Lasers can pass safely through the upper layers of your skin to reach hair follicles in deeper layers. As laser energy is absorbed by hair follicles, they’re heated just enough to be damaged. Each hair on your body can only grow from a healthy hair follicle, so when it’s damaged, the hair is gone.
Lasers set at precise wavelengths do a great job of eliminating hair, but you’ll need several treatments to complete the job due to the normal cycle of hair follicles. After growing for 3-5 years, each hair falls out and its follicle rests for a few months before growing new hair.
Lasers can only damage follicles when hair is in a growth phase. All of the follicles are on a different time schedule, so you always have some that are dormant, while others are growing hair. You’ll need to get another laser treatment down the road to eliminate follicles that were dormant during the original treatment.
Dr. Giannakakos performs laser hair removal with the Medley laser system, which safely and effectively removes hair and can be used on any part of your body. This system delivers multiple laser wavelengths, including an 810 diode for permanent hair reduction. The laser also comes with adapters that can be changed to adjust the size of the treatment area. As a result, the laser can be targeted for small areas like the upper lip, but cover a larger area to speed up the procedure when hair is being removed from the back, legs, and arms.
Many people can tolerate laser treatment, especially since the Medley system has an integrated cooling tip that keeps you comfortable during the procedure. However, everyone has different sensitivities, so talk with Dr. Giannakakos about a topical anesthetic if you have any concerns about the treatment.
After the procedure, your skin may look and feel like it has a mild sunburn, but that heals quickly. In the meantime, you can get right back to your normal activities as soon as the procedure is finished. You can also apply makeup to the treatment area if needed. It may take 7-10 days for all the hair to fall out, but with each additional treatment, the hair removal is more effective.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!