Laser Hair Removal
We provide the best solution for unwanted hair anywhere on the body using the state of the art Cynosure Apogee Elite System that can treat any skin type. At Medspa1064, your safety is our primary concern. All laser treatments are performed by Physicians and Nurses. Now, you can eliminate the need for costly razors and shaving creams and remove plucking and painful waxing from your regimen.
The Cynosure advanced laser hair removal system emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin, to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. Upon absorption, the energy is transformed into heat, which can disable the follicle, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.
How does hair grow?
Hair forms in a pouch-like structure below the skin called a hair follicle. What we see as hair is actually the hair shaft, which is the keratinized, hardened tissue that grows from this follicle. The best hair color for the laser light to target is dark blond to black. The laser specialist will explain more during your consultation. Everyone's hair grows differently, depending on age, weight, metabolism, hormones, ethnicity, medications, and other factors. But all hair goes through three distinct growth phases:
|Active||Active growth phase (called the anagen phase), which can last up to 3 months. At any given time, 20-30% of our body hair is in this phase. During anagen, the hair has an abundance of melanin and that is the key target for the laser light. To get the maximum result 6 treatments are generally required to achieve 90-95% permanent hair reduction.|
|Regressive||Regressive phase (catagen phase), which lasts about 3 days, during which the hair stops growing but is not yet shed. About 3 - 4% of our body hair is in this phase at any given time. Many patients report that hair starts to shed immediately, and can be found on a towel following a shower. We recommend not waxing, tweezing or using any methods to remove the hairs following your laser treatments.|
|Resting||Resting phase (telogen phase), which lasts 4-14 days, at the end of which the hair falls out and a new hair begins to form. Following the laser treatment the hair appears to still grow. These hairs are in fact club (dead) hairs and within 3-4 weeks the new hair from another active growth phase will begin to grow out of the same hair shaft. Remember that even though the hair is growing out of the same hair shaft, the follicle growing is new and is now ready for the laser light.|
The Cynosure Apogee Elite most effectively disables hair that is in the active growth (anagen) phase. Because all the hair in a treated area may not be in the anagen phase, more than one laser treatment is necessary to remove the hair that subsequently enters the growth phase. Our goal after 6 treatments is to have sustained 90-95% permanent hair reduction.
What does the treatment involve?
The patient is asked to wear eye protection. A small hand piece or "wand" is placed against the skin while it is being cooled as the laser is activated. The hand piece is repositioned and the laser is activated again. The size or the area treated will determine the number of laser activations, or "pulses", required.
What are the advantages over electrolysis?
With electrolysis, the operator inserts a needle into the hair shaft with the intention of reaching the follicle, then sends a small electrical charge designed to disable the follicle. The operator then removes that particular hair with tweezers. Hair removal is much faster with a laser as the laser is pulsed about once per second across the surface of the skin. Each "pulse" of laser light disables a large number of hair follicles. Electrolysis operators can only treat those hairs that they can see and which they can reach the follicle through the hair shaft. A laser treats any "active" follicle, even if the hair has not yet reached the surface of the skin, or if the hair shaft is not straight.
How many sessions are needed?
Our treatment packages generally consist of 6-8 treatments. The number of sessions will vary for each individual according to their skin type. During the treatment, the laser disables those follicles in the "active" phase of the growth cycle. Follicles in the "dormant" phase will not be affected. Since follicles cycle through "active" and "dormant" phases, six treatments usually will reduce the majority of the hair.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after the treatment the skin will look pink and slightly swollen, similar to sunburn. This will subside within 72 hours and the skin will return to normal. Occasionally, a patient will have temporary pigment changes, blistering, or scabbing. In the unlikely event of blistering, we recommend keeping the area moist with bacitracin.As with electrolysis, cases of scarring have been reported, but these are extremely rare.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does a laser remove hair?
The system emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin, to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. Upon absorption, the energy is transformed into heat, which can disable the follicle, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.
How do I know if I'm a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Generally speaking, if you are concerned about unwanted hair, you are probably a candidate for hair removal. Lasers are a faster and easier alternative for hair removal. We at Medspa 1064 have the ability to treat any skin type at any time of the year safely and effectively.
Is the treatment painful?
Most individuals describe the treatment as a series of slight pin pricks or rubber band snaps to the skin. The majority of patients tolerate this sensation without anesthetics. Additional comfort is provided by applying cooling to the area to be treated. Within about 30 minutes of treatment, the area may become pink or red; this may last from a few hours to one day.
How long does it take?
With this procedure numerous hairs are removed at the same time. The amount of time needed depends on the size of the area to be treated. The lip usually takes less than five minutes; other areas, such as the leg, may take significantly longer.