Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal in Fairfax Virginia 2018-10-16T12:02:51+00:00

Treatment Information
Client: 60yr old Female, Skin Type III
Area Treated: Legs
Goal: Reduce amount of hair on legs
Laser: Quanta Pronto Diode
Settings: 810/940 dual wavelength for hair follicle and vascular supply of hair
Cooling: Zimmer Cryo Chiller
Duration: 15 minutes

Laser Hair Removal Services in Fairfax County Virginia

Are you tired and not happy with shaving, plucking, and waxing?  Do you get acne, ingrown hairs, or a rash when removing unwanted hair? If so, consider laser hair removal for the most efficient, low maintenance, and permanent hair removal solution.  Thanks to recent advancements in laser technology, most people can safely be treated; making laser hair removal the most sought after cosmetic laser treatments for men and women in the United States.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal works by emitting a highly concentrated beam of light through the skin that is designed to selectively penetrate the hair follicle.  The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the laser light, which causes permanent damage to the hair follicles and prevents further growth.  Since hair removal is only effective when the hair is actively growing, a series of treatments are needed to achieve desired results.

How does hair grow?

Many factors influence hair growth such as age, ethnicity, hormonal changes and medication.  Additionally, where the hair is located influences the length, coarseness, and color.

The amount of hair you have depends on how many hairs are in their active growth cycle and how long that cycle lasts.  The life cycle of hair revolves through three phases of growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen.

Anagen (Growth Phase)

This is the phase when the hair is actively growing in which the hair bulb is intact.  During the early stages of this phase, the bulb is closest to the surface of the skin and contains an abundance of melanin (pigment) and is the most effective time for laser hair removal treatment.

Catagen (End of Growth Phase)

During this regression phase, the hair follicle becomes detached from the hair shaft which cuts off the blood supply.  Although the hair is no longer growing it is not shed from the body.

Telogen (Resting Phase)

There is no growth during this phase.  The hair bulb is no longer present and these dead hairs will fall out or be pushed out by a new hair follicle.

How many treatments are needed?

Due to the fact that not all hair is actively growing at once, multiple sessions are needed.

What areas can be treated?

All parts of the body can be treated: arms, bikini, back, chest, face, legs, neck, etc.

Does it hurt?

Our Quanta Pronto laser employs a built-in cooling device to minimize the client’s discomfort during a laser treatment, which makes the treatment virtually painless.

Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

The Quanta Pronto laser uses diode laser technology, which is FDA approved to treat all skin types 1-VI and is safe to use all year round and on individuals with a tan.  However, white hair cannot be effectively treated because it lacks melanin (pigment).

How long does the laser hair removal process take?

Treatment time can take seconds to minutes.  Our laser utilizes the fastest technology and has the ability to treat an area at 12 hertz per second.  An area the size of a man’s back can be treated in minutes.

What should I do before treatment?

Prior to the treatment hairs should be recently shaved and no longer than 1-2mm long.  If longer hair is treated, the excessive hair growth will cause the wavelength to disperse throughout the hair.  This will negatively impact results because the maximum amount of energy will not be absorbed into the follicle. It is also important not to pluck or wax hair 4 to 6 weeks prior to treatment because this will ensure that there is enough melanin (pigment) in the follicle to absorb the laser energy.

What should I do after treatment?

  • Apply cold compress or Aloe Vera gel if there is itching and skin irritation.Avoid hot baths, sauna, rubbing, and massage for a couple days after treatment.
  • Avoid hot baths, sauna, rubbing, and massage for a couple days after treatment.
  • Avoid scratching the skin and picking scabs.
  • Avoid using cosmetics and creams/scrubs that can cause allergic reactions or irritate the skin.
  • Avoid using perfume on treated areas.
  • Avoid shaving the treated area until any redness or discoloration has resolved.
  • Do not suntan and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or more when outdoors for 4 weeks after treatment.
  • Do not use spray tans or self-tanning lotions for 1 week after treatment.
  • Avoid waxing, plucking, and bleaching to achieve the best results.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Who is NOT a good candidate for laser hair removal?

  • Avoid laser treatment if you have the following contraindications:
  • Recent sunburn, suntan, and spray tan within 4 weeks of treatment.
  • Recent waxing, plucking, exfoliating, scrubbing, and bleaching.
  • Skin trauma, wounds, sores, lesions, rash, and skin diseases.
  • Breastfeeding or pregnant.
  • Autoimmune conditions.
  • If you are using medication, herbs, and creams that cause photosensitivity such as Accutane and Retin-A
  • History of scarring (keloid, hypertrophic).
  • History of skin cancer.
  • High blood pressure, epilepsy or seizures induced by flashing light, heart conditions, chemotherapy, or untreated diabetes.
  • Current cold, flu, or high fever.
  • Active herpes.
  • Tattoo or permanent makeup in treatment area.
  • Unrealistic expectations.

What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

Treatments are very fast.  You will save time and money in the long run. You no longer have to worry about ingrown hairs, rashes, cuts, and pimples after shaving and waxing.  You will no longer have to worry about unwanted hair removal upkeep.

What are the possible risks/side effects?

Swelling and redness can occur a few says after treatment.  Temporary changes in skin color such as hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation can occur.  Some hairs can resist treatment and not respond well such as blond and white hairs.  It is also possible for new hair to grow back finer and lighter in color.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Based on clinical studies, the efficacy of laser hair removal is shown to be 90% effective at permanently reducing hair.

What are the different types of wavelengths used for laser hair removal?

Alexandrite, Diode, ND YAG and Ruby:

Alexandrite (755nm) laser is a shorter wavelength, which will not penetrate the hair follicle as deeply as the diode laser. It also carries a greater risk of side effects.

Diode (810 nm) laser is considered the gold standard in laser hair removal.  The longer wavelength of the Diode laser more effectively reaches the hair follicle at the base of the hair than the shorter wavelength of the Alexandrite laser.  It can be used to treat all skin types.

Ruby (694 nm) laser is the oldest type of laser used for hair removal.  It’s better suited for very fine, light hair and those with fair skin.  The Ruby wavelength also has the highest risk of skin complications because of the shorter wavelength.

Nd:Yag (1064nm) laser is the longest wavelength with the least amount of melanin absorption, and requires more treatments.  This laser is better suited for very dark skin types.

What kind of laser hair removal technology does Skin Deep use?

At Skin Deep Laser Services, we use the Quanta Pronto Diode Laser.  Our diode laser comes with two laser wavelengths the 810nm and the 940mn wavelengths which work simultaneously to treat both the pigment in the hair follicle and the vascular supply at the base of the hair to more effectively target the hair and its blood supply.  The Diode laser technology is the industries “gold standard” for hair remova, and can treat all skin types.  During a seventh and eighteen month analysis, clinical research has shown the diode laser to be more effective in reducing hair count and requiring fewer treatments when compared to other hair removal technology.  Our Quanta Pronto laser is also the fastest on the market with a speed of 12 Hz, which can treat a man’s back in less than 10 minutes.