How does it work?
The removal or reduction of unwanted hair by laser light depends on the scientific principle of selective photothermolysis. When the correct wavelength of laser light is applied to hair in the treatment area, melanin in the hair absorbs the light, which is converted into heat energy. Buildup of thermal energy causes the destruction of hair follicles as well as associated stem cells and dermal papillae, while the surrounding skin is undamaged. Some follicles will only be damaged or may regrow, so numerous treatments are required to reduce or get rid of unwanted hair effectively for a persistent result.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
We asked our patients what their ideal laser hair removal procedure would be. Obviously it has to work! But besides being effective, there were a few things we heard loud and clear.
- Comfortable Laser Hair Removal: Laser hair removal with older devices can be painful. Lutronic’s Clarity laser offers gentle, pain free laser hair removal on all skin types.
- Fast Hair Removal: We can treat a full back in about 10-15 minutes with Clarity. This makes Clarity one of the fastest laser hair removal lasers available. For patients interested in large area, multiple area, or full body laser hair removal treatments there is no better option
- Hold the topical anesthetic: Clarity uses built-in Cryogen spray to enable fast, safe, and effective hair removal without messy gel.
Is the Hair Removed Permanently?
While hair follicles are disabled and hair regrowth is prevented during laser hair removal, the follicles in a given area are often in different growth cycles. Multiple sessions may be necessary in order to effectively disable the hair follicles
Am I a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Both men and women can enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal. For men who do not wish to have all of their body hair removed, the Clarity™ can also effectively thin out areas such as the male chest and back.
Is this Laser Safe for All Skin Colors?
CLARITY laser hair removal has two distinct lasers: one for lighter skin, and one for darker skin. No matter how dark the skin, CLARITY laser hair is considered the gold standard for treating unwanted hair on darker skin types. The laser’s longer wavelength safely bypasses the skin and targets the melanin in the hair shaft, getting rid of the unwanted hair follicle.
Is there any hair that does not respond to laser hair removal?
Gray, Blonde, and red are untreatable because the laser is attracted to pigment in the follicle.
How many sessions will I need?
It usually takes 3-5 treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart depending on how much hair you have and how thick it is. The hair becomes lighter and finer with each treatment. And you will notice patchy spots where the hair is gone.
Are There Any Side Effects?
After laser hair removal treatment, your skin may appear somewhat reddened, but this is temporary and should subside within 24-48 hours. Other side effects, such as blistering, are rare.
How should I prepare for my laser hair removal?
No waxing or plucking the hair being treated. You must stay out of the sun and avoid tanning, this includes artificial tanning products and tanning beds. If you have a history of cold sores, viral infection or herpes, you should take an anti-viral medication 3 days prior to treatment. We also recommend that you do not use any Retin-A, Renova, Retintol, Tazorac, Tretinoin, Glycolic, Alpha-hydroxy, and skin lightening products 1 week prior to your laser hair treatment in the area being treated. On the day of your treatment, you should gently wash the area being treated and do not apply any products or make-up to this area such as lotion, deodorant, powers, & perfumes. You also want to shave with a clean, new razor prior to your treatment the areas you want to remove hair and wear loose comfortable clothing.
What should I do after my laser hair removal?
After your laser hair removal treatment, you want to be gentle with the area that was treated. That means no scratching or picking at your skin. If you must take a shower, do not use hot water on the treated areas immediately following the treatment. Mild swelling, redness and tenderness are all normal side effects and any discomfort should subside after 6 hours. You may take Tylenol if you choose and use a cold compress, as needed. Avoid sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum sun block with a SPF 30 or higher on the treatment area. Treated hair will exfoliate or push out in about 2 to 3 weeks and may appear darker and thicker before falling out. Also, try to avoid swimming, sports, and strenuous exercise for two to three days following your treatment.