Laser Hair Removal
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! Here at Mount Pleasant’s AesthetiSpa, we offer laser hair removal treatments as an alternative to traditional forms of hair removal.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. This laser treatment can remedy the discomfort of razor bumps and ingrown hair that many men experience. The lasers concentrate beams of light directly into the hair follicles, destroying the hair. This is a great solution for people who are not happy with shaving, plucking, or waxing their body or facial hair.
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.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
While laser hair treatment is a great option for many people, it is not optimal for everybody. You may be an ideal candidate for laser hair removal if you have:
- Unwanted facial or body hair
- Hair darker than your skin color
- Skin that is not too tanned
This treatment is a great option for patients who experience skin irritation with other forms of hair removal.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
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.
Common Treatment Areas for Hair Removal
Most commonly treated areas include:
- Bikini Area
Laser hair removal can be used to treat hair on almost every area of the body. Be sure to ask a member of our team which treatment area works best for your goals.
How Do Lasers 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 Does Laser Hair 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.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you tired of waxing, shaving, and plucking those pesky hairs every week? Consider laser hair removal treatment! Schedule your consultation today at 843-849-9925. We look forward to helping create a happier you!