Laser Hair Removal 101

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We realize that there are many men and women that may be interested in Laser Hair Removal, but they might not know much about it.  Consider this Laser Hair Removal 101!!

Here at Pulse we use the Candela Gentle Lase 755nm Alexandrite Laser, which is for fair skin tones.  We also use the Candela Gentle YAG 1064nm laser, which is safe for tanned, or darker skin tones.  We have lasers that are suitable for every skin tone!

Laser hair removal works by selectively targeting an area using a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the melanin, or pigment, in the root of the hair. When the light is absorbed by the pigment, it heats up the root (dermal papilla), and destroys it. The hair has three different phases of growth; the active phase (anagen), the resting phase (catagen), and the shedding phase (telogen). It is only during the active growth phase that the hair shaft is attached to the root and the root will be destroyed. Each hair moves through the three phases of growth over a 6 to 8 week period. This is why laser hair removal necessitates multiple treatments. Because the laser light targets pigment, it is not effective on blonde, grey, white, and some shades of red hair.

For most clients, it is a quick discomfort.  Many people say it is less painful than waxing.  Candela uses a patented cooling system with Cryogen spray to cool the skin immediately before the laser hits its target.  If you are very uncomfortable, however, we sell a numbing cream that you can apply an hour before your treatment.

Typically, best results are seen in a minimum of 6 treatments.  Some areas that are hormonal, such as the lip and chin, may require more than 6.

Now that you know the basics of how it works, here is how you will have to prepare:

  • Shave the area the night before the treatment.  We can’t go over long lengths of hair, so any area you want treated must be shaved.
  • Come to your treatment free of any product/makeup/self tanner on the area to be treated.
  • Please make sure that you have not been in the sun for at least 2 weeks before being treated on the Candela Gentle YAG, or for 4-6 weeks before being treated on the Candela Gentle Lase.
  • Please make sure that you have not been on antibiotics for 14 days prior to treatments, as antibiotics make you light sensitive.
Once you’ve had your first session, we’ll let you know what to expect in the coming weeks and months during your course of treatment.  All of the consultations and test patches we do are complimentary.  If you have any further questions, we encourage you to visit our FAQ page, to call us, or leave a comment below.



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