DON'T HAVE TIME OR PATIENCE FOR ELECTROLYSIS
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
MAY BE FOR YOU
Laser Hair Removal one of the most popular ways for getting rid of unwanted hair. The laser pulse covers a much larger area, which usually results in lower time commitment and seeing results much faster than with elecrolysis. Laser destroys hair follicles with heat.
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While Electrolysis requires a generous commitment in time and patience, Laser Hair Removal is much faster method. Depending on the area treated, one can see near-perfect results within as little as 3-4 treatments!
Is LASER Permanent?
Only Electrolysis guarantees 100% permanent hair removal. Laser, while extremely effective, is not 100% guaranteed. However, at FYI Medical, we can treat the stubborn areas with both laser & electrolysis, achieving the permanent result you actually want.
Not for Everyone
While Electrolysis can be used on just about any area, laser treatments may or may not be effective (or even desirable) based on factors like: skin color/sensitivity, hair color/type, etc. For this reason a Dr. Consultation is required before treatment.
HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
It all comes down to the melanin in your skin and hair. The relationship between laser and melanin is very important because it affects how laser hair removal works, what hair color it can target, and how it can affect the skin.
Laser is a concentrated beam of light that targets melanin in the hair follicle, which resides inside your skin. When Laser is absorbed by the hair follicle it creates heat that damages the follicle, if the damage is sufficient the hair will not grow back.
WHY CAN'T I TAN BEFORE LASER TREATMENTS (OR AFTER)?
Melanin is the reason we cannot treat skin that has been exposed to sunlight or has began the tanning processes. When unprotected skin is exposed to direct sunlight it starts producing melanin in the skin at the Epidermis layer, which is much higher up than the Dermis layer where your hair follicle resides. Unfortunately, the Laser does not know the difference between Hair and Skin, therefore if you have dark or tanned skin the light will be absorbed by your skin before it reaches your hair follicle, possibly causing an adverse side effect.
After laser treatment, you'll want to keep your skin out of the sun, as exposing it to laser is not much different as exposing it to the sun, and we do not want to overdo it especially while it is the most sensitive and vurnelable.
WHY CAN'T I USE SPRAY-ON TAN?
As mentioned above, Laser is a concentrated (HOT) beam of light. Due to this, the area of skin that is to be treated with laser must be clear of any and all chemicals, cremes, make up, etc. including Spray on Tan. If heated up, most of these compounds could combust - which would be a highly unadvisable to say the least.
WHAT CAUSES UNWANTED HAIR GROWTH?
Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormone levels. Also, some medications, stress, temporary methods of hair removal, and certain conditions (ovary, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal glands) can stimulate hair growth. Laser and Electrolysis may be an option when hair growth is in an area of the body where it is not desired. Just like with Electrolysis, Laser cannot stop new hair from growing but it can remove already existing hair. However, unlike with Electrolysis, Laser can sense the hair/melanin underneath the skin and can remove 50 times more hair follicles per pulse than Electrolysis.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
On average it takes 6-8 treatments on the body, however, it may take more treatments for facial hair. Hair grows in cycles, stages and all permanent methods of hair removal require a series of treatments. Many factors influence hair growth and its cycles, so most people will need to return for several visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person.
HOW LONG ARE THE TREATMENTS?
Laser can target as many as 50 hair follicles per second, therefore most treatments don’t require more than 15min.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO REMOVE HAIR?
Laser is most effective when hair is treated in the growing stage, when melanin concentration in the hair follicle is higher. We recommend a series of treatments at perfectly timed intervals, in the course of several weeks to months depending on the area of the body, to ensure that most follicles are targeted when they are in the process of growth.
WILL THE REMOVED HAIR COME BACK?
Laser is classified as permanent hair reduction. That being said, the hair that is successfully destroyed by the laser beam is still hair permanently gone and will not return. Once the hair follicle is taken care of, no new hair can grow out of it. A few years after treating an area fully, some new hair follicles can prop up. Our bodies have up to 10,000 hair follicles per square inch, most of those will stay dormant, however, with age, or change in hormones, those dormant hair follicles activate and produce new hair. A maintenance visit of once every 6 months to a 1 year will keep the hair at bay.
IS ELECTROLYSIS SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?
There are no known adverse side effects of laser hair removal during pregnancy. However, we do recommend that you wait until the little one is born. That excess hair is most likely caused by higher levels of hormones during pregnancy and it usually goes away on its own after you have the baby.
If in doubt, ask your doctor and your dermatologist. We will need a letter from them before proceeding.
IS LASER PAINFUL?
In most cases, Laser actually does not cause much discomfort. A topical anesthetic cream may be used in some cases.
IS LASER EXPENSIVE?
At FYI Medical, we believe we have the most affordable prices and plans for both Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal. Please check out Our Prices, compare with others, and we're positive you'll conclude that it is actually not all that expensive (if you're serious about getting rid of unwanted hair, and also, not having to shave, depilate, epilate or wax ever again).
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
We use the awesome CANDELA GentleLease line of laser machines, surgical loupes, and sterilize all necessary instruments as per the Ohio Medical Board guidelines.
THINGS TO KNOW AND DO
BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT
~ 1 ~Avoid the sun or tanning booths for 4 to 6 weeks before treatment. If you are going to be treating sun-exposed areas, apply sunblock (at least SPF 15) each morning for one month before treatment.
~ 2 ~No bleaching, plucking, electrolysis or waxing of hairs in desired treatment area for 6 weeks.
~ 3 ~If you have a history of herpes or cold sores, you may need antiviral medication. This medication should be started one day before laser treatment and continued for one week after treatment.
~ 4 ~You may shave as often as desired.
~ 5 ~Carefully shave the treatment area the evening before your laser session.
~ 6 ~Arrive at our office with the treatment area clean and free of makeup (if treating face).
THINGS TO KNOW AND DO
AFTER YOUR TREATMENT
~ 1 ~There may be redness or swelling around the treated area. This may last for a few hours. The skin will be sensitive and feel similar to a sunburn. Treat the area gently by keeping the skin moist with Aloe Vera gel. If any blistering or scabbing develops, switch to Bacitracin Ointment and call us so that we are aware.
~ 2 ~Do not pick, rub or scratch the area. Do not use any irritating substances on the treated area (i.e. Retin-A, glycolic acids, alpha-hydroxyacids, hair removal products, etc.) until the skin returns to normal.
~ 3 ~If your face was treated, your skill will be extra-sensitive to heat. Keep away from any heat sources for 24 hours, and maintain a cool water temperature when taking a shower or bath.
~ 4 ~If the treatment area will be exposed to the sun, apply sunblock (at least SPF 15) after the skin returns to normal.
~ 5 ~If your face was treated, you may resume using makeup when the skin looks and feels back to normal.
~ 6 ~Shedding of the hair follicle may or may not occur after 5 to 7 days.
~ 7 ~The treated area should be ready for the next session in about 4 to 8 weeks.
~ 8 ~Call our office if you have any questions or concerns at (614) 715-4394.
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