Laser Hair Removal
What is a laser?
A laser is a device that produces light of a single color or wavelength. In dermatology, lasers produce pulses of high-energy light which are taken up by the desired target.
How is laser hair removal different from electrolysis?
Electrolysis destroys one hair follicle at a time. Whereas electrolysis involves inserting a needle into each hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to destroy it, laser hair removal delivers light energy in a non-invasive manner to hundreds of hair follicles at once. Laser hair removal does what electrolysis does but in a fraction of the time, and pain.
How many sessions will it take?
Most areas can be treated in as little as five sessions. Please keep in mind that the number of sessions required varies from person to person depending on hair and skin type, and the size of the area to be treated. Truly, treatment is as individual as you are. There are three phases of hair growth: the anagen (active growth) phase, the catagen (regression) phase, and the telogen (resting) phase. Laser hair removal works when the hair is in the anagen or active growth phase. Since all of the hairs on our faces and bodies are in different growth phases, it is not possible to predict which phase an individual hair is in. Repeated sessions are generally necessary and make laser hair removal extremely effective.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Longer wavelengths allow for treatment of all skin colors, but works best on hair with pigment (darker hair). Laser hair removal is an excellent choice for men and women who have unwanted hair on their face and neck, arms, underarms, back, legs, bikini area, hands and feet. It is the ideal choice for those who are tired of the maintenance required by temporary methods of hair removal.
Is laser hair removal painful?
In most cases there is very little, if any pain involved in laser hair removal. The laser actually keeps the skin very comfortable during treatment. However, there are some clients who are more sensitive than others, in which case a numbing cream will be applied before treatment begins.
How does the skin look after it has been treated?
Typically, the skin is a little red and swollen, but only for a short period of time. Of course, this varies from client to client, depending on their skin type and the extent of the treatment. Most clients return to their normal activities immediately following treatment.
Is it okay to shave or sunbathe immediately prior to treatment?
No. Because the laser targets the melanin in the follicle beneath the skin, it is best to shave at least twelve hours prior to treatment. Exposure to sun should be avoided, and waxing, plucking, and electrolysis should be discontinued at least three weeks before treatment begins.
Are laser treatments safe?
Yes. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, long enough to vaporize the pigment and affecting numerous hair follicles at one time, while sparing the surrounding tissue. Laser hair removal has been safely used since 1983 and is FDA approved.
How does PhotoFacial work?
Using a handheld instrument, the licensed aesthetician/certified laser technician applies an intense light in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. The heat that is generated by the light causes damage to the vessel or lesion, and the skin begins its natural healing process. PhotoFacial is an excellent modality for removing hyperpigmentation (age spots), evening skin tone, reducing pore size and stimulating collagen. It may also be able to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
How many sessions will it take?
Each client is unique, however, an average number of treatments is five, with a touch-up every three to six months. Since sun damage often goes beyond the surface of the skin and into the dermis, consecutive treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. Talk to one of our licensed aestheticians/certified laser technicians to determine how many treatments you will need to look your absolute best. Treatments are given at three-week intervals.
Is there any downtime associated with PhotoFacial?
Not at all. This procedure is non-invasive and most clients return to their normal activities immediately following treatment.
How safe are the treatments?
Very safe. Side effects are extremely rare but can occur. Immediately following treatment, some clients may experience a bit of redness or flushing, and skin irregularities such as brown spots and capillaries may even be temporarily darker. Occasionally, a delayed reaction occurs and the skin may become redder within a short period of time. In most all cases, however, these irregularities will fade and the client will see results.
Laser Tattoo Removal
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Our short-pulsed lasers emit a focused beam of light over the tattoo, causing the tattoo ink to absorb the lights. Once this has occurred, the pigment colors of the tattoo begin to vaporize allowing the tattoo to gradually disappear.
Are they any side effects?
Side effects are generally minimal, but may include hypopigmentation (a lack of skin color), hyperpigmentation (too much color in the skin), an infection of the tattoo site, or failure to completely remove the tattoo. There is also a very small chance that permanent scarring will occur at the tattoo site.
How long will it take to remove my tattoo? How Many Treatments?
Depending on the size and the colors of the area to be treated, it will take anywhere from 3 to 8 (6 is average) treatments in most cases. For more extensive tattoos it may take more treatments. Treatments are given in 6 week intervals.
Is laser tattoo removal painful?
There is much less discomfort involved with laser tattoo removal than with older methods of tattoo removal, such as dermabrasion, where the skin is sanded; cryosurgery, which freezes skin prior to surgery; or surgical excision.
Most of our patients experience a little discomfort, so if needed we can apply a topical anesthetic 30 minutes prior to treatment for your ultimate comfort.
How does the Fractional Skin Resurfacing laser work?
The Fractional Skin Resurfacing laser is designed to target aging and sun damaged skin by zeroing in on damaged tissue. The laser creates microchannels and each channel penetrates into the dermis, far below the outer most epidermal layer of the skin. When the beam penetrates into the dermis layer of the skin, it eliminates the old pigmented cells. Surrounding each of these beams is healthy tissue. The healthy surrounding tissue triggers the body's natural healing process, accelerating the production of collagen and the formation of new, tighter tissue to replace the skin's imperfections.
What are the benefits of Fractional Skin Resurfacing?
Fractional Skin Resurfacing provides similar results to ablative lasers, but provides the gentle benefits of the non-ablative treatments with minimal downtime. The revolutionary microchannel technology bypasses the outer layer of skin, allowing patients to apply makeup immediately following the session. Many patients are able to return to work or social obligations the same day as the treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of sessions will depend upon the condition treated. On average, an effective treatment regimen is three sessions, spaced 4 weeks apart. Depending on the severity of the condition being treated, it could take up to six treatments.
What should I expect after a fractional Skin Resurfacing laser treatment?
For the first 24 hours after the treatment, your skin may feel like it is sunburned and it will appear slightly pink or red with some mild to moderate swelling. The redness will fade in a few hours. Using a moisturizer will help to reduce the flakiness. It is important to apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 and avoid direct sun exposure during the healing process.
If I prefer an in-person consultation, is there a fee?
Our office consultation fee is $25; however, this fee is returned to you at your first service appointment via an equal deduction from the cost of the service rendered.
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