There’s nothing like smooth skin! The most popular methods of hair removal are either shaving, waxing or using a chemical depilatory. But then you have to start all over again when the hair begins to regrow a couple of days later (for some of us, sometimes sooner!). One solution to the hair-be-gone war is Laser Hair Removal.
At Abbracci Med Spa, we use the High Speed LightSheer Duet system, by Lumenis, which is a laser that produces a large beam of highly concentrated light.
During the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, which allows the hair to absorb the light and heat up. This light is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle, damaging the hair shaft and bulb, which then interferes with its ability to re-grow.
We have two hand piece apparatuses available: the LightSheer High Speed hand piece uses vacuum assisted technology, with a laser light, to allow for rapid and comfortable treatments of large areas (i.e. back, chest & legs). The LightSheer ET hand piece is perfect for smaller areas (i.e. face, bikini, underarms).
Discomfort during treatment varies from patient to patient, but most people report that it is tolerable, and feels like a pinch or rubber band snap. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, but one thing to note is that the discomfort does not linger after the procedure concludes.
You must keep in mind that laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to be effective. This is because our hair grows in different phases and is not in the same growth stage at the same time. Also, since the laser targets melanin, the pigment that gives us our skin and hair color, people with darker hair have more success with this treatment than people with lighter hair.
As always, treatment varies from patient to patient, so some people may require more treatments than others for full hair removal of an area. And while laser hair removal will permanently reduce body hair, it may not permanently remove all the body hair. Periodic follow up treatments may be necessary a couple of times a year.
Side effects are minor and rare, and may include redness and swelling around the hair follicle, but they do subside quickly and no downtime is needed. As with our IPL treatment, since this is a laser treatment, the procedure is performed by a registered nurse or nurse practitioner that is on our staff.
As part of our January Renewal we are running specials on Laser Hair Removal packages. Each service includes 3 treatments of that specific area. Call us today to book your first appointment, or if you have any questions about this procedure.
image via Lumenis