Hair in undesired locations is a problem for both men and women. For women, hair virtually anywhere other than the head and bikini area can be embarrassing. Men, although permitted a certain amount of hairiness, are still considered unattractive if they have excessive hair on their backs or chests. LaVida Medspa offers both standard hair removal which can be found in most laser hair removal clinics and "pain free" laser hair removal.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser Hair Removal works by the principles of selective photothermolysis. When the light hits your skin, it is absorbed more by darker tissues than lighter tissues. Since hair shafts and follicles normally contain more melanin, the chemical that makes skin cells darker, they tend to absorb more light than surrounding tissues. This causes them to heat up more rapidly than the surrounding skin and suffer more thermal damage, which causes the follicles to shut down or even die.
LaVida's standard hair removal uses one of the largest treatment heads in the industry - which means a much quicker treatment. Each pulse is accompanied by a slight tingling or burning sensation and not considered painful. A common description is that a pulse feels like a rubber-band snap.
Standard Laser Hair Removal works best on light-skinned people with dark hairs. Although slightly darker skinned individuals can be treated, people with blonde or grey hairs that lack melanin can be very hard to treat. The areas that respond best to treatment are the bikini and the underarm, while the chin and back respond less well.
Are Multiple Treatments Required?
Several treatments are required at the start of hair removal therapy because of the natural growth cycle of hair. This is because each hair follicle goes through growing and resting phases, and the hair follicle is most successfully treated by light early in the growing phase. The number of active follicles and the length of the growth phase varies, and the first treatment will only damage some of the follicles. After a few weeks, previously resting hair follicles break into growth, which then need to be treated.
The procedure can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Treatments can be repeated at approximately monthly intervals. In this way, after 4 - 8 treatments, most of the hair follicles in any particular site can be successfully treated. After this series of treatments, any further hair growth can be treated as and when it’s necessary.
- Try to avoid the sun for 2 weeks before your treatment, or use a good sunblock on the area you will be having treated. If you have gotten tan on the area, please notify your laser technician. Sunless tanning products should also be avoided.
- Don't pluck or wax the area for about 2 weeks before coming in for a treatment. The laser will only target hairs that are in the follicle.
- Give the treatment area a good, close shave the day of the appointment and as close to the time of the appointment as possible. If you are planning on having your back lasered and can't shave it yourself, we'll shave it for you for an extra charge of $35. Just let us know while making your appointment, and we'll schedule extra time for the shave.
- Please don't apply any sort of products to the area. This includes lotion, deodorant, makeup and perfume. This especially applies to deodorants because the aluminum in deodorants may prevent an effective treatment.
- Immediately after the treatments, there may be redness and bumps at the treatment area, which may last up to 2 hours or longer. It is normal for the treated area to feel like sunburn for a few hours. You should use a cold compress if needed. If any crusting occurs, you may apply antibiotic cream. Sometimes it is recommended to use aloe vera gel or some other after sunburn treatment. Darker pigmented people may have more discomfort than lighter skin people and may require the aloe vera gel or an antibiotic ointment longer.
- Avoid the sun between treatments and use a good sunblock on the areas being treated. If you have gotten tan on the area, please notify your laser technician. Sunless tanning products should also be avoided once treatments start.
- Don't pluck or wax the area between treatments. The laser will only target hairs that are in the follicle.
- Makeup may be used after treatment, unless there is epidermal blistering. It is recommended to use new makeup to reduce the possibility of infection. Just make sure that you have moisturizer on under your makeup. In fact, moisturizer will help the dead hair exfoliate from the follicle, so use moisturizer frequently and freely on the treated area. Any moisturizer without alpha-hydroxy acids will work.
- Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin.
- Anywhere from 5-30 days after the treatment, shedding of the hair may occur and this may appear as new hair growth. This is not new hair growth, but dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. You can help the hair exfoliate by washing or wiping with a washcloth.
- You may shower after the laser treatments, and use soap, deodorant, etc. The treated area may be washed gently with a mild soap. Skin should be patted dry and not rubbed. Under arm areas, that have been treated, should be wiped with alcohol for 24 hours. You may apply deodorant after 24 hours.
- Hair re-growth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body. New hair growth will not occur for at least three weeks after treatment.
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