Is the ongoing routine of dealing with unwanted hair becoming an ordeal? When you consider all the time and money you spend for relatively short-lived results, why not seek a treatment of lasting value? With the help of the experts at Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo Centre in Waltham, MA, laser hair removal can help you get and keep that silky-smooth skin feeling long-term.
While traditional hair removal options have a long list of negatives that we all know too well, laser treatments offer a solution with a list of advantages that are worth considering. If you’re curious as to whether this might be the solution you’re looking for, then read more to learn about this tried and true method that is growing in popularity every year.
Getting to Know Laser Hair Removal
There is an alternative to the arduous, messy, and short-lived approaches to hair removal. Laser treatments effectively deal with unwanted hair, even thinning and lightening your hair as it reduces its ability to regrow. After your first treatment, you’ll reveal silky-smooth skin that lasts longer than alternative hair removal choices.
The real advantage is over time as your regrowth continues to slow, with any new hairs coming back lighter and thinner than ever. Over time, the results are achieved with fewer treatments, even proving permanent for some.
Since its advent in 1997, laser hair removal has become an increasingly popular treatment. The team at Finesse has kept up with the innovations and offers options to most effectively target your body hair concerns. With laser precision, you can deal with unwanted hair on your legs, lips, back; basically, any area you want to target is possible.
Consider the Alternatives
Shaving, plucking, waxing, and creams each come with a list of negatives that make life very uncomfortable. The pain of waxing pushes you to tears as they pull out patches of hair, often leaving sticky bits to contend with as you drive home. Plucking is not any better: you just wrench one painfully noticeable hair from your skin at a time.
Then there’s shaving. This pick really is as old-fashioned as it sounds, scraping a razor-sharp blade across your skin with all the risks of nicks and cuts, as well as the aggravating sensitive patches of razor burn. The smell and side effects of depilatory creams leave a lot to be desired, too.
All these methods have your hair regrowing way too soon. You might even divide the time from treatment to treatment as one part sensitive, smooth skin, one part semi-smooth but regrowing hair, and one part overgrown to almost long enough to address again. Options like waxing even require you to wait for 1/4 inch of growth before you can deal with the regrowth!
Are these antiquated treatments helping you enhance your health and beauty, or draining it? As you hide the offending areas until you can deal with them again, have you ever wondered if there is a better way?
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
A beam of light is lasered directly at your hair follicles, heating them down to the root. The heat destroys the follicle at its base, stunting its ability for regrowth. However, the nature of the laser doesn’t permit it to reach deeper tissue or affect the surrounding skin, so there is no damage at either the epidermis or lower dermis levels.
Once lasered, an area will be hair-free for several weeks, and when the hair does regrow, it will be thinner with each successive treatment and easier to remove. The laser targets hairs in the first of the three growth cycles (growth, dormant, shedding), as this is the cycle where melanin (pigment) is produced. Since approximately 20-30% of your hair is in this cycle at any one time, your treatments are scheduled repetitively. Intervals of 4-8 weeks are preferred.
The laser is a beam of light that travels straight to the target with excellent precision. This feature has made lasers ideal for many medical treatments and procedures. The type of light employed in laser hair removal targets the pigments in your hair, leaving your skin virtually untouched.
Is Laser Hair Removal a Good Fit for Me?
Who Does Laser Treatment?
While laser treatment will have varying results, most individuals will experience initial smoothness with their hair growing back thinner and less often than before treatment. Adhering to a course of treatment as prescribed by an expert consultant is essential for gaining optimum effects.
Since the laser targets hair pigment, individuals with hairs that are lighter than their skin are generally not ideal candidates for laser treatments. Individuals with white, gray, and very light blond or red hairs will not have preferred outcomes with laser treatment.
Picking a Treatment
Laser treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. While one laser is preferred for a certain skin tone and hair type, it won’t be optimal for another. Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center offers a wide array of the best clinical lasers to help each individual achieve their best outcomes. While other centers employ just one type, we understand that this isn’t effective and can even be risky.
We employ the Cynosure Apogee Elite laser, which contains both Alexandrite and Nd:YAG lasers in one system. This diversity allows us to address all skin types and deliver maximum results. Our staff will employ our gold-standard technologies as they choose the best laser for you. Our priority will always be your safety as we deliver excellence in your journey to optimize your appearance.
Which Areas Can Be Treated and How Often?
Although some areas are more commonly targeted, laser treatment can address unwanted hair virtually anywhere on the body. Here are a few common areas:
- Lip and chin (delicate precision perfect for small sensitive areas)
- Bikini area (hard-to-reach and maintain areas)
- Legs and thighs (robust, long-term solution to larger areas)
- Chest and back (areas where immediate, dense regrowth is a problem)
- Nipples (targeting hair in sensitive areas, but not the sensitive nerve endings)
You never have to wait for hair to grow above the skin before your next treatment. Shaving before your first visit is actually recommended, as laser treatment is ideal when there’s no hair growth visible. Once your practitioner advises, you’re ready to head back for another treatment. You’ll never need to wait for regrowth to deal with unwanted hair again.
What Can I Expect?
Most clients report a tingling sensation in the treatment. No numbing or anesthesia is needed. Our cooling systems are state of the art and enable our lasers to treat you with minimal discomfort. For more sensitive skin, we can prescribe a topical numbing cream for small areas that you will apply before treatment. Results from the treatment will vary based on your hair’s density and growth cycle. However, many patients report positive effects on hair reduction after only one treatment, with ongoing improvement being evident with a package of treatments over time.
Treatments are relatively short, depending on the size of the area you’re waxing. There is no recovery time, and with the ease of scheduling, many patients schedule sessions during breaks at work or between errands and appointments. Your treatments should ideally be repeated in 4-8 week intervals per the guidance of one of our expert consultants.
Are There Risks to Laser Treatments?
Unlike all other hair removal methods you might try at home, laser treatments will not damage your skin. Where shaving can leave nicks, waxing, and depilatory creams can be overly harsh and painful, laser hair removal targets your hair only. Laser technology focuses the beam on the pigment in your hair, with the light being absorbed into the follicle, not into your skin. After each treatment, the laser reveals your skin’s natural, silky-smooth feel without damaging the delicate epidermis.
While each person has a different degree of sensitivity, most patients report minimal discomfort that does not register as painful. When comparing, often they report that experiences with waxing and other laser treatments were much more uncomfortable when compared with our system.
Laser hair removal is scheduled at your convenience, as it requires no downtime to recover. Many patients schedule it over lunchtime or on breaks at work, as it takes a relatively short period of time, depending on the size of the area being lasered.
In your pre-consultation, we will review the rare cases where you might have increased sensitivity to the laser (certain medications, tanning beds, or extreme sun exposure). Our priority is your safety as we empower you to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Our professional team has the experience, training, and credentials to give you a strong foundation as you look for a partner in your goals for aesthetic optimization. Our directing doctors have worked with pioneers in the field, performing thousands of cosmetic procedures over the years. Our dedication to remaining at the forefront of aesthetic advancement ensures we always give you the best.
Strategy and Care
We have chosen gold-standard strategies, like employing the best clinical lasers so we can individualize delivery for result efficacy. We pair this with genuine care about your well-being and devotion to your goals as demonstrated in our years of work and growing community of satisfied customers.
To ensure the best foundation for your journey, we believe an initial consultation is key. When you join us for this complimentary session, you’ll have options like a test spot so you can experience the laser sensation. We can directly talk through your thoughts and questions as we guide you through the process to see if laser treatment might be right for you.
We work with you to ensure you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal before you make any commitments. However, we can be ready to start the same day if you’re a good candidate and want to take the plunge.
Privacy and Confidentiality
No question is too sensitive. In our calm, inviting atmosphere, your privacy is paramount. Whether you’re wondering if laser treatment can address nipple hair over a breast implant (and it can!) or are unsure about the details of a Brazilian, we are here to help you effectively navigate any situation to optimize your aesthetic goals.
Get Rid of the Hair for Good
Have you had it with unwanted hair? Are your ongoing attempts to keep your skin smooth delivering only limited results? Is the effort not worth the outcome with regrowth emerging so quickly? Take the first step to deal with the situation and consider laser hair removal. The long-term benefits of smoother skin make laser treatments a compelling option.
Reach out to our professionals at Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center in Waltham, MA, and let us guide you through their portfolio of choices for the fit that best prioritizes your needs. Book your complimentary consultation today.