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Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal is an essential part of everybody’s daily routine. Maintaining a manicured look when it comes to your hair makes you appear more attractive and well-kept. Several traditional methods are commonly utilized for hair removal, including waxing, shaving and tweezing. However, these methods are time-consuming and are ultimately costly in the long run. Thankfully, technology has come a long way, allowing you to no longer worry about daily hair removal.

Remove that unwanted dark hair from anywhere on your face and body. Whether it is from the hustle and bustle of a stressful day that leaves you forgetting to shave or the uncomfortable feeling of unwanted hairs or hair stubble, laser hair reduction is your wish granted. With a series of treatments, laser hair removal will dramatically permanently reduce, if not eliminate, those unsightly hairs. Periodic touch-up treatments may be necessary for some individuals.

Residents of Chicagoland and Northshore communities struggling with their hair are encouraged to contact Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a laser hair removal consultation. You can contact us at 847-234-2400 or visit our contact page.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is an effective solution for removing hair for men and women. Traditional methods for hair removal are a hassle and often have to be performed daily to keep hair from regrowing. Not to mention, these methods have other drawbacks such as the possibility of razor bumps, skin irritation and ingrown hairs occurring. Laser hair removal makes these other methods seem archaic.

At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we utilize the technologically-advanced Lumenis Splendor X for laser hair removal. This unique laser uses BLEND X technology, which combines the power of Nd:YAG (1064nm) and Alexandrite (755nm) laser emissions. Combining these lasers allows the treatment to be customized to suit an individual’s hair and skin color and provides a comfortable experience compared to most other laser hair removal laser systems.

During the treatment, the Splendor X laser energy is introduced to unwanted hair follicles to disrupt and inhibit the hair growth process. This laser energy travels safely through the skin without causing damage to surrounding skin tissue. Laser hair removal targets the melanin of unwanted hair specifically, which it becomes absorbed by and eventually destroys. Because of the hair growth process, several laser hair removal treatments are needed to attain optimal results. The hair all across your body is going through different phases. During the anagen phase, when hair growth is the most active, laser hair removal is most effective.

Am I a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a successful treatment for men and women. The treatment is commonly performed on the following parts of the body:

  • Underarms
  • Face and neck
  • Legs
  • Upper and lower back
  • Bikini region

The treatment is particularly ideal if you feel self-conscious about hair on these parts of your body. The treatment can potentially result in permanent hair removal, allowing you to feel confident in your skin. However, some contraindications may prevent you from undergoing treatment. For laser hair removal to be successful, there needs to be a clear distinction between the melanin in your skin and hair. Patients with a light skin tone and light hair tone may not benefit from the treatment because it will be difficult for the laser energy to target the hair specifically. Likewise, patients with a dark skin tone and dark hair tone are advised not to undergo the treatment.

During an initial consultation, your hair concerns will be assessed, and if you are a suitable candidate will be determined. Your medical history will also be reviewed.

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The Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Your laser hair removal treatment begins with cleansing and prepping the treatment site. A topical numbing agent may also be applied to help mitigate any discomfort. Before your provider begins emitting the laser energy from the Splendor X, both of you will put on protective eyewear. Once your treatment site is prepped, and all the necessary safety precautions are in place, your provider will make your skin taut and begin applying the laser energy to the unwanted hair follicles. The melanin within the hair follicles will absorb the laser energy and gradually destroy it in the process.

Your provider will pass the handheld Splendor X device across the treatment site evenly, ensuring consistent results. The treatment is a generally tolerable experience. The sensation experienced each time the laser emits energy is akin to a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, the Splendor X laser features a dual cooling system that is designed to deliver cold air to the treatment area, helping alleviate any heating sensations.

Your treatment time depends on the size of the treatment site and how many areas you are having treated. Small areas, such as hair between the eyebrows, can take several minutes, while a larger size can potentially take up to one hour.

Laser Hair Removal Recovery and Results

You will experience redness and swelling after your laser hair removal treatment. However, these are temporary side effects and indicative that your hair follicles are responding to the treatment. Your provider may recommend applying an ice pack or an anti-inflammatory cream to mitigate these side effects. Patients are also encouraged to apply sunscreen to the treatment site and avoid natural sunlight for several days after their treatment to ensure a healthy recovery.

Immediately after your treatment, some hair follicles will shed. However, it will take several weeks for optimal results to be fully realized as more hair follicles continue to shed. Multiple treatment sessions are needed to achieve total hair removal because of the varying stages of hair growth across your body. Typically, patients are recommended six to eight treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. Your provider will devise a treatment plan to accommodate your unique concerns and lifestyle.

Schedule a Laser Hair Removal Consultation

Traditional hair removal methods are not exactly ideal. They can cost a fortune in the long run, are time-consuming and, well, you always end up with the same result after doing them: hair regrowth. Hair no longer has to be a concern if you undergo laser hair removal. The treatment can potentially reduce up to 80 to 90 percent of hair in your body, allowing you to no longer worry about hair upkeep or to feel self-conscious about hair where it is not flattering. Forget the archaic methods and enter the future by undergoing a laser hair removal treatment with the technologically-advanced Splendor X.

If you are a resident of Chicagoland and Northshore communities and are ready to say goodbye to your hair for good, please get in touch with Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery. Please schedule a consultation by contacting us at 847-234-2400 or visit our contact page.

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