Laser Hair Removal

Men and women struggle daily with unwanted hair on their faces, legs, underarms, shoulders and backs. Many of these individuals are extremely bothered and embarrassed by excessive and unsightly hair or razor bumps. Others are simply tired of having to shave to keep their skin looking and feeling soft and smooth. At The Medi Spa at Ridgewood Hill, our esthetician understands these frustrations and we are pleased to offer laser hair removal as a long-lasting solution for unwanted hair.

Laser hair removal is an FDA-approved, non-invasive, cosmetic procedure that has been proven safe and effective. In the early 1990s, the first reports of using laser energy to selectively damage and disable actively growing hair follicles were published. As laser hair removal has been refined, it has become the preferred method for permanent hair reduction, replacing shaving, tweezing, waxing and electrolysis.

How does the Cynosure Apogee Elite™ laser remove hair?

The Cynosure Apogee Elite™ laser produces an intense, localized pulse of energy that penetrates deeply enough to reach the hair root, where it is absorbed by the pigment, or color. Each pulse lasts for only several thousandths of a second, so the energy from the beam is almost completely absorbed by the hair bulb. The hair in the treated follicle is shed over a period of weeks, and the remnants of the root are reabsorbed by the body. The Cynosure Apogee Elite™ provides a safe, fast, gentle and effective method for laser hair removal.

Because it uses a wide beam, the Cynosure Apogee Elite™ laser can treat many hairs with each pulse. This is a distinct advantage over older methods, such as electrolysis, and it makes it possible to treat larger body areas, such as the arms, legs, back and abdomen, in a single session. The Cynosure Apogee Elite™ laser can be used anywhere on the body, except close to the eyes, and treatment can be performed without anesthesia, or with a mild topical anesthetic. Even sensitive areas, such as the upper lip, nipples and bikini line, can be treated with only mild discomfort.

When you undergo laser hair removal with our Medi Spa esthetician in Salem, you will be pleased to know that we can customize your treatment according to your skin color and your hair color and texture. This is because of the unique design and flexibility of the Cynosure Apogee Elite™ laser system and its hand piece. In just a few laser hair removal sessions, you will have a noticeable decrease in the amount of hair.

What is laser hair removal and how does it work?

Laser hair removal uses a visible light laser to gently remove unwanted hair, ending the need for routine shaving and waxing. Advanced laser hair removal technology improves upon the older, painful hair removal treatments to provide long-lasting results. Because the laser treats large areas, it is possible to target the back, shoulders, arms, legs and face. Current laser hair removal treatments are safe, fast, gentle and effective. They leave your skin looking and feeling smoother and silkier.

With our procedures in Salem, we actually disable the follicle’s ability to produce more hair.

For laser hair removal to be completely successful, your hair must be in a growth stage. This means that you will normally require a series of treatments because hair follicles are not all in the same stage at one time. Also, the effectiveness of the results will depend on the color of your hair, which will be another determinant to how many sessions will be needed to get rid of your unwanted hair.

When our specialist is preparing you for laser hair removal in Salem, your target areas may be shaved before they are treated with the laser. During the procedure, laser energy will pass through your skin and be absorbed by pigment in the hair follicle, disabling all treated follicles in a fraction of a second. Your session may last from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Who can be treated with laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal works best in lighter-skinned, darker-haired patients. This is because the laser’s primary target is melanin, or dark pigment, so gray or white hair (which lacks pigment) cannot be as proficiently treated with a light-based device. Also, tanned skin reduces laser energy as it passes through to the hair follicle, diminishing the pulse’s strength and making it less effective. However, although some lasers cannot treat tanned skin, our Medi Spa providers in Salem have the technology to provide laser hair removal to our patients year-round, whether your skin is tanned or untanned.

The quickness of laser hair removal, combined with its long-lasting effects and the large areas that can be treated during one session, make it the solution of choice for many men and women in Roanoke Valley. Laser hair removal works on the face, armpits, bikini areas, back, legs, arms and chest.

Are laser hair removal treatments painful?

Laser hair removal can cause some discomfort; however, most of our patients in Salem tolerate the procedure well. Some individuals feel a mild stinging or pinching, but this discomfort subsides when each treatment ends. As some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, a topical anesthesia can be used.

What can I expect from my laser hair removal treatments?

Sessions at The Medi Spa at Ridgewood Hill can cover large areas of your body, but the laser will only affect hair follicles that are in an active growing stage. Because you hairs are usually in different growth phases, it typically takes several sessions to achieve the best reduction. Each treatment is scheduled several weeks apart to capture hair in varying growth cycles. The female face, armpits and bikini lines are areas that respond fastest to laser hair removal; your back, arms and legs usually need more treatments over time.

Removing hair does not make it grow back thicker, darker or quicker; hair in treated areas may actually come back slower and thinner.

Regular activities may be resumed immediately following treatment.

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The Medi Spa at Ridgewood Hill providers are always available to answer any questions regarding our laser hair removal treatments. We welcome patients from throughout the region, including Salem, Roanoke and Cave Spring. Please contact us to schedule a consultation.