Laser Hair Removal in Modesto
SkinRenew Laser & Cosmetic Surgery offers only the best for our patients.
We investigated, compared, and researched to select the best laser hair removal machine for our community.
As a result, SkinRenew Laser & Cosmetic Surgery partnered with the leading international aesthetic laser company to bring the best state-of-the-art technology in laser hair removal.
We are proud to introduce to our clients the Quanta Light Series – the most technically advanced, safe, powerful, and effective laser hair removal system in the aesthetic industry.
Laser hair removal has never been so easy. Powered by dual laser systems, 755 nm Alexandrite and 1064 nm Nd: YAG, Quanta Light Series provides power, precision, and flexibility to treat almost any skin type safely and effectively.
FDA gave its seal of approval for the permanent reduction of hair growth. Unlike shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading, or any other depilatory methods available, laser hair removal reduces the number of hair follicles permanently.
HOW DOES HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It utilizes highly amplified light to penetrate the skin to individual hair follicles. Melanin (pigment) in the follicles absorbs the light—the laser’s intense heat damages the hair follicle, inhibiting future hair growth.
All hair goes through three distinct phases. Different body locations have different amounts of hair growing in various stages. Like other mammals, human hair growth and shedding are random, not seasonal or cyclical. At any given time, an arbitrary number of hairs will be in three stages of development and shedding: anagen, catagen, and telogen.
Anagen is the active growth phase that lasts several years. The cells in the root of the hair are dividing rapidly. As a result, the hair is thicker and more pigmented in this phase. This pigment serves as a “target” for the laser; thus, treating each follicle during the growth cycle is essential for maximum hair reduction.
Catagen is the transitional phase, lasting only several weeks, during which the hair stops growing but is not yet shed. Then, growth stops, and the outer root sheath shrinks and attaches to the root of the hair.
Telogen is the resting phase. During this phase, the hair follicle is entirely at rest, and the club hair is completely formed. It lasts weeks to months, and at the end of this phase, the hair falls out, and new hair begins to form. About 25 to 100 telogen hairs are shed each day typically.
During the latter two phases, the hair follicle is “hibernating” and relatively immune to any hair removal treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
The number of treatments required varies from individual to individual. This is because hair growth cycles vary on different parts of the body. Your skin and hair color, coarseness of hair, as well as your age, metabolism, gender, ethnicity, hormones, and other individual factors that influence hair growth rate, will determine the number of treatments you’ll need.
Each treatment permanently reduces 10% – 20% of the treated hair. As a result, less hair grows back with each treatment.
Although laser hair removal effectively reduces the number of hair follicles and slows hair growth, it does not guarantee permanent hair removal. It typically takes multiple laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Periodic maintenance treatments might be needed as well.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Anyone can benefit from laser hair removal. However, hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is most effective for people with light skin and dark hair because the laser light targets the melanin (pigment) in the hair.
However, technological advances have made laser hair removal an option for people with darker skin types. At SkinRenew Laser & Cosmetic Surgery, powered by the precision and flexibility of dual laser systems of Quanta Light Series (755 nm Alexandrite and 1064 nm Nd: YAG), we can provide treatments to almost any skin type safely and effectively.
Laser hair removal is generally ineffective for white, gray, red, or blond hair — although treatment options for lighter hair continue to be investigated.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
Laser hair removal is commonly used to remove unwanted hair on the face, neck, armpits, chest, back, genital area, arms, legs, fingers, toes, and feet. It is possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any size – except the eyelid and its immediate surrounding area due to the possibility of severe eye injury.
WHO WILL PERFORM THE PROCEDURE?
Laser hair removal is more than just the “zapping” of unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires advanced training and carries potential risks. At SkinRenew Laser & Cosmetic Surgery, all laser procedures are performed by Dr. Grace Kwon-Hong.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT
Hair should not be waxed, plucked, tweezed, or threaded at least four weeks before the laser treatment. Depilatory agents, such as hair removal creams, or depilatory procedures, such as electrolysis, are not advised. Shaving is recommended for optimal efficacy of laser treatments.
The laser light targets the melanin (pigment) in the hair follicle to effectively treat unwanted hair. Unfortunately, any depilatory method except shaving can temporarily remove the hair follicle, resulting in suboptimal treatment.
Avoid sun exposure or use sunless tanners to the treatment area at least four weeks before and after laser treatment. Use sunscreen with an SFP of at least 30 to protect the skin. Recent sun exposure is contraindicated with laser treatments. A tan from any source can decrease the effectiveness of the laser treatment and increase the risk of complications, such as laser burns, scars, or permanent skin discoloration. Therefore, waiting until the tan fades is advised.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Before the laser treatment, you will meet with our SkinRenew laser hair specialist for a consultation to learn about the procedure, determine if you are a good candidate, and review your overall medical health.
Shave the area to be treated 24 hours before your appointment day. The hair follicles should be visible, but it can be more painful if longer hair is present during laser hair removal.
Most patients do not find the treatments uncomfortable or objectionable. Each laser pulse feels like a brief sensation of heat or feeling of snapping of a rubber band or hot bacon grease on the skin. Certain skin areas, such as the upper lip and bikini, may be particularly sensitive.
At SkinRenew Laser & Cosmetic Surgery, we use a Zimmer Cooler that blows cold air to chill the treatment area before, during, and after the procedure for maximum comfort. An anesthetic cream may be applied if you desire to minimize discomfort.
You may purchase prescription strength numbing cream from us or online by clicking HERE.
When the procedure is completed, you will be given an anti-inflammatory cream or lotion to ease any discomfort you may experience. You may schedule your subsequent treatment four to six weeks later. Routine treatments are advised until you obtain the desired hair thinning or elimination. Then, periodic maintenance is encouraged.
RECOVERY AFTER TREATMENT
For a day or two following your treatment, the treated area of your skin may look and feel as if sunburned and may be accompanied by a slight swelling. Cool compresses and moisturizers (aloe vera gel) may help soothe the skin. Also, you may use over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1% to relieve itching, redness, and swelling. If your face is treated, you can wear makeup the following day.
Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Don’t mistake this for hair regrowth.
After laser hair removal, avoid sun exposure — natural sunlight and tanning beds. Wear sunscreen at all times to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.
Blisters are rare but are more likely in people with darker complexions. Other potential side effects are swelling, redness, and scarring. Permanent scarring or changes in skin color are rare.
RISKS WITH LASER HAIR REMOVAL
The realistic goal of laser hair removal is “permanent hair reduction.” Although existing research indicates that laser treatment is a safe and effective method to remove hair, there is no guarantee that laser treatment will eliminate unwanted hair. Some hair may not go away entirely or may resist the laser treatment despite the best efforts. Results vary significantly from person to person. Even with the persistence of hair, most people report improvement in thickness and color and longer lengths of hair-free periods.
The most common side effects of laser hair removal include the following:
Skin irritation. Temporary discomfort, redness, and swelling in the treated area usually last a few hours. Pain can be eased with regular ice application.
Pigment changes. Laser hair removal might temporarily darken (hyperpigmentation) or lighten (hypopigmentation) the affected skin. These reactions, more common in patients with olive or dark skin tones, can worsen if the laser-treated area is exposed to the sun. Therefore, avoiding sunbathing and tanning beds before and after laser treatment is crucial.
You may purchase prescription strength numbing cream from us or online by clicking HERE.
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