Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal treatments make use of laser energy to both permanently remove, and reduce the growth of unwanted hair. There are various laser systems designed to optimize hair removal in treatment, and here at Procerus Skin Care, we deploy a number of different lasers, hand selected by our board certified physician, with the best possible wavelengths. These systems are used in combination to achieve the highest degree of permanent hair reduction possible while reducing potential risk. When Ann Arbor Laser Hair Removal patients are looking for the best permanent laser hair reduction, at competitive prices, they come to Procerus Skin Care. Dr. Gilmore has overseen more laser hair removal treatments than anyone in Michigan, and personally ensures her staff is up to date with the most current and effective techniques in the industry.
What do I do on the day of my laser hair removal?
Once the right wavelengths and combination of wavelengths have been personally selected for you, the Procerus Skin Care laser hair removal treatment series is very simple. The area is shaved quite short, so only stubble of hair is emerging from the skin. It is important you come to the clinic with stubble so the laser nurse/technician can see the full extent of your unwanted hair removal zone. The laser applicator is then applied over the area and the laser energy delivered. The laser energy travels down the hair heating, then destroying, or greatly impeding the growth of the follicle. The hair shaft acts as a “lightning rod” for absorption of the light-based energy from the laser. The treatment is fairly quick and after a successful treatment,you will be provided with aftercare instructions so you will know your next step in skin care.
Is laser hair removal safe?
As with any medical treatment, the use of lasers can have some side effects. However, side effects are usually minimal and manageable. Advanced research has resulted in a safe technique that effectively minimizes the risk of scarring and substantially reduces most complications following treatment. Advances have also minimized the amount of discomfort patients experience during laser hair removal treatments. During consultation, and before initial treatment, we will provide pre and post care instructions for your treatment plan.
The Procerus Skin Care Difference
The lasers used at Procerus Skin Care are fast, which reduces treatment time for our laser hair removal patients and are able to treat most skin types. Our technology provides long-lasting hair removal, and our series of six treatments performed at different intervals of the growth cycle ensures this. Procerus Skin Care uses only the latest technology available. Our current state of the art equipment for Laser Hair Removal consists of the Candela Gentle Max Pro Alexandrite and NDYAG, Alma Harmony XL SHR and Syneron Diode RF Motif. The NDYAG and Diode Motif specifically are very effective and safe in people with darker skin types, allowing us to treat a broad range of skin colors and skin tones. The Alexandrite is a gold standard for dark hair with light skin, with fast results. The SHR allows us to go after more fine hairs, as does the Diode RF. Hence we can utilize different lasers during different times in your treatment series to ensure an optimum outcome.
The GentleMax Pro at Procerus Skin Care Ann Arbor Michigan will treat the skin with cryogen spray just before the laser energy providing strong numbing to the skin so the laser energy does not hurt, thus providing painless hair removal for all skin types and body or face hair treatment zones.
The Cynosure Elite, 755 nm Alexandrite and the Elite1064nm NdYAG is a dual wavelength laser from the laser company cynosure. The Elite has been one of the most popular laser hair removal devices in North America, as it is very versatile and gives great permanent reduction. The Elite laser has two “gold standard” wavelengths for Laser Hair removal, the 755nm Alexandrite and the 1064 NdYAG, to optimize permanent reduction. The 755nm is very good for lighter skin types with dark hair and the NdYAG 1064nm is very effective and safe for darker skin types. The Elite is very specialized and allows the physician/technicians to blend both the 755nm alexandrite/ 1064 nm NdYAG, in varying degrees within the same pulse configurations. The ability to kill more hair with two laser wavelengths fired at the same time, ensures more follicles and bulbs will be killed.
Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?
Good candidates for laser hair removal are realistic patients who have been selected based upon their understanding of the risks and benefits of recovery of the procedure. In general, there are very few risks resulting from laser hair removal, but the application of any laser can result in a thermal injury, pigmentation abnormalities and a scar, unless you select a provider, like Procerus Skin Care, that has a high degree of experience in the application of laser energy to reduce these risks as much as possible. Some centers will decrease the fluency or use low fluency, long pulse durations, or high-repetition laser systems that have virtually no risk but also little to no efficacy. Often these kinds of laser systems will result in 10, 12 or 14 treatments and you will find 50% or less of the hair follicles have been permanently reduced.
Persons who may not qualify for permanent laser hair removal may include those individuals who may be pregnant at the time of the procedure or individuals with an inflammatory, infectious or cancerous growth in the region of treatment.
How long will the results of my Procerus Skin Care laser hair removal series last?
*After a series of six treatments, most Procerus Skin Care Laser Hair removal patients will notice between 60% and 80% permanent reduction. Those hairs that are not permanently reduced will be made smaller (micronization), will grow hair that is finer and not as dark and will also synchronize growth cycles. Synchronization of the hair growth cycles after 6 treatments and after 70% or 80% reduction, is generally desirable because we also prolong telogen, or the sleeping phase. So, most patients will experience hairlessness for many months in each area following a Procerus Skin Care laser hair removal series and when the hair that did not get killed gets regrowth, they’re able to come into Procerus Skin Care for a maintenance treatment at special pricing for the small percentage of hairs that have been resistant to the multi- wavelength series of laser hair removal treatments.
*There’s no guarantee of specific results and the results can vary.