Summer is on the way, and it’ll be time to break out your bathing suit before you know it. That makes it the perfect time to talk about how our laser hair removal service can get your skin ready for summer. While shaving and waxing have been the default solution for smooth skin over the years, they can be inconvenient. Hair removal creams are another option, but most contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin.
Elite Medi Spa is proud to offer you a different choice: our laser hair removal treatment! This exciting option delivers fast and effective results on a wide range of skin types and hair colors. It also removes unwanted facial and body hair in addition to preventing bumps, razor cuts, burns, and ingrown hairs. Let’s explore how our laser hair removal will work to give you summer-ready skin!
Our expert team is committed to offering clients nothing but the best in aesthetic treatments. That’s why we love our laser hair removal treatment. We use light energy to quickly and effectively treat the target areas. This allows for a more consistent heating pattern when targeting the hair follicles, reducing the chance of missing specific hairs. Our laser is fast, efficient, and comes with a cooling mechanism in the handpiece to improve comfort both during and after treatment. It works with a wide variety of skin types, can be used on practically any area of the body, and will not damage the surrounding skin. With this treatment, you can expect significant permanent hair reduction.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal works by destroying the root of the hair follicle. During a treatment session, flashes of light are distributed over the areas where you want to reduce or eliminate hair. At Elite Medi Spa, we work with an 810nm diode laser. The wavelengths emit light energy in timed pulses to maximize efficiency and comfort. This is in contrast to many hair reduction devices that apply energy to an area all at once.
The melanin absorbs these pulses of light in the hair follicles. As the energy from the laser heats up, it damages the hair follicle while protecting the surrounding skin tissue. This successfully stunts the cells that stimulate regrowth. Because hair grows in a cycle, laser hair removal treatments are only effective during the active growth stage.
Every hair on your body goes through three stages of growth: the anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. The anagen phase is the growth stage, during which your hair is actively growing. The catagen phase is transitional, with the hair follicle shrinking and detaching from a structure at the base of the follicle known as the papilla. The telogen phase is the resting phase, as the old hair is released and falls out. When the old hair sheds, the hair follicle re-attaches to the papilla and re-enters the anagen phase.
How many laser hair treatments are recommended?
Because each of your hair follicles produces hair at different rates, the growth phase for each will vary. Since laser energy is only effective on hair that’s actively growing, multiple treatments are necessary to target follicles in the anagen phase. For the best results, we generally recommend 6-8 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. This will reduce or permanently remove hair in the treated area, leaving skin soft to the touch. We create treatment regimens for each client, to optimize results and meet their specific goals.
What does the laser hair removal process look like at Elite Medi Spa?
Before your treatment begins in our state-of-the-art office, we’ll apply a special gel to the treatment area. This focuses the light energy and cools the top layer of skin. The handheld device is then placed on the skin to get the procedure going! As mentioned above, light energy moves through the skin, targeting the pigmented melanin in the hair follicles. The heat and energy destroy the root of the hair and damage the follicle, causing it to become nonfunctional. This won’t damage any of the surrounding tissue or skin.
Laser hair removal treatments aren’t typically painful. The laser’s intense heat feels similar to a warm pinprick, but this is alleviated by the cooling mechanism that’s built into the device. For those with sensitive skin, a topical anesthetic cream can be used. There are also a few things that can be done ahead of time to make these sessions as comfortable as possible.
- Take a pain reliever about thirty minutes before treatment.
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before your scheduled treatment.
- Avoid treatment if antibiotics are prescribed. These are photosensitizing and make skin more sensitive to light. This can cause a burning sensation when exposed to the laser.
- Avoid sun exposure before treatment.
The time needed for each session will depend mainly on which part of the body we’re treating. A small area like the upper lip may take less than fifteen minutes, while a larger area like the legs or back could take up to an hour to complete.
What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can be a good fit for almost anyone. We can customize treatment to specific hair colors and hair density. The treatment also removes hair from all skin types and complexions, from fairest to darker. Hair on practically any part of the body can be removed, no matter how superficial or deep the follicles are. Even sensitive areas like the upper lips, ears, nose, and bikini line can be easily tolerated!
Our laser can treat many hairs with each flash of light energy, which allows us to cover large patches of hair on the legs, back, and chest in a single session. It works just as well for smaller, more delicate areas, too. When compared to other hair removal treatments, lasers are often the fastest and most effective way to achieve smoother, silkier skin.
There’s no downtime or recovery with our laser hair removal treatment. While there may be some redness or mild swelling in the first few hours after laser hair removal, this should resolve quickly. If there’s any residual discomfort, ice can be applied to the treated area for fast relief. There are specific guidelines to follow while going through laser hair removal treatments. These guidelines are important to follow, and include the following:
- Avoid natural sunlight, tanning beds, and tanning sprays for six weeks after every session.
- Use a good sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy outside.
- Avoid the gym, sauna, and hot showers for 24 hours after each session.
What results can be expected with laser hair removal?
The results of laser hair removal treatment will depend on the area being treated and the client responds to the process. Most experience long-lasting results with little to no additional hair growth. Even those who have regrowth report that it’s very mild, with hair that is finer and lighter than it was prior to treatment. Regrowth can be addressed with touch-up sessions if necessary.
Get summer-ready skin with laser hair removal from Elite Medi Spa
Are you tired of the time and expense involved with shaving and waxing? Do you want an alternative to harsh hair removal creams? Laser hair removal can be the perfect solution for achieving smooth skin without all the added hassle. Our treatments are customized for your hair type, skin color, and treatment area to give you fast and efficient results. If you’re looking for summer-ready skin, get in touch today to set up a consultation in our Bend office!