February 5, 2003 at 6:44 PM EST - Updated September 26 at 5:43 PM
"Everyone has a 'hair issue' that they would like resolved", says Elizabeth Fisher of the Laser Hair Removal Clinic. Elizabeth is a licensed electrologist who moved to the Wilmington area in 1997. Always searching for a better way to remove hair for her clients, Elizabeth found the latest in laser technology. Laser removal has been around for about 7 years. Early on the results were varied but the Alexandrite laser proved effective and predictable. Some people will always need electrolysis, but others d esire quicker results. After all, we live in a climate that allows us to wear shorts and swimsuits almost year round. The laser offers permanent results in less time. Generally it is more expensive up front than electrolysis, but over time will save you money. The laser works for most hair and skin types, with the exception of white or gray hair and very dark skin (Electrolysis is still an excellent method for these hair and skin types). The most popular areas for men tend to be male backs, shoulders, necks and beards. Women love to have their face, underarms, legs and bikini areas treated. If you are wondering if you are a candidate for laser hair removal just call the clinic for your FREE consultation and appointment. "We are the experts because all we do is hair removal".
1. What conditions are treated with the laser? Traditional hair removal techniques, such as shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams provide only temporary relief. Until now, the only recognized way to remove hair permanently has been electrolysis - which can be tedious, time consuming and uncomfortable. The GentleLASE System safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin. Facial and bikini areas are usually completed in under 10 minutes: legs, backs and larger areas can take longer.
2. What other conditions does the GentleLASE treat? The GentleLASE system is also effective for the treatment of the large, "blue" leg veins.
3. What does the treatment include? Depending on the amount of hair treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally the treatment will include:
Before & After
Wearing safety eyewear to protect the practitioner and patient's eyes from the laser light during the procedure
A small hand piece will be used that touches the skin to deliver the laser light. A light spray of coolant onto the skin will be felt just before each laser pulse.
A test area will be done prior to the entire treatment. Your full treatment may be done on the same day or up to two weeks later, depending on the skin reaction
Most patients experience little discomfort at the treatment site because of the dynamic cooling device
The degree of discomfort varies with each person depending on his or her pain threshold. Topical anesthesia may also be requested based on individual preferences and tolerances. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner in advance of the laser treatment.
The procedure can take as little as 10 minutes or up to an hour, depending on the area treated.
The treated area may become pink or red within 30 minutes of treatment; this may last from a few hours to several days and is relieved with the application of ice or cooling gels.
4. What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?
Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment or until your practitioner allows it
You must avoid electrolysis, plucking or waxing for six weeks prior to treatment
If you have a history of perioral herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed
If you have a dark skin type, a bleaching cream may be started 4-6 weeks before treatment to optimize results
You should discuss your desired results and the improvements you expect to achieve with your practitioner. Together you can decide if your expectations will be met and if this laser treatment is the best option
5. How many treatments will I need? Hair grows in cycles. The number of treatments required depends on your skin color, hair color and the coarseness of the hair. Everyone will require at least 2-3 treatments as the process is only effective on hair during the early growing cycle. Repeat sessions will be necessary to treat these follicles when they re-enter the early growth phase.
6. Is this procedure covered by insurance? Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedure. However, consult with your insurance carrier for more information.
Laser Hair Removal and Skin Clinic Oleander Oaks Unit A-3 5725 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-7500