Laser Hair Removal
AesthetiSpa uses the latest in laser hair removal technology. We can effectively treat pigmented hair on any skin color or type, including tanned skin. Patients can resume their normal daily activity within minutes of treatment.
Many women feel uncomfortable with facial hair or hair on other areas of the body. Imagine a laser so fast, affordable and effective that it eliminates shaving, plucking, waxing, and even razor bumps!
Laser hair removal can remedy the discomfort of razor bumps and ingrown hair that many men experience. A growing number of athletes shave their entire bodies for competition or just because they like the appearance. You do not have to be an athlete to feel uncomfortable with back and shoulder hair. AesthetiSpa offers treatment anywhere on the body with lasting results.
Laser Hair Removal – Frequently Asked Questions
How does the laser remove hair?
The laser emits a beam of light that is attracted to the pigment (or melanin) in the hair follicle. For a hair follicle to be affected by the laser, it must be in an actively growing phase. Only about 15% of your hair follicles are active at any one time. Therefore, you will need multiple treatments (between 5-10) to get the permanent hair reduction you desire. Pre-determined pulse duration and energy settings are directed at and absorbed by the active hair follicles, disabling their growth and resulting in safe and effective hair removal.
What is the advantage of using a laser?
Lasers are precise instruments that can be adjusted to the exact parameters that will specifically disable the hair follicle. The laser uses a wide beam that treats many hairs at once instead of treating hair-by-hair like electrolysis. Because of this, large areas such as your legs, arms, or back can be treated in a relatively short period of time. You will see results that last far longer than tweezing, waxing, shaving, chemical depilation, or other temporary methods.
What does the laser treatment feel like?
The treatment does have a slight prickly or stinging sensation. Most of our clients are able to tolerate the treatment without difficulty. However, since every person’s level of sensitivity is different and treatment areas may vary, a topical numbing cream is available for purchase.
What happens to the skin after laser treatment?
Reddening and some minor swelling of the skin are the expected local reactions. They usually subside within a few minutes to a few hours and return to normal. Since the laser is not invasive in any way, no bandages are necessary. You are able to re-apply your make-up, return to work, and continue with your normal daily activities immediately following treatment.
How many laser treatments will I need?
It has been our experience most of our patients are able to discontinue treatments, knowing they will probably need an occasional touchup, after an average of 5-10 treatments. This is providing that the recommended treatment schedule is followed. It is also important to understand that results may vary depending on an individual’s hair type, stress levels, current medications, and different hormone levels. Keep in mind that some individuals will require fewer treatments and some will require more treatments, depending on the results desired.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
The FDA has cleared laser hair removal, regardless of the laser, for “Permanent Hair Reduction” only. Based on our experience, we believe that the hair treated will probably not re-grow. Each individual’s treatment response may be different due to hair or skin type. In addition, we have between 500 and 1000 hair follicles per square inch of our bodies. Many of these follicles are dormant at the time of a particular treatment and perhaps throughout the entire treatment process. We have no way of knowing if and when they may start growing due to stress levels, certain medications and differing hormone levels throughout our life. If you follow the treatment protocol as we describe, you can expect at least an 80-90% total reduction in hair for the treated area.
What to expect after laser treatment?
After your initial treatment, you should enjoy a significant reduction of hair. However, it will take 2-4 weeks for the treated hair to push its way to the surface and fall out. With each treatment, the hair in the actively growing phase will be effectively treated. A follow-up appointment is scheduled about 4-8 weeks after each treatment. With that in mind, remember the importance of maintaining your follow up appointments.
What if I have gray, white, blonde, red or light fine hair?
Since the laser is attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle, this hair color may not have enough pigment to be successfully treated with the laser. If this applies to you, we may want to try a test spot to see if your hair responds to the laser.