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Laser Hair Removal

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Millions of women and men globally spend countless dollars and precious time being waxed in order to remove unsightly body and facial hair. Waxing is not only painful, it can cause breakouts and irritation to the area being treated. Shaving is just as irritating, time consuming and expensive as waxing. As financial times get tougher – people are turning to a permanent alternative to expensive and frequent waxing and/or daily shaving – laser hair removal.

At CosMedic Skincare, we treat our Seattle clientele with the best and most effective technology for long-term results from laser hair removal which is why we offer the Cynosure Elite Aesthetic Laser for our customized services.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is the fast and effective removal of hair growth – and is up to 97% effective at drastically reducing the number of hairs in a given area (for the proper skin and hair type). Our Cynosure Elite Aesthetic laser offers two different wavelengths so we can successfully treat darker skin types with ease. Be wary of offices that utilize IPL (Photofacial) lasers for laser hair removal; they are not nearly as effective in the reduction of hair growth and your results can be disappointing. With the Cynosure Elite Aesthetic Laser, our treatments are suitable for all skin types, able to treat the entire body and the treatments are simple and effective!

What is laser hair removal used for?

This treatment is best utilized for the permanent removal of unwanted hair. The most common areas treated on men and women are:

  • Men: Chest, Back, Neck, Chin, Lower Back, Happy Trail, Abdomen, Arms, Underarms, Legs, Beard, Sideburns, Jaw Line, Ears, Hands, Toes, and Shoulders.
  • Women: Underarms, Bikini Line, Legs, Arms, Upper Lip, Chin, Sideburns, Jaw Line, Ears, Areolas, Abdomen, Toes, Buttocks, and Full Body.

How long does treatment take?

In order to receive maximum results, a series of 6-8 treatments is typically required for most patients. Treatments can be as short as 15 minutes for small areas like the lip, chin and underarms, or up to an a hour or more for areas like full chest, back, and full legs. We utilize a cooling technique that is unique to CosMedic Skincare, during our laser hair removal treatments, to ensure maximum comfort for our patients.

What results can I expect?

After a series of 6-8 treatments with our Cynosure Elite Aesthetic Laser you can expect a reduction of 80-90% of your unwanted hair. It is ideal to treat hair before it turns grey or white as the laser is most effective on hair with pigment. Hair that is blonde, red, grey or white will not be treatable as the laser is attracted to pigment in hair follicles. Following proper treatment guidelines and scheduled treatments, you will receive full results in as little as 6 months. You will begin to see reduction in hair growth in as little as 3 treatments with maximum results in as little as 6 treatments. Sometimes 3 or 4 treatments are required for you to see a noticeable difference, but the wait will be worth it! The total number of treatments required is based on your hair color and type, body area, and skin tone. During your initial consultation, Dr. Reinertson will personalize your treatment schedule for maximum results.

Recently I went to visit Dr. Jodie and staff in their BEAUTIFUL location on top of 1st Hill. I had my very first session of laser hair removal. Dr. Jodie and her staff were incredibly friendly and very comfortable; I had no issues with jumping up on the table for the bikini area removal as they were all very professional. After much research on this treatment I also think that the price for laser hair removal seems very reasonable.

I will def. be going back to visit and try out many of their treatments. 2 thumbs up!!

Laurie, Seattle, 2007

How often do I need treatments?

A good rule of thumb is that if the area to be treated is at the neck line or above, you will need to repeat treatments every 4 to 6 weeks. For areas below the neck line, you will want to repeat treatments every 6 to 8 weeks for best results. Some patients with darker skin types will require additional treatments to see full results. We do not recommend tanning, either by direct sun exposure, sunless tanning lotion or tanning beds, while seeking laser hair removal treatments. Although we can still treat tanned skin, the results are less effective and sensitivity of the treatment will be noticeably stronger. We also recommend that patients avoid retinoid products 7 days prior to scheduled appointments to ensure comfort and safety.

How does laser hair removal work?

At CosMedic Skincare we utilize the Cynosure Elite Aesthetic Laser for our laser hair removal treatments. It is the most comprehensive laser hair removal system available today. It’s designed for all skin types. The Elite removes unwanted hair with unsurpassed efficacy and comfort. That’s because its revolutionary technology combines two optimal wavelengths in one system: the 755-nm Alexandrite laser and the 1064-nm Nd: YAG laser, ensuring both optimal results and safety. What’s more, we are able to administer treatments in significantly less time than with a single-wavelength product.

Only about 10% to 20% of the hair in any given area of the body is in the “active” growth phase at any given time. It is during this phase that laser is able to target and effectively deactivate the hair follicle. A visual representation of hair growth is shown to the right. The target of the laser for hair removal is the “bulb” of the follicle.

The focused laser energy zeroes in on the dark color of the hair follicle and super-heats it until it alters the follicle beyond repair – thus deactivating the hair follicle and preventing it from regrowing hair in the future. Treatments are spaced 4-8 weeks apart, maximizing the chances of hitting newly active follicles with each treatment.

It is because only a certain percentage of hair is available in this growth phase that we need to do multiple treatments spread out over varying time spans to ensure we get the most actively growing hair possible. We endeavor to plan your course of treatments to maximize your results.

Is laser hair removal painful?

Individual experience varies, but most people feel a heated sensation like tiny pin pricks, or rubber band snaps. For your added safety and peace of mind, our cooling technology features an advanced patient comfort system, which keeps your skin at a soothing cool temperature during the procedure. We offer this service at no additional cost as a courtesy to our Seattle-based patients.

What are the common side effects of laser hair removal?

Individuals will have different reactions from treatment based on their unique skin condition. The most common side effects include, but are not limited to: a sunburn sensation on the treated area, post-treatment redness and inflammation, and swelling around the hair follicle. Many of these common side effects reduce within the hour post treatment but some patients may have sensitivity and redness for up to a couple of days after treatment. A full list of potential side effects is available during your consultation. It is important to continue to avoid the sun after treatment as your skin will be sensitive to UV radiation. If you cannot avoid sun exposure we highly recommend using a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that contains both physical and chemical sunscreens. We carry a full line of high-grade sunscreens at CosMedic Skincare to serve a variety of skin conditions and UV protection needs.

What is the best way to save money on laser hair removal?

We offer two treatment options for laser hair removal at CosMedic Skincare. For patients who have begun treatment elsewhere and would like to switch over to the simple and cost-effective treatments at our offices, we offer A La Carte treatments so that you can purchase individual sessions and pay as you go. The most cost effective way to save money with laser hair removal is to purchase a Laser Hair Removal Package. Our packages come with (6) pre-paid sessions and offer a significant discount over A La Carte treatments. For pricing information and to setup a free consultation, please contact our medical staff.