Remove Unwanted Hair with Lasers and IPL
No more shaving, waxing, or tweezing
For many men and women, hair removal using lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) can make unwanted hair on the face and body a thing of the past. Laser and IPL treatments are both long-term procedures for reducing hair growth.
They work in similar ways, and can both be very effective in preventing hairs from re-growing.
Enjoy the quick, easy and permanent reduction of unwanted hair. Consult with your Advanced Dermatology skin care professionals to determine whether laser or IPL thair removal reatments are right for you.
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Laser hair removal
When laser light is directed onto an area of unwanted hair, the melanin in the hair that gives it its color absorbs the laser light energy which then heats both the hair shafts and hair follicles. Unlike IPL which uses a broad-spectrum light source, lasers can be extremely controlled and focused into a small area, or they can travel a large distance without spreading out like light normally would. Lasers can also produce beams that only contain one color of light. The laser can travel deeper down into the pore, giving a concentrated blast of light to the follicle, and can therefore be more specific in the treatment it gives.
Advanced Dermatology uses a variety of lasers to customize laser hair removal treatment to your skin and hair type. There’s no downtime and you can return to your daily routine immediately after treatment.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for hair removal
IPL uses broad-spectrum visible light to reduce unwanted hair on the face and body using non-laser, light-based technology that targets the hair follicles beneath the skin's surface. The result is smoother skin and reduced future hair growth in the treated area.
Delivering pulsed-light energy deep within the skin, IPL targets the pigment in hair (melanin) and the follicle (where hair grows). It heats the hair shaft and follicle to a critical point rendering it incapable of continued hair growth. It is a safe and comfortable treatment, with a built-in cooling system to protect your skin.
It works best on light-to-medium skin tones with darker hair since its targeting capabilities depend on the pigment within the hair.
IPL treatments require multiple sessions per area, four to eight weeks apart. The number of sessions required for maximum effectiveness varies for each person based on their hair and skin type. The results are long-lasting hair reduction for many. Some may experience minimal hair growth in the treated area(s) which may require touch-up treatments to maintain optimal results.
Who is a candidate for Laser and IPL hair removal?
Although laser hair removal has come a long way, unfortunately, it might not work on those who have white, blonde, or gray hair. Check with your dermatologist to see if you have enough pigment to make treatment effective. You might also have thought permanent, laser hair reduction was not for you because of your skin tone. Today, laser hair removal can be performed on all skin types, as long as there is a contrast between your skin and hair color. However, since people with darker skin are more prone to burns and hyperpigmentation (dark marks), make sure the doctor treating you has experience performing laser hair removal on darker skin tones.
How long do the results last?
Laser hair removal is permanent on most areas of the body, except for the face in women, due to hormones. It destroys the hair follicles for actively growing hair, and these follicles don’t regenerate in most body parts, like the underarms, bikini or lower legs. However, it can take six sessions or more to target all of the hair follicles while they’re in the growing stage. If the hair follicle isn’t in the growing stage or isn’t completely destroyed, the hair will continue to grow, although it may come in finer or lighter.
How can you get the best results?
Your results depend largely on the experience and knowledge of the physician performing your procedure, so it’s essential to:
- Have an experienced dermatologist perform laser hair removal. It can injure your skin if the person performing your treatment is inexperienced. Possible injuries include burns, blisters, infection, or dark spots.
- Find out if this is a safe and effective option for you. A board-certified dermatologist can tell you if you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal. Not everyone is.
- See your dermatologist before trying an at-home laser. These at-home devices could actually damage your skin.
Make an appointment to discuss your hair removal goals.
Although laser hair removal is very common, and a great way to permanently eliminate the need for razors, tweezing, waxing or depilatory products, it’s important to remember it’s a serious procedure that involves aiming a powerful laser or light beam at your hair follicle. Make sure your treatment is performed by a dermatologist who is extremely skilled in using lasers and has in-depth knowledge of the skin, and who will discuss your hair removal goals prior to treatment.
Book an appointment online or call 866.400.3376 DERM to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatology professionals who can also recommend a whole range of skin care products you can use to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.