Laser hair removal is an efficient process that allows those with unwanted facial and body hair to say goodbye to razors and waxing. This procedure offers a long-lasting reduction of hair on nearly any area of the body, reducing the need for constant maintenance treatments to maintain a smooth, silky look to the skin. The safety, precision and consistency of laser hair removal offer superior results in even the most sensitive areas. Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics features state-of-the-art laser hair removal for our patients, providing them the best possible results in long-lasting hair reduction today.
How does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal involves the use of a device that delivers focused laser energy directly into the hair follicle. The laser emits heat to damage the follicle, causing the hair inside the follicle to shed. The residual damage also makes it difficult for future hair to grow, which is why this method is known for offering long-lasting hair reduction without the need for frequent treatment sessions. The laser targets the follicle without damaging surrounding skin and tissue, producing a safe and relatively comfortable procedure that can be performed in the office without the need for anesthesia or recovery time afterward.
Laser treatments work because the laser can distinguish between the melanin in the hair and the skin to focus on the hair follicle. Because it needs some contrast to be effective, laser hair removal works best for patients with fair skin and darker hair colors. However, advances in technology and the addition of more wavelengths allow providers to treat a broader range of skin tones and hair shades. The process does not tend to work well on red, grey or white hair since pigment in these hair colors is minimal.
What is the Cutera CoolGlide Laser?
The Cutera CoolGlide Laser featured at Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics is a proven method of hair reduction that has been approved by the FDA and available for many years. The technology in the CoolGlide system allows for treatment of a broad spectrum of skin tones and can even be used safely on tanned skin. This device boasts a unique design, longer wavelength and integrated cooling that promises our patients will receive laser hair removal treatments that are safe and comfortable, with the results they expect from state-of-the-art laser procedures.
What Areas does it Treat?
The Cutera CoolGlide is a versatile treatment that can address a variety of areas where unwanted hair tends to grow:
- Arms and underarms
- Chest and stomach
- Bikini line
- Neck and shoulders
- Chin and upper lip
Dr. Birchall and his staff will evaluate your unwanted hair concerns to determine whether laser hair removal might be the right treatment choice for you.
How is it Performed?
We perform laser hair removal at both our Rancho Bernardo and Carlsbad offices at Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics. The procedure is usually done without the need for any anesthesia. However, we do provide patients with a topical anesthetic before treatment if there is concern over discomfort or a particularly sensitive area will be addressed.
The handpiece glides along the skin, delivering pulses of laser energy directly into the hair follicles. As the light connects with the skin, you may experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation that feels like a rubber band snap against the skin. The discomfort is short-lived, and most patients find the process to be very tolerable. Sessions might last a few minutes or take up to an hour or more, depending on the size of the treatment area.
There is no recovery period required after laser hair removal. Your skin may be tender to the touch and red like a sunburn. The side effects should not be severe enough to keep you from any of your daily activities. Dr. Birchall will advise you to keep the treatment area away from direct sun exposure for a few days since UV rays can cause complications with newly treated skin.
Are there Risks with Laser Hair Removal?
Risks with laser hair removal tend to be mild and might include redness and skin irritation. In rare instances, hyperpigmentation might occur, but this is usually prevented by keeping skin out of direct sunlight after the procedure. It is also possible that some hairs will be resistant to the treatment, leaving you with results that are as thorough as you hoped. Shaving or waxing can be performed in these cases to put the finishing touch on the laser process.
How Soon Will I See Results?
Hair goes through three distinct phases: the growth or anagen phase, the intermediate or catagen phase, and the telogen or shedding phase. Laser treatments are only able to target the hair in the growth phase, which does not encompass all the follicles in the treatment area at the same time. Since other follicles will enter this active growth phase at different periods, additional treatments will be necessary to disable all the follicles in a given area.
The average patient will require five to seven treatment sessions, spaced six to eight weeks apart. However, the number of appointments needed for optimal results and long-term benefits will depend on different factors like hair thickness, the area you want to be treated and your unique hair growth cycle. The staff at Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics will advise you on how many sessions we think you might need at your first appointment, so you have an idea of what to expect. We also offer packages to make the full treatment protocol more affordable for our patients.
Laser hair removal can be performed any time of the year, so our patients can enjoy smooth, hair-free skin through every season. The procedure is quick and relatively comfortable, so you can achieve your aesthetic goals without a significant disruption to your daily routine. To find out more about this treatment, contact Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics today in Carlsbad at 760-448-8100 or in Rancho Bernardo at 858-487-3376.
Laser Hair Removal Indications: Hair Removal
Anesthetic Needs: Topical numbing in about half of our clients
Typical Package: 5-7 treatments, 6-8 weeks apart
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