Lasers treat hair follicles best when they are in their active state of growth. Because hair has three phases of development, Anagen (the growing phase), Catagen (the resting phase) and Telogen (the shedding phase) not all hairs are simultaneously growing. As a result, multiple treatments are needed to achieve the highest levels of permanent hair removal.
Coupling our laser platform with our highly trained and certified laser professionals, we offer superior results that typically range in permanent removal of 85-99% of all treated hairs. On average, 7-8 sessions spaced roughly 4-6 weeks apart are needed to achieve such optimal results. Individual response can certainly vary, and we will explore expectations with you once we understand your skin type and hair characteristics. In addition, we stand behind our promise and ensure the highest value with hair laser removal at Cypress Dermatology
The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the energy produced by the laser, resulting in its destruction and preventing the hair from ever regenerating. To achieve this result, the hair follicle must contain the needed pigment to absorb the laser’s energy. As such, white and grey hair is non-responsive.
Blond and red hair may be treated, but not as effectively as darker hair. As a general rule, hair must be darker than the surrounding skin in order to be effectively treated.
Safe and effective treatment is achieved by destroying hair follicles without causing damage to the epidermis (the tissue making up the skin composition surrounding the hair shaft). In selecting optimal treatment settings, the technician must balance many variables, which is why the right laser platform combined with a highly experienced staff is essential. At Cypress Dermatology, we pride ourselves in a highly trained and experienced staff. In fact, we have performed tens of thousands of treatments. It’s how we set ourselves apart. Our laser technology also allows us to distinguish our services. We are able to highly customize energy levels given your skin tone, hair coarseness, and hair color. By doing so, we are able to best select optimal levels of energy to destroy the hair follicle while maintaining FDA approved safety parameters that are designed to prevent injury to the epidermis. As such, our certified laser professionals coupled with our selection of laser technology ensures that you receive the highest value, safety, and quality of treatment in today’s laser hair removal market.
Once we destroy a hair follicle, it will never produce hair again. Any remaining hair follicles will produce hairs that are lighter and thinner, requiring much less attention than before. Again, we offer clearance of roughly 85-99%, with some variation from person to person. New hair follicles may form over time as a result of aging, hormonal changes, and individual genetics. For these reasons, some clients elect to schedule annual touch-up treatments to maintain their results.
Several conditions respond quite favorably to laser hair removal – sometimes even being the best treatment option. In addition, the added benefits include lasting smooth skin free of irritation while recapturing hours of extra time from no longer having to shave.
Pseudofolliculitis is the inflammation of ingrown hair, and can oftentimes result in pustules which resemble acne. While predominately seen in men of African American decent, pseudofolliculitis effects both men and women and can form almost anywhere on the body that is routinely shaved. Laser Hair Removal provides the ideal solution. By ridding the area of its unwanted hair, your skin will be free from the constant attack of curly ingrown hair.
Hirsutism is the excessive growth of hair, and it may occur in both men and women. Hirsutism is typically of greater concern to women, however, as the symptoms may include thinker, darker hair in the facial and chest areas. It’s important to also note
that hirsutism may be a symptom of a larger and more serious medical condition. If
you think you have an abnormal amount of hair in an abnormal location, please
schedule to see one of our dermatologists for a medical evaluation.
Keratosis Pilaris is a very common skin condition often referred to as “chicken skin” and primarily affects the area surrounding the triceps. While laser hair removal is not a treatment for curing Keratosis Pilaris, people have experienced positive results in a related condition by ridding the area of unwanted hair. The formation of Keratosis follicularis, where hair becomes susceptible to tiny follicular papules, is greatly reduced by the elevation of the hair growth. As a result, the area becomes clearer and smoother as the aggravated hair follicles are destroyed.
In addition to forgoing medical benefits, laser hair removal is an exceptional method to increase self-confidence and live an even more active lifestyle. In fact, the convenience, efficiency, and appeal of smooth skin is recognized by triathletes, swimmers, runners, cyclists, body builders, and beach goers alike. Laser hair removal is a great way to keep yourself active and ready to participate in all of life’s great adventures.
Laser Hair Removal is considered to be an exceedingly safe, non-invasive cosmetic procedure. And as we utilize only the highest level of medical equipment and a professionally trained staff, we offer the most comprehensive treatments while insuring the lowest incident rates. Like any procedure, however, there are certain risks and uncertainties. We believe it is important that we make these freely known prior to your appointment so that you can ask any questions and so that we can address any concerns.
Mild to moderate discomfort may occur during treatment. While many areas of the body, such as the backside or legs, are usually treated with little discomfort, more sensitive areas may experience an increased feeling with the destruction of the hair follicles. Generally, any discomfort is described as a “pinching” feeling that lasts less than a second. Moreover, it’s almost always described as being a lot less painful than other methods of hair removal – especially waxing, using an epilator, or using creams. Moreover, our patients agree that the lasting results of laser hair removal are well worth any temporary discomfort. If you’re thinking about treating an area that’s more sensitive, we can apply a complimentary set of test applications so that you can better determine your preferences.
Erythema, which presents itself as redness of the area treated, generally begins to lessen within a few minutes and is usually gone within a few hours or by the next day. Important to note, it is generally considered a desirable side effect because it evidences effective damage to the hair follicles.
Rarely, blistering and local crusting may occur. These are effectively treated with antibiotic/steroid creams and mild emollients.
Rarely, secondary infection may occur, but is effectively treated with antibiotics. To best avoid secondary infection, clean the area to receive laser hair removal prior to your arrival and wear clean clothes pre and post procedure.
Burning may occur. Incident rates are very low, less than 1%. A burn may blister and be followed by pigmentation change that can be, but is not likely to be, permanent.
Perifollicular edema presents itself as mild swelling, and while not very common, is also temporary in nature and is not necessarily undesirable.
Almost always temporary, hyper (darkening) or hypo (lightening) pigmentation may occur. Incident rates are low, and are usually less than 1%. It may last a few days to several months and is treated with sunblock or a mild steroid cream such as hydrocortisone.
Approximately 2-10% of clients will experience accelerated hair growth, as the first treatment sends all hair follicles into an active state of growth. Counterintuitive at first, this is actually a desired result, as these individuals will sometimes require less treatments in total to obtain desired hair removal results.
Previous history of herpes simplex risks precipitation of active lesions. As laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure, please advise us of this condition so that we can collaboratively assess the benefits for a defined treatment area.
In order to realize the highest level of efficacy, it’s important to take a moment to review these pre and post treatment considerations. By printing this list, you’ll have a comprehensive check-list for remembering these essential guidelines to make the most of your laser hair removal appointment. In addition, we’ll review these at the time of making your appointment and answer any questions you may have. By doing so, we’re able to provide the highest level of care while guaranteeing the best results.
Please give a close shave to the areas receiving treatment the morning of your appointment. For harder to reach places, such as the backside, we can provide assistance just prior to application of our laser.
The area to be treated should be freshly cleaned and left free from any make-up, perfumes, lotions, creams,and/or antiperspirants. (You can, of course, remove these applications in one of our private treatment rooms prior to the application of our laser. And we make available complimentary antiperspirant post laser hairremoval.)
Areas to be treated should be as light as possible, so avoid tanning 2 weeks leading up to treatments. Andwhile we can safely treat darker skin by scaling down the level of energy, doing so makes the applications less effective. Also, avoid sunless tanning products leading up to your appointments.
Do not wax or otherwise remove the roots of the hair follicles 3 weeks prior to receiving laser hair removal.Studies suggest, however, that waxing 3 weeks prior to an appointment may increase overall efficacy – as every treated hair is now in its active state of growth.
Do not bleach any hair to be treated, or lighten its color.
If you have lighter hair, such as blond, white, grey, or red, please advise us six weeks in advance so that wecan provide you with the proper application needed to make treatments effective and to give insight as to the proper level of expectations.
You must advise us of any medications you’re currently taking or have taken in the past 6 months whichincreases sensitivity to light. Examples include several antibiotic and antifungal medications as well as isotretinoin.
We will apply a soothing aloe and vitamin E lotion to treated areas.
There is no downtime with laser hair removal, so you can immediately engage in normal activities following your appointment.
We advise the use of sunscreen for the next 48 hours, and will gladly provide you with complimentary lotion depending upon the area benefiting from laser hair removal.
Immediate and continuous sun exposure, tanning, or working under halogen lights is to be avoided.
Remember, immediate redness (erythema) is to be expected and generally goes away in a few minutes or hours. Important to note, it is generally considered a desirable side effect because it evidences effective damage to the follicles. However, as erythema presents itself as redness to the treated area, most people prefer to schedule appoints for treatment of the face or other visible areas on a Friday or over the weekend so that normal skin tone returns before the start of a new week.