Unwanted hair growth may appear on many areas of the body including the upper lip, sideburns, chin, ears, chest, back, armpits (axillae), legs, fingers, feet, or toes and is annoying for both men and women. Lasers help eliminate unwanted hair.
There are many ways to remove unwanted hair including shaving, plucking, electronic tweezers, radiofrequency tweezers, waxing, depilatories (creams), and electrolysis. Most of these methods, however, are temporary.
Lasers offer the only method for permanent hair reduction.
A large area of the skin can be treated at one time using two different wavelengths we can treat all skin types. Lasers send a low-energy beam through the skin that is absorbed by dark pigment (melanin) present in the shaft of the hair follicles. Since hair cycles as it grows, repeated treatments are necessary. The GentleMAXPro™ treatments are safe, fast, and gentle and a successful alternative to laser hair removal for all parts of the body including face, arems, underarms, back, as well as sensetive areas.
Prior to laser hair removal we will need to make an assessment of:
- Skin type (i.e., ability to tan or to burn)
- Hair color
- Thickness and location of hair
- Presence of tan
- Previous hair removal methods
- Medical history including ovarian or thyroid disease, medications, history of abnormal scarring, history of cold sore (herpes simplex) outbreaks in the treatment area, or past isotretinoin use
- Presence of tattoos or moles in the treatment area
After this evaluation, the appropriate laser and treatment settings can be determined. Realistic client expectations will be discussed including the need for multiple treatment sessions, the potential need for maintenance treatments, and the possibility of variable responses to treatment.
On the day of treatment, the area should be clean and free of cosmetics. The Dynamic Cooling Device on the GentleMAXPro™ is a refrigerant spray that lessens the client's discomfort. The protects the skin from excessive heating as well as the potential of skin darkening or lightening. Everyone in the room must wear protective eye wear during the laser procedure.
In general, 4-6 treatments are required at each site to achieve permanent hair growth reduction. Darker hair responds best to the laser, while lighter hair may be less responsive. White, gray, and red hair will not respond.
The laser pulses feel like the snapping of a rubber band or warm pinpricks against the skin. The immediate response is usually vaporization of the hair shaft. Slight swelling and redness around the hair follicles appear within a few minutes. Ice packs may be applied to the skin following treatment. A mild topical steroid cream may be applied to reduce swelling and redness. Clients are instructed to avoid sun-exposure and to use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with SPF 30 after the laser treatments. Cosmetics may be applied to the treated skin.
The percentage of hairs removed per session varies in different body locations. Approximately 10-20 percent reduction in hair growth can be expected with each treatment. Treatments are repeated every four to eight weeks as the hair cycles through the growth stage.