Shaving, waxing, and tweezing are time-consuming and painful hair removal methods. At Elevate Medical Spa, in Petoskey, Michigan, Marti Goetz, FNP-C, offers laser hair removal for permanent hair reduction. With laser hair removal, you may never have to shave again. Call Elevate Medical Spa to find out if you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure that can permanently reduce hair on your legs, arms, back, underarms, bikini line, and other areas of the body that often have unwanted hair.
Marti uses the Solta Pelo system or the Alma Harmony XL Pro laser system to destroy hair follicles at the source, ensuring the hair in the treatment area can’t grow back.
Laser hair removal targets the pigment in your hair. The hair shaft absorbs the laser energy, which then converts to heat. The heat ultimately kills the hair follicle, preventing it from regrowing hair.
In most cases, laser hair removal reduces hair growth by up to 80% in any given treatment area. Hair that does grow back is typically lighter and softer.
A topical anesthetic to numb the skin can be applied around your treatment area before activating the laser, but it is not always necessary.
The treatment should not feel painful, but it may be slightly uncomfortable. Many patients describe the feeling as like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Laser hair removal typically feels less painful with each session.
The number of laser hair removal sessions you need depends on the size of the treatment area. Treating the upper lip takes fewer sessions than the legs, arms, and back.
In general, most individuals need about 6-12 treatments, spaced out about 4-6 weeks between each session, to achieve their desired results.
Laser hair removal has no downtime, and you can resume your normal activities immediately. However, your skin may be red, swollen, and sensitive after each session.
It’s important to avoid sun exposure after the treatment to protect your skin from damage. When you do go outside, make sure to wear sunscreen.
While results vary, most patients see a hair reduction of about 10-25% after their first laser hair removal session. After that, you should notice a visible reduction in hair in your treatment area after each session.
To see if you're a candidate for laser hair removal, call Elevate Medical Spa today.