HAIR REDUCTION: PERMANENT, PAINLESS

 
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Intense Pulse Light therapy approach to eliminating unwanted hair provides the ultimate treatment solution, “PhotoEpilation.”  PhotoEpilation leaves your skin looking and feeling smoother and softer.

 

How does PhotoEpilation work?
Without damaging the surrounding skin, controlled flashes of light penetrate the skin and are absorbed by the hair follicles. The heat damages the hair and the regenerative matrix that regrows hair, and minimizes the potential for regrowth. Because of the significantly large spot size created by this unique technology, backs, shoulders, abdomens and legs can be treated quickly. Facial areas such as the lip, chin, and beard, can be treated in minutes.

 

Who are candidates for treatment?
Men, women, and children may be treated with PhotoEpilation. Treatments can be customized according to your hair color, texture, and body location. Hair, of black, brown, and red color– can be treated. To find out if you are a candidate, please schedule a consultation at Totality Medispa.

 

What are the benefits?

  • The FDA approved this technology for permanent hair reduction.

  • Much less pain and discomfort compared to other treatment methods, such as waxing.

  • Large areas can be treated quickly.

  • Chance of scarring and pigmentation changes is minimized.

What areas can be treated?
Any area of your body can be treated. The most common areas are the armpits, legs, chest, bikini and back.

How many treatments will need?
Hair has three phases of growth: active growth phase, an intermediate non-growth phase, and a resting phase with no hair follicle present. Duration of hair growth cycles vary with the location on the body. The device is only able to eliminate the hair that is currently in an active growth cycle so multiple treatments (usually at least 5) are necessary over a time span (6-8 week intervals) to remove hair from most areas. Final results may not be apparent for several months post treatment.

Will my hair ever regrow?
No current laser / light technology causes permanent hair loss, however the device that we use is FDA approved for permanent hair reduction. The hairs regenerate from the bulge portion of the hair follicle.  Cells here can regenerate hair from scratch. This bulge region is damaged by the device, but probably not destroyed.  Periodic maintenance treatments will be necessary to maintain your results.

What is treatment like?
First, the area to be treated is cleansed, the hair is shaved, and a cool gel is applied. During treatment, our provider gently applies the smooth, glass surface of the device's hand piece to the skin. Through the PhotoEpilation hand piece, gentle pulses of light are emitted and penetrate the skin to begin destroying the hair follicles.  Each pulse may feel like a light snap of a rubber band.  Most individuals find this to be very tolerable.  Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of the procedure performed.

What can I expect after the PhotoEpilation treatment?

  • Most of the hair wipes off immediately; the remaining hair falls out over a period of a week or two.

  • Erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) may be seen for 4 to 6 hours following the laser treatment.

  • The treated hairs may take 7 to 14 days to exfoliate and may appear to be “growing” during this time.

  • Rarely, blistering can occur during the first three days following the procedure. Blistered areas should be treated with care, keeping the area moist with an ointment until area has healed.

  • Rarely, hives may develop, usually resolving in several hours.

  • Rarely, pimples may develop in the first few days after treatment. Keep the areas clean and the areas should resolve in a few days.

  • Rarely, change in skin color is possible if you have tanned skin.  For 2-4 weeks before and after treatment, you should limit your sun exposure. This will greatly minimize the risk of complications.

How do I care for my skin after the treatment? 

  • Do not rub irritated skin with a face cloth or towel.  You should pat dry only.

  • You should not shave the treated area for 1-3 days post treatment.

  • No waxing or plucking is allowed starting 4 weeks before the start of the treatment and throughout the course of treatment.

  • Following treatment, ice may be applied to the treated area if desired.

  • You will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. Sun tanning and tanning beds should be avoided for 1 month before and after each PhotoEpilation session. A broad spectrum sunblock with zinc oxide and/ or titanium dioxide as the primary ingredients should be used on a daily basis.

How does it compare to waxing?

Waxing is more expensive in the long run, more painful, and a lot more time consuming since its effects are temporary.  PhotoEpilation is quick and after an average of 5 sessions, you should expect to see permanent hair reduction, which will require a touch up after a few years.

Waxing commonly causes ingrown hairs, something not typically seen with PhotoEpilation.

Waxing is best for blonde hair on dark skin.