Laser Hair Removal

Permanent side effects are rare and may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (laser bruise) in the treated area—these usually do not last more than a few days. We perform treatments about every 4- 8 weeks depending on the part of the body and the individual patient response. This discomfort is minimized by Candela’s DCD cooling. Because the laser only affects those hairs in the active growth phase, patients will require several treatments at regular monthly intervals to get the best results. Please avoid tweezing, waxing picking, scratching or using hair removal methods that disturb the hair in its follicle and avoid shaving the hair within a week of treatment unless absolutely necessary. Clients often say it feels similar to the snap of a rubber band. Also it is important not to suntan or use sunbeds for 4 weeks prior to laser hair removal, as this will put you at risk of blisters and or darkening of the skin after treatment; also wait until any  artificial tanning cream has worn off .

Laser hair removal treatment significantly slows growth and reduces hair in a given area, but occasional maintenance treatments are required after the initial reduction. If an active outbreak of herpes, either on the face or genital area, it is important to reschedule the treatment of laser hair removal. Many professionals are required to have a shaved, polished look at work. For hair removal of the face, discontinue use of Accutane® for six months, Retin-A® for two weeks and glycolic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid products for a week before your treatment. It may take up to twelve, depending on the type of hair, location and amount. The inflammation may also lead to darkening of the skin and secondary hyper-pigmentation. Do not pluck or wax the hair for at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment (shaving is ok).


You should discuss your desired results and the improvements you expect to achieve with your practitioner. Only the hairs in their active phase of growth at the time of treatment can be damaged. This is still a great option for many people as it is still better to have this laser hair treatment than other methods of hair removal. When zapped with a laser, the hair literally explodes but the surrounding tissue remains intact. It cools the upper skin layers just before the laser pulse is emitted. The best candidates for laser hair removal are men and women who have thinner, elastic skin and darker hair. So, what makes laser hair removal procedure popular among people?

Each laser pulse may be preceded by a short pulse of cooling spray. Optimal results in permanent hair removal of 80% or greater is achievable with an average of 4-8 treatments. Several sessions are required to destroy all hair follicles. In addition to having lighter skin in the colder months, winter and early spring are also great times to start treatment because you likely already have hair in your follicles. If you have been in remission for five (5) years, your laser treatments will need to be executed in close collaboration with your oncologist. Dr. If you have a recurring infection, such as herpes, in an area that will potentially be near the area where you received acne surgery or dermabrasian, it is important that you talk with your doctor and implement adequate preventive measures to prevent a secondary infection of the area.

Doctors meeting your search criteria are presented in alphabetical order by last name, or by geographic proximity if a zip code has been used as search criterion. Is it Safe? The most common side effects include discomfort, swelling, and redness that last one to three days. However, the number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors~hair thickness and texture, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Multiple treatments will be needed in order to achieve optimal results, since hair grows in cycles. By heating with infrared energy, the bulb of the hair is destroyed. The heat produced kills the bulb and bulge, the hair follicle becomes nonviable and cannot regenerate hair.

Your Therapist will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small handheld probe. Unlike most other hair removal lasers, The GentleMax™ contains two powerful lasers that allow the most effective results with minimal risks. It is important to note that both procedures can leave areas of your face open to infection for several days after treatment. Whatever your goals,  you’ll feel happier and more confident in your own skin! Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. So are women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. The practitioner will pre-set the parameters for the session specific to your requirements and begin.