Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a great alternative to waxing, shaving, or other methods of removing hair from your body. In just a few treatments, our patients notice a significant difference in the amount of hair in the area. Our providers are all specially trained to provide laser hair removal with our Candela GentleMax Pro system. This FDA-approved device can treat a wide range of clients with all skin types.
At Capizzi, MD in Charlotte, North Carolina, we use The Capizzi Method to help our patients achieve the best versions of themselves. Laser hair removal works hand-in-hand with our other offerings as a pivotal part of many patients’ treatment plans. If you never want to shave again, want to feel more confident in a bathing suit, or are experiencing hormonal changes that cause hair growth, laser hair removal may be a good option for you.
How does laser hair removal work?
The laser passes through the skin and is absorbed in the hair follicle underneath the skin’s surface. The laser energy destroys the follicle with the heat that it generates. Destroyed hairs are then either dissolved within the skin or rejected by the body within two to three weeks.
What types of lasers do you use?
At Capizzi MD Cosmetic Surgery & Skincare we use the Candela GentleMax Pro. This premier, FDA-approved hair removal laser provides quick, comfortable, safe, and effective treatment.
How many procedures will be needed?
Laser hair removal procedures impair the growth of hair follicles when they are in the growth cycle at the time of the procedure. There are three phases in a person’s hair growth cycle, which is why you need more than one session. Most people require approximately four to six sessions to have desired results. This is standard practice with most types of laser hair removal systems.
Does skin type or tanned skin make a difference?
Candela GentleMax Pro is our latest award-winning, multi-wavelength laser hair removal system. This device can can treat a wide range of clients of all skin types. However, it may not be as effective for individuals with heavily tanned, due to the laser targeting the melanin in the skin. For this reason, it’s a great treatment to have done in the fall, winter, or spring!
Is the procedure painful?
Our laser utilizes a special cooling system that lowers the temperature of the skin at the procedure site before, during, and after laser exposure. It is almost painless. No local anesthesia or pain medication is required.
What should I do before the procedure?
You must thoroughly shave your hair 1-2 days before your appointment. Avoid indoor or outdoor tanning and use of self tanning products for approximately four weeks before your treatment. Do not wax, tweeze dye hair or have electrolysis two weeks prior to the procedure. Avoid skincare products with irritants such as Glycolic Acid or Retin-A in the procedure area for about a week.
What should I expect following the procedure?
Once the laser hair removal procedure is complete, you are able to return to your normal activities immediately.You may experience a slight reddening around the hair follicles immediately following the procedure. This typically disappears within a few hours. It is also recommended to avoid heavy sun exposure for the next few weeks. Approximately two weeks after the treatment your body will exfoliate the dead hairs.
Are the results of laser hair removal permanent?
The FDA has cleared the GentleMax Pro laser for permanent hair reduction. Since lasers have only been used for hair removal for approximately 20 years, it is difficult to predict the effects of the procedure and how long it will last. However, studies have shown that patients are usually hair free and satisfied with the results.
How much does it cost?
Cost depends on the area you are interested in having treated. Smaller areas such as the areola or upper lip are less expensive than a full leg or back treatment. We offer single treatment pricing, or packages for complete hair removal. If you are interested in chatting in detail, give our office a call at 704-655-8988 and ask to speak with a Patient Care Coordinator.
Interested in laser hair removal or have additional questions? Give our office a call at 704-655-8988, we would love to help answer your questions or schedule a complimentary consultation.