Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal is time-consuming and doesn’t have to be such a chore. Now, laser hair removal makes it easy for you to remove unwanted hair – permanently. It is suitable for areas of the body with significant hair growth, especially the face, underarms, and bikini area.

At The Lumen Center, our highly skilled and experienced licensed aesthetician works under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Kwak. Every treatment is performed with extreme care for maximum results.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that reduces unwanted body hair. It is commonly used on various parts of the body, including the legs, underarms, upper lip, chin, and bikini line.

The procedure involves using a powerful YAG laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) to remove unwanted hair. This light source heats and destroys the hair follicles, preventing or reducing future growth. Unlike shaving or waxing, laser hair removal is your best weapon against coarse, dark hair while leaving the surrounding skin untouched.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal is an easy in-office procedure with no associated downtime. The pigment in the hair follicle is absorbed by light from the laser. This creates heat and damages the hair follicle, destroying its ability to regrow.

Several treatments are needed since there are three stages of hair growth:

1)    The anagen (growth) cycle

2)    Catagen (dormant) cycle

3)    Telogen (falling out) cycle

Laser hair removal is most effective during the anagen growth phase. Depending on the area, treatment intervals range between 4-8 weeks apart.

Laser Hair Removal Treatment Areas

Laser hair removal is a highly versatile and popular treatment option and can be used on almost any area of the body. This includes:

What to Expect During Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

While laser hair removal treatment is not considered painful, the laser can feel sensitive on the skin. Most patients describe the feeling as a slight rubber band snapping against the skin. Appointments are usually quick, approximately 30 minutes, and can be completed over your lunch hour.

Why Choose The Lumen Center?

We customize each laser hair removal treatment plan for every one of our clients. We strive to give you safe and effective results. Our experienced and licensed aestheticians always look for the best combination of treatments and products customized for your specific skin care needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Since the laser targets pigment in the hair, you’re a good candidate if your hair color is darker than your skin color. It is not effective on white, grey, blonde, or red hair. Also, not all hair removal lasers are safe for all skin types. Darker skin has a higher potential for injury with an inappropriate laser. However, at The Lumen Center, we have many different lasers that can treat nearly all skin types, skin tones, and hair colors. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not candidates for laser hair removal. Patients taking Accutane (isotretinoin) should avoid waxing or laser skin treatments.

Ideally, you should shave the areas to be treated the day before your appointment. It’s important to avoid the sun 2-4 weeks before and after your treatment. Avoid depilatory creams for two weeks prior to laser hair removal as they may remove pigment in the follicles.

After laser hair removal, you may experience a sunburn sensation, some swelling, redness, and a slightly bumpy skin texture in the treated area. If these side effects occur, they typically resolve quickly, and we will guide you on how to treat properly.

Laser hair removal treatments are reasonably priced considering the high-tech laser technology involved, and are often less than a monthly wax. Patients can pay per treatment, or we also offer discounts on packages.

If hormones are stabilized, most patients require between 4 to 8 laser treatments to remove hair effectively. After finishing the treatments, many patients will notice slower hair growth, hair reduction, finer hair, and then no hair growth.

The time it takes to see results after laser hair removal can vary based on individual factors like hair type and the area being treated. Typically, it takes two or three weeks after your first treatment to notice an improvement. Most patients need 4-8 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. For example, if you need 5 treatments, you can expect to see final results within 20-30 weeks after your first treatment.

There is no recovery time associated with hair removal treatments, so you can resume normal activities immediately.

After finishing the treatments, most patients will see permanent results with no hair appearing on the treated skin for several months or even years. However, some may require maintenance treatments every 1-2 years to maintain hair loss.

Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?

Are you ready for your most stubborn areas to be hair-free? Laser hair removal may be the answer you’re looking for.

At The Lumen Center, we individualize every treatment plan so that you see permanent results and smoother skin. We offer complimentary consultations in our Bryn Mawr office, just outside of Philadelphia. We’ll take our time to discuss expectations, provide instructions, and answer any questions you may have.

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