Laser Treatment for Hair Removal
HOW DOES THE LASER TREATMENT WORK?
The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of targeted therapeutic heat. DSC’s utility of latest laser technology for hair removal protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen. Together, the long-pulse laser and the cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT?
Treatment will take place in the office of DSC. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Dr. Shum will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small handpiece. Each laser pulse may be preceded by a short pulse of cooling spray. Treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area and condition being treated.
DOES IT HURT?
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves in several seconds and is minimized by the latest cooling feature. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. Be sure to discuss this when you are with a consultant.
HOW MANY TREATMENT SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
The number of sessions depends on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. For hair removal, multiple treatments are required, as the process is most effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase. Many factors impact the efficacy of individual laser treatments, including the severity of the condition being treated.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR TREATMENT?
Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid plucking, electrolysis or hair waxing for six weeks prior to treatment. If you have had a history of herpes simplex virus and are scheduled for facial hair treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. Also, any hair should be completely removed by shaving, and your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or skin tanning products before laser treatment. The intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth light for 14 days prior to treatment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER TREATMENT?
A cool compress or gel pack may be applied for comfort following your treatment. Any redness or swelling should resolve within a few hours.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE AFTER TREATMENT?
After laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Based on your personal condition, you may be given additional precautions.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
Your risks are minimal. Side effects may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering, and purpura (a laser bruise), in the treated area—these usually do not last more than a few days. Permanent side effects are rare. Be sure to discuss potential side effects with your consultant.
ARE THESE TREATMENTS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Consult your insurance carrier for conclusive information.