Laser hair removal by a light-based
device works by using pulsating, laser energy to target melanin, the
pigment in hair. It sends the energy directly into the hair follicle,
effectively destroying the active follicles, but not the inactive ones.
This is why multiple sessions are necessary--to destroy all the unwanted
hair, as hair grows in cycles. In the Candela laser
lineup, the lasers that are used most for hair removal are the
GentleLASE and GentleYAG. Both are long-pulsing lasers that protect the
skin with the Dynamic Cooling Device. But the GentleYAG is said to work
especially well on darker skin tones.
upper lip is a small area, and therefore takes less time for the laser
to treat. Usually just a few minutes of laser-time. Those who have fair
skin and dark hair may be the best candidates for this laser facial hair
removal procedure; the basic rule is that the hair should be darker than the skin in order to produce the best results.
women have unwanted facial hair on the chin area. The chin, like the
upper lip, is a smaller area that will usually take less time to treat,
depending on the number of hairs that are to be removed. Some irritation
and redness may occur afterwards, but in general, laser facial hair
removal of this area is a fairly direct, uncomplicated, and common
Bikini, Brazilian Bikini
hair removal of the bikini line or pubic area is a fairly quick
process, taking 15 to 30 minutes per session. This area of the body may
require four to eight laser treatments in order to become smooth and
hairless. As a more naked or "bare" look becomes more popular, so does
the demand for laser hair removal of the bikini area.
Chest (male), Abdomen (male)
or excessive chest hair can be embarrassing for men; they may have
unwanted hair peeking out of the neck of their shirt, or they may be
uncomfortable removing their shirt in public. Tweezing or waxing can be
impractical for this area, as the hair will grow back quickly and there
will be stubble. Laser hair removal of the chest area may take four to
six treatments to remove completely, each treatment lasting
approximately one hour. Laser hair removal may not be permanent, but the
chest will be smoother for a longer time than with any other hair
back with excessive hair can be a major source of embarrassment for
some men. Laser hair removal of the back is often the best answer for
this difficult-to-reach area of the body. Instead of asking someone else
to shave the area, for instance, laser hair removal treatments can
remove back hair in a series of appointments. Each single treatment
lasts approximately one hour, and treatment will be complete after five
to eight sessions.
is a popular method of hair removal for legs, but it must be repeated
daily or near-daily. Waxing is another solution, but it also must be
repeated frequently and can be painful. Laser hair removal of the legs
is a more permanent solution. Each session takes approximately one hour
for both legs; and four to eight sessions of laser hair removal will
render your legs free of hair.
underarms are areas that are often shaved daily. The monotony of daily
shaving and the stubble that comes in shortly after can make women or
men desire a more permanent hair removal alternative. Laser hair removal
is a good solution, and because the surface area is small, the laser
treatments are completed in very little time.
and women may have hair growth on their breasts that they would like to
remove permanently. Laser body hair removal can address these hairs and
may provide a permanent solution for this problem, eliminating
Forearms, Full Arms
people have thick hair growth on their arms that they find excessive.
Shaving and waxing may be impractical for these areas, as the person
will probably dislike the accompanying stubble. Laser hair removal can
provide an answer when a person wishes to thin down the hair on their
arms or to remove it entirely.
Laser Hair Removal Benefits
appeal of laser hair removal stems from its effectiveness, efficiency,
and convenience. Laser hair removal can easily treat large areas of hair
growth in a relatively short amount of time. For example, an entire
back can be treated through laser hair removal and optimum results can
be achieved in as little as an hour.
Laser Hair Removal Cost and Time Saving
treatment is much more efficient than shaving or tweezing on a regular
basis. While at-home self-treatment may be cheaper, it also takes much
more time and effort to remove hair than it does with laser hair
removal. Also, tweezing and shaving do not offer permanent reduction
results like laser hair removal does.
Laser Hair Removal Versus Other Treatments
hair removal also makes it possible to achieve satisfying results
without the pain associated with other types of treatments like waxing.
While people who undergo waxing often describe the treatment as repeated
burning sensations, laser hair removal involves only minor discomfort. Lastly,
laser hair removal provides excellent results with less risk of skin
irritation than the use of depilatories, or hair removal creams. The
main active chemical in depilatory creams can actually melt away skin
cells, causing mild to severe skin irritation. And, while hair removal
creams can provide good results, they are only temporary.
Guidelines For Hair Removal
No shaving 48 hours prior to your appointment
No tweezing, waxing or plucking for 6 weeks prior to your appointment
Treatment area must be free of make-up, lotion, deodorant, ointments. "Squeaky clean"
Must wait 6 weeks after unprotected sun exposure/tanning before treatment and NO TANNING during
treatment at all. "PIGMENT IS PIGMENT AND THIS
LASER SEES PIGMENT"
Must wear sunscreen of at least 30 spf after treatment and during the course of treatments
will start to shed at around 2 weeks post treatment. NO tweezing,
plucking or waxing. May shave or use washcloth to exfoliate the hairs.
May reapply deodorant, make up after treatment.
No tanning during treatments!
May use cool compress post treatment for comfort
Redness may last 2-5 hours up to several days