Hair Removal

Definition

Let's face it, excess body hair can be unsightly and embarrassing. Shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams provide temporary fixes that are inconvenient, irritating and messy. Electrolysis is time consuming, sometimes painful, and is useful only in removing hair from small areas. New Treatment Option: Lightsheer Innovative, light-based devices have revolutionized the treatment of unwanted hair, offering gentle, effective and convenient solutions for both men and women. The Lightsheer Diode Laser System uses targeted flashes of light to block the regrowth potential of the hair follicle. These treatments do not damage surrounding tissue and each device targets numerous hair follicles simultaneously, allowing for the treatment of large areas quickly and effectively. Light Sheer Lumenis: - The "Gold Standard" for hair removal with an unsurpassed library of clinically documented success - Treats all skin types including most hair colors, depths and diameters - Patented ChillTip provides continuous contact cooling of the epidermis for maximal patient safety and comfort

About the Procedure

The length of an individual treatment may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to specific kinds of hair and skin. It is important to understand that hairs in an active growth phase (anagen) are most affected by treatments. Since all hairs are not in this phase at the same time, several treatments are necessary to achieve the best results. Practitioners design customized treatment programs, and give patients an estimate of how many sessions may be needed in order to meet expectations. The treatment may cause some minor discomfort – patients often describe it as a slight tingling or compare it to a pinch or the sting of a snapped rubber band. Most patients tolerate the procedure well; topical anesthesia is rarely required, but may be an option when treating more sensitive areas. The appearance of the treated area immediately following a session will vary from patient to patient, though side effects are rare. Any swelling or redness at the treatment site typically goes away within a couple of hours, and most people are able to return to normal activity immediately. The best news is that many of the unwanted hairs are gone at the end of the treatment.

Does Hair Removal Hurt?

Patients find the laser hair removal very tolerable. The skin itself is exposed to little heat Plus, no irritating chemicals are used and the hairs aren't pulled on in any way. Patients usually find these treatments less painful than waxing or electrolysis.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments needed depends on the area to be treated, the hair density and the contrast between the hair and the skin color. The more there is a contrast between the hair and the skin color, the less treatments you need. People with darker skin and lighter hair would require the most number of sessions. Moreover, your hair grows in cycles and many factors influence its growth, such as age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, metabolism, previous hair removal methods and medical history. All these factors help increase or decrease your hair's resilience. The procedure slows the growing capacity of follicles in the growth cycle at the time of the treatment. However, since some hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after your treatment, 5 to 6 treatments are needed, on average in order to achieve optimal results. In most cases, a good reduction is already visible just after an average of one or two treatments.

Do I Need to Shave Before My Treatment?

Yes. You should shave about 1-3 days prior to your appointment. The laser needs to see the hair, but the hair should not be too long. If the area being treated is hard to reach your laser specialist may shave it for you.

After the Procedure

We suggest that our patients avoid alcohol, exercise, heat and sunlight for a short period following treatment.