Our laser equipment cools and soothes as it glides along your skin. When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required; however some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.
You should be aware of all indications and contraindications of laser hair removal. It is an ideal solution if you have ingrown hairs or if your skin is prone to irritation and is too sensitive for usual shaving or waxing.
That said, it is best to avoid laser hair removal procedures if you have rashes or herpes on your skin, if you feel sick, or if suffer from diabetes or oncological diseases. If you are pregnant, you should postpone the procedure until after childbirth, because the hormonal background during pregnancy is aberrant, and hair removal may not bring the desired results. Before your first procedure at Florida Aesthetics in Brandon, our experts will examine you individually and advise you whether to proceed with the procedure.
You will not wait long to see results. After the first procedure, you will notice an obvious effect, and after six to eight sessions, your skin will be smooth, silky, and hair-free. The darker your hair is, the more noticeable the results will be. Laser treatment will be less effective if you have predominantly red, light, or gray hair, because these hairs contain a very small amount of melanin.
While most patients do see some regrowth after their initial treatment, you will experience a 10% – 25% hair reduction in the treated area which is permanent. Most patients need between 2 and 6 treatments for the unwanted hair to be completely and permanently removed.
Laser medicine has proven to be both safe and effective for a number of concerns including laser hair removal. It is imperative, however, that the proper eye protection is worn during treatment to prevent any injury to the eyes.
Laser hair removal eliminates the risk of ingrown hairs without causing any damage to your skin. Our laser technology cools and soothes as it glides along your skin eliminating skin damage and making the procedure least painful. To achieve ideal results, our licensed aestheticians will tailor a treatment plan that caters to your specific condition and will ensure you get the right type of and optimal number of treatments. Call to learn more about the cost of laser hair removal and to schedule a free consultation.
Most areas require 6-8 treatments. However, the number of laser treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors – hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Interestingly, not all hairs are actively growing at the same time and actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. Laser treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.
In preparation for your treatment, it is important that the area being treated is shaved completely no sooner that 24 hours before your appointment. This can help to avoid irritation. Also avoid sun exposure to the area being treated and do not use tanning beds for at least two weeks prior to treatment.
At the time of your treatment, first the area being treated will be cleansed. You may also receive a numbing gel if the area being treated is very sensitive. The laser treatment will be done in a room that is specifically designed for it, and everyone in the room will wear protective eyewear for the duration of the procedure. The healthcare practitioner will hold the skin taut and then administer laser pulses to the area. The laser pulses can feel like warm pinpricks or like a rubber band being snapped against the skin. The hair is vaporized by the laser and thus removed. This process causes small plumes of smoke which smell like sulfur. The length of time the treatment will last depends on the size of the area being treated.
Immediately following your laser treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave.
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.
Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive, and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to them one at a time. Electrolysis often requires years of treatments at regular intervals. By delivering light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time, the laser effectively treats an area in just seconds that would take over an hour with electrolysis.