Laser Hair Removal
Razor burn, ingrown hairs, and the oh-so-annoying itching as the hair grows back the next day or a few days later... sound familiar? If you're tired of the neverending cycle of shaving, waxing, and the discomfort that can come with both, then laser hair removal is well worth looking into. During the treatment, our IPL shines light energy directly into the hair follicle, and the color - or melanin - in the follicle absorbs that light. This directs heat into the follicle, which essentially stops the hair from growing. Cells no longer regenerate, and as a result, hair can no longer grow.
IPL lasers can target and remove unwanted hair from any area of the body. During your consultation, we’ll develop a treatment plan for you based on the locations of your unwanted hair.
Results vary among clients, and for that reason we will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your hair, needs, and goals. Most patients benefit from six to eight treatments with this particular laser, after which we recommend booster treatments. For most, those are yearly, but some people (or some areas) may never require further treatments.
You won’t have to follow a long list of instructions to prepare. You'll want to maintain a contrast between your skin color and your hair, which means you should avoid excess sun exposure, tanning beds, and tanning in general for a few weeks before each treatment. Also, don’t wax or pluck your treatment area before your appointment. The laser needs to find the hair follicles, and having some hair growth will make that process go much smoother. For that reason, we recommend shaving one to three days before your appointment, depending on how fast your hair grows. If you use depilatory creams but have scheduled an IPL laser treatment, you should wait at least six weeks after using one of these creams to undergo your treatment.
There is no need for any downtime. You can drive yourself to and from your appointment, and resume your normal daily activities as soon as it’s over. We do advise you to avoid excess sun exposure after your treatment and apply plenty of moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated and protected.
Anywhere from 5-30 days after the treatment, shedding of the hair may occur and this may appear as new hair growth. This is not new hair growth, but dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. You can help the hair exfoliate by washing or wiping with a washcloth. New hair growth will not occur for at least three weeks after treatment.
After treatment, your hair won’t be gone immediately. While this treatment does destroy the hair follicle, the hair shaft still needs to shed. This process typically takes about two weeks, but may be shorter or longer.
- Those with a skin disease
- Individuals with epilepsy
- Those whose unwanted hair is the result of PCOS
- Those who have keloid scarring
- People on thyroid or hormones medications
- Individuals taking photo-sensitizing medications
- Those with an active herpes outbreak in the treatment area