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Men and women alike are making unwanted facial and body hair a thing of the past thanks to Laser Treatment with no more painful waxing, electrolysis or razors! Our Cutera CoolGlide laser delivers 21st century technology for treatment of this distressing problem. Our laser can treat men and women of all skin types and tones safely and effectively.
Below you will find some of the most common questions people ask about laser hair removal/reduction. All clients seeking laser treatment must first have a consultation. In your consultation these questions and answers are reviewed with you. You must have a good understanding of what to expect from Laser Hair Removal to consent to the procedure. The consultation allows us to review your treatment and what results you should expect. It is also a time to evaluate your skin and hair type to make sure that laser treatments will be effective for you. You will have a “test spot” done on your skin, which will be reevaluated during your first scheduled treatment.
Below are photographs from before and after Laser Hair Removal treatments with the Cutera CoolGlide Laser.
Is it permanent?
Lasers are FDA approved for “permanent hair reduction.” When the laser targets a hair that is in its growing cycle, it permanently kills the cells in the hair follicle that produce that particular hair. Although you may have excellent results with lasers that may rid you of any dark, terminal hairs, fine peach fuzz hairs or villous hairs may convert to dark, terminal hairs as you age and hormone levels in your body change.
If you are female and have a condition that causes you to grow unwanted hair and you do not have the condition treated, you can expect to have more hairs convert to terminal hairs over time.
You should not have laser hair removal on an area of you body that you are not sure you want to be hairless permanently. This includes eyebrows, men’s faces, and other areas.
Does my hair or skin color matter? Am I a good candidate?
All lasers available today have a range of hair color that they are most effective for. The Cutera CoolGlide is a Yag 1064 laser. This laser can treat the widest range of hair colors. No laser on the market can treat blonde, white or most red hair. Dark red hair and gray hair may respond to lasers. Peach fuzz cannot be permanently removed with a laser. The darker and coarser the hair, the better the results for laser hair removal.
Remember, no laser can permanently remove peach fuzz or blonde, white or red hair. Be wary of anyone making a claim that they can “remove” these hair colors with a laser.
Because of the wide wavelength spectrum of the Cutera CoolGlide, it is safe for the darkest and the lightest of skin colors.
Is it safe?
Laser hair removal is very safe with the Cutera CoolGlide. The laser hand piece has a cooling plate which is applied to cool the skin and subcutaneous tissue (deeper layers of the skin) just before the laser is fired. Usually you will have some redness of the skin for about 20 minutes after the treatment. It is rare to get any blistering or crusting. The laser should not be used over a tattoo, as it may destroy the tattoo.
Does it hurt?
Each time the laser is fired on an area of skin you may feel some stinging like the sensation of a rubber band snapping against your skin. This sensation lasts for a fraction of a second when the laser is fired and not after. In some areas the coldness of the laser hand piece is more painful or irritating than the laser itself. Other areas (especially the arm pits) may be sore for a day or so after the laser treatment. In areas where you have a higher concentration of hairs that the laser is targeting, you will feel more of a sting. You will often feel nothing in areas where you do not have any hair.
How does it work?
There are different theories as to how a laser works to target hair. What is clear is that the laser’s energy is attracted to dark pigments. At certain wavelengths the energy is most absorbed by the pigmented, growing hair bulb and the cells that produce the hair. The laser heats up and burns the hair bulb at extreme temperatures, obliterating the bulb and the cells in the follicle.
Hair that is in the growing stage had a dark, pigmented bulb. Hair that is in the resting stage has a white bulb. (When hair sheds from your head as you brush your hair, these hairs all have white bulbs because they were in the resting stage.) Because the laser is attracted to these dark pigments it only permanently kills hairs that are both dark and in the growing stage.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments that you may require to have a desirable amount of hair removal varies from person to person. Usually 6 treatments are recommeded for a very high level of hair removal. To be totally hairless in a treated area may take up to 10 treatments. Some people are happy with 3 treatments to an area just to reduce the amount of hair and not completely remove it.
Treatments should be spaced 6-12 weeks apart. Depending on the rate of your hair growth and the body part you desire hair removal on, treatments may be spaced closer or farther apart.
What are my alternatives for hair removal?
Besides continuing with shaving, waxing, threading, tweezing, and bleaching of hair there are two other permanent methods of hair removal on the market.
First, electrolysis. This method of permanent hair removal has been around for a long time and has its pluses and minuses. It is often permanent and can remove gray, white and blonde hairs. The drawbacks include an often significant amount of pain, the ability to only treat one hair at a time and the high likelihood of scarring. Scarring from electrolysis is very common and resemble pits from acne scars.
IPL or Intense Pulse Light is similar to laser but not laser. It involves the use of a light bulb with a wavelength of light that, like lasers, is attracted to pigments. This form of hair removal is permanent but is only safe for the lightest skin colors. IPL works best on light skin colors with dark hair. Use of IPL on tanned or darker skin types may leave “footprints” or white rectangles (the shape of the head) on treated areas.