Laser Hair Removal

The “Candela laser”, a long-pulse high energy alexandrite laser system, emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed.

The laser energy is transformed into heat, which can disable the hair follicle.

A cold spray is used on the skin, cooling the upper layers and providing patients with increased comfort.

Advantages

Traditional hair removal techniques, such as shaving, plucking and waxing, provide only temporary relief. Until now, the only semi-permanent way to remove hair has been by electrolysis, which can be painful, time-consuming and is limited to small skin areas. Scarring, allergic reaction and ingrown hairs are possible side effects of all these hair removal methods.

Using the “Candela laser”, facial and bikini areas are usually completed in ten to fifteen minutes; legs and larger areas can take longer.

Good Candidates

The best results have been achieved on individuals with light skin and dark hair. Results may be somewhat limited with dark skin and light hair. Many factors may influence the treatment process, and are generally best evaluated and discussed in person.

Generally, the treatment includes:

  • Safety eyewear to protect the patient’s eyes during the procedure from the laser light.
  • A small hand piece is used with a probe that touches the skin to deliver the laser light.
  • A light spray of coolant onto the skin will be felt just before each laser pulse, followed by a slight popping sound as the laser removes the hair follicles being treated.
  • Most patients experience only a little discomfort at the treatment site.
  • Topical anesthesia may also be used.
  • The procedure can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes or up to an hour or two, depending on the area treated.
  • All patients can go home immediately following treatment.
  • The treated area may become pink or red within about 30 minutes of treatment.
  • This may last from a few hours to several days.

Precautions taken before and after treatment

  • Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment.
  • Avoid plucking or waxing hair for 6 weeks prior to treatment. If you have had a history of lip herpes, prophylactic antiviral medication may be prescribed.

Treatment Frequency

Hair grows in cycles: ‘active’ phase, followed by ‘resting’ phase, etc. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin type, hair color and hair coarseness. Everyone will require around 6 treatments as the process is only effective on hairs during their ‘active’ growing cycle. Repeated sessions will be necessary to treat the follicles that were in the ‘resting’ phase, then re-enter the ‘active’ phase.

Possible Complications

Like any other skin treatment, complications are possible but uncommon, temporary or permanent, such as infection, inflammatory reaction, skin discoloration (hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation), redness, scarring, poor hair response, etc.

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