Hair grows in three distinct cycles. First, the active or growth cycle (Anagen); next, the dormant cycle (Catagen) and, finally, the fall-out or shedding cycle (Telogen). Laser Hair Removal is most effective during the growth cycle (Anagen). The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the laser light and converts the light to heat. The heat, in turn, damages multiple follicle at once and destroys their ability to re-grow.
The laser pulses for just a fraction of a second, heating multiple hair follicle and impairing its ability to re-grow. Significantly less hair grows back with each treatment… ultimately resulting in your goal of permanent hair reduction. The number of treatments required varies from individual to individual.
Hair growth cycles differ on different parts of the body. Variables affecting treatment are; your skin and hair color, hair texture as well as age, metabolism and other individual factors influence hair growth rate. Our experienced staff will work with you in designing a schedule to optimize your results.
Electrolysis treatment is one hair at a time. Laser is much quicker. An area like the underarms, for example, can be treated in just 2 minutes.
How is laser different from Electrolysis?
The Electrolysis procedure consists of a needle with an electric current being inserted all the way down each individual hair follicle. Once the needle is inserted an electric -current flows down the length of the needle for two minutes. This process is repeated with each individual follicle. Conversely, Laser Hair Removal (LRH) with our LightSheer Diode can do whole legs or an entire back in 15 minutes. LHR treatment can produce a “mild-prickly” sensation episodically (intermittently).
What are the most popular areas for laser hair removal?
As LHR familiarity increases and the package pricing becomes more affordable so do the popular areas. LHR can be done anywhere on the body except the ocular cavity.
What are the risks of hair removal?
LHR risks are minimal and not permanent. Hyper or hypo pigmentation, bruising, pin-point bleeding, third degree burns, and prolonged erythema may occur. However, with a skilled technician and patient aftercare adherence these side effects are extremely rare.
Laser hair removal is a lunch time procedure. There is no recovery time. Patients can return to work or play immediately. These lasers do not remove skin, so the risks are very low. As with any procedure, we have an informed consent that explains all the possible risks.