Why Come to Aesthetic Laser Care for Your Laser Hair Removal?
- We are one of the few laser centers with a real Medical Doctor on site.
- Great prices and 40% discounts when combining additional treatment areas. Bikini & Underarm Special is Just for your 1st Treatment. Please check out our current price list in the drop-down menu.
- Safe and effective treatments by our expertly trained nurses that have Dr. Lafkas available for consultation at all times.
- Friendly and personalized service
Excessive hair growth is the result of heredity, hormonal factors, and some medications. Commonly treated areas are the face, back, neck, legs, bikini line, chest, and underarms. Any skin area can be treated except eyelids.
Aesthetic Laser Care utilizes the LightSheer diode laser to target the pigment located in hair follicles. Flashes of laser light cause thermal injury to the targeted hair follicle, causing the unwanted hair to fall out while avoiding damage to the normal surrounding tissue. The laser offers a cooling device that automatically cools on contact to protect the skin while directing the laser energy to the hair follicle. For optimal results, Aesthetic Laser Care recommends a series of 3 to 6 treatments four to twelve weeks apart (depending on the area being treated). Individuals with darker skin require more treatments.
Hair Removal With The LightSheer Diode Laser
The LightSheer laser system from Lumenis is considered the gold standard for permanent hair reduction. Aesthetic Laser Care uses the Lumenis LightSheer diode laser to remove unwanted hair faster, with less discomfort and more reliably than any other method.
Understanding Hair Removal
Hair grows in cycles, and many factors influence its growth. Age, ethnicity, medications, hormone levels, and body size all influence the length, coarseness, and color of body hair. How much hair you have depends on how many hairs are in their active growth cycle and how long that cycle lasts. Hair revolves through three phases of growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen.
How LightSheer works
A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted by the LightSheer diode laser is well absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles (fig. 1). Prior to the procedure, the treatment area is shaved (fig. 2). During the procedure, the upper layer of the skin is compressed and cooled with the patented ChillTipTM (fig. 3). This procedure protects skin and makes the procedure more effective. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to heat up the hair and destroy the follicle's ability to re-grow (fig. 4). The result: permanent hair reduction in the treated area.
Anagen is the active growing phase in which the hair bulb is intact. The hair grows in both directions, upward and downward. Early anagen is when the bulb is closest to the surface of the skin and contains an abundance of melanin (pigment) allowing for the most effective treatment.
Catagen is a brief intermediate phase between anagen and telogen. It is the regression phase when the lower part of the hair stops growing but is not shed, and the body absorbs the lower third of the follicle.
Telogen is the resting phase. The hair bulb is no longer present and is now a club hair, which will fall out or be pushed out of the follicle by a new anagen growing hair.
What are the Advantages of the LightSheer System?
There are three main advantages to the LightSheer hair removal technology: comfort, safety, and reliability. The LightSheer has a patented contact-cooling handpiece (ChillTip™) that helps to cool the skin and reduce pain and burning at the treatment site. Though no procedure is pain-free, most clients are able to tolerate the procedure without having to use topical anesthetics. Finally, the LightSheer is a precise instrument that can be adjusted to the exact parameters that will disable only the hair follicle while minimally affecting the surrounding tissue and epidermis.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
Yes. The LightSheer was developed from years of research at the Massachusetts General Hospital's Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine, one of the world's leading research institutions. The laser parameters were carefully designed to inhibit the regrowth of hair by studying the anatomy of the hair follicle and precisely matching the laser output to the size, depth, and location of hair follicles. The actively cooled sapphire handpiece was designed to conduct heat away from the skin before, during and after each pulse.
Eye protection is required during treatment
Though no evidence exists to show that laser hair removal is dangerous during pregnancy, Aesthetic Laser Care will not treat you if you're pregnant.
People treated commonly experience reddening of the skin, follicular swelling and histamine/hive reactions. Most skin reactions resolve within 1 to 2 hours but can last for up to one to two days following treatment. Other temporary adverse side effects like hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) are possible but less common. You can lower your risk of pigmentation changes by following the pre-treatment instructions and avoiding sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanning lotions.
How Many Treatments Are Recommended?
The laser works by disabling hair follicles that are actively producing hair (anagen phase) at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter the growth phase at different times, additional treatments will be necessary to disable all hair follicles in a given area. In general, 3 to 6 treatments are required at four to twelve-week intervals (depending on the area being treated) to achieve satisfactory permanent hair reduction in people with lighter skin and dark hair. Darker skin individuals usually require 6 to 10 treatments for satisfactory results.
Many factors can affect treatment results: hair color, hair thickness, skin color, body size, hormones, medications, age, and metabolism. Due to the cyclical nature of hair growth, and the body's ability to reproduce new hair follicles, follow-up treatments may be necessary.
Before Your Hair Removal Treatment
- We recommend no sun or tanning bed exposure for four to six weeks prior to your treatment. Significant burns may occur if laser hair removal is performed on the recently tanned skin. It is your responsibility to notify us of recent tanning.
- Hair in the area of treatment should be completely shaved.
- An anesthetic cream may be applied to the treatment area (available for purchase in our office and needs to be applied 30 minutes prior to treatment).
- Lip rolls may be used between teeth and lip to reduce tooth sensitivity during treatment around the mouth.
Limitations and Risks
Fortunately, significant complications from perspiration reduction treatment are infrequent. Your specific risks for will be discussed during your consultation.
All procedures have some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of all are:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your board-certified plastic surgeon, both before and after your perspiration reduction procedure.