Laser Hair Removal Las Vegas Laser & Lipo
Do your attempts to remove unwanted hair continually leave you with bumps, nicks, and burns? Does the aggravation of repeated shaving, tweezing, or waxing drive you crazy? If so, then laser hair removal las vegas laser & lipo (more accurately called “long term laser hair modification”) may be an option worth considering.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure using a laser to kill or modify unwanted hair. It has become one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States.
How does it work?
Las Vegas Laser & Lipo Laser Hair Removal treatment uses beams of highly concentrated, single wavelength, laser energy (invisible to the human eye) to selectively penetrate the skin, down to the pigment in the base of the hair follicles. The light is selectively absorbed by pigment in the hair follicles, destroying the germinal stem cells in the stem and bulb of the follicle,which inhibits future hair growth.
A lower energy laser effectively slows hair growth, but it doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. It typically takes 6 to 10 higher energy, laser hair removal treatments to provide relief from a substantial portion of unwanted hair. Periodic maintenance treatments might be needed as well because we continue to grow new hair on different areas throughout life due to genetic programming, changes in hormone and nutrition levels and age.
Various types of lasers and light have been developed and are used in laser hair removal – the most common of which are alexandrite, diode, neodymium-YAG and intense pulsed light sources. Diode is the most universally usable/versatile wavelength as it can be used to treat finer, more superficial, lighter hair and darker, deeper hair in light and darker skin.
The newest technology by Alma – the Soprano Xli, flashes lower energy, deep penetrating, laser pulses 10 times a second, while the cooled head is moved repetitively over a gelled treatment area. It comfortably instills much more hair killing and damaging energy into the treatment area than previous methods and is QUICK-an entire back treatment takes barely half an hour!
Is It Safe?
Lasers can be safely used to remove unwanted hair from the face, neck, legs, underarms, upper lip, chin and bikini line. Used carefully, by well trained physicians and technicians, lasers can selectively target hairs with great precision while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Each pulse of the laser takes only a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. Although it’s possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, laser hair removal isn’t recommended for the eyelid or surrounding area, due to the possibility of severe eye injury if photons are scattered or refracted into the pigmented parts of the eye.
Preparation for Treatment
This treatment is a highly technical medical procedure that should be performed by qualified, well “laser-educated” personnel, such as a physician, nurse or physician’s assistant. Be wary of spas, salons or other facilities that allow non-medical technicians or other non-qualified personnel to perform laser hair removal without physician supervision on site or readily available. States and medical boards are starting to address this concern because of the numerous complaints of burns and poor treatment, but there are still businesses which offer older, ineffective treatments which make the hairs thinner, less pigmented and more difficult to treat.
Hair color and skin type influence the success of this treatment . For example, it is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair because the laser energy targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. However, advances in technology have made laser hair removal safer and more effective for patients with darker skin and individuals of color. These patients may require more treatments done at lower energies to protect the skin (which competes for laser energy because of its pigmentation). Finer, lighter hair is very difficult to treat effectively because it has little pigment to target with laser energy. For women with “peachfuzz”, it is probably more effective to offer a prescription for Vaniqa–a cream used to inhibit facial hair growth for as long as it is applied twice a day.
Before deciding on this procedure, it is recommended that you schedule a consultation with an experienced doctor or their credentialed staff. They will use this visit to:
- Review your medical history, including medication use (some medications are photo-sensitizers).
- Discuss risks, benefits and expectations, including what laser hair removal can and can’t do for you.
- Discuss options and answer your questions.
- Take photos to be used for before-and-after assessments and long term reviews.
At the consultation, be sure to discuss a treatment plan and related costs.
The doctor should also offer specific guidelines to help you prepare, for example:
- Stay out of the sun. Some doctors recommend staying out of the sun, especially in Las Vegas, for up to six weeks before and after laser hair removal. A tan increases the risk of side effects, such as skin lightening or burns. If you have a tan — either from sun exposure or sunless tanning products — wait until the tan fades completely before undergoing laser hair removal. Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of laser hair removal and may increase the risk of complications following treatment.
- Avoid plucking, waxing and electrolysis. If you’re planning to undergo laser hair removal, you should avoid other hair removal methods such as plucking, waxing, and electrolysis which essentially remove the pigmented target of the laser, making treatments ineffective. Shaving is OK, since it preserves the hair shaft and follicle under the skin and eliminates the hairs above the skin competing for energy or causing burns when they heat up. Some studies suggest that shaving before laser hair removal may improve results.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Before your procedure, the treatment area should be trimmed to stubble length, and the laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of the hair being treated, as well as your skin color. The area to be treated should be clean, dry and free from open sores, infection and other pigmented lesions or tattoos.
Appropriate eye protection is necessary to protect your eyes from the laser. During the procedure, a hand held laser will be focused or pressed against your skin. Depending on the type of laser, a cooling device on the tip of the instrument, cool gel or cold air might be used to protect your skin from overheating. A topical anesthetic may also be applied to your skin to reduce any discomfort during treatment.
Next, a laser pulse will be administered to the treatment area and the area observed for several minutes, checking for any adverse reactions and making sure that optimal parameters are being used before proceeding. Each treatment requires checking and adjusting laser parameters.
Once the doctor activates the laser, the beam targets the follicles where hair growth originates. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth and kills a percentage of the actively growing follicles which are the most sensitive to laser treatment.
Treating a small area, such as the upper lip, might take only a few minutes. A larger area, such as the back, might take an hour or less, depending on the laser used, how rapidly it can fire and the size of the beam.
After the Procedure
Upon completion of the laser hair removal treatment, you may be given cool packs, soothing, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or more cool air to relieve any discomfort, swelling or redness after the procedure. Symptoms (may feel like a sunburn) are normally temporary and typically disappear within a few hours to a few days.
Your doctor might also suggest an aloe gel or other type of cream or lotion, as well as over-the-counter pain relievers. If you have a skin reaction immediately after laser hair removal, the doctor might apply a steroid cream to the affected area. Small bumps around each follicle may actually be a sign of a more effective treatment.
Although it’s possible that laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin, this is usually only a temporary condition. In rare cases, especially if a patient has unknowingly taken a photo sensitizing medicine or supplement, laser hair removal can cause blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture.
After laser hair removal, avoid tanning beds and exposure to the sun, especially here in Las Vegas. Use sunscreen whenever you’re planning to be in the sun. Wearing sunscreen will help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.
Over the next month, much of the treated hair will fall out. When new hair is growing out is a great time for your next treatment.
Results of laser hair removal vary greatly from person to person. Since hair re-growth is still possible, multiple treatments may be necessary to prolong the duration of hair loss. For best results, you might need four to six treatments spaced a number of weeks apart. Additional periodic maintenance treatments — perhaps once every six to 12 months — might be needed as well.
The cost of laser hair removal varies widely, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Size and location of the area being treated and time required for treatment.
- Number of treatments required.
- Whether a doctor or a technician is performing the procedure.
- The part of the country where you are having the procedure.
- The technology being used. The newest technology is more effective and more comfortable, but is very expensive for the physician to purchase and maintain.
Each person’s pattern of hair growth is unique; it is difficult to predict exactly how many treatments will be needed to get rid of a large percentage of unwanted hair or the exact cost of doing so. For a better idea of the cost and effectiveness for your particular hair issue, you should schedule a consultation with a doctor who has experience and interest in laser hair removal and newer technology.