Unwanted hair can be a persistent source of frustration and lead many to seek a more effective and longer-lasting solution than traditional methods like shaving, waxing, or plucking. Laser hair removal (LHR) has become a popular and highly effective approach to reduce or eliminate unwanted hair on various parts of the body.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is designed to permanently reduce hair growth so that you can enjoy lasting smoothness that would otherwise only come from daily shaving or regular waxing appointments.
The professionals at Aspire Medispa use GentleLase Pro-U™ to treat areas with unwanted hair because it penetrates the follicle with pulsed laser energy to destroy hair at its root for the permanent reduction or removal of hair growth.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
Precision and Speed
Laser technology precisely targets hair follicles while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Each laser pulse can treat multiple hairs simultaneously, making it suitable for both small and large areas.
While there may be some mild discomfort during the procedure, it is generally well-tolerated, and most patients report minimal pain.
You can achieve the smoothness of freshly shaved or waxed skin without needing a razor or painful waxing treatments.
After a series of sessions, many individuals experience a significant reduction in hair growth, and some may achieve permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal saves time compared to frequent shaving or waxing sessions.
Treats Multiple Areas
Laser hair removal can effectively remove or reduce hair growth on the following areas:
- Upper lip
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The laser emits a concentrated beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin, the pigment in the hair follicles. This absorption generates heat, which damages the follicles and inhibits their ability to produce new hair.
Hair Growth Stages
Hair goes through different growth phases, including the anagen (growth), catagen (transitional), and telogen (resting) phases. Laser hair removal is most effective during the anagen phase when the hair is actively growing and connected to the follicle.
Since not all hair is in the anagen phase simultaneously, multiple treatment sessions are necessary to target hairs at different stages of growth. This approach ensures that a higher percentage of hair follicles are effectively treated.
Addressing Your Laser Hair Removal Concerns
The cost of your laser hair removal with the GentleLase Pro-U™ will depend on the size of the treatment area(s). The staff at Aspire Medispa will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
With the GentleLase Pro-U™, unwanted hair is precisely targeted to destroy the follicle at the root while leaving the surrounding skin and tissue unharmed. This treatment is ideal for those with sensitive skin who experience irritation from shaving or waxing.
Laser hair removal is a non-surgical procedure. Since the treatment is energy-based, there are minimal risks of scarring. Some redness may be experienced after laser hair removal, but this will fade over the following hours or days. Dark skin may not be suitable for LHR since there is a chance of changing the pigmentation in the skin, making it darker or lighter. Your skin type will be evaluated for treatment during your consultation.
You may experience mild tingling and warmth during treatment. The GentleLase Pro-U™ uses a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) to ease discomfort. This device sprays the upper layers of the skin with a burst of cryogen to cool the skin before and after the laser pulse is administered.
Your skin may appear pink or red following the procedure. This discoloration can last anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of days. During this time, restrict sun exposure. Be sure to avoid the sun as much as possible, and wear a UV protection sunscreen in the days following your laser hair removal. You will also want to gently clean the treated skin with mild cleanses, avoiding harsh scrubs and exfoliants. Keep the skin well-hydrated to soothe any redness or dryness, and refrain from plucking, waxing, or using depilatory creams between sessions, as these can interfere with the hair removal process. Laser hair removal with the GentleLase Pro-U™ requires no downtime, and you can return to your usual routine immediately following the treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is laser hair removal permanent?Laser hair removal destroys the hair follicle at the source for long-lasting results. Any remaining hair will be slower-growing, thinner, and less visible.
What are the possible side effects of laser hair removal?The GentleLase Pro-U™ comes with a very low risk of side effects. In the rarest of situations, patients may experience temporary pigment changes.
Will I need repeated treatments?Yes. The average patient requires three to six treatment sessions with the GentleLase Pro-U™. These sessions are typically spaced four to eight weeks apart. The exact number of sessions required will depend on the size and location of the treatment area and will be determined by our Aspire Medispa skincare experts during your consultation.
How long does a laser hair removal session last?Treatment time with the GentleLase Pro-U™ varies depending on the size and number of treatment areas. In most cases, laser hair removal treatments are finished in under an hour.
How do I prepare for laser hair removal?We recommend that you do not wax or pluck the treatment area for two to four weeks before treatment. Shaving is fine because the skin is preserved. You should also avoid direct sun exposure in the days leading up to your treatment.