STATE OF THE ART HAIR LASER REMOVAL, BIRMINGHAM AL
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal is a quick, non-invasive way to permanently reduce unwanted hair. Unlike other common methods of hair removal, like shaving, depilatory creams, waxing, tweezing, laser treatments produce effective and lasting results.
What type of laser hair removal device do we use at Cahaba Dermatology and Spa Cahaba?
At Cahaba Dermatology, we carefully selected the best of everything for our laser hair removal. Our research led us to the experts in building lasers – Quanta System. The GentleMax™ Laser treatment is the newest and most powerful way to remove hair. The system contains two lasers: The Alexandrite or Alex, for lighter skin and The Yag for darker skin. Unlike other laser treatments, the GentleMax™ laser system has been designed to work on any patient with minimal risk (even in darker skin tones) and can remove hundreds of hair follicles at the same time. Unlike most other hair removal lasers, The GentleMax™ contains two powerful lasers that allow the most effective results with minimal risks. CALL US FOR FREE CONSULATIONS AT 205-214-7546!
How does the treatment work?
The laser hair removal technology makes use of an invisible laser beam to penetrate the skin and remove the hair follicle from its root without harming the skin surface. The device locates the hair follicle by detecting Melanin. Melanin is the dark pigmentation in the hair. Once detected, the device directs laser energy at the hair root to destroy it. Multiple treatments, typically 4 to 6, spaced 4 weeks apart are needed to maximize your results. Once treatment is complete, there will be a significant reduction in the amount and thickness of hair growth and skin will remain smooth and hair free; any regrowth of hairs tend to be thinner and lighter. Touch up sessions may be needed for coarser hair.
The area to be treated is cleansed and shaved by the patient at home the day before procedure. This helps minimize discomfort. A topical numbing cream may be applied. Dark, course hair responds better than fine, light hair. White hair does not respond at all to laser hair removal.
How many treatments are required?
Hair growth can only be affected during the growth cycle. Several sessions are required to destroy all hair follicles.
Is Laser Hair Removal safe for all skin types?
Now you can move beyond the common hair removal techniques of shaving, tweezing, and waxing. Our Certified Laser Specialists start with skin analysis using the Fitzpatrick skin chart during your consultation. We can treat the entire skin chart from one to six with the flexibility of the Quanta laser. This laser system is safe for all skin types.
Are there any possible side effects?
You may experience stinging, mild swelling and pigmentation changes immediately after treatment. These effects are temporary, as are the rare appearance of blisters and lesions. Scarring and the activation of viral infections, such as herpes and shingles, may occur if you are already predisposed. For this reason, you must give a complete medical history before treatment.
Will there be any downtime?
No, you may return to your normal routine immediately.
What are the benefits of Laser Hair Removal over other treatments?
Laser Hair Removal is fast and has long term results.
What can be expected post-treatment?
The area may be red and swollen immediately after treatment. You can return to your normal schedule, but keep out of the sun and use sunscreen. Over the next few weeks your hair will appear to grow as it falls out.
What conditions respond best to this treatment?
Laser Hair Removal works best on those with darker hair than skin tone.
Who are candidates for Laser Hair Removal?
With the newest lasers, individuals of all skin and hair types can be treated.
Who should avoid Laser Hair Removal?
If you have a history of keloid formation, excessive scarring or poor healing, you may not be right for this treatment. Tattoos and permanent makeup can be altered by Laser Hair Removal. This treatment cannot be performed in areas with open sores, lesions or infections.
How long do the results last?
Results vary from person to person. Permanent reduction is common but cannot be guaranteed. Some number of maintenance of treatments may be needed to keep all the hair away in a given area. After a single treatment, the hair in a given area is usually reduced in amount and thickness for a very long period of time. However, it may not be completely gone. To keep an area completely devoid of hair, maintenance treatments are always required. These maintenance treatments may eventually be required at only yearly intervals or even longer.
What are the alternative treatments?
Traditional methods of hair removal include shaving, plucking, waxing, depilatory creams and electrolysis.
Is additional treatment necessary?
Yes, several sessions are required to achieve a consistent hairless effect. We recommend 6-8 sessions.
Instructions prior to treatment:
Avoid Accutane® for six months before treatment, and avoid anti-inflammatory drugs and Retin-A® for three weeks before treatment. You should not tan (sunless or otherwise) or use any method of hair removal besides shaving for six weeks prior to your session.
Instructions after treatment:
Keep the area clean and dry. For the first few days, do not scrub or irritate the skin with heavy creams, chemicals, lotions or sun exposure. Use sunscreen with SPF 45 or greater. Apply moisturizers, cold compresses or over-the-counter steroid creams at your discretion. Contact your physician if you develop blisters, scabbing or signs of infection. Your hair will still appear to grow for two or three weeks as it falls out. Additional treatments can be performed until you achieve the desired effect.
Pricing is based upon area of removal, hair, and skin type. Call our office at 205-214-7546 to schedule a free consultation. Treatment can be purchased by a single session or multi-session package of 5. After a full treatment package, additional treatment may be needed. Future touch up sessions are discounted for clients who previously purchased a treatment package.
Claims of results, patient testimonials, treatment recovery time, and before/after images may not be representative for every situation or be applicable to every patient. Individual results may vary. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, treatment, or elective procedure.