HOW IT WORKS
Find out how to prepare for your treatment, what to expect after, and a little bit of info on how the latest laser technology works to give you better results than ever before.
About Laser Hair Removal
Get to the Root of Unwanted Hair
Unwanted hair is a common problem, for both men and women. Frequent hair removal chores including shaving, depilatories, plucking, and waxing are time-consuming, inconvenient and often painful. At best, these frequently used methods offer only temporary results – for some only a few hours.
Free yourself from the constant need to shave and wax unwanted facial and body hair in order to look and feel your best. Laser technology has brought us a better way, a safe, long-lasting way to remove unwanted hair from any part of the body, leaving skin feeling smooth and looking great.
We can help you get at the root of the problem with laser hair removal with our state-of-the-art Elite+™ laser system. Laser hair removal gives you effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body that you have unwanted hair. Whether it’s your face, legs, back, or bikini line, you can have the results you want.
Contact us to find out how we can help you get to the root of unwanted hair.
How It Works
To understand how laser hair removal works, it’s helpful to understand how your hair works.
How Your Hair Grows
Hair grows from deep within hair follicles, which are thin cavities embedded in the skin. Hair does not grow continuously, but grows in a three-phase cycle.
1. Anagen Phase. This phase is where the hair actively grows. The Anagen phase typically lasts for several months and is the best phase for Laser Hair Removal.
2. Catagen Phase. During this brief phase, the hair bulb regresses and begins to shrink.
3. Telogen Phase. The final phase is a resting phase which lasts a few months. During the Telogen phase, the hair is released from the follicle. After the resting phase is complete, the hair will restart the Anagen or growth phase.
While the rate at which hair grows differs by individual, the length of the hair growth cycle generally depends on the type of hair and area of the body. For example, the active growth phase of the hair on your head may last several years, while hair on the body has an active growth phase that may last only a few months.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
During laser hair removal procedures, a laser device emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair its color (also known as melanin). The energy absorbed damages the pigmented hair follicle, which impairs its ability to grow. Hair follicles that are in the anagen, or active growth phase, have more pigment and absorb more energy, and typically respond the best to treatments. For this reason, it typically takes multiple treatments to achieve the best results – it’s important to “catch” your hair in this active growth phase when you are receiving treatments.
Technology We Use
There are many devices for laser hair removal however, we use the best in laser technology, the Cynosure® Elite+™. The Elite+™ uses two proven laser wavelengths that provide treatments for patients of all skin types. Treatments with this system are fast, effective, and safe.
With spot sizes up to 24mm, the Elite+™ laser provides fast treatments, allowing you to resume your normal activities as quickly as possible. These larger sized spots make for quick treatments of larger areas such as the back, legs, or chest. Smaller spot sizes are used for smaller areas, such as the upper lip.
The Elite+™ contains two different types of laser wavelengths that provide effective treatments on patients of all skin types. One of the lasers is better for lighter skinned patients, and the other is better for darker skinned patients.
The Elite+™ system has been in clinical use for many years and has been proven safe in many clinical publications.
How to Prepare For Your Treatment
For at least one month prior to your appointment, avoid tanning and using sunless tanners to prepare for laser hair removal and laser skin treatments. The skin should be as light as possible at the time of treatment. For this reason, many people choose to undergo laser treatment during winter.
For 4-6 weeks prior to your appointment, refrain from plucking, epilating or waxing your skin. Shaving is fine, but these other hair removal techniques can reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatment. Also, the hair should not be bleached.
Shave the area that will be treated within 12-24 hours of your appointment. The hair follicles should be visible, but it can be more painful if longer hair is present during the laser hair removal.
Clean the skin at the treatment site. Leave it free of cosmetics, lotions and creams. If you apply deodorant, it needs to be removed prior to treatment. This will allow for effective energy delivery of the laser device to your hair follicles, thus providing a more effective treatment.
What To Expect On The Day Of Treatment
During the treatment, the laser specialist will guide the device over the treatment area. As he or she does, it will deliver light energy, which travels through your skin and is absorbed by the hair follicles. You may feel cold air blowing throughout the treatment for added comfort. You will also hear a slight beep as the laser delivers this energy into your skin. It is normal to feel a slight snapping like a rubber band as the energy is being delivered.
The hair follicles that absorb energy from the laser will be damaged. Hairs that were present in the follicles at the time of treatment will fall out over the next couple of weeks and future hair growth will be impaired. Since not all hairs are actively growing at the same time multiple treatments are required for optimal results. As the follicles in the transitional and resting periods return to the active growth phase, you may notice some hair regrowth but not as thick as it was before the treatment. This regrowth will become thinner and lighter with each subsequent treatment until there is little, to no hair at all.
About Pigmented Lesions
If you have some sort of skin discoloration, you’re not alone. In fact, facial brown spots and discoloration are the top reasons for cosmetic visits to dermatologists. Although you may have tried and failed with previous efforts to erase pigment, newer technologies have resulted in some remarkable outcomes. Laser treatments represent a breakthrough in age-defying skin care that treats skin non-invasively.
What Are Pigmented Lesions? Pigmentation is the color in your skin produced by melanin, a natural pigment that also determines eye and hair color. However, if too much melanin is produced in one area, the result is a brown patch on your skin. Too much melanin can result from:
Heredity or congenital factors
Common pigmented lesions include:
Age Spots or “Liver” Spots: Smaller darkened patches usually on older adults who have been exposed to the sun for many years. These spots can be seen on the face, forearms and backs of hands.
Post-inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation: This type of hyper-pigmentation results from any inflammatory injury or trauma to the skin. For example, acne often leaves dark discoloration after a blemish heals. Rashes like psoriasis and eczema often darken the skin as well.
Pigmented lesions can vary in size, shape and depth. Some are no bigger than a fingertip or even a pinhead, while others may be as large as a hand and occur in conspicuous places such as the face, neck or arms. They can be either raised or flat and are usually a cosmetic rather than a medical concern. However, all pigmented lesions need to be looked at prior to treatment to confirm. During your consultation we will determine if your pigmented lesions are safe to treat.
How It Works
What is laser treatment for pigment? Laser treatments use short, safe bursts of light to target and treat specific skin conditions. Today’s lasers are very sophisticated and carefully deliver the appropriate amount of energy for your specific skin. Our lasers are specifically designed to target the excessive pigmented cells producing the unwanted spot. They provide a treatment that’s fast, easy and well-tolerated. It can make your skin look younger by removing age spots, sun spots, uneven pigmentation, diffuse redness and by stimulating collagen production thus improving your skin texture.
How does laser treatment work? Our lasers deliver precise amounts of energy to effectively treat unwanted pigment and improve sun-damaged skin. The laser handpiece is placed over the skin where the brown spot or other pigmentation sits and a bright flash of light is released. This light is absorbed by the pigment in sunspots and converted to heat. The heat damages the cells that created the pigment and cause your body to naturally dispose of this tissue while creating new, healthy tissue.
Technology We Use We use the most advanced system available – the Elite+™ laser from Cynosure®. The Elite+™ is best-in-class and lets us give you the results you want.
2 in 1. The Elite+™ is actually two lasers in one system. Each laser is better at targeting different unwanted conditions, giving you the best result possible.
Safe & Effective. Thousands of treatments have been performed with the Elite+™ laser and it has been proven safe and effective on patients of all skin types.
About Laser Leg Vein Removal
Laser leg vein removal offers a nonsurgical solution for removing spider and reticular leg veins in less than 30 minutes with results that are long lasting. More importantly, it is an alternative to surgical leg vein removal, which leaves no incision scars and does not require lengthy recovery.
How It Works
The laser handpiece will deliver light energy into your skin and will be absorbed by the blood within the vein being targeted while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Once the blood absorbs this energy, the vein will heat up and it will affect the vessel lining. Thus causing the vessel to constrict and eventually fade from view leaving your legs looking clear and as beautiful as ever.
Technology We Use
We use a state-of-the-art laser device for our leg vein treatments – Cynosure’s® Elite+™. The Elite+™ encompasses two proven laser wavelengths that provide an array of laser treatments. Treatments with this system are fast, effective, and safe.
Fast With spot sizes up to 24mm, the Elite+™ laser provides fast treatments, allowing you to resume your normal activities as quickly as possible.
Effective The Elite+™ uses a proven 1064nm wavelength for effective treatment of leg veins in just a few sessions.
Safe The Elite+™ system has been in clinical use for many years and has been proven safe in many clinical publications.
What To Expect On The Day Of Treatment
Before your Elite+™ leg vein treatment, the laser specialist will typically apply a gel to the area being treated. This will help ensure the laser energy is delivered appropriately and will help cool the area during and after the treatment. The provider will begin the treatment by moving the laser handpiece over your skin, following the length of the vein and pulsing the energy as they go. You will be provided safety goggles before the treatment to protect your eyes but you may still see flashes of light as the laser energy is being delivered to your skin. You will also feel a mild sensation and heat on the skin during the treatment but air cooling may be used to help with any discomfort.
The vessels may undergo immediate graying or blanching, or they may exhibit a slight purple or red color change. The vessels will fully or partially fade in about ten to fourteen days.