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Laser Hair Removal

Hair today...Gone Tomorrow at The Center for Aesthetic Medicine!

Statistics show that ever-increasing numbers of Americans are willing to use any means necessary to rid themselves of unwanted body and facial hair. Shaving, plucking, waxing, tweezing and electrolysis have all been used by both men and women to solve this cosmetic conundrum.

At The Center for Aesthetic Medicine, we use the revolutionary Cynosure Elite Laser that combines two different laser wavelengths in one system, allowing practitioners to target and remove hair on any type of skin, on any part of the body. Additionally, the Cynosure Elite was chosen as the #1 choice for hair removal on all skin types by Aesthetic Trends + Technologies in 2005.

Who Is A Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

In laser hair removal, each pulse of laser light treats several hair follicles at the same time. Laser light is attracted to the melanin pigment in hair follicles. To eliminate hair, the laser emits gentle pulses of energy that pass through the skin to the hair follicle. This energy is then absorbed into the hair follicle to destroy it so that hair can never grow there again. Melanin is considered the primary chromophore for all hair removal lasers currently on the market. Melanin occurs naturally in the skin, and gives skin and hair its color. There are two types of melanin in hair. Eumelanin gives hair brown or black color, while pheomelanin gives hair blonde or red color. Because of the selective absorption of photons of laser light, only black or brown hair can be removed. Laser works best with dark coarse hair. Laser does not work well on light-colored hair, red hair, grey hair, white hair, as well as fine hair of any color, such as vellus.

The Elite laser uses two wavelengths including the Alexanderite 755 nm (Red) (most effective on pale skin and the Nd:Yag Laser 1064 nm (near-infrared) made for treating darker skin types.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

The treatment causes only minimal discomfort. Patients often say it feels similar to the snap of a rubber band. Slight redness or localized swelling can occasionally occur, but this usually subsides within the first 24 hours after treatment.

How Many Treatments Are Required For Laser Hair Removal?

Since hair grows in several phasesand laser can only affect the currently active growing hair follicles, several sessions are needed to kill hair in all phases of growth. Typically patients will see results in 4 - 6 treatments, though this number will vary based upon skin tone, hair color and several other factors. Most patients need a minimum of 6 treatments.

Interval Between Sessions

Usually treatments are spaced three to eight weeks apart depending on the body area and the hair cycle length for that area. For example, faces usually require more frequent treatments three to four weeks apart, whereas legs require less frequent treatments and patients should be advised to wait six or more weeks. On an average 4 weeks is allowed in between the treatments.

Are There Any Side Effects or Risks?

Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Some level of discomfort that may be experienced during the use of laser is minimized by use of cool air. Numbing creams are also available at the center at an additional cost.

A consultation at the Center for Aesthetic Medicine will allow our technicians to assess your unwanted hair and develop an individualized treatment protocol that will help to get you fantastic hair reduction results. Contact us online or call us at 916-984-7885.