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Laser Hair Removal is an effective procedure for those wanting to reduce unwanted hair, or to minimize the frequency of shaving and waxing. There is no downtime and minimal discomfort.
About this treatment
Laser Hair Removal is an intricate process due to the complexity of a body’s hair.
Our Alma Laser has only been approved for temporary removal and permanent hair reduction. Your hair is naturally growing at a certain pace, and could be in one of 3 stages of growth anagen, catagen and telogen. (See picture below) Each hair, no matter what method of removal, is at a different phase of growth. your hair does not all grow back at the same time when removed by waxing, threading or tweezing. In order to destroy a hair follicle, the hair must be targeted during the anagen phase of growth, and the hair must effectively absorb that energy for the reaction to occur. This is why, hair removal is performed in a series of 6 treatments. New cells that become hair follicles can also develop as time passes, therefore maintenance treatments are recommended to treat new hair growth.
Because you cannot identify which hair is in which growth phase, to effectively treat the unwanted hair, light is applied to the collective area. Those that are not in the anagen phase will not be affected by the treatment, and will be targeted at a different session. As the light is applied to the skin, the pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the light energy. Over the few months of treatment, the hair will gradually become sparser, often thinner and lighter as well.
Treatments are generally recommended in a series of 6-12 sessions, performed 6-8 weeks apart (again depending on the treated area) for optimal results. Results vary by individual. Some clients may require more treatments.
What happens during this treatment?
Treatments are approximately 5-60 minutes depending on the treatment area. Your skin will be cleansed prior to beginning the treatment. You will be provided protective eye shields or glasses to wear during the treatment. A cool gel will be applied to the treatment area on the skin. The light device will then be applied to the skin in a pattern of pulses. Although the treatment is tolerable, most clients assimilate the feel of Laser Hair Removal to small rubber bands snapping on the skin. This feeling only lasts during the treatment application. Once complete, the skin will feel and appear warm like a blushing sensation. The gel will be removed from the area and your skin will be cleansed again. Sunblock will also be applied, as you will be sun sensitive. You may apply makeup immediately following and go about your regular daily activities, avoiding excessive sun exposure.
What equipment do we use?
Here at Bellezalase we use the Alma Harmony
What hair types can the treatment improve?
The equipment that we use can improve:
Blond hair, grey and red hairs rarely respond to laser hair removal treatments.
Am I a good candidate?
The best candidates for this procedure are those with normal pattern hair growth who want to reduce unwanted hair. Those candidates should also have realistic expectations and committed to keeping your appointments. Please note this procedure is not recommended for pregnant women. Women with hormonal imbalances may also have a difficult time reducing hair and should seek advice of their endocrinologist and/or gynecologist.
Can all skin types be treated?
****Fitzpatrick Skin Type VI (dark black skin) and some Skin Types V (moderately dark skin) are not normally treated with this technology.
What is the pre-treatment care?
It is most important to make sure that the treatment area is not exposed to the sun for 2 weeks prior to treatment. This includes tanning beds, self-tanners and any pigment enhancing process for the skin. Sun exposure will make the skin sensitive to absorbing the treatment light more easily, which increases risk for potential side effects. Daily use of sunblock with SPF30 or higher will assist in reducing sun exposure, but will not do enough if you are regularly outside. If your skin is tan at the time of treatment, or if you had recent exposure to the sun (ie: watching a soccer game, baseball game), we will delay your treatment to a later date to reduce risk of side effects. Please discuss any medications or supplements you take that may need to be discontinued prior to care as well.
Please shave the area before each treatment. Do not wax, tweeze, or thread treatment areas as this will reduce the outcome.
What is the post-treatment care?
Avoid sun exposure for two weeks following each treatment as you will be more sun sensitive and could compromise the results of the treatment and increase side effects.
What results can I expect?
With the recommended series of treatments, proper sun exposure and skin care, one should expect an overall reduction in their hair. Areas of darker, coarser hair generally respond faster and better than areas of fine, light hair. We will discuss in more detail during your one-on-one consultation.
When can I expect results?
The hair will gradually fall out or “shed” over the couple weeks after each treatment. Results gradually develop with each treatment.
Side effects can include:
- Erythema (or redness/flushing) of the skin for up to 48 hours following treatment,
- Hyper (dark) or hypo (light) pigmentation
- Blisters, which if treated improperly can lead to infection and scars,
- Striping (a pattern of irregularly treated skin) which generally resolves with consecutive treatments
- Cold sores (if you are already prone to Herpes Simplex Virus in the treated area)
- New hair growth (in rare cases, more hair can grow in the treatment area, most often seen in Skin Type V in facial areas)