{Laser Hair Removal}

What is laser hair removal?  

Laser hair removal is the use of laser energy to permanently remove and eliminate the growth of hair. There are various lasers used to optimize the success and permanent reduction of the growth of hair from areas of unwanted hair. At vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management, we deploy Aerolase LightPod Neo that has the best possible wavelengths to optimize the success and   degree of permanent hair reduction.

Laser Hair Removal

How is laser hair removal performed?

At vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management, laser hair removal starts with a consultation with one of our very experienced medical professional. At vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management, you will not receive just one laser in hopes of achieving the best possible permanent reduction, but a number of laser wavelengths and well-known laser system to optimize the highest possible degree of permanent reduction available in the market today. Most laser hair removal centers will offer you one wavelength of laser. That may be moderately successful, but will not give you the highest possible permanent reduction that you can achieve at vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management with multiple wavelengths. No single wavelength of laser energy is able to optimally kill all potential susceptible hair follicles in an area of unwanted hair. As such, the best possible last hair removal programs offer multiple wavelengths to optimize the number of hair follicles that are permanently disabled and killed and hence give you the best possible permanent reduction of unwanted hair.

Once the right wavelengths and combination of wavelengths have been selected for you, the vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal treatment program ca commence. The area is shaved quite short, so only a stubble of hair is emerging from the skin. The laser applicator is the applied over the areas and the laser energy delivered. The laser energy travels down the hair shaft, heating up the hair shaft. The hair shaft acts as a lightning rod for absorption of the light-based energy from the laser. The absorption of the laser energy results in heat and the heat spreads out from the hair shaft, up to the cells called the internal and external root sheath around the bulb, which produce the hair shaft, and the blue, where the primordial cells that lea to new hair during the telogen (sleeping) and anagen (growing) phases of hair growth. The treatment is fairly quick and after a successful treatment, you will notice the smell of photocoagulation (which is the smell of burnt hair shafts) as well as little red bumps and swellings around the hair shafts. You will notice extrusion of dead hair shafts of the first seven to 21 days following you treatment.

Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?                                                                 

Good candidates for laser hair removal are realistic patients who have been selected based upon their understanding of the risks and benefits of recovery of the procedure. In general, there are very few risks following laser hair removal, but the application of any laser can rest in thermal injury, an that’s why it’s very important to select a center that has a high degree of experience in the application of laser energy. Some centers will decrease the fluence or us low fluence; high-repetition laser systems that have virtually no risk but also at 10, 12 or 14 treatments, you will find 25% or less of the hair follicles have been permanently reduced. Good candidates have realistic expectations with range of permanent hair reduction at vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management 50% to 80% of all hair that can be permanently reduced in most individuals after a series of treatments, using combination of different wavelengths.

Contraindication to laser hair removal:                                                                                                  

Contraindication include those individual who may be pregnant at the time of the procedure or individuals with an inflammatory, infectious or cancerous growth in the region of treatment.

What is the specific laser that vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management will use to get me the best permanent hair reduction?  

At vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management, medical professionals will ensure that the best laser and best laser wavelengths are combined over your multiple treatment program to ensure you get the best possible permanent hair reduction. The laser used as follows:

vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Manageemnt is proud to introduce Aerolase LightPod Neo.  The LightPod Neo represents the state-of-the-art in Nd:YAG lasers, employing its innovative 650-microsecond pulse technology to achieve new levels of efficacy and gentle treatment of laser hair removal. The Neo produces high power laser pulses with a revolutionary 650-microsecond pulse duration, which is shorter than the Thermal Relaxation Time of the skin tissue surrounding the follicle. As a result, the laser-generated heat is effectively sealed within the follicle as it doesn’t have time to conduct outward to the surrounding skin. This results in a substantial increase in treatment efficacy on fair skin and lighter hairs compared to the prior generation of Nd:YAG 1064nm lasers, or even compared to diode and Alexandrite lasers, as clinical research has shown (contact Aerolase for details). It also results in a much higher level of safety and comfort for the treatment of tanned skin or darker skin types, since the laser energy passes through the skin 50 to 500 times faster than those used by traditional long pulse Nd:YAG lasers for hair removal, and does not overheat the epidermal melanin. Thanks to the clinical research and innovative product development by Aerolase, the industry now has a laser that performs hair removal without any skin cooling during the treatment and without contact to the skin by the handpiece – a major technological breakthrough! To learn more about the LightPod Neo the state-of-the-art laser for hair removal.

How do vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management combines the wavelengths?  

One of the many reasons the vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal programs is so popular is that our  medical team will combine the laser wavelengths over the course of your treatments in your hair removal package to ensure the best possible permanent reduction. As each laser wavelength will have a permanent reduction impact on some hair follicles or bulges, but not others, combining different wavelengths during your program will increase and optimize the number of hairs that can be permanently killed. In general, the vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Managemnt laser hair removal program is a series of 6 treatment, performed as new hair grows after the last treatment. The concept is using the right wavelengths, pulse duration and energy to kill and many hair bulbs as possible, which means switching wavelengths and switching pulse duration energies to ensure as many “stubborn” and difficult to kill bulbs are treated.

What kind of anesthetic is used for laser hair removal?  

Our laser system (LightPod Neo) has built-in cooling system; cold air systems that greatly reduce the discomfort during laser hair removal. In addition, topical anesthetic cream is usually deployed to minimize pain and discomfort.

Is laser hair removal painful?  

There’s always a degree of discomfort following any aesthetic treatment that has long-term results such as Botox, Injectable, soft tissue fillers, photo-rejuvenation and, as such, laser hair removal can be associated with some degree of discomfort. In general, however, with topical anesthesia and the dynamic cooling tips and air coolers deployed with our sophisticated laser system, laser hair removal is tolerable and comfortable.

How long does the laser hair removal procedure take?  

A single laser hair removal treatment takes approximately 15 minutes for a small-to-medium zone. For larger zones, such as lower leg, full leg or man’s back, high-speed efficacious laser systems are deployed such that the treatment can be done in 60 minutes. In general, most patients should anticipate 30 to 60 minutes when coming for their laser hair removal session. It is required for the patients to arrive 30 minutes early prior to their scheduled appointment to put numbing cream on.

It is important to remember that laser hair removal is a program or a series of treatments, not a single treatment. The reason that a series of treatments is required is that we must deliver the laser energy at the time of active growth of the hair bulb and hair shaft. Those hair bulbs that happen to be in the sleeping face phase, also called telogen, are not susceptible to the permanent injury that laser hair removal delivers and, as such, we need to ensure that a series of treatments are performed over a period of time so that all hair bulbs are in the active growing phase and eventually get exposed to the laser hair removal energy. For the face and the neck region, treatments are performed once every four to six weeks and generally 6 treatments will result in 80% permanent hair reduction in approximately 50% of all patients. For the underarms and bikini line, treatments are performed, in general, every eight to ten weeks and series of 6 treatments are usually required to optimize permanent hair reduction. For large zones, such as half legs, full legs or entire backs, six to eight treatments are required, every eight to 12 weeks, and each treatment takes approximately 30-60 minutes.

How long is the recovery following laser hair removal?  

In general, individuals who have been treated with adequate energy n the right wavelength will have some redness and small bumpy swellings in the areas of the hair shaft for four to eight hours following the treatment. In unexposed areas, such as the legs, bikini and underarm or back, this is not generally a concern.

What kind of result can I expect following my vivMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal program?

At vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management, we combine most efficacious wavelengths. With our state of the art laser technology- LightPod Neo, we can give you the guarantee of the best possible permanent reduction you can achieve for your unwanted hair. After your each treatment,  the efficacy of the previous will be assessed and the fluency and pulse duration may be adjusted and the aggressiveness of the treatment increased. Thus, after six sessions, most of the follicles in the treatment zone have been exposed to wavelengths of light they may be most susceptible to and you will achieve the best possible permanent hair reduction.

What are patients saying about their vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal program?

May patients we see at vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management have gone to other laser centers that may be extremely low cost, but are far less experienced and generally use only one laser energy wavelength have has been deployed. These patients become frustrated as they may have 10, 12, 16 or more treatments, but they don’ t see a tremendous permanent reduction after the first 3-4 sessions. The reason for this is because some of the follicles are going to be deeper; more difficult to access with the wavelength of light that has been selected. When no other wavelength of laser energy available, you can’t expect to get enhanced permanent reduction. Thus, most vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal patients have done their homework and research and have realized that at vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management, they get a very affordable laser hair removal program, when considering that they get far better permanent reduction than any other laser center that deploys only a single-wavelength approach. Also, they get the benefit of experience of our medical team that have been performing laser hair removal for many years and have a lower risk of adverse effects.

How long will the results of my vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal program last?

After a series of 6-8 treatments, most patients will notice between 50% and 80% permanent reduction. Those hairs that are not reduced will be made smaller (microniztion), will express hair that is finer and not as dark and will also synchronize. Synchronization of hair, after 70% or 80% reduction, is generally desirable because we also prolong telogen, or the sleeping phase. So, most patients will experience hairlessness for many months in each area following the procedure and when they do get regrowth, they’re able to join the vivaMD Med Spa & Weight Loss Center hair removal program. The vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management hair removal club allows a patient to come in any time when there’s regrowth for a very low-priced maintenance treatment for the small percentage of hairs that have resistant to every wavelength of laser hair removal.

Is there any maintenance required following my vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal program?

Most patients who complete the vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal program using multiple laser wavelengths will achieve up to 80% permanent reduction. However, there’s 20% of the hair that will still grow. This  resistant hair, that has been resistant to all wavelengths of light and multiple treatments, will generally be fine, wispy, less coarse, lighter and all the hairs will be synchronized into the same growth cycle with a prolongation of the sleeping phase, or telogen phase. Thus, many vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal program patients join the vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management hair removal club. These are patients who have completed the vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Manageemnt 6-8 treatment package can then come back anytime when there is regrowth of resistant hair for a low-cost, fast laser removal, which will again provide a prolonged sleeping (telogen) phase of months in duration.

Why choose vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Manageemnt for my laser hair removal program?  

vivaMD Med Spa & Weight Loss Center medical professionals have years of experience with laser hair removal. We also use the most advanced laser technology that is safe for all skin color and types. By selecting vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management, you will be assured to get the best possible experience, minimizing the likelihood of risks or complications. In addition, you will also get the most effective array of wavelengths of light to ensure the best possible permanent hair reduction.

How do I schedule a vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management laser hair removal consultation?

Call now 510-742-5795 or click on the link below to schedule your complimentary consultation.