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Hair Reduction

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser emits a gentle beam of energy that passes through the skin to the hair follicle.  The energy is then transformed into heat, which damages the follicle.  There are 4 phases in a follicle growth cycle: Early Growth, Active Growth, Regression, and Resting.  A follicle in aActive Growth phase contains engorged blood flow and will be affected on your treatment day.  A resting follicle has less blood supply and will not be affected by treatment.  This is true for all forms of laser hair removal. 


What will my skin look like after treatment?

In most people there is no sign that a treatment has been done. 


How do I know if I’m a good candidate for laser hair removal?

If you are concerned about unwanted hair, you are probably a good candidate for laser hair removal.  Although nearly everyone is a candidate for hair removal, the most dramatic results occur for patients with light skin and dark hair. Other factors can influence the treatment process, and are evaluated during your initial consultation.


How many treatments will I need?

The average person needs six treatments.  How many treatments you will need will depend on your number of growth cycles and how hair-

free you wish to be.  Because a hair follicle can only be destroyed in an “active growth” cycle, your treatments will be timed to destroy the most hair follicles with each visit.  Usually treatments will be 4 to 8 weeks apart. 


If you stop watering a plant today it will not die the next day.  A follicle that has been damaged from the heat of the laser will also take time to shrivel up and die.  You will lose your hair in 2-3 weeks after your treatment. 


Can I pluck or wax my hair between treatments?

No.  Plucking or waxing pulls the hair out of the follicle and may disrupt the growth cycle. You many trim or shave as much as you wish between treatments.  Shaving does not change the type of hair that you grow.


What are the possible side effects from treatment?

While side effects are rare, some clients may have a swollen appearance to the follicle for a few minutes after treatment.  This usually resolves before the client leaves the treatment room.  Because the laser generates heat within the follicle, there is a risk of a small water blister.  This is not common occurrence.  Rarely, this may result in a change in skin pigmentation at that site or scarring. 


What is the cost of laser hair removal?

Cost will depend on area covered, not how thick the hair growth is.  Package prices can be arranged if more than one body area is to be treated.  An accurate assessment of cost will be determined at your consultation. 


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