Laser Hair Removal
A FLAWLESS SKIN IS FINALLY ACHIEVABLE.
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure offered by CMA Primary Care & MedSpa that uses pulsed laser energy to remove unwanted hair from a targeted area while leaving nearby skin unharmed. Common areas on which laser hair removal is performed are the chin, upper lip, chest, underarms, back, bikini line and legs.
Although there are many temporary treatments, including tweezing, shaving, using depilatory creams and waxing, to remove unwanted hair, patients seeking more long term improvement and less irritating/painful methods are frequently good candidates for laser hair removal. Though it is a safe and usually painless procedure, hair can be removed from nearly any area of the body (the eye area is an exception because of the possibility of serious eye damage).
CANDIDATES FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Because the laser beams used to remove hair target its melanin (pigment), the best candidates have dark hair and light skin. Conversely, those with blond, red, gray or white hair and dark skin are usually not good candidates. CMA Primary Care & MedSpa use recent technological advancements that have made laser hair removal for those with dark skin more successful, while techniques for using lasers to remove light-colored hair effectively are being investigated.
BENEFITS OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL
There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed through the use of laser therapy achieved at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa. They include the following:
- Hair is precisely targeted
- Procedure is quick
- Results are long-lasting for 90 percent of patients
- For many patients, laser hair removal is painless, although some minor experience discomfort, usually described as something like a rubber band’s snapping against the skin.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL PROCEDURE
Laser hair removal is performed while the target area is numbed by a topical anesthetic at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa. A handheld device that emits intense laser pulses is moved across the area, focusing on individual hair follicles. There are several different methods of laser hair removal, at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa we use laser impulses. The appropriate method for each patient is decided in consultation with the physician administering treatment.
Hair growth takes place cyclically, in three stages. The most effective laser hair removal takes place during the androgen (full-growth) stage because the hair follicles in this stage are susceptible to laser energy. But, because all hair is not in the same stage of growth at any given time, several laser treatments, usually between three and five, spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart, are necessary. To some extent, the length of treatment depends on the texture of the patient’s hair and the location from which it is being removed.
RECOVERY FROM LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Some redness, soreness or swelling may occur immediately after laser hair removal, but they almost always disappear within a few days. Dr Tallapureddy at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa recommends cold compresses or ice packs, moisturizers, and aloevera gel may minimize discomfort. Sun exposure should be avoided as much as possible for some period of time.
COMPLICATIONS OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL
The most common complication of laser hair removal is the regrowth of unwanted hair. Frequently, however, the hair that regrows is finer and lighter than the hair that was removed. Usually, regrowth can be addressed with a few additional treatment sessions. Other complications that may arise after laser hair treatment include skin irritation such as blistering and crusting; changes in pigmentation or texture of the skin; and scarring at the removal site. Therefore, experts at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa bring this to notice of the patients undergoing treatment.
Laser hair treatment is the most convenient method of removing unwanted hair that is too painlessly. Once the treatment area begins to heal, you’ll notice an immediate difference in your skin quality and appearance. Based on individual patient hormone changes the effects can last for years.
Depending on the size of the treatment area, you can expect to see results within a few months of when you start laser hair removal. It helps you treat underarms, facial hair, bikini lines, and other unpleasant body hair.
It is safer and cheaper than waxing. Moreover, it helps you to stay away from the extra monthly expense of waxing. There is no visible downtime after the procedure, and normal activity can be resumed immediately. Most patients will need four to seven treatment sessions, spaced about three to six weeks apart, to target all of the hair follicles in the target area. After laser treatment, avoid unprotected sun exposure for one year to prevent irregular pigmentation and blots on skin.
The presence of unwanted hair, whether on the upper lip, hands, feet, bikini area, or back, legs, and arms, is a top source of cosmetic anguish. Many are tired of repeated removal of unwanted hair through tedious and painful methods such as shaving, waxing, and tweezing. In response, the demand for light-based permanent hair reduction has skyrocketed. Hence, specialists at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa have introduced it with full hope and determination to 100 percent benefit the patients.
At CMA Primary Care & MedSpa recommend laser hair removal treatment for women and men alike. Most women seek to remove hair from their underarms, bikini lines, and legs, while men are more interested in treating hair on their backs and necks.
When hair removal lasers were initially introduced, the procedure was originally intended for patients with light skin and dark hairs. However, newer technologies, like Cutera, excel HR systems, safely and effectively treat patients of all skin types and hair colors.
During treatment at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa, a light-based system emits bright flashes of light into the skin where the unwanted hair resides. The hair follicles absorb the light energy, heat up, and become damaged. Each pulse of light energy takes a matter of seconds and treats multiple hairs at once, making this procedure very quick and easy to perform. Treatments can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. Cutera, excel HR hair removal systems feature larger treatment heads for faster treatment sessions.
Because hair grows in different stages, multiple treatments at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa are needed to target the hair follicles during their growth phase. Most patients need at least 4 to 6 treatments to see permanent, long-lasting results. Touch-ups may be required over time. Patients should see results after the first treatment – their hair will grow back finer, weaker and the skin will become smoother. Results will become more noticeable and impressive with each additional treatment until all follicles are destroyed, successfully stopping continuous hair growth.
Laser hair removal works by destroying the root of the hair follicle. During treatment at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa, flashes of light are distributed over the skin and absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle. The energy from the laser heats up and damages the hair follicle, successfully stunting the cells that stimulate regrowth. It is important to note that hair grows in a cycle, and that hair removal is only effective during the active growth stage.
Every hair goes through three stages of growth: the anagen phase, catagen phase, and telogen phase. The anagen phase, also known as the growth stage, is the duration in which your hair actively continues to grow. The catagen phase, also known as the transitional phase, is when the hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the papilla, a structure at the base of the follicle. The telogen phase, also known as the resting phase, is when the old hair is released and falls out. When the old hair sheds, the hair follicle re-attaches to the papilla and re-enters the anagen phase, repeating the cycle.
Each hair in your body can be at a different stage in the growth cycle at any given time. Thus, to target the hair during the anagen phase, multiple laser treatments at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa are necessary to target the numerous hair follicles during their growth stage.
Most patients require 5 to 8 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart to achieve desired results. With Cutera excel HR technology, virtually every patient – no matter their skin or hair type – can receive long-lasting removal results for unwanted hair. Patients with lighter hair may require more treatments than others, but will still see effective results by the end of their treatments.
Most patients need 6 to 12 treatments to achieve significant hair reduction results. Treatments are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart to target follicles during the growth stage. Regardless of the technology being used at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa, patients will experience results at different rates, depending on their skin type and hair color.
Hair removal pricing varies by state, clinic, competitive market, and the size of the area being treated.
We at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa apply the treatment cost depending on the size of the area being treated. This is a common pricing method that is also used in the laser tattoo removal industry. Similarly, hair removal clinics also provide special treatment packages and bundles to help patients save more on multiple treatment plans and receive treatment on multiple parts of the body.
Laser hair removal saves patients time, pain, and money. The laser hair removal is less than a third of the cost of waxing. That is why people prefer to undergo laser treatment at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa.
For a day or two afterwards, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin as suggested by consultants at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa.
Generally, laser hair removal is far less painful than waxing, though the sensation is different. Patients describe the feeling of each laser pulse as that of a rubber band snapping against the skin for a quick second. Pain is only felt briefly while the laser is hitting the skin. Since each laser pulse effectively destroys all the hair in a given area of roughly the size of a quarter, the treatments are fast at CMA Primary Care & MedSpa. Most people do not require an anesthetic cream, though one can be prescribed to more sensitive patients if requested. As Dr Tallapureddy takes special care of every individual’s needs.
Some people may experience the following potential temporary side effects:
- Redness for up to 3 days
- Swelling around the mouth of follicle for up to 3 days
- Tingling or feeling of numbness