Almost everyone has unwanted hair somewhere on his or her body. Excess hair can be a result of certain hormones, use of medication, or genetic predisposition. Of course, even a small amount of hair can be undesirable, especially when it is dark or thick.
Shaving, waxing, and electrolysis fail to produce permanent hair removal. But permanent hair reduction CAN be achieved through laser treatments at M.D. Laser Studio. Generally five treatment sessions should be expected -- each one month apart -- to obtain the desired degree of hair thinning or elimination. The sensation produced by the laser has been likened to that of a rubber band snap against the skin. Although there is usually no skin reaction, some patients may experience mild redness and swelling, which typically resolves within a couple of hours. After each treatment session, hair regrowth is typically slower, producing hair that is finer in texture, and more sparse.
Side effects and complications of this treatment are extremely minimal and may include the following:
- Incomplete removal of hair
- Skin lightening (hypopigmentation)
- Skin darkening (hyperpigmentation)
- Folliculitis (from ingrown hairs)
- Skin textural change
- Allergic reaction to ointment or anesthetic cream
These complications are rare. The GentleMax Pro™ laser used by M.D. Laser Studio is "color blind," treating all skin types. It selectivity helps to protect the skin, while effectively treating the unwanted hair. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair follicle but leaves the surrounding skin unaffected. Skin is further protected during treatment by a Dynamic Cooling Device, which sprays cryogen onto the skin to cool the upper layers and provide patients with increased comfort. After permanent hair reduction treatments at M.D. Laser Studio, most patients happily report smooth skin, free of razor bumps and stubble.