Unwanted dark hair can be irritating and costly to shave, wax and remove over a lifetime. Over the course of six to eight laser hair removal treatment sessions, you will typically see a significant decrease in the volume, texture and growth of your dark hair.
The Center For SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery has more experience in laser aesthetics, including laser hair removal, than any other facility in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. Our expert physicians use state-of-the-art Cynosure or Candela lasers to safely and effectively reduce unwanted dark hair in patients of all skin tones.
Laser Hair Removal What to Expect
Laser hair removal treatments are customized according to hair color, texture, and locations on the body and are effective on all skin types including dark-skinned individuals of all ethnic origins. You can be confident that we will provide you with the safe, high quality laser hair removal treatments you desire.
Laser hair removal can be performed virtually anywhere on the body including the chest, back, abdomen, arms, and underarms as well as the bikini, Brazilian, legs and face.
Hair Removal Basics
Hair grows in three phases. Because hair grows in different phases, it is important to have multiple laser treatments to effectively remove unwanted hair.
Anagen Phase: the “growing phase” – This is the active phase when hair contains the most amount of melanin. Laser hair removal is only affective on hair in the anagen phase.
Catagen Phase: the “regression phase” – This is when the hair actually shrinks in size and stops growing.
Telogen Phase: the “resting phase”- Is when the old hair is removed from the follicle and new hair begins to grow.
We cannot treat patients who have had direct sun exposure or exposed their skin to a tanning bed or sunless tanner for two weeks prior to their treatment. During your treatment cycle, you must wear SPF 30 sunscreen and stay out of the sun or tanning bed for a minimum of two weeks prior to your treatment. Wearing clothing is not adequate protection. Sun exposure increases the melanin production in your skin for up to two weeks. The change may not be noticed by the human eye but can be recognized by the laser. Tanning can increase your risk of adverse reactions such as burning and pigment changes. Please call the office to reschedule if you have had direct or indirect sun exposure, used sunless tanner or a tanning bed within the two week period prior to your treatment.
No. The laser will notice the difference in pigment in your skin. We would need to reschedule your treatment or change your treatment to a different laser if you use sunless tanner. Either option may result in less effective treatment results.
We recommend that you avoid use of aspirin, ibuprofen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Ginko Biloba, 0mega –3 fatty acids, garlic tablets, flax oil, cod liver oil, multivitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E, or any other blood thinning medication for at least 14 days prior to treatment and for 24 hours after treatment. This will help to prevent bruising and bleeding. There are also several medications including many antibiotics, and acne medications that may cause photosensitivity to laser treatment and could result in an adverse outcome if taken prior to treatment. Please call the office if you would like to know if any medications you are currently taking are contraindicated with laser treatment. When you arrive to the office your medical history will also be reviewed. Please consult your primary care physician before discontinuing use of any prescription medication. We also ask that you remove any make-up in the treatment area prior to your appointment.
While the number of treatments varies from person to person, the average person requires 6 (light skin) to 8 (dark skin) treatments to achieve 80% or more hair reduction. Patients with hormonal imbalances or who normally wax or pluck may require more sessions. Not all of the hair follicles are removed during each treatment…only those that are in an active growth cycle. As a result, a sequence of treatments is necessary in order to maximize the level of hair reduction. We will space your appointments by several weeks to try and reach different growth cycles helping you to achieve the best possible result with each session. Some hair follicles will stay dormant for years making it impossible to disable future growth with the laser. You can always return to the office for a single treatment if you have some hair follicles that start actively growing long after your sessions are completed. We offer single treatments should you need a touch-up for a few hairs. In general, patients are HIGHLY satisfied with the laser hair removal. It can be life changing.
In patients with darker skin, we are often required to lower our treatment settings in order to protect the darkly pigmented skin surface. We also use a special YAG laser designed specifically to safely and effectively treat darker skin. Clients with darker skin tones requiring YAG laser treatment are generally happy with their results after eight treatments.
Most of our clients tolerate the treatment without any difficulty due to the cryogen cooling spray used with our laser technology. Some clients describe their discomfort as a rubber band snapping on the skin. Areas that contain very coarse, dense hair such as the bikini region are often more sensitive. Our staff is well trained and will assist you in getting through the treatment. They can adjust your laser settings, use a cooling device and recommend topical anesthetic creams should you have any issues with pain tolerance.
We can only disable a hair follicle when the follicle is in an active growth or anagen phase. The growth phase is varied based on age, sex, hormonal levels, genetic factors and the anatomic area being treated. If we treat an area too frequently, we may miniaturize the hair follicle or stun it into a rest phase but will not prevent long term growth. We recommend that you adhere to our treatment schedule to maximize your results.
The laser light targets pigment contained within hair follicles. White, grey and blond hairs lack necessary pigment to effectively produce hair reduction. At this time, white, grey and blond hair can only be reduced through electrolysis.
Why choose Center for SmartLipo and Plastic Surgery?
Training, Experience, Results
Richard M. Goldfarb, M.D. FACS, the founder of the Center for SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery, is recognized as one of the leading innovators in the field of liposculpture. He has performed thousands of liposuction procedures. With more advanced liposuction technology under one roof than any other practice in the state, the Center for SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery is the most comprehensive liposuction facility in the greater Philadelphia area. Meet Dr. Goldfarb