Laser hair removal has become one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in the U.S. Our clinic owns a diode FDA approved laser for hair removal called the Syneron Emax DSL®. This type of laser can be used on all skin types.
On average, 4-8 treatments are needed for the maximum results. We perform these treatments once every 4-8 weeks, depending on the area of the body being treated.
The most common areas treated for hair removal include:
Our experienced staff looks forward to working with you to achieve the best results possible.
Immediately after the treatment there may be some redness and swelling in the surrounding area. This will usually subside within a few hours of treatment.
- If you experience discomfort, you may apply a cool compress to the affected area and take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).
- You may take an oral antihistamine or apply a topical hydrocortisone cream to the treatment area to alleviate any itching or irritation. Scratching should be avoided.
- It is recommended that treated areas be protected from the sun with a full- spectrum sunblock with an SPF 30 (or higher) before, during and following your treatment series.
- If you notice dark spots beneath the skin, (they look like blackheads), these are terminal hairs that need to be exfoliated. It is helpful to soak in a warm, not hot bath (this will dilate the pores) and then exfoliate with a soft cloth or scrubbing gloves. A lotion containing salicylic or glycolic acid may also be helpful.
- The treated sites may also blister, bleed or ooze fluid. This discomfort is usually mild to moderate and fades within a week. Twice daily cleansing with mild cleanser and tepid water followed with an application of Bacitracin ointment will aid in healing. It is important not to pick, rub or scratch the sites as this may lead to permanent scares or promote an infection. Please call us at the first sign of persistent pain or blistering.
- New hair growth will usually begin in about three weeks. Remember not to wax, tweeze, thread, bleach or apply chemical depilatories to the areas being treated for two to four weeks prior to treatment or at any time during the treatment series. Shaving or using clippers are the only acceptable methods of hair removal. Wait until redness subsides before shaving again.
- Hair loss will be most evident ten days to two weeks after treatment.
- Treatment intervals will be approximately every four to six weeks from the neck up and six to eight weeks from the neck down.
If you should have an after hours emergency, please contact our office at 513-770-0787.
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Body Hair Removal Guide
Popular body hair removal methods vary somewhat by the location, density, and color of the body hair to be removed. Additionally, common areas of unwanted body hair on women vary from unwanted male body hair. Excessive body hair on anyone, male or female, can be embarrassing and even affect self-esteem. Below is a guide to the options available to remove body hair.
Facial Hair Removal for Female
Women who have dark or excessive facial hair are often embarrassed to have it. Unbalanced hormones can play a role in excessive facial hair, and should be controlled by a physician before attempting permanent hair removal on the face. Bleaching upper lip hair is a common alternative to permanently removing the hair. It can work well if there is not too much hair on the upper lip. Otherwise, it just looks like a blonde mustache.
Leg Hair Removal
It is not difficult to remove leg hair by shaving, depilatory creams, or waxing, but there are pros and cons to removing leg hair by these methods. It is very quick to remove your own leg hair by shaving, creams or even by waxing. Shaving such a large area can be tedious, though, and many people have to shave their legs daily to keep them smooth. Waxing legs isn’t as painful as waxing other areas, such as bikinis, but it gets very expensive. Leg waxing costs about $45 every six weeks. The legs take 1-1 1/2 hours each session and require about 4-8 sessions to obtain permanent hair reduction. Electrolysis for legs will often time permanently remove the hair, but can take much longer, and cost more than laser.
Genital or Pubic Hair Removal
Complete, or almost complete, bikini hair removal has become more common for women today, partially bolstered by the fashion craze of low-rise jeans and hipster skirts. Some centers offer options for designs, henna tattoos, rhinestones, and even designer logos in the pubic regions. Now, more than ever, women are choosing to go bare. Bare or not, excess genital hair can be quite embarrassing at the beach.
Pubic hair removal only takes about 15-30 minutes per session, and many machines are approved to claim “permanent hair reduction.” The pubic area will require only 4-8 sessions, or fewer, to be smooth.
Removing hair from the bikini area comes with it’s unique problems. The skin of the bikini area is prone to irritation and ingrown hairs. Shaving, waxing and sugaring can exacerbate this. Furthermore, it is necessary to wait for a certain amount of outgrowth before waxing and it can be embarrassing to be seen on the beach with so much outgrowth. Let all women be warned, OOOUCH – bikini waxing and Brazilian bikini waxing can really hurt! It can even leave bruising. Depilatory creams, better know as hair removal creams, don’t have the above problems but the cream can cause chemical burns if left on too long. The results of these creams only last a few days. Electrolysis requires some outgrowth and can take many hours to complete. Electrolysis will result in permanent bikini line removal, though.