Hair can be removed from practically any area on your body that you desire, including the face, legs, back, arms and even underarms. The type of hair removal that is ideal for you depends on a number of factors including your hair color, texture, skin color and what is causing the superfluous hair on your body.
Superfluous or excessive hair (sometimes called hirsutism) can be a result of congenital or systemic conditions or even medications that cause abnormal hair growth like steroids and birth control pills. Congenital conditions—your genetic blueprint, if you will—determines the amount, location and timing of your hair growth. Recent advances in hair removal using medical lasers means a safer, gentler and faster solution to your problem of unwanted hair. In as few as one treatment, this gentle beam of laser light can reduce unwanted hair on men and women. This relatively quick and painless treatment uses a laser that emits a gentle beam of energy that passes through the skin to the hair follicle. The energy is then transformed into heat which damages the follicle. The scientific principle called Thermokinetic Selectivity (TKS) makes this method of hair removal particularly effective.
Nearly everyone is a candidate for hair reduction with the Sciton Profile laser. Because hair grows in cycles, the laser only affects hair when it is in its early-growth phase. The laser disables follicles that are actively producing hair at the time of treatment. At any time, some hair follicles on everyone’s body are dormant. For that reason, repeat sessions are scheduled to treat the follicles when they re-enter the growth phase.
Depending on how large an area is being treated, this procedure can last from a few minutes to more than one hour. The hair is treated with a beam of concentrated laser light that selectively absorbs the melanin in the hair shaft as well as the surrounding hair follicles. Laser procedures can treat hundreds of hair follicles at a time, unlike electrolysis which kills one hair follicle at a time.
For best results, treatments are performed approximately 4 to 6 weeks apart. Lasers tend to treat hair follicles that are in an active growth phase, therefore more than one treatment is generally required to disable hair follicles still growing. You may return to work immediately following laser treatment. Expect some swelling immediately after treatment. This is temporary and cold compresses may be used to reduce swelling. A burning sensation may last for 24 hours after treatment and pain medication is prescribed.
The treated area may look and feel slightly sun burnt. Blisters and burns are extremely rare but do occur, particularly to patients with dark skin. Avoid sun exposure during your treatment schedule and wash the treated areas twice daily with cold water and mild soap. Repeat the process for three to five days or until healing is complete. Although some hair may still be present, do not shave. You will notice less and less hair over the course of your treatments.
Initial hair reduction seen immediately after treatment. Permanent results after a series of treatments.
Learn more about other laser treatments, such as BroadBand Light.
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