Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair reduction is becoming an increasingly popular hair removal treatment among men and women who would like an alternative to shaving and waxing.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair reduction can be used to remove unwanted hair from almost any area, including the face, underarms, arms, bikini area, legs, back, and chest. The ACPS Added Touch Medical Spa offers two lasers that target hair removal: the Candela 1064 Gentle YAG and the IPL 650-1200nm hand piece. Both lasers are considered appropriate for use on all Fitzpatrick skin types, including the darkest tones. The Candela is considered to be very effective at hair removal and the better choice for the darkest skin tones, thought it causes some discomfort. Our patients prefer to use lidocaine numbing cream on the area being treated, making the Candela a better choice for treating small areas.

The IPL 650-1200 nm handpiece, is considered to be less painful, and, therefore, ideal for treating larger areas where lidocaine toxicity from a numbing cream may be a concern. A series of treatment sessions are required for the most effective reduction of hair as only actively growing hair may be targeted for removal. In this way, hairs that were in a dormant growth phase during a previous session can be treated in a future one. In addition, individual factors such as hair and skin color can affect the required number of sessions. Some reddening may be experienced in the treated areas, but most can return to normal activities immediately after a session.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is usually some discomfort associated with laser hair removal, but it is often compared to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Most people find the discomfort to be manageable and well worth the long-lasting results of laser hair removal.

The number of treatments required for optimal results can vary depending on factors such as skin and hair type, as well as the area being treated. However, on average, most people require 6-8 treatments to achieve permanent hair reduction.

Laser hair removal can be performed on most skin types. However, it is important to consult with a qualified laser technician who can assess your skin and hair type and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

Like with any medical procedure, there are potential risks associated with laser hair removal. However, when performed by a trained and experienced technician, the risks are minimal. Some risks include skin irritation, pigment changes, and even burns.

Laser hair removal can be performed on virtually any part of the body where unwanted hair grows. This includes the legs, underarms, bikini area, face, back, and chest. However, some areas may require more sessions than others to achieve optimal results.