Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal
Dealing with stubborn hair that refuses to go away? Tired of constantly shaving and waxing? – WellMedica offers the best laser hair removal in Virginia.
Why Choose WellMedica?
WellMedica is one of the few clinics in Virginia that offers GentleMax Pro treatment. No matter what your skin type, there’s a Gentle Hair Removal treatment that’s right for you. Only Gentle systems feature the patented Dynamic Cooling Device,™ and super-fast treatment times make Gentle the most comfortable laser hair removal available!
What's the cost?
There are a number of factors that determine the cost of Laser Hair Removal such as the size of the area being treated, insurance coverage, etc. Typically you can expect costs to range from $250-$2,000. If you’d like an exact quote, feel free to call our office!
Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Removing unwanted body hair can feel like a constant battle. Waxing hurts, threading is expensive, and shaving only gives short term hair reduction results that last only hours before stubborn stubble appears, not to mention the headache and discomfort of razor burn and ingrown hairs. If you’ve tried everything and you’re ready to end the ongoing war with hair removal, it’s probably time to look into permanent solutions. For that, you’ll need light based therapies.
Light based hair removal methods come in two forms – Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Laser Hair Removal (LHR). Both of these methods use light energy to get rid of unwanted body hair but their results are quite different. In this article, we will address any questions you have regarding laser hair removal treatment and the benefits of choosing LHR.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal delivers a targeted and concentrated energy to small individual hair follicles using a monochromatic light source, making them highly effective in treating specific problem areas. It is important to keep in mind that each laser treatment will only target hairs currently in the anagen or growing cycle, meaning multiple sessions are necessary for complete hair removal in any area.
Laser hair removal is a easy, quick, and mostly painless cosmetic service for removing unwanted hair. As the light is delivered, it is absorbed by the skin and converted into heat. The heat becomes absorbed by the cells, not effective the surrounding skin, destroying the unwanted hairs. Destroyed hairs are usually either dissolved by the skin or the body rejects them after 2 to 3 weeks.
It is common for some patients to have irritated, red skin after these cosmetic procedures. However, any pain and irritation around the treated area typically only lasts for a few minutes to hours after the procedure.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
The answer to this question may be confusing to some. In short, no, laser hair removal isn’t entirely permanent. Is it effective in reducing unwanted hair and being a longer-term solution to other hair removal options? Yes. Laser hair removal helps prevent hairs from regrowing. If and when your hair begins to regrow, it’ll be much lighter, finer, and less likely to fill the area again.
In my experience, LHR is the best option for hair removal. Although it often works best for those with lighter skin tones and darker hair, laser hair removal is by far one of the safest and most effective treatments for people with darker toned skin color.
Does LHR Work?
Yes! Laser hair removal has been successful in permanently reducing up to 80% of unwanted hair in over 95% of people. The remaining small percentage will either be nearly imperceptible or will be made smaller, finer, and lighter in color.
In the first few months after treatment, most patients will recognize months of hairlessness in the treated area. In some cases, when the hair begins to regrow, albeit far more limited than before, a maintenance appointment is required to remove the remaining hairs that survived the multi-wavelength hair removal treatments.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
LHR is very safe! Because laser treatment uses only one light spectrum and is able to achieve such concentrated application, it is generally much safer for darker skin tones than other forms of light treatments. When all is said and done, laser is both a more effective hair removal treatment with fewer sessions and is more cost effective. State of the art laser technology can treat all skin colors safely.
However, it isn’t completely painless. Some people do find the process of laser uncomfortable. However, this discomfort is brief and nowhere near as painful as other hair removal tactics such as waxing or sugaring. Most people find the mild discomfort a small inconvenience in comparison to the long term benefits of laser hair removal. We use topical anesthetic (on sensitive areas such as the bikini line). The DCD (dynamic cooling device) that comes with state of the art lasers, makes the treatment much more comfortable than it was 20 years ago.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
You need to find a good doctor or qualified laser technician. The laws vary state to state as to who can operate certain lasers. Having been an expert witness in laser burn cases, I cannot stress this enough. If you’re getting your laser hair removal treatments done at the same place you’re getting your haircut, you might want to reconsider. Below I will address how to properly prepare for your laser hair removal procedure.
Pre-Laser Hair Removal Treatment
During your consultation, a review of medications, skin disorders, scarring and previous laser treatments will be reviewed. Keep in mind that this is an out of pocket expense – this is an elective procedure not covered by insurance.
You will be given specific instructions that will include: staying out of the sun (or tanning booths) before treatment. Tanned skin will not be treated as it increases your risk of burning. This includes spray on tans. You will be asked to stop plucking or waxing for a few weeks prior to treatment and to restrict hair removal to shaving. This is often difficult for those seeking treatment for facial hair but it is a necessity.
You will be told at least 5 treatments will be necessary anywhere from 4-8 weeks apart, depending on the area.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment
You are usually expected to come to your appointment with the area to be treated already shaved. If you forgot to do this, a razor will be provided. A topical anesthetic may be used for sensitive areas such as the bikini.
During treatment, you will be wearing special colored goggles to protect your eyes. You may feel a cooling spray or cooling device on the tip of the laser handpiece at the time of treatment. The laser pulse itself feels something like a rubber band snap. A small treatment area such as the chin will take a minute or two; larger areas such as the back or legs will take about 10-15 minutes.
Post-Laser Hair Removal Treatment
After treatment, expect to have some mild redness or welts in the treated area. This usually resolves within a few hours. You will be told to avoid sun exposure, especially in the first two weeks after each treatment and to use a SPF of 30 on exposed areas.
During the first 7-10 days after each treatment, the hair follicles that were treated will grow out and fall out. It will be a few weeks before you begin to see hair growth as you enter a new cycle.
Possible Side-Effects of Laser Hair Removal
The probability of having any severe or lasting side effects of laser hair removal are quite slim. However, it is common to experience slight irritation, redness, swelling, and short-term pigment changes around the area being treated post-procedure. Some of the most common effects of lasers may include:
- Mild to moderate swelling and redness around the hair follicles
- Temporary pigment changes in those with darker skin tones and more melanin
- Reddening of the skin on and around the treated area
- Possible blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture
If you experience any severe symptoms of signs of an infection: fever, pus or bleeding at the treatment site, or any severe pain, contact a medical professional right away.
Special skin care routines should be addressed with those with dark skin tones. Be sure to discuss the best options to remove unwanted hair prior to receiving treatment. It is common to receive less-intensive treatment to avoid any potential skin damage during treatment if you have a darker skin tone.
If you’ve recently tanned, gone to a tanning booth, or got spray tanned at a spa, it is best to wait until after your tan fades to receive treatment. Your tan may affect the results of your treatment.
If you have any concerns regarding your treatment or the risks of complications, you should address these directly with your doctor or laser hair removal provider.
Is it Worth Getting Laser Hair Removal?
In summary, there are many varying opinions about Laser Hair Removal treatment. However it’s almost impossible to deny the significant benefits of laser hair removal. The process is more concentrated, more effective, and less damaging. Laser is my preferred method of treating all patients seeking long term hair removal.
If you’ve been looking into hair removal but are unsure of the next step, we encourage all of our patients to come in for a consultation. We can help you determine a course of treatment that is laser-focused and specifically tailored to your skin type.