Laser Hair Reduction
“Smooth, Shave-Free Skin!”
The hair on your head accentuates the more desirable parts of your appearance. However, body hair can be troublesome and inconvenient, especially for those with busy, active lifestyles. Where it is shaved repeatedly, hair becomes stiffer over time, requiring more pressure on the blade to get the same results. That can lead to unsightly skin cuts, skin irritation, shaving bumps, and ingrown hairs in highly sensitive skin areas. Stray facial hairs can constantly re-root, requiring diligence and constant painful plucking.
If you want to “ban the blade” or are just looking for smoother skin without hair maintenance, then Laser Hair Reduction is for you.
Laser Hair Reduction FAQs
How does it work?
The laser is able to target the hair follicles of actively growing hairs and destroys them so they will no longer produce hair. Unlike other lasers, the Sciton laser is very effective for all skin types and can be used even on tanned skin. The computer scanning ability of the laser allows for large areas to be done, allowing for an optimum pattern for your skin type to ensure results with minimal discomfort. A state-of-the-art cooling system is used to remove the heat generated by the laser, in order to provide comfort during the treatment as well as to protect the skin from burning. Treatment is recommended 3-5 times to be done every 4-8 weeks, since the laser can only affect actively growing hairs.
What does it feel like?
Your eyes will be protected using safety goggles. The skin is chilled to protect it from the heat generated by the laser, and to provide anesthesia. We like to see 1-2 days of stubble growth in the areas to be treated. You may hear some minor popping or snapping as the hair follicle is treated. Some people experience a sensation of heat, similar to the feeling of the hot sun directly on your skin in the summer, but no real discomfort. The treated skin will be more sensitive to ultraviolet light, so you will need to avoid the sun and tanning beds for a few days following treatment to avoid causing pigment changes in the skin. (For this reason, this is a great winter time treatment.)
How long will it take to heal?
Redness and slight swelling may last for a few hours after treatment. Like all laser treatments, you will need to stay out of the sun and tanning beds for a few days after treatment.
How long will it last?
Once the hair follicle is destroyed, it will no longer produce hair. However, since the hair follicle must be in the active growth phase to be treated and since there are only approximately 20% of hair follicles in active growth phase at any one time, it is generally necessary to repeat the treatment at least 3-5 times to permanently reduce sufficient hair to avoid shaving in the future.
Why should I choose hair removal using the Sciton laser?
The Sciton laser uses a state-of-the-art continuous chilling system so the skin is cooled before, during, and following the actual laser use to give the maximum amount of comfort and safety. Other laser systems frequently will chill the skin only before and not during the treatment, so there is an increased risk of skin damage, as well as pain from the heat generated by the laser. Therefore, we do not have to use potentially dangerous topical anesthetic, which also helps to improve the safety of the therapy. Dr. Mudd can also use the Sciton BBL light therapy to reduce hair growth as well.