Laser hair removal is one of our most popular cosmetic procedures, and for good reason. Just a few treatments can permanently get rid of unwanted facial or body hair, freeing you from the pain and inconvenience of shaving, waxing, and messy, strong-smelling creams.
- Where Can You Use Laser Hair Removal?
- How Many Treatments are Necessary?
- Can I benefit from Laser Hair Removal?
- Cutera® CoolGlide Laser Hair Removal
- EpiLaze® Hair Removal System
Where Can You Use Laser Hair Removal?
We can remove unwanted hair from anywhere on the face or body. The most common areas we treat for women are the face, underarms, bikini area, and legs. For men, the chest and back are popular areas to have treated.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
Because hair growth is cyclical, laser hair removal requires several visits to obtain a satisfactory result. In a given area of the body, not all of the hairs are at the same phase of growth at the same time. Laser hair removal will treat the active hair follicles, but not the inactive ones. Subsequent treatments will target the remaining hair follicles until (ideally) all follicles have been shut down.
For most patients, this means 5 or 6 treatments are needed to ensure that all the hair in the treated area is gone. Depending on how dense and thick the hair growth is that is being targeted, you may need a few more treatments.
The amount of time between treatments will vary somewhat according to the body area being treated. For the chin area, for example, it would be about four weeks. For legs, it would be six to eight weeks.
Who can benefit from Laser Hair Removal?
It was once the case that people with gray or fair hair could not benefit from laser hair removal, so only those with dark hair and fair skin were treated. This was because of short wavelength lasers that could not penetrate the skin deep enough, so the skin pigment would absorb the laser light rather than the hair follicle.
It’s still true that people with darker hair respond better to laser hair removal than people with gray or blond hair, but with the improved technology of the Cutera® CoolGlide, which has a longer, more precise, and adjustable beam, patients with darker skin and/or lighter hair are no longer ruled out from treatment.
More reasons why we use the Cutera® CoolGlide for laser hair removal
In our experience, the Cutera® CoolGlide offers the most effective, comfortable and efficient treatment for our patients. Specifically, the CoolGlide offers:
- Faster treatments, even for large areas. The CoolGlide has a wider beam to target many hair follicles with each pulse of light. That means that large body areas, such as the legs, can be treated in a much shorter appointment session than older lasers.
- Improved hair removal. It also has a longer beam, which can penetrate more effectively to the hair roots to treat both coarse and finer body and facial hair.
- Better results for each skin and hair type. The CoolGlide is highly adjustable, allowing us to dial in treatment for your skin type and hair thickness.
- More comfortable treatment. A built-in cooling system immediately cools the treated skin after each laser pulse, helping you stay comfortable and minimizing risk for skin irritation after treatment.
Introducing EpiLaze® Hair Removal System
At Cosmetic Surgery Center, we are proud to now also offer the EpiLaze® Hair Removal System from Rohrer Aesthetics to our Little Rock patients.
EpiLaze® Hair Removal System is the first and only laser hair removal machine with three FDA-approved lasers proven to remove hair and permanently reduce hair pigmentation. EpiLaze can treat all skin types on the Fitzpatrick skin typing scale.
The EpiLaze lasers come with two different modes: Standard mode and Smooth Flow Technology (SFT) mode. While in SFT mode, the EpiLaze can dissipate up to ten pulses of energy per second, allowing our Exhale Med Spa technicians to effectively treat large areas, including the chest, back, and legs, in less than 20 minutes.
Durning your treatment, the chilled sapphire tips gently cool your skin, making the EpiLaze laser hair removal treatments safe and effective – with little to no discomfort.
The Three EpiLaze Lasers
For fair skin types: EpiLaze Alexandrite Icon
The Alexandrite laser delivers a 755nm light wavelength proven most effective for fair skin types, specifically, types I and II on the Fitzpatrick scale. This wavelength is considered the best for removing fine hair.
For medium skin types: EpiLaze 810 Diode Icon
The 810nm Diode laser hair removal system is preferred for medium skin types such as III and IV on the Fitzpatrick scale; however, it remains effective for skin types I and II. Compared to the Alexandrite, the 810nm Diode delivers a longer wavelength of light capable of penetrating the follicle while causing even less skin damage.
For dark skin types: Long Pulsed YAG
The Long-Pulsed YAG can treat a wide range of skin types, but is optimal for removing unwanted body hair on people with darker skin tones. The Long-Pulsed YAG light wavelength is most effective on V and VI skin types, as it offers outstanding results without unnecessary skin damage.
Ditch the razor for good – schedule your consultation today
Ready to free yourself from the hassle of unwanted hair? Board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rhys Branman and his expert team are here to help. To learn more about your laser hair removal options and discuss treatment packages, please contact our office.