What causes problem hair to grow?
Problem facial hair can result from hormonal stimulation, inherited traits, and medical conditions, such as polycystic ovaries.

What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy is a safe, effective, and commonly used treatment, providing optimal results in areas such as the removal of unwanted hair skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, leg veins, or tattoos; and the treatment of acne.

 

How does LASER therapy work? 
It works by delivering an intense beam of light that is absorbed by the skin. This light is converted to heat and is absorbed by the cells being targeted, while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Our laser has a skin-cooling device for greater patient comfort and safety – and better results.
  
What is light-based therapy (intense pulsed light),and how does it work?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy are light-based treatments that use a less-intense, broader spectrum of light than lasers.  It is our opinion that they are less effective than LASERs for treatment of problem and unwanted hair. 
  
Are anesthetics necessary? 
Anesthetics are generally not necessary, and can be problematic.  While you may feel a stinging sensation initially, the cooling spray reduces the it to tolerable levels.  Then with each subsequent session, the stinging get less intense as the density of the hair is reduced.

 

What will my treatment be like?
Safety glasses will be worn to protect your eyes during the procedure.  A small hand-piece that touches your skin will be used to deliver the LASER light. You may feel a light spray of coolant on your skin before each laser pulse.  
At the end of your treatment session, cold aloe gel and cold packs 
may be applied to treated areas.

How long will my treatment take, and how many treatments will I need?
Every treatment, like every patient, is unique. One treatment a month for four to six treatments are usually needed. 
During your consultation we will exam you, obtain medical information, and recommend a plan for you based on your information, needs and expectations.
  
What precautions should I take before or after my treatment?
In general, avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks before treatment, and again after treatment for a brief time. 
Care should be taken in the first few days following treatments to avoid scrubbing or rinsing the treated area with abrasive skin cleansers. 
We will advise you of specific precautions that relate to your individualized treatment plan.
  
What are the reasons to use LASER Hair removal instead of electrolysis?
While electrolysis can be effective, it can cause scarring, and is quite tedious and time-consuming.  
In contrast, LASER hair removal is safe, effective, and efficient even when treating large areas such as the back, or entire legs and thighs. 

What are the reasons to use LASER Hair removal instead of  waxing? 
Waxing requires frequent treatments, and can offer only temporary, short-term results. LASER hair removal usually requires four to six sessions to achieve permanent results.

Are there any adverse side-effects to laser treatments?
In general, these procedures have a low risk of adverse side effects. Some patients experience pigment changes in the skin color. If this occurs, the skin will typically return to normal pigmentation over time. It is important to remember that all treatment results are individual.

What is the Fitzpatrick Classification of Skin types ?
The Fitzpatrick Classification of skin type is based on an individual’s skin’s reaction to sun exposure.  It includes six skin types and how a person describes whether they burn, tan, or never burn, and categorizes the amount of melanin or brown pigment in their skin from pale white to black skin color.

What is the Candela GentleLASE and why is it a safe treatment?
Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of medical cosmetic procedures including treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and smoothing fine lines on the face.  the GentleLASE, a revolutionary long-pulse high energy alexandrite laser system emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skinm to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed.  The laser energy is transformed into heat, which can disable the follicle leaving the surronding skin unchanged.  The skin is further protected during treatment by a dynamic cooling process where cryogen is sprayed onto the skin cooling the upper layers providing patients increased comfort.  This selectivity helps to protect the skin, while effectlvely treating the unwanted hair.

What conditions are treated with the laser?
Traditional hair removal techniques such as shaving, plucking and waxing, provide only temporary relief.  Until now, the only semi-permanent way to remove hair has been by electrolysis – which can be painful, time consuming, may cause scarring and is limited to small cosmetic areas.  Scarring, allergic reactions and ingrown hairs are common side effects of all these hair removal methods.  The GentleLASE safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pored and structures of the skin.  Facial and bikini areas are usually completed in under ten minutes: legs and larger areas can take longer.

Why should I have the GenltLASE treatment?
This is a procedure to remove unwanted hair.  The best results have been achieved on darker, finer hair but other factors may influence the treatment process, and are generally nest evaluted and discussed in person.  The GentleLASE process offers safe and effective treatment.

What does the treatment include?
Depending on the amount of hair treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient.  Generally, the treatment will include:
Safetly eyewear to protect the patient’s eyes during the procedure from the intense laser light.
A small handpiece will be used with a probe that touches the skin to deliver the laser light.  A light spray of coolant onto the  skin will be felt just before each laser pulse. Most patients experience little discomfort at the treatment site because of the dynamic cooling device.
The degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold. The procedure can take as little as 10 minutes or more depending on the areas treated.  All patients can go home immediately following treatment.
The treated area may become pink or red within about 30 minutes of treatment; this may last for a few hours to several days.

What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?
Avoid sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment until your physician allows it or you have completed your sessions.  You must avoid bleaching, plucking or waxing for 6 weeks prior to treatment.  If you have a history of perioral herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed prior to treatment.  If you are tan or have darker skin type a bleaching cream may be started 4-6 weeks before treatment.  You should discuss your desired results and the improvements you expect to achieve.  Together you and the physician or Certified Laser technician can decide if your expectations will be met and if theis laser treatment is the best option.

How many treatments will I need?
Hair grows in cysles.  The number of treatments required depends upon your skin, hair coloring and coarseness of the hair.  Everyone will require at least 2-3 treatments as the process is only effective on hairs during their growing cycle.  Repeated sessions will be necessary to treat these follicles when they re-enter the growth phase.

Is this procedure covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for Laser Hair Removal as it is considered a cosmetic procedure.

Please call for your Complimentary LASER Hair Removal Consultation to find out more about our LASER Hair Removal Services.

 

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