Laser hair removal is the most effective and advanced method of radical disposal of unwanted body hair. However, despite the fact that the use of laser technology gives excellent results for many years and allows you to achieve perfectly smooth skin, there are still many questions about the procedure.
Today we will try to answer the most frequent of them.
Laser Hair Removal: Is This The Best Solution?
First, let’s figure out what laser hair removal is and how it differs from other hair removal procedures.
Laser hair removal is a modern technology for the radical destruction of hair follicles using laser radiation.
Shaving and waxing are not only painful, but the hair returns very quickly, so you have to constantly maintain the area. But laser hair removal has many advantages: decreased hair growth, smoother skin, appearance of hair growing under the skin is diminished, decrease in ingrown hairs, increase in confidence, and less skin irritation from shaving.
During the procedure, the laser acts on the dark pigment of the hair – melanin, which, when heated, destroys the hair root, the vessels that feed the hair bulb, as well as the sebaceous glands. The process occurs gradually, and within 21 days after the session, the hair shaft falls out with the root.
Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic treatments today. Due to the fact that we are using a laser, there are always possible risks and side effects, however as long as the complete medical history has been given to your technician and the correct laser is used for the patient’s skin type, these risks are unlikely.
If you are worried about pain, be calm – laser hair removal is not painful. But sometimes it can be uncomfortable. Most people describe the sensation as a rubber band snap. We at SurgiCare Arts & Anesthetics use a Zimmer Cryo Chiller, which is a cold air device designed and intended to minimize pain during treatment.
Laser Hair Removal Risks
There are many myths about laser hair removal risks.
However in fact, the procedure has only a few possible, non-dangerous side effects. Because we are using a laser, there are certain risks to take into account. Thermal injuries (burns) are possible, changes in skin color, crusting, changes in skin texture, blistering are all possible risks of laser hair removal.
But using the services of professionals, you can reduce the risks to almost zero. There are certain measures our technicians take to avoid any of these reactions. Using the Zimmer Cryo Chiller, using the correct laser based on skin typing, and reviewing medical history and medications being taken are some of the main ways to avoid these risks.
Also, there can be redness, irritation, itching, swelling and/or bumps to treated areas. These are all temporary side effects of the heat from laser and the reaction from the follicle being zapped by the laser. These side effects generally last anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours.
With the use of laser comes heat. This is why most times you will smell the aroma of burnt hair while receiving a treatment.
If any hair is on the surface of the skin, you will experience that hair being burnt, which is why we always recommend shaving prior to your treatment so that the laser’s energy is actually able to get to the hair’s follicle to do its job in damaging it, rather than just burning the hair on the surface to ensure a successful treatment.
We want to make sure that we are treating safely and not injuring the skin, so we employ the use of the Zimmer Cryo Chiller and at times also cool ultrasound gel.
Laser Hair Removal Procedure in Atlanta: What Should I Expect?
You often ask us: “Is laser hair removal permanent?”
We are damaging the follicle in order to slow and minimize the amount of growth. It is only permanent when the follicle is completely destroyed. The hair can eventually re-grow, hormones can play a big role in this. This is why we recommend doing touch ups from time to time to ensure the follicle is staying damaged.
How often – will depend on the person. For example, a patient who has completed laser hair removal treatments and experienced great results and reduction of growth then gets pregnant will most likely need to complete a series of touch ups after child birth due to the fact that being pregnant means an increase in hormones, which will generally increase amount of re-growth.
Most clinics/med spas do treatment packages of around 6-8 treatments in a package. We do 8 treatments in our packages, spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
After the procedure we recommend to moisturize skin with 100% Aloe Vera (to help soothe skin and avoid itching), avoid hot showers and baths (can further irritate the skin), avoid sun, tanning beds and sunless tanning products for at least 7 days prior to and after treatment, be careful with certain products with chemicals and call if any problems or concerns.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
Our pricing will vary generally based on sizes of treatment area, our packages (8 treatments) range from $450 to $1,800 depending on the areas of body. The average cost for laser hair removal is $285 per session.
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Here at Surgicare Arts & Aesthetics, you’ll be treated by our well-educated and well-experienced senior and assistant laser practitioners with more than 20 years experience and will find yourself in great care!
Entrust your beauty to professionals and forget about regular hair removal.
Are you tired of dealing with excess hair on your bikini area, chest, back, legs, underarms, and other areas? Laser hair removal is a great alternative to waxing and shaving. Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board- certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer laser hair removal for men and women in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.