Laser Hair Removal
Unwanted facial and body hair no longer has to be an embarrassment. Because of the latest laser technology, known as the TKS lasing process, Dr. Smith now offers safer, faster, and more effective laser hair removal treatment for both men and women in Lake Charles LA and surrounding areas, including Jennings, Westlake, Sulphur, Moss Bluff, LA and Orange, TX.
Laser epilation is the first medical breakthrough in hair removal in over 100 years. Unlike other treatments, the TKS laser hair removal process is easy — requiring no creams, no pre-treatment waxing, and no needles.
The TKS laser hair removal process treats hair follicles in a fraction of the time of other methods, using only the gentle power of laser light. Just imagine having smooth, hair-free skin without shaving, plucking, waxing or bleaching unwanted hair.
If you are interested in laser hair removal in Lake Charles LA and surrounding areas, contact us today to schedule an appointment!
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The key to successful permanent hair reduction is the hair follicle where the hair is anchored. When we send pulses of laser energy onto your unwanted hair, melanin in the hair shaft absorbs the light energy and it converts to heat. This heat travels down the hair shaft into the hair follicle. When it reaches the follicle the heat damages or fully destroys the follicle, keeping it from growing hair in the future.
The Growth Phase Is Important
Dr. Smith’s laser hair removal patients often ask why it takes multiple sessions to achieve the amount of permanent hair reduction they seek. The reason is the hair growth cycle. The human body has around five million individual hairs on it, and each hair operates independently of the others. Each hair can be in a different phase of the growth cycle. This cycle includes active growth, called the anagen phase; a transitional period called the catagen phase, and a resting phase called the telogen phase.
Laser energy is only effective if the hair is still actively anchored in the hair follicle, and this only occurs in the anagen/growth phase. But hair can also be in the catagen or telogen phases. In these phases, the hair is already on the path to being shed. The hair is no longer receiving any nourishment from the follicle and it may have already separated from the follicle. This is why laser energy applied to hairs in these phases can’t get down into the follicle. When you’re considering five million hairs, catching each unwanted hair in the growth phase isn’t easy. That’s why multiple treatment sessions are necessary to catch more and more individual hairs in the growth phase.
How Long Does It Take For Laser Hair Removal To Work?
When you return home after your session at Dr. Smith’s, you’ll still see your unwanted hair, and your skin will be slightly red. Some people assume the laser energy zaps the visible hair and it is gone, but that’s not the case. The laser energy has been absorbed by the hair shaft and converted to heat and the heat then damaged the hair follicle. Those damaged follicles will no longer be able to anchor the hair, so you will notice the hairs beginning to fall out over the following days. You shouldn’t try and accelerate the process by plucking or scrubbing the unwanted hair at this point.
After a few days, you’ll see what looks like new hair growth in the treatment area. Not to worry. This is a sign that the laser energy was successful in zapping the follicles. Hair that was down below the skin in the follicles is being pushed out and shed.
Remember, not all of the hair in the treatment area will fall out. The hair that was in the growth phase will, but other hairs that weren’t will still be there. Usually, the affected hair will be about 20 percent of the total during that session. That’s why multiple sessions are necessary — to catch more and more hair in the growth phase.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?
All of us have hair in places we’d rather not, so pretty much everyone could use a little laser hair removal. Laser hair removal works best when there is a distinction between hair color and skin tone. This makes it is easy for the laser energy to differentiate between the darker hair and the lighter skin tone. It is more difficult, but not impossible by any means, to remove light blond and grey hair as the pulse duration has to be shortened to protect the skin. Patients with darker skin tones and dark hair have a similar issue. But laser technology continues to improve, making the procedure available to more and more hair and skin colors.
What Does Laser Hair Removal Feel Like?
The level of discomfort during laser hair removal is determined by the darkness and thickness of the hair itself. Thicker, darker hair will absorb more energy and therefore produce more heat at the level of the follicle. What the patient feels is usually described as a sharp burning sensation.
What Areas Can Be Treated with Laser Hair Removal?
The laser energy used for hair removal is safe and doesn’t burn the skin. For that reason, we have patients who have laser hair removal on areas all over their bodies.At Dr. Smith’s, the most popular laser hair removal areas with our patients are the bikini line, the underarms, the sideburns, the upper lip, the back, and the legs. Some women opt for more Brazilian type removal in the pubic area. Some men do their entire chest, and some even target their beard area.
What Kind Of Results Can Be Expected?
Patients should expect to achieve about a 1/3 reduction in hair per treatment session. Follicles can only be destroyed if they are actively generating hair; therefore, a patient should expect that once all of the current unwanted hair is gone, they will still require periodic treatments for any new hair growth.
Are There Any Risks With Laser Hair Removal?
The FDA approved the first lasers for hair removal in 1995, but lasers had been in testing two decades prior to that. Over nearly three decades of commercial use, lasers have proven to be incredibly safe and effective for removing hair. And laser technology continues to improve to better handle lighter hair colors and darker skin tones. The most common side effect after having laser hair removal is some redness and possibly slight swelling on the treatment areas. This usually passes within a few hours. There is a risk of burning the skin, but that is usually only a problem with inexperienced operators that do laser hair removal as a sideline. Dr. Smith’s staff is highly trained and vastly experienced with laser hair removal.
How Many Treatments Will Be Needed?
Usually, the initial course of treatments is 3-5. Maintenance treatments will be required periodically and are usually single treatments.
Are Laser Hair Removal Results Permanent
The follicles that are destroyed will never generate hair again. But not all of our follicles are active at one time; therefore these cannot be destroyed until they start producing hair.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
The FDA has approved lasers for what it deems “permanent hair reduction.” This isn’t some sort of scam. It’s very difficult to get rid of every single hair in the treatment areas due to the growth cycle issues discussed above. Plus, some follicles that have been damaged can rebuild and begin to grow hair again. Not all follicles are active at any given time. For instance, as babies, we hardly have any hair, but as we age things like puberty, menopause, hormones, some diseases like Polycystic Ovarian Disease or just the aging process tell these dormant (sleeping) follicles to wake up and generate hair. Until there is a hair in the follicle, the follicle can not be destroyed. That means that after the initial course of treatments, patients should expect that some type of periodic maintenance will be required to treat newly stimulated follicles.