What Laser Hair Removal IS, and ISN'T:
Laser energy can be used to damage hair follicles and reduce the amount of hair in many areas of the body for a noticeable difference in the amount, thickness, and darkness of hair in treated areas. While the amount of hair can be reduced by about 80% to 90%, it is not possible to achieve a 100% reduction of hair. Even so, most people are satisfied with their results, because their need to shave or wax decreases noticeably. LHR is also not totally permanent. Our bodies tend to “want” to produce more hair. After their initial set of treatments most people return for a treatment once or twice a year to maintain their result.
WHO is a good candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
People with lighter skin tones and darker, coarser hair are most likely to get the best results with LHR. This is because the dark pigment in the hair attracts the laser energy. Tanned or darker skin can attract the energy away from the hair, resulting in less effective treatment and the potential for burns. This is why we do not treat anyone with a tan until it fades. Because we need to decrease the energy setting for people with tanned or darker skin to minimize the chance of burns, the treatment may not be as effective. Late September or early October is a good time to start LHR treatment. We also do prefer patients to seek electrolysis treatment (also available at Omni Aesthetics) for facial hair, as the face is often exposed to the sun, and treatment of this area can even stimulate hair growth in the sideburn area.
What is the process like?
Because hair grows in cycles, treatment typically is accomplished in a series of about 6 initial treatments several weeks apart, in order to affect follicles that are actively producing hair. You will be provided with goggles to protect your eyes and gel will be applied to the treatment area. Treatment can be performed in two ways: In-Motion treatment is done in a sweeping back and forth motion over a set period of time per area with the energy building over time. Pulsing is done in a “touch and lift” method, overlapping each application of the laser hand piece until the full area has been treated with a higher energy setting that is used throughout the treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
The treatment can be a bit uncomfortable, so we take measures to make it as comfortable as possible. At Omni Aesthetics, we use the Alma Soprano ICE Laser, which has a cooling element that counteracts the laser energy as it is being administered. We also use a Zimmer Cooler to direct cold air at the site during treatment. We can adjust the settings if necessary or take brief pauses to help you tolerate your treatment, but our approach makes the treatment comfortable for most people. Taking over the counter medication such as Tylenol about an hour before your appointment may also help.