LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Patients who are tired of using temporary and painful methods for removing unwanted hair can benefit tremendously from a laser hair removal procedure. The licensed laser technicians at Premier Aesthetics in Grand Forks, ND perform laser hair removal procedures using a new generation laser system called LightSheer. Each treatment is customized to help patients meet their aesthetic goals as quickly, safely, and easily as possible.
HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
During laser hair removal, a laser emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair its color. The laser works by selective photothermolysis, which means that the light energy is selectively absorbed by pigmented areas. Hair follicles that are in the anagen, or active growth phase, have the largest amount of melanin, or pigment, and can absorb light energy from the laser. However, hair follicles that are in catagen or telogen growth phases are less pigmented. Therefore, these follicles do not absorb light energy as well and hair growth is not impaired. The energy, or heat, from the laser damages the hair follicle, which impairs its ability to grow hair. With time, the hairs that were present in the damaged follicles will fall out, resulting in a smoother appearance and less hair growth.
BEFORE LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT
Before considering treatment, your specialist will review your medical history and assess your options for hair removal. Our Chicago area patients are advised to prepare properly for their treatments. You should avoid tanning and using sunless tanning lotions, must use sunscreen 30 SPF or higher, and should not pluck, wax, or have electrolysis performed (though you may shave 1 to 2 days before treatment – not on the treatment day).
DURING YOUR LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT
Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute whereas the back may take up to an hour. Most patients can achieve permanent hair reduction after an average of six to eight treatment sessions. No downtime is required, allowing patients to return to work or other activities without delay. It is also important to avoid sun exposure before and after treatment.
FOLLOWING YOUR LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT
Following the procedure, your skin may appear red or irritated. However, the redness will likely dissipate within one to two days. It is also important to use sunscreen following the procedure. You should not use any products that may irritate your skin. In addition, you should avoid plucking or waxing of the treatment area.