Laser Hair Removal
Excessive or Unwanted hair has always been an issue for men and women and we have been trying to get rid of unwanted hair for centuries. It is estimated that more than eighty million people in the World have a problem with unwanted hair. Fortunately, a variety of hair removal methods are available, ranging from procedures such as shaving and tweezing to more complex procedures. Many are happy to replace temporary methods with laser hair removal. Whether you are a man who regularly shave your beard, or a woman who removes hair from her face, her legs or bikini area, you will know that temporary hair removal process is time consuming, often painful and can damage and discolor the skin.
Methods of hair removal fall into two general categories: Temporary and permanent. Temporary hair removal involves repeat treatments as hair grows forever, while permanent hair removal, the papilla is dissolved (destroyed) making regrowth impossible. Temporary form of hair removal includes Depilation a process of removing hair at the level of the skin for example the use of hair removal cream or shaving. Epilation, the process of removing hair by hair pulling it out of the follicle, examples are tweezing, wax, sugaring and threading.
Permanent reduction and semi-permanent hair removal includes electrolysis, laser and photo light hair. Electrolysis the process of permanently removing hair by means of electricity while laser hair removal a laser beam (Light and heat) is paused on the skin, impairing the hair follicle. For Electrolysis and Laser to be most effective the hair should be in a growing stage Anagen growth phase stage during which new hair is produced.
At Priscilla’s Pride we use Cutera Cool Glide® Laser Hair Removal For Women & Men of All Skin Types and Tones.
The CuteraCoolGlide Difference
The CuteraCoolGlide was designed to be the most outstanding laser hair removal system on the market for all skin types, from light to dark, including tanned patients. Its unique design, longer wavelength, and innovative cooling allow extremely effective, safe and permanent results.
What do CoolGlide treatments feel like?
As the name implies, the CoolGlidehandpiece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin. When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required; however some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.
How many treatments will I need?
Most areas require 3-6 treatments. However, the number of CoolGlide treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors – hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Interestingly, not all hairs are actively growing at the same time and actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. CoolGlide treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following your CoolGlide treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave.
What are the possible side effects?
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.
How does the CoolGlide compare with electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive, and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to them one at a time. Electrolysis often requires years of treatments at regular intervals. By delivering light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time, the CoolGlide effectively treats an area in just seconds that would take over an hour with electrolysis.