Laser Hair Removal Treatment
in Bellevue, WA
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Syneron Laser technology is the first and only technology that uses combined energies to effectively and gently remove hair of many colors and types from all skin tones.
This procedure is truly the next generation of safe and effective hair removal technology. Achieving beautiful, silky smooth skin is now easier than ever!
A beam of light passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed as heat. The heat then destroys the hair follicle and alters the hair’s ability to reproduce.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for Laser Hair Removal?
Many adults are great candidates for laser hair removal. The process works by targeting the pigment that gives hair its color. For this reason, people with darker, coarser hair typically get results quickly. Laser hair removal can work on richer skin tones and on lighter hair colors. However, the contrast between the hair and skin dictates how many treatment sessions a person needs to achieve optimal results. People with very dark skin or very light hair may not be good candidates for this treatment. To determine your candidacy, your provider may measure your skin on the Fitzpatrick table, a common technique used to identify skin type.
What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
The primary reason people seek laser hair removal is that they wish to have smooth skin without having to shave, pluck, wax, or perform other grooming actions every day. In addition to achieving long-term results, laser hair removal comes with benefits including:
- Reduction in ingrown hairs.
- No more razor burn!
- Consistently soft skin.
- Laser hair removal puts an end to recurrent grooming side effects, such as nicks and cuts.
- Long-term results are easy to maintain. Touch-ups may not be needed for years. If a few hairs grow back, quick treatment can restore smooth skin.
- Results are enjoyed after your very first session. From the very first laser hair removal treatment, hair follicles lose their potency. Hairs that grow back in between sessions is lighter, thinner, and more fragile.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment
As body hair grows in different phases, with active growth only 20 – 30 percent at any given time, it is necessary to repeat treatments to ensure effectiveness. Hair should fall out 10 days to 3 weeks after treatment. With each treatment, significantly less hair grows back, resulting in permanent hair reduction.
A minimum of five to six treatments are needed to see most hair reduction but varies for each individual. Lasers only treat the hair in its active growth phase. Each area of body hair grows in different phases, with active growth only 20-30 percent at any given time, hence the need for repeat hair removal treatments to ensure the effect. Maintenance is sometimes required.
How long do results from laser hair removal last?
The results of laser hair removal are long-lasting. The series of treatments that are performed alter the lining of the hair follicles in the treatment area, rendering them less capable of maintaining the hair growth cycle. At some point, some of the treated follicles may reactivate. Usually, these active hair follicles are few and far between. People who want their smooth skin to last indefinitely may schedule touch-up treatments every so often. This may be once or twice a year for some or every few years for others.
Recovery After Laser Hair Removal
Most patients may experience minor redness and swell at the treated site. This can last a few hours to a couple of days. Our Laser hair removal treatments are only performed by our trained Licensed Aesthetician. She is committed to educating our patients on all aspects of laser hair removal including pre and post-care instructions.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Laser hair removal is a controlled process of delivering pulses of intense light to hair follicles. Laser light does heat the inner lining of each follicle. However, this is not painful. During the procedure, patients may feel an all-over warming sensation, like sitting in the sunshine. Quick “zaps” may also be felt in some places as strands of hair are vaporized. These may feel intense but, because they are instantaneous, zaps are also not painful. Patients tolerate laser hair removal quite well without any cooling techniques during treatment. If the skin feels uncomfortably hot or tingly after laser hair removal, cold compresses can be applied for up to 20 minutes at a time. Ice packs should never be placed directly against the skin.
One of the steps that patients are advised to take before laser hair removal is to shave. Shaving within 24 hours of laser treatment reduces hair length to only what is in hair follicles. With a shorter distance for laser energy to travel, the process becomes more comfortable.