Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses pulsed laser energy to remove unwanted hair from a targeted area, while leaving surrounding skin unharmed. Common areas on which laser hair removal is performed are the chin, upper lip, underarms, chest, back, bikini line and legs.
Although there are many temporary treatments to remove unwanted hair, including tweezing, shaving, using depilatory creams and waxing, patients seeking more permanent and less irritating or painful methods are frequently good candidates for laser hair removal. Through what is a safe and usually painless procedure, hair can be removed from nearly any area of the body, except the eyelid or surrounding area. Hair color and skin type do influence the success of laser hair removal, so we encourage you to consult with our professional staff prior to making your decision.
Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses broadband light (BBL) to remove unwanted hair. During the laser hair removal process, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth, so it’s important to note that although laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. It typically takes several laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Periodic maintenance treatments might be needed as well.
Because the laser beams used to remove hair target its melanin (pigment), the best candidates have dark hair and light skin. Conversely, those with blond, red, gray or white hair and dark skin are usually not good candidates. Recent technological advances have made laser hair removal for those with dark skin more successful, while techniques for using lasers to effectively remove light-colored hair are being investigated.
Your clinician will press a hand-held laser instrument to your skin. The laser delivers a pulse of broadband light with cooling on the tip of the instrument. The laser beam will pass through your skin down to the hair shaft into the bulb of the hair follicles where hair growth originates. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. Some patients will feel a slight discomfort in the skin. Treating a small area, such as the upper lip, might take only a few minutes. Treating a larger area, such as the back or full legs will take approximately 30-45 minutes.
Hair growth takes place cyclically, in three stages. The most effective laser hair removal takes place during the andogen (full-growth) stage, because the hair follicles in this stage are susceptible to laser energy. But, because all hair is not in the same stage of growth at any given time, several laser treatments, usually between four to six, spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart, are necessary. To some extent, the length of treatment depends on the texture of the patient’s hair, and the location from which it is being removed.
There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed through the use of Forever Bare BBL™. They include the following:
For many patients, laser hair removal is painless, although some experience minor discomfort, usually described as something like a rubber band’s snapping against the skin.
Some redness, soreness or swelling may occur immediately after laser hair removal, but they almost always disappear within a few days. Cold compresses or ice packs, moisturizers, and anti-inflammatory creams may minimize discomfort. Sun exposure should be avoided as much as possible for some period of time.
The most common complication of laser hair removal is the regrowth of the unwanted hair. Frequently, however, the hair that regrows is finer and lighter than the hair that was removed. Usually, regrowth can be addressed with a few additional treatment sessions. Other complications that may arise after laser hair treatment include skin irritation such as blistering and crusting; changes in pigmentation or texture of the skin; and scarring at the removal site.
At The Aesthetic Center Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa we are committed to offering effective treatments that are affordable. To do so, we have two options that can affect the total cost of your Forever Bare BBL™ laser hair removal treatment. You can either purchase one session or a package of treatments for more of a discount on each service. We do also provide financing options to help you get the treatments you desire at a more affordable rate.
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