Understanding the Laser Hair Removal Process
Though it might seem like the same hairs grow all the time, your hair in fact is always in one of three stages. The first stage is growing. The second is resting. The third is dormancy. Laser hair removal affects the hair that is in the active growth phase, targeting its pigment at the follicle and delivering energy to stop it. With sufficient energy delivered to the follicle, growth is diminished and the follicle is rendered useless.
Our breakthrough method uses slowly built energy with an in-motion massaging technique, rather than a full-energy ZAP, to effectively build the amount of energy delivered to the active follicle during your treatment session. The treatment is comfortable, as energy is accumulating under the skin during treatment and not all at once. The laser hair removal process is based upon progressive damage to the follicle through growth cycles. With each and every treatment, the laser hair removal process is lessening hair.
Laser Hair Removal Aftercare
We treat all skin types and tones from hairs with very little pigment (pale blonde) to black hairs on pale skin, to dark hairs on African-American skin tones, to medium toned hairs on medium tone skin. Our sensitive laser is able to safely deliver energy to pigment in a variety of hair color and skin color variations. Older lasers simply cannot do this and can only effectively treat black hairs/pale skin.
At your appointment (which may immediately follow your consultation, depending on your preference), you will don appropriate garments for your treatment. Hair that has been recently plucked, tweezed or waxed will not respond very well to this type of treatment, as the follicle has been affected and won’t receive full benefit. Rather, any hair should be closely shaved before treatment to enable the laser to target pigment of the hair as it grows beneath the skin.
During your treatment with the Soprano XLi in our office, you will be given protective eyewear and will relax in our treatment room. The laser is configured for your treatment area and skin type, and the laser tip is moved in a massaging motion on your skin, providing a sensation like a warm stone massage. Session times vary depending on area treated, but legs are generally about a half hour, and lip and chin take mere minutes.
After your treatment, we make sure you are neat and comfortable, and you are free to resume all normal activities. You should avoid sun exposure on the treated area during the period after your treatment, but no other post-treatment cautions are necessary! Within days, the treated hair will extrude and disappear, leaving your areas hair-free until the beginning of the next growth cycle when new, untreated hairs will appear. If you have treated your hairs multiple times through the growth cycle of each, you may find that you then stay hair-free.
There is no special need after the treatment — except to avoid sun exposure — and you will require no special products.
For more information about the Side Effects of Laser Hair removal, as well as laser hair removal aftercare, contact Dr. Wright today!