Laser Hair Removal
Permanently removing unwanted hair may reduce or eliminate the burdensome time and need for shaving, waxing and tweezing – routines that can be painful, irritating and certainly temporary as the hair invariably returns. Laser Hair Removal treatments reduce undesirable hair growth and help patients avoid the often embarassing moments and intense efforts needed to control the appearance of their hair.
At Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, we employ Physician Assistants and the latest in laser hair removal technology to conduct this important procedure to ensure the safety and clinical results desired. A laser used for hair removal in improper hands can lead to unwanted poor results, burns and in some cases scarring – all of which can be avoided with the right experienced professional hands at Holcomb Kreithen.
Good candidates for Laser Hair Removal include both women and men in good health with the desire to reduce or eliminate hair growth from the face, legs, back, arms, chest, and other private areas. Since the laser energy targets pigment in the hair bulb Laser Hair Removal treatment works best for darker hair in patients with light to medium skin tones.
Laser Hair Removal is a nonsurgical, noninvasive method of removing unwanted hair from any area of the body.
How Laser Hair Removal Works:
Laser Hair Removal utilizes a powerful beam of light of a specific wavelength that harmlessly passes through the skin and is then absorbed by pigment in hair bulbs in the active growth phase. As the light energy is absorbed there is sufficient heating to damage the hair bulb and prevent future growth. Multiple treatments are necessary because the treatment is only effective for hairs that are in the active growth phase (it is estimated that 85% of the hairs are not in the active growth phase at any given time).
Between a 10% to 15% cumulative reduction in hair growth can be seen after each procedure. The Lutronic Advantage is a high energy 805 nm pulsed diode laser system that uses a chilled compression tip to minimize discomfort and side effects while effectively eliminating unwanted hair.
The Laser Hair Removal Process:
For a faster and more comfortable treatment, we recommend that patients shave the targeted areas immediately before the laser hair removal session. While the hand piece is chilled to minimize any discomfort during the procedure some patients may experience brief intermittent pinching sensations as the laser energy destroys unwanted hair.
The Recovery from Laser Hair Removal:
Patients may experience some temporary redness of the treated areas, similar to a sunburn for as long as 24 to 48 hours. Other side effects are extremely rare.
Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery and Med Spa offers patients expert Laser Hair Removal services. Laser treatments at our full-service MedSpa are only performed by physicians or physician assistants providing patients with optimized treatments by experienced professionals. Contact our office at (866) 218-4810 for a Laser Hair Removal consultation, or to find out about any of our other surgical or noninvasive procedures.
Laser Advantage Hair Removal
Are there any side effects with Laser Hair Removal?
Side effects are usually mild. The skin may appear red-similar to a sunburn-but this subsides within 24 to 48 hours. Other side effects are extremely rare.
How will I prepare for a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
When you are ready to proceed with treatment, your treatment professional will provide you with instructions. The area to be treated must be shaved first to ensure a faster treatment with minimal discomfort.
What are alternative solutions to Laser Hair Removal?
Depilatories, waxing, and shaving are the most common home remedies. Electrolysis is effective but it is a tedious, uncomfortable procedure performed one hair at a time and it requires many treatments. Obviously waxing and shaving has to be repeated on a regular basis. Ask your professional about laser hair removal with the ADVANTAGE laser.
Laser technology for hair removal is well into its second decade of popularity and remains the most sought-after laser treatment today.
- Over 1 million procedures performed yearly with women comprising 88% of those receiving treatment
- Steady growth trend in men in recent years
- Cultural factors influence preference as women and men desire to achieve a certain look
- Cosmetic reasons or disease states such as hirsutism–a condition in females that results in excessive hair growth
What is Laser Hair Removal and How does it work?
Laser hair removal is a non-surgical, non-invasive method of removing unwanted hair. A laser beam travels through the skin and is attracted to the pigment in the hair bulb. The energy then flows to the hair bulb growth cells to inhibit further hair growth.
Who is a good candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Generally, if your skin is light and your hair is dark and coarse, you are the ideal candidate. However, today’s lasers, such as the ADVANTAGE, are able to safely treat various skin and hair types. If your skin is dark, then the laser settings will be adjusted to protect the skin’s surface. If your hair is light, it may take more treatments because the lighter pigment in your hair will take longer to respond. Your treatment professional is well-versed on how to optimize the treatment settings.
How many treatments will I need?
Hair grows in cycles and most patients need at least 3 or more treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart for a satisfactory result. At least 10% to 15% reduction in hair growth can be expected with each treatment.
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
Holcomb Kreithen employs experienced Physician Assistants to allow for minimal discomfort while ensuring optimal clinical results. Most patients experience mild pinching of the skin as the laser handpiece moves over the treatment area. The ADVANTAGE laser has a specialized chilled compression tip to ensure more comfortable treatments. The chilled tip also protects the surface of the skin during the laser treatment.