What is laser hair removal?
Our laser hair removal treatment utlizes the Lutronic Clarity II device, which safely directs an intense, pulsating beam of light on hair follicles to remove unwanted hair. This beam of light causes significant damage to the hair follicles, and this in turn weakens and inhibits future hair growth.
How does laser hair removal work?
Each hair follicle has a growth cycle, and the Lutronic Clarity II targets the follicles during their active growth period with concentrated beams of light. The pigment of the hair in the follicles absorbs the energy and becomes damaged and thus unable to grow hair. Over the next few days after the treatment, the remaining portion of the hair shaft below the skin is pushed out, which leaves the follicle inactive and empty.
In order to ensure every hair follicle is treated during their growth phase, several cycles are needed over a period of time In one area. Over a series of treatments, the follicles are destroyed or disabled, and the skin is left smooth, soft and hairless.
Laser hair removal with the Lutronic Clarity II can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. Both legs can usually be treated in about 20 minutes, and the same amount of time is generally required for an average-sized back.
Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
If you’ve been told that you’re not an an ideal candidate for laser hair removal because of your skin or hair color, the Lutronic Clarity II may be the perfect treatment for you. Our Clarity II laser is an advanced device, featuring adjustable wavelengths for each specific skin type and hair color, while minimizing the risk of discoloration or skin damage. This allows patients of any skin and hair color to be able to enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal. Candidates should meet the following general requirements:
- Are not pregnant
- Have no current skin rashes or infections
- Are generally in good health
- Are not recently tanned by a tanning bed or the sun
The Lutronic Clarity II
The Clarity II is a state-of-the-art, dual-wavelength hair removal device that has quickly risen above the pack when it comes to laser technology platforms. It suits all skin types, expediting treatment time and reducing discomfort. It removes hair twice as fast as its competitors and can target even the thinnest, lightest hairs. The system can be adjusted to the patient’s unique skin hue without causing surface damage or hyperpigmentation.
What’s more, the Clarity II has an automatic, built-in cooling system that helps ensure the client is comfortable and at ease throughout the hair removal process. As such, it is among the most intelligent and groundbreaking devices currently available on the market, and Dr. Schwartz is pleased and excited to offer this innovative technology to his clients. If you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for laser hair removal, you may be pleased to learn that you qualify to receive treatment with the new Lutronic Clarity II.
Laser hair removal is an extremely versatile treatment that can be applied to almost any area of the body except for the eyes. Some common treatment areas include the following:
- legs, from top to bottom, or selected parts
- full chest
- back, upper and/or lower
- upper lip
- bikini area
- Brazilian (may include the labia)
- facial areas such as the chin and sideburns
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Every patient is different, but repeated laser hair removal treatments generally result in 90% to 95% hair loss, and the results are so long lasting that in many cases they can be considered permanent. However, small amounts of weaker hair may sometimes return. The thickness and volume of your hair and your skin type factors into how permanent the results are.
Benefits of laser hair removal
- No more shaving or waxing
- No more irritation or razor burn
- Customizable, precision of treatmentMinimal discomfort and no downtime
- Short procedure time
- Very long-lasting results
- Less painful than some other hair removal methods
- Can be applied to almost any part of the body
- Removes hair completely without causing damage to the skin
- Eliminates stubble and regrowth periods between waxing or shaving
What should I expect from a laser hair removal appointment?
Before your appointment
- Do not expose your skin to the sun for three days
- Do not tweeze or wax the treatment area for six weeks prior to your appointment
- Shave the targeted areas immediately before the laser hair removal session
During your appointment
You may need to get undressed, depending on the area you’re having treated. We will provide protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser. We will then cleanse your skin with wipes to ensure no bacteria is present. Any remaining stray hairs in the area will be shaved. We will apply a topical numbing cream to the skin to minimize discomfort.
Once the laser treatment begins, you will feel the sensation of pinching or a rubber band being snapped against your skin. The handpiece is chilled to minimize this sensation, but you should expect some tolerable discomfort.
Recovery after laser hair removal
There is little recovery to worry about after laser hair removal. You may return to work or your usual routines right after the treatment. Your skin may be red or irritated for 1-2 days. If needed, we recommend aloe vera to help soothe it.
Be sure not to pluck or wax the treatment area during this time, and avoid the sun, hot water, makeup or perfume.
Why choose The Schwartz Aesthetic Institute?
Dr. Michael R Schwartz is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of private practice experience. Recognized as a national authority in the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Schwartz utilizes the latest and most advanced techniques in both the surgical and non-surgical aesthetic fields.
The Schwartz Aesthetic Institute is a welcoming, luxurious environment where you can relax on your journey to your beauty goals. Our friendly, welcoming team makes you our highest priority, and we love to see the satisfaction of our clients who are finally free of unwanted hair and hassle! Call today for a consultation about laser hair removal.
Is laser hair removal safe?
When done by an experienced professional, laser hair removal is a safe, effective treatment.
Are there any side effects with laser hair removal?
Side effects are usually mild and include redness and tenderness, similar to a sunburn. This generally fades in 1-2 days.
What are alternative solutions to laser hair removal?
There are a number of common home remedies for hair removal that must be repeated constantly. Electrolysis is an effective treatment but can only remove one hair at a time and is uncomfortable.
How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?
Treatment time depends on the size of the area being lasered. The upper lip can take less than one minute, but the full back may take 20-40 minutes or more.
How long do the results last?
The results are extremely long-lasting, nearly permanent. Some weaker hair growth may return after a period of years and require a touch up.
Is laser hair removal painful?
The sensation is similar to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against the skin. The discomfort is tolerable for most patients.
How many treatments will I need?
Expect at least 3-5 treatments to destroy all the hairs in the area during their growth phase. Denser hair may require more.
Should I shave before laser hair removal?
Shave 24-48 hours before your treatment session. Do not pluck or wax the treatment area, as the follicles must have hair roots to be properly treated.
What is the cost of laser hair removal?
The cost depends on the location and size of the treatment area, and the number of treatments required to fully address it.