Laser hair removal
We have a top of the Line Laser that is recognized as the most versatile platform today, the Cynosure Elite MPX™ addresses hair removal on all skin types, treatment of pigmentation, redness, wrinkles, plus new integrated IPL for photo facials. The Elite MPX™ has a revolutionary technology and sequentially combines gold standard wavelengths in one system: the 755 nm Alexandrite laser, 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser and new Intended Pulsed Light.
Laser Hair Removal has been approved by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. The technology we provide to you is fast, easy, comfortable and extremely time-efficient. It is also the most cost effective method available today to achieve the convenience of having permanently less hair. Any remaining hair is much lighter in color and finer in texture.
How do I prepare for hair laser removal?
Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid electrolysis, waxing and plucking for six weeks prior to treatment. If you have had a history of cold sores (herpes) and scheduled for a facial area treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be recommended. Also, any hair should be shaved or trimmed prior to your appointment. Your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, cream, or oils on the surface before any laser treatment. You should not be tan! If you are tan and have a treatment scheduled, please call our office to reschedule your appointment for a time when your tan has faded completely.
What can I expect during the treatment?
The procedure begins by first cleansing and shaving the region that is to be treated. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Each laser pulse is passed over the desired region for a fragment of a second at a time. Without damaging the surrounding skin, pulses of light penetrate the skin and are absorbed by hair follicles. The laser energy is transferred to heat, and the heat destroys the potential for hair regrowth.
Does it hurt?
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with the laser pulse, sometimes described as some stinging sensation on the skin. This discomfort is minimized by integrated air cooling which is safer and provides a more comfortable treatment when compared to other cooling systems. Studies show the use of air cooling which cools the skin before, during and after the laser fires provides superior patient comfort. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner at the time of your consultation.
How often may I have treatments?
You have to wait 4-8 weeks interval between treatments for the best result.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of sessions depends on the treatment area and the condition of your skin. Most people require at least 4 or 5 treatments. We say on average expects to have between 4 and 8 treatments. It is imperative that all of your treatment sessions are spaced out between 4 and 8 weeks apart. The process of permanent hair reduction is only effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase (Anlagen phase). Additional factors, including age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, medication and metabolism, influence hair growth and play a role in the location, thickness and resilience of your hair.
What can I expect after my treatment?
Your skin will be red and rashy looking immediately after your laser hair removal treatment. It will also feel slightly sunburned. This redness lasts anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Do not scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Hair will begin to fall out 10-14 days after the treatment. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions depending on your treatment area. We encourage the use of ice, aloe vera gel and topical hydrocortisone cream post-treatment to help with redness and itching that may occur. All patients should avoid sun exposure before and after all laser treatments. The regular use of sunblock (SPF 30) is encouraged and highly recommended when going outdoors.