Laser Hair Removal
Are there any laser hair removal risks or side effects?
Some people may experience the following potential temporary side effects:
- Redness for up to 3 days
- Swelling around the mouth of the follicle for up to 3 days
- Tingling or feeling of numbness
The following rare side effects are indicative of inappropriate laser type and/or failed adherence to the pre and post-treatment instructions:
- Micro-crusting/scab formation
- Purpura (purple coloring of the skin)
- Temporary pigment change (hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation).
Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
For the vast majority of people, the answer is YES! At Renuev Laser Club Spa we can treat women and men of all ethnicities and skin types. Lasers are attracted to the pigment of the hair, so if you have white hair or very light blonde hair, that hair may not be treatable.
However, it is best to schedule a free consultation to determine whether or not your hair is treatable. As a general rule; best results are seen by those with thick dark hair and light skin but True Laser technology is optimized for each individual’s unique skin type and thereby offers safe and permanent results for virtually all skin tones and hair thicknesses with the exception of fine vellus hairs, aka Peach Fuzz.
Laser hair removal is most commonly performed on the underarms, legs, bikini area, upper lip, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, neck, chest, and arms.
How do I prepare for laser hair removal treatments?
Laser hair removal is more than just “zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training and experience to provide optimum results. Serenity Laser Spa has treated hundreds of patients since we opened and we are experts at the services we provide.
When planning to undergo laser hair removal treatment, you should stop plucking, waxing for two weeks before treatment. True Lasers target the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking and will thereby render treatment ineffective. You may shave as often as you’d like leading up to your treatment date.
You should also avoid sun exposure in the treatment area for two weeks before and after treatment whenever possible. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely. You know your body best, avoid scheduling treatments until you have cycled through any tan you may have previously received.
How does laser hair removal work?
Have you ever wondered how does laser hair removal work? Laser hair removal works by using wavelengths of light to destroy melanin. Laser stands for Light Amplification through the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. True Lasers, or any class IV FDA-approved lasers designed for permanent hair reduction emit wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the pigment of the hair also known as the melanin.
Lasers can effectively destroy hair without damaging the surrounding skin because the hair shaft (hair itself) absorbs all of the laser energy. This is why treatments are most effective on coarse hair, coarse hair has a lot of pigment for the laser to target and can absorb a substantial amount of laser energy. Fine hair such as peach fuzz cannot absorb much heat and has less pigment. Renuev Laser Club Spa’s True Laser devices release a cryogenic coolant spray during each pulse of the laser to minimize any discomfort from the heated hair.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) machines are NOT lasers. These machines do not use a set wavelength of light and are not optimized for either skin type or any particular service. IPL devices lack a True Laser’s ability to produce a set, focused wavelength of light that will only affect the hair shaft known as selective photothermolysis. IPL devices produce a wide bandwidth of light that can heat up all of the surrounding tissue, making it less effective in disabling hair and putting the patient at a higher risk for burns, especially on darker skin.
IPL devices are generally cheaper than True Laser devices, which is why many clinics choose to use them. True Lasers achieve better and faster results than IPL devices.
How long does each treatment session take?
Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as full-body may take up to an hour and a half.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need and how far apart are they scheduled?
- Most patients need between 5 and 10 effective treatments spaced a minimum of 8 weeks apart. Because hair grows in cycles, several sessions are necessary in order to affect all hair in any given area. Treatments are scheduled based on the average length of hair growth cycles, usually once every 6-8 weeks. Hair cycle length varies depending on the body part. The face usually has a shorter treatment cycle and therefore more frequent treatments (about 4-6 weeks apart) whereas the legs and back need less frequent treatments (closer to 6-8 weeks apart).
- All of the treated hair should be expected to shed out within 3 weeks of each treatment. During the shedding phase, hair may look like it’s growing, but it is actually shedding out. Exfoliating and/or scrubbing gently in the shower with a loofa can help speed up the shedding process. In rare cases, hair that doesn’t shed and is growing as usual after 3 weeks may not have been in the growth phase at the time of treatment and therefore have not been affected during the treatment. In any case, please inform your Serenity Laser Spa specialist at the time of your next treatment of any areas of hair that you feel were not affected so that they can adjust the settings if necessary.
- All 6 to 12 treatments should be good effective treatments at aggressive settings in order to achieve permanent results.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Generally, laser hair removal is far less painful than waxing, though the sensation is different. Patients describe the feeling of each laser pulse like that of a rubber band snapping against the skin for a quick second. Pain is only felt briefly while the laser is hitting the skin. Since each laser pulse effectively destroys all the hair in a given area of roughly the size of a quarter, the treatments are fast. Most people do not require an anesthetic cream, though one can be provided to more sensitive patients if requested.
What happens after laser hair removal treatment?
For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help.
Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.
What if I have excessive hair growth?
While the vast majority of patients achieve outstanding results from laser hair removal, people with excessive hair growth particularly in unusual areas may want to explore any possible underlying medical conditions prior to receiving laser hair removal. Men may experience excessive growth due to undiagnosed insulin resistance whereas women with male-pattern facial hair may want to see an endocrinologist to rule out any possibility of PCOS, Hirsutism, or elevated testosterone levels.
Laser hair removal can only destroy hair that’s currently growing. For example, Body Details may treat an area and effectively destroy all of the hair that was growing at the time of treatment, yet a patient may grow new hair (though this is usually just a few strands) due to hormonal changes that trigger new growth from previously dormant follicles such as pregnancy and menopause. Laser hair removal does not stop your body from developing new hair from dormant follicles due to medical conditions after treatments are completed.
The following are potential causes of excessive hair growth:
● Glandular and/or hormonal imbalances
● Insulin resistance
● Thyroid problems
● Reactions to certain medications
● Steroid use
Most people, even with a medical condition, are treatable and achieve great results permanently removing their unwanted body hair. Diagnosing a medical condition prior to treatment will help Body Details to treat you more effectively and better explain to you what to expect before, during, and after treatment. When in doubt, please schedule a free consultation and one of our laser experts will be able to better discuss your concerns and any conditions that may bar you from treatment.
What if I just want less hair in an area?
It is possible to just reduce the amount of hair in an area. Simply purchase a package for the area you would like to thin out and receive successive treatments until you are happy with the amount of remaining hair. Patients should continue treatments until the remaining hairs are too fine for the laser to target, or until they’ve reached their desired level of reduction.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is the safest, most effective method used to permanently remove unwanted hair.
As one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States, laser hair removal is the process of a laser beaming highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigments in the follicles absorb the light and heat up to the point of singeing which then destroys the hair and the surrounding root disabling it from future hair growth.
Lasers have been in use for laser hair removal since 1997. Treatments are quick and easy, and lasers are safe. The heat energy from each laser pulse is optimized and specific so that the skin does not absorb it. Due to the fact that human hair grows in cycles, multiple treatments are required at intervals of a minimum of 6 weeks apart.
What is Fibroblast?
Fibroblast skin tightening is a revolutionary new procedure. It provides an alternative skin tightening without necessitating dangerous surgical procedures. You won’t need to go under the knife or miss weeks of work post-procedure with Fibroblast, but should still expect to see similar results as if you had.
The esthetician uses an electric handheld device called a plasma Fibroblast pen for the procedure. This pen uses a metal probe to ionize atmospheric gas between its tip and the gasses that the skin naturally emits. This forms a plasma charge.
An electrical arc is then created, shrinking the targeted skin. Your tissues will retract and tighten, providing you with a more youthful-looking appearance. Skin elasticity and tightening will continue to improve as time goes on post-treatment, and your skin continues to heal and repair.
Does Fibroblast hurt?
No. Fibroblast treatment is a non-surgical solution for skin tightening. There is no pain associated with this procedure, though some patients may feel a minimal amount of discomfort.
A topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area before the procedure.
Are There Side Effects of Fibroblast?
Immediately after the Fibroblast procedure, you may notice that your skin is red and slightly swollen. This is normal and should subside in around three days. Though you may see a slight redness lingering for up to 14 days.
While the procedure is underway, carbon crusts form on the skin. You should avoid the urge to touch these crusts post-procedure. You can expect them to last around a week. They’ll naturally lift off as new skin appears underneath the treated area.
When you consider that you’re getting a skin tightening solution without the need for dangerous surgery, these side effects are much easier to swallow.
How Long is the Fibroblast Treatment?
Fibroblast treatment length will depend upon the size of the area that’s being treated. You can expect the procedure to take anywhere between half an hour and two hours.
A topical numbing cream will be applied before your treatment and given thirty minutes to take full effect. You’ll also be given a cream after your procedure to help in the healing process.
How often can you do fibroblast?
2- 3 further treatments may be recommended to get the desired results. Appointments must be spaced out by at least 12 weeks. Fibroblast has been shown to be a safe treatment due to its non-invasive nature when done by a fully certified technician.
What do you put on skin after fibroblast?
Splash the area to rinse and gently dab the skin to dry, carefully, not removing any carbon crusts. apply Phyto, spray Colloidal, dab Aquaphor.
Follow this the first 3 full days after the procedure. On day 4 and until the carbon crusts fall off, use the cleanser, colloidal, and very light on Aquaphor.
How long after fibroblast can I wear makeup?
Do not use makeup after the treatment, as it is generally not sterile. First 5-6 days after the treatment, until the crusts fall off, use the antiseptic product and aftercare cream, applying it softly to the treated area.
Is Fibroblast better than Botox?
If you wish for a longer-lasting effect, then Fibroblast is the way to go. Unlike the effects of Botox which last several months, Plasma Pen Fibroblast effects stick around for up to 3 years, although more than one treatment may still be necessary depending on your desired outcome.
Can I exercise after plasma fibroblast?
You may not look your absolute best during the initial healing process (usually 5 to 7 days). We recommend NOT exercising straight after treatment because any heat, steam, or sweat could add to the inflammation already present.
Ideally, you want to avoid excessive sweating for 5-7 days during the healing process.
What areas can be treated with Fibroblast?
- Non-surgical Blepharoplasty.
- Eyelid Tightening, including lower eyelids and excess upper eyelid skin.
- Plasma Face-lift and Plasma Neck-lift.
- Unwanted wrinkles on face – frown lines, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, Lines and Wrinkles around the mouth, necklines, etc.
- Skin pigmentation, age spots on face or hands, sun spots, melasma, chloasma, freckles.
- Scarring including stretch marks, Improvement in the appearance of acne scars, and post-surgical scars.
- Skin imperfections, including skin tags and moles.
- Tightening loose skin on the stomach after pregnancy.
Does the Venus legacy really work?
Venus Legacy is suitable for all skin tones and types, with no risk of pigmentation changes. A 2017 clinical study saw significant improvement in cellulite appearance, and 60% of those in the trial were satisfied with the results.
Venus Legacy can be used in combination with other procedures as a finishing treatment.
We at Renuev Laser Club Spa like to use Venus Legacy in conjunction with our body contouring treatment. That combination increases the effectiveness of both treatments and has our clients coming back for more!
Does Venus legacy reduce fat?
Not only does the treatment reduce both fat and cellulite, but you should also see a noticeable difference in fine lines and wrinkles.
The Venus Legacy™ offers you skin tightening, circumferential reduction, fewer wrinkles, cellulite reduction, and body contouring without surgery.
How long does Venus legacy results last?
Are they permanent? Venus Legacy™ treatments are cumulative, meaning that you will see improved results with each additional treatment. After the final session in your treatment plan, the results will continue to improve for up to three to four months.
Is Venus legacy painful?
Venus Legacy is not painful, in fact, it is somewhat relaxing. It uses Multi-Polar Radio Frequency, Varipulse Technology, and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields which produce a soothing and therapeutic heat matrix over the skin. It also stimulates the creation of new collagen and increases lymphatic flow.
Is Venus legacy safe?
Venus Legacy is safe, non-surgical, and painless. It’s different than most other fat reduction procedures as there is no downtime needed after treatment.
Patients do not have a recovery period and will not experience any Venus Legacy side effects.
Patients feel fine straight after the procedure is done.
Will Venus Legacy work for everyone?
This treatment may be the ideal solution for anyone who has pockets of cellulite and/or excess body fat that they can’t seem to get rid of with diet and exercise alone. Likewise, Venus Legacy™ can help improve the appearance of skin that is starting to lose elasticity and is showing early signs of sagging and wrinkles. For safety reasons, anyone with the following conditions may not be able to get treatments with Venus Legacy™:
- Active inflammation and/or an infection around the treatment area
- Current or history of cancer
- A degenerative neurologic disease or any other disease around the treatment area that’s stimulated by heat (e.g. herpes)
- An internal defibrillator or pacemaker
- Metal implants (excluding dental) in or around the treatment area
- Uncontrolled thyroid gland disorder
- Varicose veins
- Pregnancy or are undergoing IVF procedures
- Skin-related autoimmune diseases
- Silicone implants and/or injections in the area
Does the treatment work on darker skin, too?
Absolutely! Venus Legacy™ uses advanced radio frequency technology to safely and comfortably heat the tissue under the skin’s surface. Radio frequency technology has been proven to be safe and effective for all skin tones, even darker complexions.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for a treatment?
Preparing for a Venus Legacy™ treatment is simple. Cleanse the skin before your appointment. Do not apply lotions, creams, or makeup to the area being treated prior to the treatment session. Finally, remember to remove all jewelry around the treatment area.
How long does the treatment take?
A single session typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes, meaning it’s quick enough to schedule treatments during a lunch break!
Is there any downtime with the Venus Legacy treatment?
There is no downtime at all. The treatment area may appear a little flushed and feel warm to the touch immediately afterward, but these sensations will disappear within one to two hours post-treatment.
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