Laser Hair Removal Questions and Answers
Are you are tired of shaving, tweezing, or waxing? Laser hair removal may be the solution you’ve been looking for! At Southwest Michigan Dermatology in Portage, MI we offer this solution. For an appointment, please feel free to call us or schedule one through our website.
While unwanted hair can be dealt with through plucking, shaving, or waxing, such methods are tedious, temporary, and often quite painful. With laser hair removal at Southwest Michigan Dermatology, on the other hand, you can receive long-lasting results for several areas of the body without experiencing any significant pain or discomfort! Our board-certified dermatologists would be delighted to provide this service to you.
How permanent is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can either be permanent or temporary, depending on whether the hair follicles, which are tube-shaped sacs within the skin responsible for producing hairs, are completely or partially destroyed in the treatment area. With that being said, for most laser hair removal procedures that inflict only partial damage to the hair follicle, the results are still long-lasting.
In order to prevent new hairs from growing, laser hair removal procedures heat the hair follicles to a temperature that either destroys them or puts them in a dormant state for an extended period of time. The pigment within the hair absorbs the laser light, which is then converted to heat and travels down to the hair follicles.
The results from laser hair removal when the hair follicle is put into a dormant state typically last for at least two years. That said, some hair regrowth may occur within several months after treatment, in which case a subsequent appointment may be needed. When the hairs in the treatment area do grow back, they will most likely be finer, lighter, and fewer in number. Laser hair removal is generally the most effective for individuals with a combination of light skin and dark hair, but it can be effective for all skin types.
At Southwest Michigan Dermatology, we use the Lumenis LightSheer DUET laser hair removal procedure, which has been proven to permanently reduce the amount of hair that grows back in the treatment area following each session.
How long does hair laser removal last?
A laser hair removal treatment session can last anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour, depending on the treatment area(s), amount of hair, and equipment used to perform the procedure. At Southwest Michigan Dermatology, our Lumenis LightSheer DUET laser hair removal procedure allows our board-certified dermatologists to treat large areas, such as the back or legs, within 20 to 30 minutes, saving you both time and money. For comparison’s sake, typical treatment time for large areas like the back and legs is upwards of 60 minutes.
How many sessions do I need for laser hair removal?
Most people who seek laser hair removal treatment for unwanted hair require multiple treatment sessions, with many individuals requiring up to six laser hair removal sessions. The primary reason that laser hair removal treatment requires multiple sessions has to do with your hair growth cycle. Laser hair removal treatment works best when the hairs in the treatment area are in the early growth stage, also known as the anagen stage. However, the hairs in any given part of your body are not always in the same stage at the same time. As a result, laser hair removal works best in stages, allowing the treatment to remove the most amount of hair at their optimal growth stage.
The good news with Lumenis LightSheer DUET is that it not only saves you time and money, but it also has unique technology that makes for a much more comfortable experience than other laser hair removal procedures. The Lumenis LightSheer DUET diode laser is equipped with a contact-cooling tip, which protects the skin from both discomfort and damage as the hair follicle is heated. Thus, while you will still likely require multiple treatment sessions with Lumenis LightSheer DUET laser hair removal, it should be a much more pleasant experience. We serve patients from Portage MI, Milwood MI, Kalamazoo MI, and Vicksburg MI.
Lumenis LightSheer DUET Laser Hair Removal
LightSheer DUET is a laser hair removal system that allows dermatologists to treat large areas, like the back and legs, in about 30 minutes with very limited discomfort and no anesthetics or treatment gel. The laser hair removal treatment works with all skin types. Our highly trained and certified staff work with you to achieve your desired hair reduction using the diode laser with its unique contact-cooling tip which provides the patient with absolute comfort. LightSheer DUET is safe, non-invasive and has been proven to permanently reduce the number of hairs that grow following each treatment. Depending on the patient’s needs, the treatment can last anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour.
Benefits of Lumenis LightSheer DUET
- Faster and more comfortable treatments
- Improved results due to superior technology
- More affordable for larger treatment areas