The truth is, when it comes to removing body hair, you’ve got options—and you’ll want to consider all of them before making a decision. You can shave everything away quickly, but the hair grows back in a matter of days. Depilatory creams dissolve hair in minutes, but they don’t remove everything and you get more ingrown hair. If you want a more thorough hair removal, you might consider waxing or sugaring, which snatches the hair at the root. Hair doesn’t grow back for weeks, but these are painful. And that brings us to laser hair removal, a hair removal option that damages the hair follicle to minimize hair growth. Learn how, after only a few sessions with the Lutronic Clarity II, you can throw away your razor and cancel your waxing appointments! Call or click for your consultation with Dr Alam or Dr McGuire at Image Revolution Health and Wellness.
The Dual wavelength Clarity II laser functions in a highly effective manner for reducing hair with great speed. The treatment consists of firing laser energy in short pulses at the skin targeting both the melanin and or vascular supply to the hair follicle. The correct wavelength is chosen to suit the patient’s needs. The laser then delivers precisely targeted photo-thermal energy (light that turns to heat) that can break up pigmentation lesions, destroy hair follicles, and stimulate collagen production.
Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction, not permanent hair removal. It's not uncommon for patients to require maintenance treatments once a year, even after the area has been fully treated. The reason: The laser targets and destroys your current hair follicles, but new follicles can develop thanks to hormonal changes or shifts in weight. Fortunately we have great discounts on maintenance treatments so you can remain worry free!
The biggest risk with lasers is eye damage. Both you and our team operating the laser will be wearing goggles specific to the type of laser that's being used. Other risks include blistering, scarring, and burns that can discolor your skin. These risks increase significantly if the technician using the laser is not a medical provider.
The procedure hurts-but not a lot. It’s universally described as a rubber band snapping against your skin. But it only stings for a millisecond-the time it takes for the laser to target your hair follicle and zap it away. While your skin may be a little red and puffy after the procedure, you shouldn't feel any pain in the area by the time you leave the office.
Laser hair removal works on almost every skin type-from very light-skinned people (or what's known as Type I on the Fitzpatrick scale, a skin-typing test) all the way up to Type VI. Historically, blonde, gray, or light red hair has been difficult to treat, however, this is no longer the case with the Clarity II laser.
The actual procedure time depends on the area being treated. Each hair follicle is zapped in a millisecond, so a small area (such as the armpits) will take less than five minutes to complete, while a larger area (such as the legs) might take a half hour.
Most people are hair free by the sixth treatment. It is important to book your appointment every 6-8 weeks because you’re using the regrowth of hair in the treated area as a guide to know when the most hair bulbs are active. This time is optimal for treatment because it is a phase in the hair growth cycle where you can kill the most hair bulbs. For optimal results, it is important to stay on cycle and not miss any appointments.
You can get it done anywhere on the body, and the machine can cover large places fast. Legs, back, underarms, bikini line, stomach, face…there is no limit to the places you can get laser hair removal. The only place you must avoid is around the eyes-eyebrows (including a unibrow), upper cheeks, and temples because of the risk of eye damage from the laser.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That's because the laser targets the hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
Individual results may vary.