Laser Hair Removal

Hair 101

Active Growth Phase (anagen)

Regressive phase (catagen)

Resting phase (telogen)

About laser hair removal

What to expect?

How many treatement are needed?

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Hair 101

Hair is formed in a hair follicle, which is a pouch-like structure found below the skin. What we see as hair is actually the hair shaft, which is the keratinized, hardened tissue that grows from the follicle.

Everyone's hair grows differently, depending on heredity, age, weight, metabolism, hormonal activity, and certain medications. For women, puberty, pregnancy and menopause play significant roles in determining hair growth as well.

As a hair grows, it matures through three distinct phases:

Active growth phase (anagen)

During anagen, the hair has an abundance of melanin, the dark pigment that gives hair its color. This is when laser hair removal is most effective and when you should schedule your treatments. Approximately 30% of our body hair, at any given time, is in anagen.


Regressive phase (catagen)

During catagen, which lasts approximately 2 weeks, the hair no longer receives nourishment and stops growing.


Resting phase (telogen)

During telogen, which takes two to six months, the cycle is complete and the hair ultimately falls out and a new growth cycle begins. The majority of our body hair is in this phase.


About Laser Hair Removal

Effective laser hair removal is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis. Via selective photothermolysis, the laser emits a beam of light that passes through the epidermis selectively targeting the hair follicle where it is absorbed by the dark pigment of the melanin.

The laser’s energy is then transformed into heat, disabling the hair follicle and leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. The laser “pulses” for a fraction of a second, and each "pulse" of light disables a large number of active hair follicles (anagen phase), including follicles that have yet to produce a visible shaft to the surface of the skin.


What to Expect

A day prior to treatment, patients should shave the area. Do not pluck, wax, bleach, or have electrolysis for at least 4 weeks before treatment. These treatments reduce the size of the follicle and reduce the laser's effectiveness.

We recommend patients to avoid the sun for 1-2 weeks before and after treatment. Patients with a history of herpes should take oral antiviral medications the day before if treating the upper lip or bikini line.

A topical numbing gel can be made available to those who wish to use it for additional charge but can only be applied in our office under the supervision of a nurse.

After treatment, the skin may appear red and swollen, but this disappears in a short time. Occasionally, crusting or small pimples appear at the site of the hair follicles and this is treated with an antibiotic ointment. You may return to work or exercise immediately after treatment.

The consultation is free with our experienced practitioner. Our aim is to provide safe, effective and affordable laser treatments. Patient variation and the nature of hair follicle growth make it difficult to predict the exact outcome in every case. We are committed to excellence and will attempt to provide a pleasing cosmetic result as well as a pleasant experience for all our patients.


How many treatments are needed?

We recommend Laser Hair Removal be performed in approximately five treatment sessions. Subsequent treatments should be performed when the hair begins to regrow, during the anagen phase.

It is necessary to allow a period of 4-12 weeks between treatments to allow the resting hairs to become more sensitive to the laser energy.

Hair regrowth occurs at different times for different body areas. For the face and armpits area it is usually after 4-8 weeks. On the back, legs, bikini area and other sites, it is usually longer.

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