LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Med Spa Services - Dr. Catherine Vanderloos, MD
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Hair removal with a lutronic laser is a non-invasive method that removes unwanted and unsightly hair from the body. The tip is chilled to protect the outer layer of the skin. The light beam stemming from the lutronic laser permeates the skin, is attracted to the hair pigment, and is absorbed by the hair shaft. The absorption creates heat, which damages the hair follicle and prevents hair growth.
DOES HAIR REMOVAL WORK ON LIGHT COLORED HAIR?
Laser hair removal traditionally works best on light skin with dark hair. This is because the laser is attracted to the dark pigment of the hair, and blonde or gray hair has very little pigment. While those with light skin and dark hair are ideal candidates, lutronic laser settings can be adjusted for those with darker skin or lighter hair. The number of treatments may vary to ensure that the hair is effectively treated, but this type of laser treatment is more effective than traditional hair removal.
IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL SAFE?
Laser hair removal has been approved since 1997 and is considered safe by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Advances in technology only improve the safety and efficacy of the treatment.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM TREATMENT?
Treatment varies from a couple of minutes to an hour and from one session to multiple. There are many factors that play into the length and number of treatments, including:
THE SIZE OF THE AREA TO BE TREATED
THE PIGMENT OF THE HAIR
THE SKIN TONE OF THE CLIENT
INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN BODY CHEMISTRY AND RESPONSE TO TREATMENT
Most people require a minimum of three treatments and experience an average reduction of hair growth between 10 to 25% per session.
DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL HURT?
Historically, many clients have described the laser penetration experience as a slight stinging or pinching of the skin. Lutronic lasers are designed with this in mind. It’s chilled tip functions to keep the outer layer of skin at a comfortable temperature to protect the skin and reduce discomfort. Most people experience little to no discomfort, and the lutronic laser only has a positive impact on the experience.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Any side effects resulting from laser hair removal tend to be mild. It is possible that treated skin may be slightly red, but this generally fades within 24-48 hours.