Most patients find Laser hair removal to be safer, faster, and a more effective procedure to eliminate unwanted hair than electrolysis, waxing or tweezing. For example, with electrolysis, it takes two-seconds to remove one hair follicle versus hundreds of follicles per pulse of laser light. In addition the surrounding tissue is unaffected and there is little or no irritation to the skin.
Laser hair removal works with individual hair growth cycles to deliver lasting results regardless of skin color or body area. Because the treatment can only be used to eliminate follicles that are in the growth cycle at the time of treatment, a series of treatments are suggested to achieve the best long-term results.
How many treatments will I need?
Most areas require 6-10 treatments, but the number of treatments you may require for optimal long-term benefits depends on various factors such as your hair’s thickness, the area treated, and your hair’s growth cycle.
Interestingly, not all hairs are actively growing at the same time, but actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. The laser works by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.
What areas can be treated?
We can remove hair from all parts of the body including the face, legs, arms, underarms, and back. It can also treat sensitive areas like the chest, nipples, and bikini line.
What do treatments feel like?
When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required; however some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.
How does laser hair removal compare with Electrolysis?
Patients often find electrolysis to be a tedious, invasive, and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to them one at a time. Electrolysis often requires years of treatments at regular intervals. By delivering light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time, we can effectively treat an area in just seconds that would take much longer with electrolysis.