Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of medical procedures, including hair removal. The best results have been achieved on dark hairs, but other factors influence the treatment process. In laser hair removal, the goal is to penetrate the depth of the follicle during the active stage of growth – the anagen stage – when the hair contains an abundance of melanin. Light energy is absorbed by the pigment melanin and is transformed into heat, disabling the follicle. The laser must treat the hair in this active stage of growth, which is why a series of treatments are needed to achieve long-term results.
At Refine Laser and Skin Care in Chanhassen, MN, you benefit from the added peace of mind knowing that our trained professionals do this regularly and are exceptionally skilled and experienced in hair reduction and removal.
You and the technician will wear protective goggles to avoid exposure to direct or scattered laser light. The area to be treated will be shaved. The laser will produce a beam of highly-concentrated light. The light emitted by the light sheer diode laser is absorbed by the hair’s pigment. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the dermal papilla, disabling several follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair’s growth.
Refine Laser and Skin Care’s special contact-cooling hand piece cools and protects the surrounding skin while it brings the laser energy as close as possible to the hair root. For the first few weeks the hairs will slowly slough off and at first it will look as if you have more hair. This will fall out and after a few weeks, the area will be smooth and hairless. You must avoid sun four to six weeks before and after your treatment.
More than one treatment is invariably required, with follow-up treatments six to eight weeks apart in order to properly destroy the anagen stage. As with any procedure where safety and comfort are key, history of previous treatments, medications, allergies and pigmentary problems will be discussed with the Refine Laser and Skin Care staff prior to the laser treatment.
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