Unwanted body hair is a major concern for many patients. Some find their hair to be unsightly or difficult to maintain while others experience pain due to ingrown hairs and ongoing skin problems. These are just some of the reasons that millions of patients have undergone professional laser hair removal treatments such as Lumenis LightSheer and Cutera CoolGlide.
The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Shaving, waxing, and many other forms of hair removal can be painful, ineffective, and only provide short-term results. This is because the follicles remain undamaged, and the hair will quickly grow back. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, actually damage the pigment within the follicles of the hair and prevent future growth. Results vary by patient, but these systems remove anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of the patient’s hair for six months to two years.
LightSheer was one of the first laser hair removal systems to be approved by the FDA and has been the subject of more clinical studies than practically any other system. The laser is not especially strong, but the diode that is used is excellent for coarse hair. For many patients, LightSheer is the best option for the first few treatments before switching over to a different laser. Patients with fine and thin hair might not respond as well to LightSheer.
The newest CoolGlide lasers are extremely effective and perfect for those with darker skin. These advanced lasers penetrate farther into the skin, and this means that more hair follicles will be targeted and destroyed. Much of the hair comes off within moments of the treatment, but patients may experience hair loss for multiple days after their appointment.
Preparing for Your Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment, but there are some minor lifestyle changes that must take place before your appointment. First, patients must refrain from waxing or shaving the site for at least six weeks. It is also important to stay out of the sun as much as possible and to avoid wearing any makeup on the area that will be treated. Modern hair removal systems are safer than ever, but patients may experience minor discomfort that is often described as being snapped with a rubber band. All laser hair removal systems require multiple treatments over the course of a few weeks.
Choosing the Best Treatment
Laser hair removal is a highly personalized cosmetic procedure, and this is why the initial consultation with Dr. Leigh Bishop at Guelph Medical Laser Skin Centre is so important. Factors such as the coarseness of the hair and the pigment of the patient’s skin will affect the final results. By speaking with our medical team beforehand, patients will be able to enjoy smooth and healthy skin for months or even years on end. Call Guelph Medical Laser Skin Centre today to schedule a consultation.