patients see a noticeable reduction in hair growth within the first few treatments, making laser hair reduction the perfect option if you are tired of ongoing tweezing, waxing, shaving, etc. Laser hair reduction is effective for decreasing bothersome ingrown hairs as well. The hair reduction is most often permanent unless you experience significant hormone shifts.
- Precision: The laser will target only the areas it’s supposed to, while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. The light will only penetrate the hair follicles.
Am I a good candidate?
Since laser hair reduction works by targeting the hair roots, it’s important that the follicles are as intact as possible. This means you should limit any treatments that temporarily remove the hair root such as: waxing, tweezing or electrolysis, etc., 4-8 weeks before you start treatment and during the course of your treatment
It’s also very important to stay away from prolonged contact with the sun and UV rays before your treatment. If your skin is darkened by the sun, tanning beds, or even self tanner, it raises the chances of the laser damaging the skin as well as the follicle.