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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal (LightSheer, Cutera) - Vancouver, WA

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Overview

The Medical Spa at PeaceHealth Medical Group offers laser hair removal with diode and Nd:YAG laser systems to help patients effectively and permanently remove hair from most areas of their face and body. Women often want permanent hair removal from the legs, face, bikini area, and underarms. Men can save time by having laser hair removal on their face, neck, chest, or back. Residents of the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington who are tired of shaving, waxing, and other temporary hair removal methods, should consider investing in laser hair removal to save themselves time and energy.

Lumenis® LightSheer®

At The Medical Spa at PeaceHealth Medical Group Plastic Surgery, we use the The LightSheer Diode Laser System, which offers high power and both short and very long (400 ms) pulses to safely and effectively treat all skin types including tanned skin and the broadest range of hair colors, diameters, and depths. LightSheer’s exclusive ChillTip™ provides continuous cooling of the skin for maximum patient comfort and safety.

Cutera®

The Cutera laser system uses truPulse™ Nd:YAG laser to efficiently and permanently remove hair from the treated areas. The Cutera includes contact cooling to increase the patient’s comfort and allows patients to return to their daily lives right away with no downtime needed. Cutera is safe for all skin types and tones. For added benefits, the Laser Genesis™ can be included during the treatment to revitalize and smooth the skin.

Laser Hair Removal Procedure

During laser hair removal, it is common for multiple treatments to be done to ensure that the hair follicles are completely destroyed. At any given time, a certain number of hairs are in a resting phase, rather than a growth phase. Because the laser treatment is not effective on the hair follicles that are not actively growing, multiple sessions are needed. On average, it takes about 3 to 5 treatments to permanently disable new hair growth. These sessions are spaced between 3 or 4 weeks to make sure the area has already recovered from the previous session. During the procedure, the skin is stretched slightly so that the laser can precisely target the hair follicle roots. When this happens, the follicle absorbs the heat and ultimately falls off and stops regrowing.

What to Expect

Because of the vacuum, patients will feel slight pressure on the area that is being treated. The laser beam can slightly sting, but cool temperatures will be applied between pulses to help with the patient’s discomfort. The application of cold blast also minimizes side effects high temperatures may cause. Sessions may last from 15 minutes up to an hour for larger areas, such as the back. Although patients can resume normal activity after treatment, the treated area will look and feel similar to a sunburn. Patients should avoid exercise for about 24 hours to allow the skin to calm, and sun exposure should be avoided during treatment.

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Recovery Time  
None
Average Procedure Time  
15 Minutes
Post-op Follow-up  
None
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Best Candidate?

Individuals with light skin and dark hair generally are the best candidates for laser hair removal. That being said, individuals with varying skin tones and hair color can also be considered for this treatment, but in order for the laser to “find” the hair and effectively treat it, it has be able to “see” it. Therefore, those with light skin and very light blonde hair may not be the best candidates for this procedure.

Can I Only Have 1 Session?

The series of treatments is designed to ensure that all hair growth is permanently suppressed. There will be significant reduction, but not all hair follicles are destroyed in the initial session and some may continue to grow. The additional sessions ensure that the remaining growing hairs will also be terminated. 

How Long Is Recovery?

There is no downtime following laser hair removal and patients can usually resume their normal routine. There will be tingling and slight redness on the treated area that subsides after a few hours. Afterwards, the skin may look and feel like it’s sunburnt. Cooling creams or ice packs may provide relief to the burnt feeling. Sun exposure must be limited several weeks before and after treatment.

Is This Permanent?

Once the follicle is removed, the hair cannot regrow. However, with a single treatment, not all follicles are destroyed and those that survive normally will still grow hair. This is the reason why follow-up treatments are required to completely remove all growing hair the initial treatment missed. 

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