Laser Hair Removal in Louisville, Lexington, Kentucky
Lasers use a single wavelength of light over a broad surface area to disable the growth of hairs from all parts of the body. Different wavelengths are better for the whole spectrum of possible hair and skin color combinations. Multiple lasers have been used in the past to treat hair. We use the Cynosure Apogee Elite®, considered to be the “Rolls Royce” of hair removal lasers. This system is actually two lasers in one and contains both a long pulse Yag and Alexandrite laser.
The best candidates for hair removal with lasers have dark hair and light skin color. Darker skin colors, because they have more pigment in the upper layers of the skin, are more difficult to treat with laser hair reduction. For these patients, a long pulse Yag laser works better and is less likely to remove skin color including a suntan.
Another advantage of the Apogee Elite® is the ability to change the width or length of the pulse. Unlike fixed pulse width lasers such as the Gentlelase®, we can customize the treatment to the color and thickness of the hair by changing the type of laser, its pulse width, and its energy level. All laser hair removal systems require some type of skin cooling. The Apogee Elite® has a Smartcool® advanced skin cooling jet of super cold air. It not only protects the skin from unwanted heat, but it also makes the procedure less painful. Laser Hair Removal requires a series of treatments.
Hair on the body is constantly going through 3 phases of growth: active, resting, and dormant. The laser can only disable growth of the hair while in the growing phase. We want to “catch” the hair while it’s susceptible to laser. Anywhere from 3 to 8 treatments at 4 to 8-week intervals may be necessary to achieve a satisfactory reduction. Most patients can expect an 85% permanent hair reduction after the recommended treatment series.
Dermaplaning is another option for temporary hair removal. It is best suited for light hair which does not respond well to laser treatments. This treatment is generally performed on the face and neck. This also is beneficial for the removal of dead, dry skin, and the patient will get the benefit of a deep exfoliation of the skin as well. This can be combined with any of our facials. The skin will be slightly pink and irritated the day of the treatment. The hair usually stays away for approximately a month. For more information regarding Laser Hair Removal or other laser treatments, visit the Laser Treatments home page.