Waxing, shaving, and the use of depilatory creams are well-established methods for hair removal, although temporary. Electrolysis is the traditional tried and tested method for permanent hair removal, but is often very time-consuming and inefficient. These days, the most popular and most effective method for hair removal is the use of lasers which have been specifically designed to damage and destroy many hairs in a short time, and with little chance of complications. Southpointe Family Physicians, P.C. Wellness & Aesthetics can offer you two laser/light systems for permanent hair removal: The Sciton Profile 1064nd:yag and the Sciton Profile BBL. With two lasers to choose from, we will be able to offer you the fastest, most effective treatment available for you skin and hair type. All of our lasers are FDA approved and are operated by highly trained medical professionals. We can treat all skin colors, including tanned skin. You may need anywhere between 3-8 treatments depending on the area of the body and the color of the hair.
Some redness and slight swelling may be present in the area that has been treated; however, this should subside within a few hours. If any prolonged redness or swelling occurs consult your physician. Keep the treated area clean, use at least SPF 15 sunscreen when outdoors, and follow physician instructions.
What is Profile?
Profile contains an infrared laser that can selectively target microstructures such as hair follicles. It is very effective for lighter skin types and, because of the relatively low absorption of this light by melanin, it is the best choice when treating darker skin types. Additionally, the ability to safely treat sun-tanned skin makes this the treatment of choice for active individuals.
Can all skin colors be treated?
Yes, all skin types I through VI can be treated. Skin Type I is very fair, always burns, never tans (usually blonde hair and blue eyes). Skin Type VI never burns (dark skin, dark hair and eyes).
Can tanned skin be treated?
Tanned skin can be treated safely, but always inform your physician if you have been tanning, using tanning products, or exposed to the sun within the last three weeks. He will adjust your treatment regimen accordingly to give you the safest, most effective experience.
What happens during hair removal treatment?
Your physician will discuss the treatment with you and decide if you need a topical anesthetic cream. The area of your skin that is to be treated will be scanned with laser light from the Profile system. Treatment time will depend upon the area to be treated. A system for cooling your skin will be used to remove heat as it leaves the follicles and should ensure a comfortable treatment. However, since the sensation varies from individual to individual, a topical anesthesia can be provided. Let your physician know if you are very sensitive.
How does it work?
The Profile laser selectively targets your hair follicles and heats them with infrared energy. Unlike other processes the laser beam treats many hairs at once, making treatment of large areas practical. The Profile employs a unique computer-guided scanning system that automates the treatment, ensuring that your skin is rapidly and evenly treated. The computer sets the parameters and places the beam in am optimum pattern for your skin to ensure a safe, fast, effective and gentle treatment.
Is there a risk for complications?
There is a low risk of pigmentary changes, however discuss your concerns with your physician prior to your treatment.
Can pseudofolliculitis be treated?
Yes. Pseudofolliculitis is a type of chronic acne disorder caused by ingrown coarse or curly hairs. This disorder affects darker skin types, and the infrared energy, which is delivered by PROFILE, is the preferred method of treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
You may need to be treated about 3 to 5 times at approximately 5 to 8 week intervals. There are three phases of hair growth - anagen, catagen, and telogen. Only hairs in the active growth, anagen, can be successfully treated.
Does treatment hurt? What can I expect with the procedure?
Most patients describe laser hair removal as feeling "prickly." Each patient has his or her own level of skin sensitivity and pain threshold. Different areas on the body are also more sensitive than others.
On the day of your treatment, plan on wearing clothing that will allow easy access to the area being treated. You may not need any type of anesthesia for your treatments. Laser hair removal works best when the hair is 1 to 2 millimeters in length. No specific care is needed after the treatment.
Will my insurance coverage treatment?
Unwanted hair is usually a cosmetic issue, so in most cases you should expect to pay for treatment. In the rare instances where treatment is considered medically necessary, insurance may cover the cost of treatment. It's best to speak to your doctor and your insurance company to clarify this question.