Laser therapy provides a faster, gentler way to remove unwanted hair with great results. Lasers are set at specific wavelengths that will selectively target hair. The laser applies precisely controlled pulses or energy (electrical and light energy) reaching into the hair follicles that lie beneath the skin.
The Cynosure Alex laser targets the melanin (pigment) in hair to create enough heat to destroy the follicles. The ND:Yag laser targets heme (the red in blood cells) to reach hair follicles on patients with darker skin. The laser energy is absorbed by melanin or heme, leaving skin unharmed and while removing hair. These lasers are used because of the selective nature of the laser which is attracted to certain colors causing the other areas of the skin to not be affected.
Laser Hair Removal must be done in several treatments because the laser can only kill hair that is activiely growing. Treatments usually occur every 4 to 8 weeks depending on location and the amount of hair growth you experience.
The Cynosure state of the art laser system contains a tissue surface-cooling device, which continuously blows cold air on the skin surface at the site of the coming laser pulse. This reduces the pain of the laser pulse.
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Treatments are 30-90 minutes long depending on what size area you are having treated. You should shave 2 days ahead. We will cleanse the area to be treated. The laser will emit a blast of cold air to help keep the skin cool while the laser heats the hair follicle. This occurs in pulses. After the area has been completed, aloe gel will be applied. This has a cooling effect and slight numbing properties.
Your skin will be red and bumpy for an average of 1-3 hours after the laser hair removal treatment. After your treatment, some hairs will expel immediately. Others will take 1-2 weeks to fall out. After shedding, you should experience little or no growth for several weeks. New hairs begin to grow as the next group of hairs move into the active growth cycle. Re-growth will possibly be lighter, finer and/or scattered.