Laser Hair Removal - Is It Right For You?
Wouldn't it be nice to leave the razor home when you go on vacation? No need to worry about pesky bikini hair and razor burn? Would you like to wear that sleeveless dress and not worry about underarm stubble? Or deal with a pesky mustache or chin hair!!??! Well, we at Renove Medical Spa, have got you covered!
Laser hair removal can be used to permanently remove unwanted hair from just about any place on the body and face. And with the expertise of Dr. Michelle Parsons, M.D. we at Renove Medical Spa can also treat all skin types and colors, which is critical for a comfortable, effective and safe treatment. ALL laser hair removal treatments at Renove Medical Spa are either performed or directly supervised by Dr. Michelle Parsons.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal was first discovered in the 1960's by a Russian laser scientist who accidentally applied the laser energy to his arm and noted that the hair on his arm did not grow back in the area. The medically controlled application of laser to deliberately heat up a hair follicle to destroy the body's ability to produce hair from that follicle was not FDA approved until 1995. We've come a long way since 1995 and now there are many different modalities to remove body hair, though they all follow the same basic premise: heat up the hair root that is embedded in the hair follicle, so that the follicle is damaged and cannot produce a hair. It typically takes just one treatment with a laser to damage a hair follicle to no longer be able to produce a hair. However, only approximately 20% of our hairs are in the active growth phase that has a hair root actually present, which is required for an effective treatment. If the hair is in another phase of growth, such as the resting phase, and the hair root is not present, then the laser has nothing to target. This is why it takes several treatments, on average 4 to 5 treatments, 6 to 8 weeks apart, to complete a hair removal treatment plan to effectively eliminate the majority of the hairs in the treated area.
What Body Areas Can Be Treated?
Any area of the body can be treated with laser hair removal to eliminate unwanted body and facial area. We routinely treat body areas such as the underarms, bikini areas, including a full Brazilian treatment, legs, arms, back, scalp hairline, ears, and neck. Bar none the most common area we treat though is the face, such has the chin, neck and upper lip. All of these areas are easy to treat, in all skin colors. Facial hair is often under the influence of hormonal fluctuations, and unfortunately can continue to recur, despite ongoing laser hair treatments. However, when the face is treated, hair growth is stunted without hair growth for 12 weeks. This time frame is often acceptable to many of our patients with stubborn facial hair.
Can Laser Hair Removal Treat White or Gray Hair?
Laser hair removal works by the laser heating up the melanin, or pigment, in the hair root. If there is no melanin or pigment in the hair root, the laser cannot heat up the hair bulb, and therefore cannot damage the hair follicle that produces the hair. Therefore, laser hair treatments cannot permanently eliminate very fine blonde or white hairs. However, the laser WILL stunt their recurrent growth for 12 weeks after a laser hair treatment. Again, this time frame is often acceptable to many of our patients with facial hair that is white or gray. Shown is Dr. Parsons utilizes the Sciton BBL device to treat unwanted very light facial hairs, to keep them at bay for up to 12 weeks at a time.
Can the Hair Grow Back?
After a successful treatment of an area with laser hair removal, hair in that area is typically diminished permanently. Typically the only time hairs return to a successfully treated area, is after a time of hormonal changes, such has during pregnancy, treatment with birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, or menopause, and then hair only recurs in hormonally dependent areas, such as the bikini and pubic areas, and face. So once leg, arm or underarm hairs have been treated successfully with laser hair removal, the results are permanent.
Which Laser Does Dr. Parsons Use for Laser Hair Removal?
Dr. Michelle Parsons has chosen the best, most effective and American designed and made laser for her laser hair removal treatments. At Renove Medical Spa we utilize the Sciton 1064 NdYag laser. We also have the Sciton BBL with numerous different wavelengths to address different hair and skin types, so all of our treatments are specifically tailored for each individual.
Laser hair removal sounds like a simple process, but only in expert hands with years of experience to appropriately select the proper duration and intensity of the laser pulses applied to the skin. Don't let anyone perform a laser treatment on your skin without proper medical credentials. Laser hair removal treatments are a medical procedure and must be performed or directly supervised by a physician trained in laser treatments, for the safest and most effective results. Dr. Michelle Parsons has been performing laser hair removal treatments since 2006 and is the most qualified and experienced practitioner in the Rehoboth Beach and surrounding area.
If you would like to see if you are a good candidate for a laser hair removal treatment, you can request a complimentary treatment of an underarm area, to see if the treatment is right for you. Ask for or Book Now the One-Underarm-Challenge! Or book your laser hair removal treatment here under heading "Hair Removal."