Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal (LHR) or permanent hair reduction works to stop hair growth in a desired area and eliminate or minimize waxing, shaving, or bleaching unwanted hair. LHR is a series of treatments and works best on dark, thick hair like that on the leg. LHR and generally requires 4-6 treatments to achieve best results.

Why are at least 4-6 treatment sessions usually needed?
All lasers work by disabling hairs that are in their active growth cycle at the time of treatment. Hair follicles in their “dormant” phase have no hair shaft in them and so will not be affected by the laser. Because hair follicles cycle through “active” and “dormant” phases, additional sessions are usually desired once the “dormant” follicles become “active”, and also to deal with hair follicles which were stunned but not killed by previous treatment.

Does it hurt?
You may feel a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. There is no bleeding and no open wound is created. Some people find the FIRST laser treatment more uncomfortable than subsequent treatments. This is because there are more hair roots which are destroyed during the first treatment; and perhaps also because some people are more apprehensive during the first treatment, because they are not sure of what to expect.

While some areas of the body like the upper lip and pubic hair area are more sensitive than others, many patients report little or no discomfort. Your nurse is well-trained in discomfort techniques and will prepare your treatment accordingly. If you are scheduled to have topical anesthetic applied, ample time will be allowed. People who have had waxing, sugaring, and/or electrolysis (or treatment with other lasers) usually report that they have little discomfort.

What systems do we use?
Forever Young uses two different systems for LHR: The Gentlelase by Candela and the Prowave by Cutera.  The Gentlelase is ideal for lighter skin types while the Prowave allows us to treat darker skin types as well.

The Gentlelase Hair Removal Laser is regarded by the industry as one of the best hair removal systems of all time. The Gentlelase 755nm alexandrite laser has a very long track record, and is known for its’ reliability and effectiveness. Cooling of the skin is done with Cryogen spray The Gentlelase works best on light skin types and skin cannot be tanned when treated.

The ProWave Hair Removal System by Cutera. This light-based system allows for the treatment of most skin types by varying the wavelengths used to treat different skin types. The Prowave uses a pre-cooled hand piece to minimize discomfort and post treatment skin reactions such as redness and swelling. And the enlarged treatment area on the hand-piece makes for quick and safe treatments of large areas such as the back and legs.  A series of 4 to 8 treatments is usually required to totally rid an area of unwanted hair especially on darker skin types.