Laser Hair Removal In Rochester, NY

Looking and feeling your best is a priority of ours and in order to fulfill that priority, we provide several cosmetic procedures that keep you feeling your best.  Each one of these procedures will have different results but will target specific areas of concern.  This article will provide the information you need to learn more about laser hair removal, the procedures, and the details surrounding the machine we use to remove hair from different parts of the body. 

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal in Rochester is a medical procedure (administered by a medical professional) that uses a concentrated beam of light, called a laser, to remove unwanted hair from various parts of the body. During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or can delay future hair growth (Mayo Clinic).

Getting The Best Results

Hair color and skin type influence the overall success of laser hair removal. The typical reaction for the laser is to target the pigment of the hair (the hair follicle then absorbs the light and stops growing) and not the pigment of the skin.  Because of this, the laser avoids damaging the skin. Therefore, for a lot of patients, the contrast between hair and skin color — dark hair and light skin — results in the best outcomes (free of damaging the skin). The risk of damage to the skin can be greater when there is little to no contrast between hair and skin color.  Though advances in laser technology have made laser hair removal has made it a more viable option for people who have darker skin. For people who have gray, red, blond and white hair color the laser can also be less effective, as these hair colors don’t absorb light well (light is the basis for the success of laser hair removal). Note that laser treatment options for light-colored hair continue to be developed (Mayo Clinic).

Anatomy Of A Hair Follicle

The papilla is a large structure at the base of the hair follicle. The papilla is made up mainly of connective tissue and a capillary loop. Around the papilla is the hair matrix.

A root sheath is composed of an external and internal root sheath. The external root sheath appears empty with cuboid cells when stained with H&E stain. The internal root sheath is composed of three layers, Henle’s layer, Huxley’s layer, and an internal cuticle that is continuous with the outermost layer of the hair fiber. The bulge is located in the outer root sheath at the insertion point of the arrector pili muscle. It houses several types of stem cells, which supply the entire hair follicle with new cells, and take part in healing the epidermis after a wound. Stem cells express the marker LGR5+ in vivo.

Attached to the follicle is a tiny bundle of muscle fiber called the arrector pili. This muscle is responsible for causing the follicle to become more perpendicular to the surface of the skin, and causing the follicle to protrude slightly above the surrounding skin (piloerection) and a pore encased with skin oil. This process results in goose bumps (or goose flesh) (Wikipedia).

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Hair Growth Process

Hair grows in cycles of various phases:[13] anagen is the growth phase; catagen is the involuting or regressing phase; and telogen, the resting phase. Each phase has several morphologically and histologically distinguishable sub-phases. Prior to the start of cycling is a phase of follicular morphogenesis (formation of the follicle). There is also a shedding phase, or exogen, that is independent of anagen and telogen in which one or several hairs that might arise from a single follicle exits. Normally up to 90% of the hair follicles are in anagen phase, while 10–14% are in telogen and 1–2% in catagen. The cycle’s length varies on different parts of the body. For eyebrows, the cycle is completed in around 4 months, while it takes the scalp 3–4 years to finish; this is the reason eyebrow hair have a much shorter length limit compared to hair on the head (Wikipedia)

When do I start to see results?

Hairs will not fall out immediately, most patients will shed them over a period of days to weeks. This may look like continued hair growth. The repeated treatments are usually necessary because hair growth and loss naturally occur in a cycle, and laser hair removal in Rochester works best with hair follicles in the new-growth stage (Mayo Clinic). Laser hair removal doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. When hair regrows, it's usually finer and lighter in color. Hair removal maintenance might be needed for long-term hair reduction.

Where can I get laser hair removal? (parts of the body)

The most common areas to remove hair are the legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and the bikini line. However, it's possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, except the eyelid or surrounding area or skin with tattoos (Mayo Clinic)

Cost of laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal costs an average of $389 for one session.  The price will vary depending on the treated area, expertise/qualifications of the medical professional (Plastic Surgery).

Alternatives To Laser Hair Removal

There are many different methods to remove hair from the body. Each will differ in effectiveness, potential side effects, and long term ness.

Laser Har Removal vs. Electrolysis

Electrolysis is the removal of hair roots or small blemishes on the skin by the application of heat using an electric current.  Briefly, A professional electrologist inserts a very fine needle (usually thinner than the hair being treated) into the natural opening of the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft. A tiny amount of electrical current is then applied to destroy the hair growth cells (Electrology). Depending on the area you want cleared, it could be a few minutes for a followup appointment to an hour for a larger area. Most people who follow the recommended treatment plan can expect to be completed or nearly completed within 18 months. Depending on the skill level of the electrolysist and skin color of the patient there might be side effects - scarring, keloid scars, and changes in skin color of the treated skin in some people (UofMMedical).

Laser Hair Removal vs. Tweezing and Waxing

Waxing and tweezing are effective methods for temporary hair removal.  When done by a professional the hair can become thinner and/or less course (upon further hair growth). The most common complaint about waxing is the temporary red halo it can create around the treated area after the service. "Waxing tugs at the skin, so it's not always recommended for sensitive types," (Teen Vogue).  Waxing and tweezing might not be the most effective treatment, for permanent hair removal, in more sensitive body parts. Patients have to consistently visit a professional waxer or tweezer to have results. Check with the medical professional for the best hair removal treatment.

Laser Hair Removal vs. Hair Removal Creams

The laser hair removal creams are cost-effective creams that are filled with chemicals that help break down the keratin proteins in your hair to eventually dissolve them. Today’s creams are filled with hydrating ingredients that leave your skin smooth and totally free of any intense scents or chemical burns (Cosmopolitan). Though these creams remove hair from the body, they might not be effective for every part of the body and are not permanent solutions for hair removal.

What is The Spectrum?

The Spectrum is FDA cleared multi-platform workstation that includes 4-lasers and an IPL and is an effective machine only medical professionals use to remove hair on a patients body. The spectrum includes:

810-Diode | Hair Removal

The Spectrum is ideal for laser hair removal with a large spot size, a hertz rate capable of up to ten pulses per second, and built-in contact cooling.

Intense Pulsed Light

The intense pulsed light (IPL) has four filters that technicians can utilize for various non-abrasive procedures, including acne reduction, vascular and pigmented lesions removal, and hair reduction.

Q-Switched Yag/KTP | Tattoo Removal

The spectrum includes a laser tattoo removal device known as the Q-Switched Yag/KTP laser. The Q-switched Yag laser uses dual wavelengths (1064nm/532nm) to remove a vast range of tattoo pigments.

Long Pulsed Yag | Vascular Reduction

The Long-Pulsed Yag laser reduces vascular lesions, commonly known as spider veins, by using energy to heat, damage, and collapse targeted blood vessels. Technicians can also utilize the Long-Pulsed Yag to remove different types of vascular lesions, including cherry angioma.

Erbium Yag | Skin Resurfacing

Erbium is a skin resurfacing procedure for the face, neck, chest, and hands to eliminate surface pigmentation and minimize mild to moderate fine lines and wrinkles. The Erbium treatment requires minimal downtime but helps patients achieve dramatic results (Rohrer Aesthetics).

The procedure of each treatment?

Before any of the treatments are administered it is helpful to communicate with your medical professional about any concerns and underlying skin disorders, in order for them to treat you properly.  Before each treatment a medical professional will numb the specific area of hair removal, this usually takes 30-60 minutes to take effect (AAD).  Once the area is numb a medical professional will apply the laser to the specific area, vaporizing the hair resulting in small plumes of smoke that have a sulfur-like smell.  HOw many treatments and how long each treatment will take will depend on the size of the treatment area (e.g.smaller areas will take less time). It is important to avoid, sunlight, tanning beds, avoid other hair removal methods, avoiding blood-thinning medications and shaving treatment area after laser hair removal treatments. The color and thickness of your hair, area treated, type of laser used, and color of your skin all affect the results. You can expect a 10% to 25% reduction in hair after the first treatment.

Are there side effects or risks of laser hair removal?

Most patients experience mild swelling and redness. Patients will see some loss of hair soon after the first treatment.

Research

Based primarily on cohort studies, PH occurs in 3% of patients undergoing hair removal with lasers or intense pulsed light, yet rarely outside the facial/neck areas. Treatment modality does not seem to be a contributing factor. Continuation of treatment in areas with PH may be the most appropriate treatment (Springer 2021).

For hair removal or to reduce hair growth in unwanted places of the human body, laser have been used., there are different kinds of lasers available, but the selection of an ideal laser for ethnic skin has its limitations. It is very important to pick the right laser for the right type of skin. It is necessary to determine the skin type of the flounce, the pulse length and the laser type to be used before beginning the laser Therapy (University of Salahuddin).

Objective clinical assessment of hair reduction using the physician GAIS score in 90 anatomical sites scores an excellent reduction in 95.5% areas and good reduction in 80% areas. This current study shows that a synergistic combination of three diode laser wavelengths used for hair removal (755, 810, 1064 nm) is effective and safe to use in subjects skin types IV and V for facial and body hair (Wiley Online Library)

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