Pulsed Light Hair Removal

Many patients have unwanted body hair due to genetics, changes in hormones, and/or drug therapy. Among the many methods of hair removal, only electrolysis and pulsed light therapy offer a permanent solution. Pulsed light treatment is more efficient, less painful, and faster than electrolysis. Areas of the body commonly treated include the face, underarms, bikini area, legs, back, chest and abdomen.

Procedure

  • This skin care procedure removes unwanted hair by delivering a pulse of intense light directly into the hair follicles.
  • The light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles and converted to heat, which then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.
  • This only works on those follicles that are actively producing hair at the time of treatment. Because hair grows in cycles, some areas require repeat sessions to impact all follicles and achieve the desired results.
  • Most patients experience a slight stinging sensation. Ice and/or Aloe Vera gel are applied to alleviate discomfort. For more sensitive areas, a topical anesthetic may be used. Most areas usually require three to five treatments, usually 4-6 weeks apart depending on the area of the body.

Recovery

Immediately after treatment, the area may be slightly red and patients will feel like they have a mild sunburn. Within two weeks, the hairs will push out. Sports and strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few days following treatment. Treatment is not recommended for anyone with a tan. All sun exposure should be avoided before, during, and after treatment sessions.

Results

Most patients seeking the removal of unwanted hair may be candidates for pulsed light hair removal therapy. However, some medical conditions contraindicate the use of lasers. These include, but are not limited to, herpes, lupus, pregnancy, and melanoma. Some of the most dramatic results have been achieved in patients with ingrown hairs or "razor bumps". Hair of all colors (except white) responds to pulsed light treatment. From fine hairs found on the upper lip to thick hairs typical of the bikini area, hair of all thicknesses can be successfully treated.

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