Hair Removal Laser

At Elite MedSpa we have multiple lasers for Hair Removal. We have the 810 Diode Laser, 1064 Yag Laser, and the 800 Diode Laser all of which get great results. We are able to treat all skin colors as well.

Laser hair removal is appropriate for any area on the body that contains excess hair, except around the eyes. The most commonly treated areas include: upper lip, chin, underarms, back, legs, bikini region, chest and other areas on the face. The length of a single hair removal treatment can be five to ten minutes for the lip area or chin. The bikini area, on the other hand, may take up to 20 minutes. The duration is based upon the size of the area. Follow-up visits usually don’t require as much time since there is less hair to treat.

Many people – men as well as women – have a problem with superfluous hair. Conventional ways of removing it, with tweezers or wax, or by electrolysis, are painful and time-consuming, and have to be repeated frequently. We are able to treat different hair textures on all skin colors.

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges of personal hygiene is keeping unwanted hair under control. Laser hair removal provides an effective solution for men and women who don’t have the time or patience to contend with high maintenance hair removal. These hassles can be eliminated pain-free thanks to the innovation of laser hair removal. While laser hair removal treatments can’t guarantee permanent removal of all hair, it will reduce the amount of hairs on a permanent basis by disabling hair follicles.

Hair removal treatment is accomplished through a process known as photothermolysis. During this procedure a laser beam targets a group of hair follicles and passes beneath the skin to damage the root. This prevents the hair from growing back most of the time. In some cases, there is re-growth, however, the new hairs are finer in texture and lighter in color than the original ones. Laser removal only destroys hairs during the growth phase which occurs over a period of years.

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CoolGlide CV Laser – was the first 1064 laser cleared by the FDA to permanently reduce hair in patients of all skin types (I-VI), those who are tanned or tanning and patients who suffer from Psuedo-Folliculitis Barbae (PFB). While some technologies require the suspension of treatments during the summer months, the CoolGlide laser may be used year-round.
Emax DSL Diode Laser – is an efficient and safe technique for hair reduction.
Mediostar Diode Laser – another type of laser used for hair removal.

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Laser Hair Removal Treatment and Results

When the hair removal treatment begins, the designated area is marked and always shaved. The region is treated with the laser which is followed by a pulsating light. Unlike other hair removal procedures such as electrolysis and waxing, laser hair removal is virtually painless and leaves the skin unscathed.

Laser energy offers a gentle and yet highly effective alternative. Asclepion, the innovative leader for medical and cosmetic lasers, has developed a high power diode laser, the MeDioStar, especially for epilation. It treats several hairs at once and also removes the hair from larger areas such as the back, shoulders or legs extremely quickly and easily. The MeDioStar is suitable for all skin types. The energy of the laser light is used to specifically hinder hair growth. The laser penetrates the upper layers of skin and transfers its energy to the hair; the energy is absorbed by the pigment melanin in the hair. The absorbed light energy is converted into heat and emitted. Cell structures which surround the hair are damaged and hair is not able to grow again. Skin is hardly affected at all.

The efficacy of the treatment is influenced by the following factors:

  • Skin color
  • Hair color
  • Hair thickness
  • Depth of the hair in the skin

Although the laser harms the hair, it has no effect on the skin in most cases. The laser is able to detect the hair by attacking the melanin, the pigment that darkens hair and skin. To qualify for laser treatment the hair must be darker than the skin. Laser hair removal provides the best results for people with coarse, dark hair.Laser_Hair_Removal_Photo3

Those individuals who frequently tan are often disqualified from the procedure due to the melanin in the skin. Also, patients with blonde or red hair are also not suitable candidates for laser removal treatment because the hairs contain pheomelanin which doesn’t get the hair removal results as dark hairs containing eumelanin pigment. The best way to determine if you’re a fitting subject for laser hair removal is to consult with a trained professional at a medical spa.

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Before After

The before and after results of laser hair removal can be dramatic. Just one hair removal treatment can result in extinguishing thousands of hairs. On average, most people require a total of six treatments for permanent results — although this figure varies depending on the area which is undergoing laser hair removal. The typical cost for laser hair removal varies from medical spa to medical spa. Sessions are completed over a span of weeks or months.

Comfort levels vary from patient to patient and technicians work to ensure the patient is at ease throughout the duration of his or her visit.

The occurrence of side effects is rare. However in a small number of cases, scarring, burns, swelling and irritation can result.

You can get treated all body parts with exception of eyes. If used properly, the diode laser does not have any permanent side effects. Grey hair cannot be removed with the laser because of missing melanin. It is important several weeks (4-6 weeks) before the laser treatment not to use some other method for depilation (tweezers, wax or electrolysis), because effects with the laser would be reduced. Sun tan reduces hair removal effect.

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How Does The MeDioStar Work?

A laser produces a single beam of highly concentrated light. Different types of lasers produce different colors of light.

The light emitted by the MeDioStar is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) located in hair follicles, melanin pigments give hair its color, and hair shaft. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment in the hair follicle- disabling several hair follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair’s regrowth – but not long enough to damage the surrounding skin. The MeDioStar’s special contact-cooling hand piece further protects the epidermis (upper layer of skin). This patented method of epidermal preservation allows delivery of more laser energy deeper into the hair follicle. The size of the coverage per laser pulse is roughly the size of a 25 cent piece.

Additionally, the MeDioStar is able to treat a broader range of skin types than most other hair-removal lasers. It is delicate enough for a woman’s fine, sensitive skin and robust enough for a man’s beard, back, or arms.

The MeDioStar effectively removes unwanted body hair. Traditional techniques such as shaving, plucking and waxing, provide only temporary relief and may actually stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis, while effective, often requires years of ongoing and frequently painful treatments. All of these methods commonly result in scarring, allergic reactions, and ingrown hairs.

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment inside the hair follicle without damaging delicate pores and structures of the skin. Because hair cycles through “growth” and “dormant” phases, and because during the “dormant” phase the follicle has no pigment, at least 3-5 treatments will be needed.

What Does The Treatment Involve?

The patient is asked to wear eye protection. The area to be treated is then shaved. A small hand piece, or “wand” is placed against the skin and a cooling plate is applied as the laser is activated. The hand piece is repositioned and the laser is activated again. The size or the area treated will determine the number of laser activations, or “pulses”, required.

What Are The Advantages Over Electrolysis?

With electrolysis, the operator inserts a needle into the hair shaft with the intention of reaching the follicle, then sends a small electrical charge designed to disable the follicle. The operator then removes that particular hair with a tweezer. Hair removal is much faster with a laser as the laser is pulsed about once per second across the surface of the skin. Each “pulse” of laser light disables a large numbers of hair follicles. Electrolysis operators can only treat those hairs that they can see and which they can reach the follicle through the hair shaft. A laser treats any “active” follicle, even if the hair has not yet reached the surface of the skin, or if the hair shaft is not straight.

How Many Sessions Are Needed?

The number of sessions will vary for each individual. During the initial visit, the laser light disables those follicles in the “active” phase of the growth cycle. Follicles in the “dormant” phase will not be affected. Since follicles cycle through “active” and “dormant” phases, additional sessions may be desired once the “dormant” follicles become “active”. For this reason, we recommend a series of Five treatments.

Is The Laser Treatment Painful?

While some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, most patients report little or no discomfort. For more sensitive patients, anesthetic creams can be applied prior to the treatment.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Immediately after the treatment the skin may look pink and slightly swollen, similar to a sunburn. This will subside within 72 hours and the skin will return to normal. Occasionally, a patient will have temporary pigment changes, blistering, or scabbing. In the unlikely event of blistering, we recommend keeping the area moist with bacitracin.

As with electrolysis, cases of scarring have been reported, but these are extremely rare. A test spot is the best determinant of how each individual’s skin will react.

Testimonials
“Jennifer and Veronica are always very welcoming. Jennifer does a great job on my laser treatments and Veronica also made some great suggestions for future anti-aging treatments. I did not see the doctor during this visit.”
-A.B.