CoolGlide Laser &
Starlux Palmar Hair Removal

How many treatments will I need?

Most areas require 6 or more procedures, but the number of treatments you may require for optimal long-term benefits depends on various factors such as your hair's thickness, the area treated, and your hair's growth cycle. Interestingly, not all hairs are actively growing at the same time, but actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. Our system works by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.

What happens after the treatment?

Immediately following your treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be re-growth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment, and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave.

Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?

Following the treatment, you can return to your normal activities right away. Occasionally some redness may occur. If this happens, you may want to plan your work or social engagements accordingly. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun. As always, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure.

What are the possible side effects?

Slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn may occur in some patients. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment

Before and After

CoolGlide Laser Hair Removal


Laser hair removal requires 6 or more procedures to be effective. There are no short cuts to this process. Each treatment removes a progressive percentage of the hair until ultimately the skin becomes smooth and hair free.

What happens after the treatment?
Within several minutes of the treatment, the treated area may become slightly red and puffy. This sensation, described as a “sunburn”, will subside from a few hours to a couple of days. Since the laser does not cut the skin in any way, bandages are not necessary, and you can return to your normal activities immediately.

How many treatments will I require?
The laser works by disabling hairs that are in their active growth cycle at the time of the treatment. Those hairs that are in the resting phase will have to be treated when they start growing. The usual cycle will be about 6-7 treatments done at six week intervals. Treatments for pigmented lesions or spider veins/vascular lesions usually require a series of three or more treatments done at two weeks interval.

What are the other hair removal methods?
Shaving and Waxing. Shaving has extremely short lived results. There is risk of infection from nicks and jabs. Waxing, while having results that last longer than shaving, requires an unsightly period of time to actually grow hair out for removal. As well, waxing is quite a painful hair removal technique. Electrolysis can be occasionally permanent. However the cost-not to mention the pain, risk of infection, scarring, and pigmentation abnormalities-usually prohibits the procedure or limits its scope to selective areas. Chemical depilatories can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, and discoloration. With the advent of this new technology, cosmetic laser/pulsed light hair removal may be most effective, safe and long lasting hair removal treatment.

What are Laser Hair Removal Systems and How Do they Work?
The lasers on the market today come in all shapes and sizes. Different lasers use different wavelengths of light; some utilize a cooling device and some do not. All laser systems emit a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed by the hair. The laser energy is then transformed into heat which disables the follicle. Today. individuals with white or dark/tan skin can utilize lasers to remove their unwanted hair with positive results. Lasers that utilize a cooling device will help provide the patient with increased comfort and protection by cooling the upper layers of skin. This cooling selectivity helps to protect the skin while effectively treating the unwanted hair.

ls it safe?
Yes, the procedure is completely safe. After the procedure, patients may experience slight pink or red skin in the treated area. The color will most likely fade within a few minutes to a few hours, and in rare eases. a few days. When cold packs are used. the skin will return to normal much more quickly. The lasers utilize energy wavelengths of light that pass directly through the skin into the hair follicles. Lasers that do not pass through the skin leave residuals. For example, X-rays taken at the hospital leave a residual in the body. If too many are taken in a certain time period, the residuals can 'become a health risk. The lasers used for laser hair removal are passive, they leave no residuals: therefore, they are completely safe.

What does it feel like?
The feel of the laser on the skin has been described in many different ways. Some say it feels like a pinch on the skin and others say it feels cool or it feels like a mild rubber band snap. For those who feel discomfort, most clinics do provide mild anesthetics.

Palomar Pulsed Light
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