Laser Hair Removal
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment, disabling numerous follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair’s growth.
GentleLase Pro is the next step and most advanced laser hair removal system available. Using an invisible beam of light, GentleLase Pro penetrates the hair follicle, destroying it at its root while preserving the surrounding skin.
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
The laser treatment itself can cause a slight tingling or heat sensation. The GentleLase Pro system uses a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD), which prepares the skin for treatment with a short burst of cooling spray milliseconds before and after the laser pulse. With this DCD cooling system, patients tolerate the procedure very well. This ensures that GentleLase Pro treatments are as comfortable as they are effective. Because some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, topical anesthesia can be an option but is rarely required.
Preparation Before Laser Hair Removal
Avoid sun exposure at least two weeks before treatment. Do not bleach, pluck or wax 4 to 6 weeks before and after treatment. Wait until your tan fades before beginning treatment.
How Long Do The Treatments Take?
The treatment time can vary considerably depending on the size of the area treated, and the particular technique used. A small area such as the upper lip may take only five minutes, while a larger area like the back or legs may take up to 45 minutes. Since the laser affects only those hairs in the growing stage, and not all hairs will be in this stage at the same time, several treatments will most likely be needed to effectively remove all the hair from one area. Subsequent sessions will be scheduled at least one month apart. By this time you will probably begin to notice the re-growth of hairs that were previously in the resting stage.
Although the FDA has approved several types of laser for permanent hair reduction, results can vary. An individual’s metabolism, hormonal level, hair quality and number of hair follicles can all affect the outcome.
Moreover, normal hair goes through a growth cycle in three stages: the anagen, or growing phase; the telogen, or resting phase; and the catagen, or transitional phase. During the anagen phase, hair is susceptible to the laser’s energy, but during the telogen and catagen phases, it is resistant.
At any one time, various percentages of body hair will be in each of these phases, making complete removal unlikely without multiple sessions.
Typically five or six treatments are necessary to achieve the desired result.