Excessive body hair on men and women can be embarrassing and upsetting and can take a toll on self esteem; but we do not need to let unwanted body hair stand in the way of their happiness.
Light-based hair removal permanently reduces unwanted facial and body hair, in fewer treatments and with more comfort than is possible with traditional procedures.
Light-based Hair removal is becoming a safe, popular and economical method in removing unwanted hair for longer and even indefinite periods of time. We offer a lasting solution for unwanted hair.
LONG LASTING: Concentrated pulses of light loosen the hair and disable the cells responsible for new hair growth.
FAST: Small areas, such as the underarms or upper lip, can be treated in 10 minutes or less, and even large areas, like the back or legs, can be treated in under a half hour.
COMFORTABLE: The built-in cooling method keeps the light pulses mild and skin-safe, allowing for more comfortable treatments than electrolysis and waxing.
CONVENIENT: Unlike waxing, there is no need to let hair grow out between treatments. You can remain hair free all the time.
Hair Removal (Photoepilation) FAQ
Is Light-based Hair Removal Permanent?
The general consensus is that light-based hair removal is permanent; the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has labeled it as “permanent method of hair reduction.” However, it doesn’t work on everyone. Since hair follicles grow in a cycle and only growing follicles are affected by treatment, even the most sophisticated laser hair removal treatments require multiple sessions to ensure full effectiveness. Generally, a normally recommended 5-8 session course of treatment, at specified intervals, will ensure the best possible results. You may also need touch-up treatments 1-2 times a year after the initial set of treatments for any new growth your body develops.
How does Light-based hair removal work?
The unit generates a beam of light at a specified wavelength that interacts with the melanin (the pigment) of the hair and heats at the hair follicle beneath the skin, disabling or destroying the root. The light beam targets only the hair follicles and not the surrounding skin. For comfort, the skin is usually cooled during the process. The light destroys hairs in its active growth phase and up to 85% of our hair is in that phase at any given time.
Our system uses a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wider area of skin and allows faster coverage of the skin and quicker treatments as a result. Palomar’s pulsed light hand pieces are clinically proven to produce results as good as or better than those of gold-standard lasers in removing unwanted hair from all areas of the body including the face, back, chest, leg, bikini line and underarm areas – with greater comfort and less down time.
Although it is the work of the laser that removes the hair follicle, successful laser hair removal depends upon the skill and knowledge of the technician who manipulates and maneuvers the laser. That is, once the laser is selected, it is the mastery of the technician that will yield the best results.
What body areas can I get treated?
Any area, except around the eyes. The upper lip, face, neck, underarms, bikini line, legs, chest and back can all be treated.
How do I get started?
A consultation is required before any treatment. The technician will discuss the factors that determine whether you are a good candidate for Laser hair removal. It generally includes a review of your medical history and she will also take photographs of the area where treatment is being sought.
The technician will explain to you what laser hair removal can and can’t offer and what you should expect the results to be. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
How Should I Prepare For Laser Hair Removal?
Make sure you let the technician know if you’ve recently tanned. That’s because a tan increases the risk of blistering and discoloration after treatment. To be on the safe side, you should also avoid direct sun exposure and tanning both before and after your treatment. For one month prior to your appointment, do not wax or tweeze the hairs that are to be treated or undergo electrolysis three weeks before treatment. Hair should be visible for your consultation, but should be shaved prior to the treatment itself. Finally, the treatment area should be clean and free of all skin care products.
What should I expect after treatment?
After laser hair removal, you may experience brief swelling and redness. Typically, most people don’t have much redness at all. If needed, an OTC topical antibiotic cream can be applied.
Don’t expect, however, that all the hair will fall out right away — the treated hair will continue to appear for 7-30 days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin.
For the most part, you can return to your normal routine immediately, though you should avoid direct sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen with a high SPF. It is advisable that you avoid exercise and strenuous activity for the first 24 hours so as not to perspire and cause increased irritation. However, some people have reported permanent skin discoloring and “blotchiness” in the treated area, usually caused by pre-existing undisclosed medical conditions and/or by the use of certain medication.
You should continue to avoid direct sun exposure and tanning booths for several weeks after treatment. Be careful when touching the treated areas: don’t wax or pluck hairs, pick at the skin, or rub or scrub it. A gentle washing with soap and water is perfectly fine.