Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal Knoxville TN
Smooth skin devoid of flaws is what we always strive to obtain. This unfortunately cannot be said about the ways that ensure perfect smoothness. Razors, wax, epilators, chemicals, and other old-fashioned methods provide only a temporary effect when it comes to removing hair. Hair sometimes causes unwanted bumps or sores on the skin. Removing the hair other than by a laser leads to the same result, it just grows back. Many men and women find hair growing in excess in places they don’t want it to grow. Some of our patients have conditions that have caused excess hair growth as well. Let’s leave painful, short-lasting, and ineffective hair-reducing procedures in past.
Laser hair removal is the only reliable option to kiss unwanted hair goodbye. We have a great option for you to start seeing results almost immediately. Leave your hair free. The laser can be used in every region of the body, and the results are long-lasting.
How does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses the ability of intense beams of light to damage hair follicles. Pigment melanin contained in the hair accumulates the light energy of the laser. It then turns into thermal energy that heats up and destroys the hair bulb. New hair will not grow in this place.
Modern laser systems utilize the principle of selective photothermolysis. This means that these devices have a precisely calculated light wavelength that:
– damages hair follicles;
– removes capillaries that feed the hair bulb;
– affects stem cells that form hair follicles.
At the same time, lasers do not damage the surrounding tissues – the skin, blood vessels, and lymph nodes.
What Happens During the Procedure of Laser Hair Removal?
Before it all starts, your provider will question you and examine your skin to ensure you have no contraindications such as active wounds or lesions such as shingles. Afterward, we apply an ultrasound gel to the area to help the laser device glide easier on the skin. We also have a Sub-Z cryotherapy device to numb the area which is often used to help with sensitive areas. Such as upper lip or bikini line). For areas featuring thicker skin pain is minimal and nothing may be needed.
Your nurse or aesthetician will give you protective eyewear right before the procedure starts. Make sure to wear it throughout the entire duration of treatment.
How Soon Can I See the Results of Laser Hair Removal?
During the procedure, laser exposure burns hair shafts so you will leave with either hair removed at the area or hair that is curled or extremely damaged. These hairs will fall out but don’t attempt to pull them out. The hair roots will remain in the deep layers of the skin. They will emerge as the epidermis updates – this normally takes a few weeks.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, each procedure of laser hair removal allows for getting rid of 10-25% of hairs. In other words, you may need from 5 to 10 sessions to get hairless skin. The number of sessions depends on the contrast between the color of your skin and hair, the area of your body that you want to treat, the quantity of dormant hairs, etc.
After you go through the full course of laser hair removal, you may need to repeat it in 12-36 months. This is due to the fact that some hairs are in the dormant state, and they are unaffected by lasers. Over time, they start growing. This is a normal hair growth cycle. Along with that, a few factors can speed up the emergence of new hair including hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, administration of oral contraceptives or other hormonal drugs, etc. Touch-up treatments allow dealing with hair regrowth.
Are the results permanent?
It is not uncommon to hear that laser hair removal provides permanent results. These claims are not quite correct.
It is true that hairs that follicles were damaged during the laser hair removal procedure won’t grow again. However, besides hairs in the anagen, i.e. active growth phase (the ones that laser removes) or skin also accommodates hairs in the catagen (dormant) stage. Beams of lights aren’t able to affect them.