Laser Hair Removal
Whether you are male or female, consider laser hair removal for that smooth attractive face and body youve always wanted.
We are excited to offer you the GentleLase by Candela Corporation, an alexandrite laser rated at 755 nm featuring dynamic cooling which makes laser treatments less uncomfortable and more effective. By literally freezing the skin milliseconds before the laser pulse, there is less thermal damage to the skin thus allowing higher energy to penetrate the hair follicle where it is needed. Our laser has a spot size of 15mm which is nearly double that of the common 9mm type. This translates to faster more effective treatments. FDA Approved!
Who are the best candidates for laser hair removal and how does the laser actually work?
Since light energy is absorbed by the pigment melanin, which then is transformed into heat energy to disable the follicle, those individuals with course dark hair, and light skin color respond most optimally. In those people with darker skin color (more melanin in the skin), the skin tends to compete with the hair for the light energy resulting in the potential for damage to the skin, not the follicle. That is why tanning should be avoided prior (and after) laser treatments, and people with light or fine hairs, especially of darker skin colors may benefit more from other techniques. Lasers are effective at disabling hairs that are actively growing, and at any given time not all hairs are in an active growth phase. It therefore is necessary to treat an area again at a later time to disable those hairs that were in a resting phase during initial treatment.
So why proceed with laser hair removal and how many treatments are needed?
Simply because this is the most practical, least painful, most efficient, and probably least expensive professional method available to remove unwanted hair. Initially several treatments are recommended to effectively treat those hairs as they cycle through their active growth phase. Usually this occurs after about two months, but may vary with the area treated. Subsequent retreatments should be expected to keep up with any new finer hairs that have regrown, and it is important to note that the following factors can influence regrowth and responsiveness to laser therapy: hair location or hair type, hair color, hair density, skin color, hormonal influences, medications, and genetic background. Most people should expect that retreatment will be necessary once or twice a year.
What preparation is needed before laser treatment?
Tanning should be avoided. For laser therapy to be successful it is necessary to have some stubble present at the time of treatment. Waxing, plucking, and bleaching should be avoided for at least several weeks prior to treatment. It is fine to trim or shave the hairs, but shaving should be avoided for about 3 days prior to treatment.
What will I look like after the treatment?
Generally some redness and swelling is expected, but can be covered with makeup immediately. At the time of treatment many of the hairs are burned off, and others are shed 1-2 weeks following treatment. In most instances you will be able to apply makeup immediately if you chose.
What should I avoid after treatment?
Sun exposure or tanning should be avoided. This can be accomplished by the use of sunscreens. The treated areas should be handled gently, avoiding the use of abrasive cleansers or topical acne preparations. Ice compresses can be used to minimize swelling, and if blistering occurs, an antibiotic ointment such as polysporin or Bactroban (a prescription antibiotic cream) can be applied.
Can you explain your prices?
Most lasers today cost about as much as a small house, and in the past year, numerous upgrades have already been made to continue to improve the systems provided. Although these costs do effect our operating expenses, we are committed to making these services affordable. Laser treatments may cost more initially, but over the full treatment period, these treatments compare favorably with all other hair removal options.
Are there any patients that can't be treated, or any medical contraindications?
Laser treatments are most effective in patients that are not tanned. Therefore, tanned individuals should wait until their tan has faded before seeking treatment. Also, patients with extremely dark skin color, for example, a very dark Afro-American, may find treatment less effective, and run the risk of greater pigmentation changes. Patients with a history of keloidal scar formation or poor healing should avoid treatment. Patients with known photosensitivity to light and pregnant females should also avoid treatment. An area with an active infection such as cold sores, should not be treated until the infection has healed. For best treatment results and to minimize bruising, it is important to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (and other so-called NSAIDs) and tanning both immediately before and following laser treatments.
How do I get started?
We encourage you to call for a consultation or to arrange a treatment. Our office staff will be happy to answer any further questions you may have. Please remember not to bleach, wax, or pluck the hairs prior to your visit, and avoid tanning immediately before and following your treatments.
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9500 Highland, Howell, MI, 48843