Our Location: 1105 E. Spruce Suite #203 Fresno, CA 93720
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Laser Hair Removal

We use the Light Sheer Diode Laser by Lumenis. It was approved by the FDA in 1998 and was the first laser built strictly for permanent hair reduction. The laser emits energy which is converted to heat. The energy is attracted to the pigment contained in the hair follicle resulting in thermal damage of the follicle. This thermal damage causes delayed re-growth of the hair and ultimately, permanent hair reduction. A series of treatments are required to get the degree of reduction you are looking for. A confidential consultation is required to assess if you are a good candidate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does laser hair removal work for anyone?

The Laser beam finds the hair follicles by targeting the substance that gives skin and hair its color – melanin. Therefore, the ideal candidate for laser has dark hair and light skin. The laser will not work on people with red, white, gray or true blond hair. The laser light will also be attracted to the melanin in the skin, so people with suntans, or dark skin types are at more of a risk for discoloration of pigment and other side effects.

Who should not have laser treatments?

Those who are not ideal candidates are those with red, white, gray, or very light blond hair, those who have used Accutane in the past 6 months, those taking photosensitive medications, those who are tanned or very dark and those who are pregnant or nursing.

How does the laser permanently remove hair?

Laser only destroys hair in its active growth phase, the anagen phase. Up to 85% of our hair is in that phase at any given time. The good thing is that during this phase, the hair has an abundance of melanin and the hair follicle is easily targeted. The hair is attached to a blood supply at this time and is actively growing. When the laser heats the melanin in the hair shaft, the heat destroys the blood vessels and disconnects the hair from the blood supply. The follicle dies.

What does the treatment feel like?

Patients have described the sensation from laser hair removal as discomfort rather than pain; similar to the feeling of a hot rubberband being snapped against your skin. After the laser hair removal treatment, patients can expect the treated area to be red and feel similar to a sunburn.

What are pre and post treatment requirements?

  • Pre Treatment
  • Do not get a laser treatment if you have a suntan.
  • Shave the area to be lasered before coming in.
  • Stop plucking for at least 4-6 weeks before treatment.
  • If you get cold sores or have genital herpes, start taking Zovirax, or similar medicine before treatment.

Post Treatment

  • After the treatment, you may have redness or bumps. This is normal. You may use a cold compress if needed.
  • Makeup may be used. Moisturizer is good to use.
  • Use sun block of SPF 30 while you are having laser treatments because the laser makes you more photosensitive.
  • The only other acceptable hair removal method during your treatment regimen is shaving, if needed.
  • Hair will shed up to three weeks after treatment. It may seem like new hair growth, but it is just the hair coming out. You can help the hairs out by using a loofah or washcloth.

What are the possible side effects or risks involved?

The possibility exists that some side effects or complications can occur given various variables, including:

Normal

  • Itching, during treatment
  • Redness for up to 3 days
  • Swelling (around mouth of follicle) for up to 3 days
  • Pain or tingling

Rare

  • Crusting/scab formation (on ingrown hairs)
  • Bruising
  • Purpura (purple coloring of the skin) on tanned areas
  • Infection
  • Temporary pigment change (hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation)

Side effects occur infrequently and, as a rule, generally are temporary. If any of the above last for more than 3 days, make sure to contact your technician and/or doctor. There is a possibility that settings were set too high and the technician needs to know in order to adjust on your following treatment.

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