Laser Hair Removal in Lake Charles LA
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 on 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. That is what you’re seeing.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does laser hair removal feel like?
What areas can be treated?
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 on the pubic area. Some men do their entire chest, and some even target their beard area.
What kind of results can be expected?
Are there any risks with laser hair removal?
The most common side effect after having laser hair removal is some redness and possible 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?
Are the results permanent?
How long after my treatment can I return to normal activity?
Why is laser hair removal called permanent hair reduction?
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for laser hair removal services, please call (337) 477-0011 or fill out our online contact form today. We serve patients in Lake Charles LA and surrounding areas, including Jennings, Westlake, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff, LA and Orange, TX.