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Laser Hair Removal in Oxford
There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic procedure. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with laser hair removal:
I have heard a lot about home use devices. Are they as good as the lasers you use?
Most home use devices are low-powered devices that will take a large number of treatments to have an effect. They are only capable of providing temporary relief and may even stimulate additional hair growth, which is why many patients with unwanted body hair choose to undergo laser hair removal.
At our office, we use medical lasers designed specifically to destroy hair in as few treatments as possible. Also, with low powered treatments, you run the risk of injuring the hair and making it come back thinner. The thinner the hair, the more power and shorter pulse width required to remove it. The best bet is to do it right the first time.
What happens during laser hair removal?
The treatment area will be cleansed and trimmed prior to your procedure. A small wand will then be placed against your skin to deliver alternating pulses of light and bursts of cold air to reduce pain and scabbing. As the laser penetrates through your skin, your hair follicles will absorb the heat, resulting in a discontinuation of hair growth. The laser procedure can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending up the extent of your hair removal.
What are the most popular areas for treatment?
It differs with men and women, but usually for women, it’s the bikini, underarm and upper lip. Men usually are more concerned with the back, shoulders and ears.
Additional areas of treatment include:
- Face (full) man or woman
- Feet (top of foot and toes)
- Legs (full)
- Legs (half)
- Unibrow (between brows)
How long have lasers been used for Laser Hair removal?
Lasers in Medicine and surgery date back to the 1960’s. It was only in the last 14 years that lasers have been used for Laser Hair Removal.
How does laser differ from IPL and Electrolysis?
Electrolysis uses current introduced by a probe that is pushed into the follicle to destroy one hair at a time. It can be effective, but is very user dependent, slow and can be painful. IPL (intense pulsed light) is a non-laser that can be effective for rejuvenation treatments in the superficial layers of the skin, but not as effective as laser for delivering energy to the root of the hair.
Which laser do you use and why?
We use the Syneron-Candela GentleLase PRO. It is a 755nm Alexandrite laser that is the Gold Standard for Laser hair removal and treatments to remove brown spots from your skin.
Am I candidate for laser hair removal?
Please schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Licensed Medical Aestheticians, at Shell Plastic Surgery to determine if your skin type and condition make you a candidate for the GentleLase PRO Laser Hair Removal treatment.
The best candidates will:
- Be committed to removing unwanted body hair
- Possess sufficient pigment in their body hair
- Have realistic expectations of the procedure
It is also essential that candidates for laser hair removal are healthy, both emotionally and physically. During your consultation, we will be able to determine if laser hair removal is right for you based on your current health status, cosmetic expectations and body hair pigmentation.
Can I go outside after I have had a treatment?
Yes, but it is recommended that you keep sunblock on areas that have been treated.
Can I tan outside, go to the tanning bed or use self-tanners before and after a treatment?
Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment until your healthcare provider allows it. Recently tanned skin cannot be treated! If treated within 2 weeks of active (natural sunlight or tanning booth) you may develop hypopigmentation (white spots) after treatment and this may not clear for 2 to 3 months or longer. The use of self-tanning products must be discontinued one week before treatment. Any residual self-tanner must be removed prior to treatment.
Is it painful and can there be complications?
Laser hair removal is performed by one of our Licensed Medical Aestheticians, under the supervision of Dr. Shell. It is a safe, quick and easy procedure. It requires no recovery time, patients can return to work immediately. Most patients describe a slight snapping feeling when being treated. Unlike other techniques, Laser hair removal is incredibly fast. An underarm can be treated in under a minute.
Should I shave before a treatment?
You should shave 24 hours prior to treatment.
Can I shave between treatments?
Yes, but after the treatment, your hair will shed and you may experience a few weeks with no hair growth between treatments. The laser will only destroy hair in the “Active” phase of growth. As some hair returns, you can shave it, but avoid using tweezers, waxing or plucking as the root of the hair is needed for treatment.
What is the length of time between treatments?
It varies from 5 to 6 weeks.
Will I need to undergo multiple treatments?
Laser therapy is an ongoing process that will require multiple treatments before optimal results can be achieved. Hair grows in cycles and laser treatments are only able to target active hair follicles. At any given time, some hair follicles will be dormant. Repeated treatments will be needed to target dormant follicles as they re-enter the growth phase. For best results, you may need up to six treatments.
Are the results of laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal can effectively slow hair growth, but there is no guarantee that it will permanently halt the hair growth cycle.
Why should I choose Shell Plastic Surgery for a Candela laser treatment?
During your consultation, we will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. We use the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting.
I still have questions
Contact our plastic surgery practice in Oxford, MS by calling 662-236-6465 and one of our staff members would be happy to set you up with a complimentary consultation for a Syneron-Candela GentleLase PRO laser treatment.