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LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Laser Hair Removal pic Laser treatment is a non-invasive procedure used to permanently reduce unwanted hair and for long-term hair removal. Laser treatment can effectively eliminate undesired hair from all parts of the body. Unlike many other hair removal methods, laser treatment leaves your skin looking and feeling much smoother and softer.

Preliminary setup involves cleansing and shaving the area to be treated. A laser is then directed toward the area and produces a beam of highly concentrated light. Without damaging the surrounding tissue, controlled pulses of light penetrate the skin and get absorbed by hair follicles. The heat generated in the process discourages and ultimately destroys the hair and its potential for regrowth. Post-treatment includes a clean up of the treated area and the application of a sunblock. Large areas such those found on the back, shoulders, abdomen, and legs are rapidly treated. Smaller facial areas like the lip, chin, and beard can be treated in minutes.

What are the benefits?
FDA-approved for permanent hair reduction.
No "down time." Immediately resume regular activities.
Less pain and discomfort compared to some other treatment methods.
Large areas can be quickly treated.
Chances of scarring and pigmentation change are minimized.

 

Who are candidates for treatment?

Men, women, and children have been successfully treated.  Treatments are customized according to hair color, texture and body location.  Nearly all hair colors - black, brown, and red - can be treated.  Treatment is effective on all skin types, including dark-skinned individuals of all ethnic origins.

What is treatment like?

First, the area to be treated is cleansed and the hair is shaved. Without damaging the surrounding tissue, controlled pulses of light penetrate the skin and are absorbed by the hair follicles.  The heat damages or destroys the potential for regrowth. After treatment the area is cleansed and a sunscreen is applied.  Large areas such as backs, shoulders, abdomens, and legs can be treated quickly.  Facial areas such as the lip, chin, and beard can be treated in minutes.

Are there any possible side effects?

Side effects are rare. Blistering, soft scabbing, or redness sometimes occurs at the treatment site, but resolves quickly or within a few days. In certain cases, the skin could become slightly lighter or darker. You will be notified during your consult if you are susceptible to these side effects. You must limit your sun exposure for 2 to 4 weeks before and after treatment. This will greatly minimize the risk of complications.

How many treatments are required?

The laser affects hair follicles only when they are in the growth phase, 3-6 treatments may be necessary to disable hair follicles that subsequently enter the growth phase.  During your consultation, you will be advised as to the approximate number of treatments.

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