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For men and women alike, the ongoing management of excessive or unwanted body hair can be a real nuisance in their daily grooming rituals. Temporary solutions for hair growth, such as shaving, waxing, tweezing and depilatories, aren’t just tedious; they are often painful, costly and time-consuming. Excess hair growth can be a source of embarrassment and frustration and can leave you feeling less than your best in your own skin.

Fortunately, advancements in laser technology have provided patients with an effective and long-lasting solution for reducing or eliminating the appearance of unsightly hair growth. With little to no discomfort or downtime, laser hair removal delivers lasting silky smooth skin by preventing hair from regrowing. In a series of laser hair removal treatments at Vitahl Medical Aesthetics, you can achieve the soft, flawless skin you desire and say goodbye to temporary hair removal methods for good.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

At Vitahl Medical Aesthetics, our laser device accomplishes hair removal by emitting targeted beams of light directly into the hair follicle. This light is attracted to the melanin present in your hair, which is what gives your hair and skin its pigment. When the laser light enters the hair follicle, it heats and damages the hair bulb to prevent future regrowth. The device settings are calibrated to the specifics of each patient based on the color and coarseness of their hair, ensuring both maximum light absorption by the follicles and that there is no damage to the skin surrounding the area. Laser hair removal is virtually painless and provides a safe and effective way to achieve lasting smoothness.

Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

In the past, only individuals with fair skin and dark hair saw fast and lasting results with laser hair removal due to the contrast between the melanin present in their skin and hair. Generally speaking, the more melanin present in the skin or hair, the darker it will be. However, today, laser hair removal can be a safe and highly effective treatment for patients with other combinations of skin tones and hair colors, including those with dark skin and dark hair. During your initial consultation, our laser specialists will carefully assess your concerns and goals to determine if laser hair removal is right for you.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Laser hair removal can be used to treat any area of the body where you have unwanted hair growth — even delicate areas such as the face or bikini region. Some of the most common treatment areas for men and women include:

  • Underarms
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Stomach
  • Back
  • Bikini area
  • Face and neck

Preparing For Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal will require some preparations in the weeks leading up to your first appointment. Temporary hair removal methods such as waxing, plucking or depilatories will need to be avoided for at least six weeks prior to your laser hair removal session to ensure the laser can identify the melanin in the hair follicle. You will also need to shave your desired treatment area or areas 24 hours before your appointment. During your initial consultation, our laser specialists will provide you with all pre-treatment instructions to maximize the safety and effectiveness of your procedure.

What to Expect From Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

When you arrive for your laser hair procedure at Vitahl Medical Aesthetics, your treatment areas will first be cleaned and prepped, and a topical numbing cream may be applied if you have concerns about your comfort during your appointment. Both you and your laser specialist will wear protective eyewear during treatment to filter out any harmful light throughout your treatment. The duration of your treatment will vary depending on the size and number of treatment areas. Smaller areas such as the chin or upper lip may only take a few minutes to treat, whereas larger areas like the legs can take up to an hour.

During the procedure, your laser specialist will hold the skin of your treatment taut and use a handheld applicator to deliver concentrated light pulses directly into your hair follicles. Patients often liken the sensations experienced during laser hair removal to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against the skin. However, thanks to the contact-cooling feature on our laser device, these sensations are generally well-tolerated. The melanin in the hair will absorb the thermal light energy, in turn, vaporizing the hair so that it cannot grow back.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatment sessions you will require to achieve optimal results will be determined by several factors, including your skin type, hair density and natural hair growth cycle. We typically recommend our patients undergo four to six treatments spaced six to eight weeks apart for best results. Multiple treatments are necessary because hair growth occurs in three different stages, and each hair is a different phase of the growth cycle. By undergoing a series of treatments, we can ensure every hair in your target area is treated, and you remain stubble-free. With each successive treatment, you will see fewer and fewer hairs return.

Is There Any Downtime Needed After Laser Hair Removal?

No downtime is needed after your laser hair removal appointment. While you may experience some redness and swelling in the treated area or areas, most patients will usually resume normal activities or return to work right away. These side effects are generally mild and should resolve within a few days. Be sure to follow your laser specialist’s instructions for post-treatment care, including avoiding sun exposure and tanning, specific hair removal methods and any skincare products that could cause irritation.

What Results Can I Expect From Laser Hair Removal?

While laser hair removal treatments are quick and painless, it will take some time for the results of your treatment sessions to become apparent. Over the weeks following your hair removal appointment, your treated hair will gradually shed. After completing your recommended course of treatment sessions, patients can remain smooth and hair-free for months or even years. If hair regrowth occurs, the hair is often finer, lighter in color and less noticeable. Touch-up treatments may be required down the line to address new hair growth that appears over time.

To learn more about laser hair removal and whether it is right for you, contact Vitahl Medical Aesthetics today at 303-388-7380 to book your consultation.

Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions

Laser Hair Removal can remove hair from all parts of the body including the face, legs, arms, underarms, and back. It can also treat sensitive areas like the chest, areola, and bikini line.

Most areas require 5 to 10 treatments, but the number of treatments you may require for optimal long-term benefits depends on various factors such as your hair thickness, the area treated, and your hair growth cycle. Interestingly, not all hairs are actively growing at the same time, but actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. Our laser systems work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.

You may feel a series of short snaps, somewhat like a small rubber band snapping, but no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required. However, some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.

Treatment times will vary depending on the area being treated.

Immediately following your treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be re-growth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment, and are not re-growing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave.

No. Laser or light-based system cannot treat blonde, white, red or gray hair since there is no melanin in it to absorb the light. We will evaluate if you are an appropriate candidate at the time of your consultation.

Yes. With our laser hair technology, we are able to treat all skin types, including light, dark or tanned skin. We will evaluate which laser will be best to use on your skin type at the time of your consultation.

Yes. The beauty of our technology is that it effectively destroys the hair itself without harming the surrounding skin. You may be a little red afterward, but that typically goes away in a matter of hours. As with all medical procedures there is a slight degree of risk, and we will discuss this with you thoroughly when you come in for your consultation.

Our CoolGlide technology is considered the gold standard in the laser industry because of its long history of safety and effectiveness on all skin types. The CoolGlide system's longer wavelength allows it to be used safely and effectively on patients with light or dark skin as well as tanned skin. Our ProWave 770 technology is effective on a wide range of skin types. It is also one of the fastest, allowing for rapid treatments of large areas. Shorter treatment times provide a nice benefit to our patients. Both treatments have cooled handpieces to increase patient comfort and minimizes the adverse skin reaction commonly seen with other lasers. Both treatment systems are safe, effective, and offer long-lasting hair reduction.