Laser hair removal is a very popular treatment for both men and women. It is a safe and effective way to reduce unwanted hair, razor burn and ingrown hairs. Whether you are looking to remove hair from your bikini line and armpits or a few unsightly chin hairs, Renew Skin and Laser guarantees a comforting spa-like experience.
Common Treatment Areas
Treatment areas include the face (chin sideburns, upper lip), neck, legs, arms, underarms, bikini line and back. Our most popular treatments for women are bikini line or brazilian, underarms, lower legs, chin and upper lip. We will work very closely with you to determine what your goals are in order to develop the most effective and cost efficient treatment plan.
How Long Does it Take to See Results?
Laser hair removal is only effective on active hair growth and therefore we recommend treatments 2-4 weeks apart. In most cases it typically takes 4-6 months (treatments) for a person to see the desired results (6-10 months or 8-10 treatments for back and legs). You can expect to see some improvement with each treatment: your hair growth patterns will change both decreasing the number of hairs and your hair should become finer and lighter in color. Most patients will need a touch-up 1-4 times a year to maintain the improvement. As always, a Certified laser specialist will work closely with each patient in determining the best treatment plan.
We do not recommend this treatment for gray or fine, blonde hair.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Renew Skin and Laser uses the state-of-the-art Palomar Starlux, an intense Light (IPL) system for permanent hair reduction. Using a wide beam, IPL quickly treats larger areas instead of treating one hair at a time. IPL hair removal is fast, painless and safe on light and dark skin and hair. Unlike some hair removal treatments, IPL’s intense pulse light energy results in a gentle and pain free skin care treatment, gently removing hair while leaving your skin silky smooth and putting an end to shaving, waxing and tweezing.
How do I prepare for laser hair removal?
- No sun exposure for 2 weeks prior.
- No waxing, tweezing, or electrolysis for 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- No self-tanner for 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- No threading for 10 days prior to treatment.
- Shave the area being treated the same day or the night before.
- No make-up, lotion or deodorant should be worn on the day of your treatment (in the area being treated).
- No topical Retin-A for 2 weeks in the area being treated.
- No oral Retin-A for 3 weeks prior to treatment.
- No Accutane for 6 months prior to treatment.
What is the Laser Hair Removal Process
It is recommended to shave the area that is being treated the day before or the morning of the schedule treatment. The IPL laser will then be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.
Depending on the area of treatment, you will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cool gel. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin more effectively.
Next, we will generate a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for bad reactions.
We will continue to treat the area until we have covered the entire area. This could take anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes for each area (depending on how large the treatment area is). Once complete, we may provide you with ice packs or cooling creams. It is always recommended to protect your skin with sunscreen especially for the first few days after treatment.