What does laser hair removal feel like at HairFree Denver?
Most often treatment sensation is like a slight tingling or the sting of a snapped rubber band. Most patients tolerate the procedure well; topical anesthesia is rarely required, but may be an option when treating more sensitive areas. With special settings even sensitive areas like the lips, ears, nose, underarms and bikini line can usually be tolerated easily.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
There may be some short term swelling or redness that typically goes away within an hour or two. The best news is that many of the unwanted hairs are gone at the end of the treatments.
How does laser hair removal work?
Lasers produce highly focused, intense beams of light that are absorbed by dark pigments in the hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface. This causes a purposeful build-up of heat, destroying most of the follicles and preventing hair growth.
Multiple treatments are required for effective hair reduction because the hair follicle must be “active” at the time of treatment and not all follicles are active at the same time. There are no needles and no need for anesthesia. Most patients feeling nothing more than a slight sting like the snap of a rubber band.
Who Is the best candidate for laser hair removal?
Laser hair treatments work best in lighter skinned, darker haired patients. Because the primary target in hair follicles is melanin pigment (the “color” in skin and hair), less laser energy is absorbed by the skin and more by the hair follicle. Tanned skin “robs” laser energy as it passes through the skin to the hair follicle.
What kind of lasers does HairFree Denver use?
We have the “Cadillac” of Hair Removal Lasers – The Cynosure Elite. This laser has multiple wavelengths that allows us to treat all skin types. Darker skins are now safely treated with a laser designed for light skin as well as tanned and darker skin tones without the risk of hyperpigmentation. HairFree Denver will select the appropriate wavelength for your skin type and hair color.
We are not able to treat people with red hair. We recommend that you refrain from tanning prior to hair laser treatments. Also, don’t use “spray-on” stocking products for several days prior since those products contain metallics that attract heat and can cause burns. Because the pigment in the hair is the target for the laser energy, gray or white hair (which lacks pigment) cannot be effectively treated with any laser or light-based device.
How Many Treatments Are Generally Required?
Multiple laser treatments are necessary for best results. Laser energy has its greatest effect on growing, or anagen hair follicles; as the dormant, or telogen hairs become active, usually within 3 weeks to 3 months, some new hair growth will be observed.
Usually at least 3 treatments over the course of a year will be necessary for satisfactory, long-lasting results. The female face, armpits, and bikini lines are areas which respond fastest to laser treatments – backs, arms and legs usually need more treatments over time.
Will my skin become totally hair-free after treatment?
Satisfaction with laser treatment for hair is very high overall. Most patients are thrilled with their results, even though there are nearly always some very fine or small hairs that are not permanently removed. The fine blonde or light hairs on the face won’t absorb laser light and are not affected. So the honest answer is no. In fact, skin heals with the help of the hair follicle so some retention of this fine hair growth is a plus should your skin ever be injured. You actually don’t want 100% hair-free skin.
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