FAQ about Laser Hair Removal

ESCC-hair-removalWhat is Laser Hair Removal and does it really work?

Just as there are many different types of computers and cell phones there are many different hair removal devices. At Enhanced Skin Care Center we use Intense Pulsed Light or IPL technology for hair removal and yes it really does work!

How does it work?

A computerized base is combined with the appropriate sized hand piece and the light is pulsed over the area where you would like hair removed.  This light energy penetrates into the hair follicle and heats it up so that the hair follicle dies off. After a period of 10 -14 days the hair is expelled.

Can I do one treatment or do I need to schedule a series of treatments?

Because hair grows in cycles, a series of treatments is needed. The hair that is removed during treatment is in the active growth phase. Under the surface of the skin are more hair follicles in the resting or latent phase – not yet growing to the surface. The amount of time between treatments has been determined by research into the length of time between the active and resting phases of the hair. For example hair on the face is typically treated about every four weeks, hair on the legs can be treated every 6–8 weeks.

Is this a treatment that has any side effects?

This treatment is typically very well tolerated because the strength of the energy delivered can be titrated to the patient’s comfort level. The individual does not have to endure embarrassing hair during treatment – you may shave or clip the hairs as often as desired – just no waxing or threading as these procedures remove hair from the very follicle we want to target.

Are the results permanent?

Sticking to the schedule and not missing treatments brings optimal hair reduction.  Hair that is removed will be gone permanently although the body is always growing new hair. So there may be some regrowth over the years although the amount will never be as much as before treatment and the hair will be finer. Hormonal fluctuations such as pregnancy or menopause may influence the amount of hair regrowth but typically a few touch up visits brings the growth back under control.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for IPL treatments?

A quick consult with the nurse will help you determine if you are a good candidate for IPL Hair Removal.

Please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180