Chicago Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal can take anywhere from five
(to remove of hair on the lip) to forty-five minutes (to remove
hair on the back and shoulders) depending on the area treated.
During the treatment, you may experience a slight tingling
sensation that most patients tolerate well. We will also cool
your skin during the treatments, which helps to reduce any
discomfort. Whether your hair removal takes a few minutes
or the better part of an hour, you can plan to return to work
or to your normal daily routine immediately. However, it is
important that the treated areas are shielded from the sun.
You may use a sun block for this protection.
The laser light achieves hair removal by destroying
hair at its source, the base of the follicle under the skin.
The laser will shoot a concentrated beam of light that passes
through your surface skin and is preferentially absorbed at
the base of the hair shaft. When the light is absorbed, it
is converted to heat, a process that is similar to what happens
inside a car that has been sitting in the sun. As the sun
shines light into the car, the light is absorbed by the seats,
wheel, and dashboard. It is then converted to heat, making
them hot to the touch. The same happens to the hair shaft.
Once the base of the hair follicle heats up, the ability to
grow new hair is destroyed.
Only hair in the active phase of growth can
be effectively and permanently removed. Only a fraction of
your hair follicles are in the active phase at any given time.
Thus, most people need multiple (usually 3-6) treatments to
get the desired permanent effect.
The risks involved with laser hair removal are
minimal. Your eyes will be shielded to avoid injury. There
is a small risk of pigment changes; we rarely see any blisters.
Our aestheticians and physicians are trained to calibrate
the laser to each individual's skin type because everyone
reacts differently to the beam. You will be provided with
any further information you need during your consultation
regarding lasers and any risks associated with laser hair
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About the Procedure
During your initial consultation, the staff
will take a brief medical history in order to make sure the
treatments are safe for you. Your specific problems and desired
outcome will be discussed, and a treatment plan specifically
designed for you will be recommended. If you wish, you may
start your first treatment immediately! Of course, you may
return at a later time if that is more convenient.
Most treatments take 20 to 30 minutes. Five
minutes prior to treatment we may apply a topical anesthetic
to relieve the minor discomfort sometimes experienced. We
will also give you eyeshields to protect your eyes from the
flashes of light. Immediately after the treatment you may
apply makeup and resume your normal activities.
Return visits are scheduled every three to four
weeks. We recommend that you continue to
use sun block in between treatment sessions.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
We only use lasers that are approved for
permanent hair reduction by the United States Federal Drug Administration.
This means most patients will achieve long-term, stable reduction
in the number of hairs re-growing in the treated areas. The
amount of permanent reduction increases with the number of treatments.
Occasionally, you may have a few hairs regrow over a period
of time, and we charge only a nominal fee for their removal.
What does it feel like?
Most patients feel a mild sting for a fraction
of a second. We use a variety of skin cooling devices and,
occasionally a topical anesthetic cream, to reduce or eliminate
How long do the treatments take?
We can treat some areas in only a few minutes. Others, such
as the back or legs, require 20-40 minutes. For example, the
underarms or bikini lines take only fifteen minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
This is very important to understand. Hair goes through three
stages of development. Only in the active stage will the laser
affect hair removal. At any given time, only some of your
hairs are in the active stage. For this reason, it is necessary
to treat an area at least three times to see the best and
longest lasting results. Most areas need to be treated 4-6
Is laser hair removal safe?
Lasers have been in existence for more than thirty-five years
and are used by a wide range of medical specialists. Since
only light is used to remove hair, it is totally non-invasive.
Your eyes will be shielded during the treatment. While there
is a slight chance of skin irritation and pigment changes,
these are rare due to the type of lasers we use and the training
of our staff.
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Pre and Post Treatment
Pre- and Post-Treatment Guidelines