Laser Hair removal

The World’s first SQUARE shape spot  Alexandrite Nd:YAG laser

If you’re exploring your options for laser hair reduction in Plano, TX, don’t look further than EarthBound MedSpa. We have more than 10 years of experience and are dedicated to offering highly personalized services. Our senior laser Aesthetician, Nasrin, will meet with each client individually so that she can fully understand their needs and explain their treatment options. We use cutting-edge technology in order to offer exceptional services.

We want our patients to feel comfortable using our services. We are dedicated to client satisfaction, so we’ll make sure you’re comfortable from the moment you walk in our doors. We want to be known for our:

  • Quick response times

  • Flexible appointment availability

  • Prompt and professional service

EarthBound MedSpa is a locally owned and operated company. We pay close attention to details when treating our clients so that things go as smoothly as possible. Our laser hair reduction services are competitively priced and available to the residents of Plano and the surrounding areas. Call us today to learn more.

What is laser hair removal best for?

Laser hair removal is most commonly used for unwanted:

  • facial hair

  • hair in the armpits and bikini line

  • legs

  • forearms

Laser hair removal has become very effective in the past ten years. Often the preferred method of hair removal now, it’s safe, effective, and more permanent than any other method such as waxing, plucking, shaving, and electrolysis. Also, prices are pretty reasonable in most communities. The easiest person to treat for laser hair removal has darker hair on lighter skin. But there are now lasers (the Nd:YAG) that do a good job with dark hair on dark skin.

It still does not work well for grey hair, fine blond hair, or women with hormonal problems such as polycystic ovaries disease. Also, if you just have a few, coarse hairs on your chin, a good electrolysist will be more cost effective.

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser emits a very specific beam of light at a wavelength that is targeted at melanin in the hair and/or at the follicle growth center (called the hair bulb). Melanin is the material that gives color to our hair and skin. The laser beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle.

Therefore, the ideal candidate for this procedure has hair that is darker than her skin color. If the skin and hair color are too similar, it confuses some lasers.

Darker skin needs “long-wave” hair-removal lasers like the YAG laser. They are safer if you have darker skin because they won’t “burn” the skin trying to get rid of the hair.

Why do I need a series of treatments?

At any given time, a certain percentage of hairs are in the “resting” phase, rather than a growth

Do the treatments hurt, and how long will they take?

There may be mild discomfort during the treatment, but most patients tolerate laser hair removal very easily.

For discomfort during your treatment, some laser centers will provide you with a topical numbing cream which you can apply before a treatment. If you are using the cream yourself, never apply numbing cream under saran wrap and never apply it to an area larger than your hand.

Some laser centers will use a cooling machine (Zimmer cooler) during the treatment to make the experience more comfortable. Treatments can take from minutes to hours, depending on the size of the treatment area.

How many treatments will I need?

After three to seven treatments initially, most women and men report that their expectations have been met and the hair growth pattern is much, much less. In some areas, in addition to the decrease in the number of hairs, the hairs become very fine and light in color.

No laser clinic should claim that all of the hairs will be permanently eradicated. Most patients will need a touch-up 1-4 times a year to maintain the improvement.

Expect to need more treatments if you have any history of irregular periods, polycystic ovary disease, gray or white hairs, or a family history of excessive hair.

About 5 percent of patients are resistant to any type of hair removal laser. It is very important to have a realistic expectation regarding individual results of hair removal. No hair-removal system anywhere is “permanent.”

Do I need to do anything special before being treated?

Your provider will give you instructions, and different laser hair removal systems do vary. So it is important to follow your provider’s directions. But here are some general guidelines common to many laser hair removal treatments:

1. Do not tan. Tanning of any type changes the laser settings and is the most common cause of blistering after laser hair removal. Do not use self-tanners one to two weeks before a treatment.

2. No plucking, electrolysis, bleaching or depilatories should be performed at least two weeks prior to treatment. The hair must be present, a short stubble, and with its natural hair color in order to be treated effectively.

3. For waxing, centers differ so ask your provider.

4. Shaving is fine up until a few days before your treatment.

5. All makeup and lotion should be removed prior to treatment.

6. If antibiotics or any new medications have been started, inform your provider prior to treatment.

7. For bikini line hair removal, wear light-colored panties because the laser is absorbed by dark colors.

When is laser hair removal more difficult?

1. If you have hormonal abnormalities like irregular periods or polycystic ovaries

2. If your hair is blonde or white

3. If it’s hard for you to make the time for an initial series of five or six monthly appointments

4. if you have darker hair and darker skin, go to a center that has lasers specifically designed for you, such as the Nd:Yag

5. if you can’t get yourself to stop tanning

What are the medical or cosmetic side effects?

Your provider will give you a list of side effects and discuss them with you if requested. But here are some possible side effects:

1. Pain. Some people feel discomfort during the treatment. There may be a burning sensation, which lasts for an hour or two.

2. Healing. There is always a slight possibility of developing a crust or blister. This is superficial and generally does not result in any scarring and is treated like a sunburn or any other superficial blister.

3. Pigment changes. The treated area will probably heal without any pigment changes; however, there is always a chance that darker or lighter areas may occur. These are usually temporary and will fade within 1-6 months. Sun exposure must be avoided if a darker spot occurs, as that may intensify the hyperpigmentation. It is rare that a change is permanent.

4. Scarring is very rare and it is important to follow all the post- treatment instructions carefully.

5. Swelling may occur immediately after treatment, especially on the face. This is temporary and not harmful.

6. Fragile skin. Skin that has been treated should be cared for gently for several days. It should not be rubbed.

7. Bruising is rare. It will generally clear up within 4-10 days.

Laser Hair Reduction Post Treatment Instructions

Patient response can vary after a hair reduction treatment. Erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) around the hair follicles in the treated area are usually noted within a few minutes after the completion of the procedure and typically resolve completely within 24-48 hours. A sun burn sensation in the area treated is also normal and expected.

The treated area must be treated with care. BE GENTLE! Do not scratch or pick at your skin.

A cold compress can be used to provide comfort if the treated area is especially warm. This is typically only needed within the first 12 hours after the treatment.

You may experience small red bumps around the hair follicle. This is normal and expected. Do not pick, rub or scratch these until they have cleared. Your skin overall may be sensitive for several days following your laser hair removal treatment.

Vitamin E, Aloe Vera or Hydrocortisone cream applied to the treatment area my provide a soothing effect. In the unusual case of crusting of the skin or a blister in the treated area, apply an antibiotic ointment twice a day to the affected areas. Do not pick at these areas as this may result in infection or scarring. Keep the affected area moist and avoid direct sunlight.

DO NOT:

Use of scented lotions or soaps, deodorants, exfoliated creams (Retin-A, glycolic/salicylic and alpha-hydroxy acids), acne creams or gels, loofa sponges and aggressive scrubbing.

  • Hot or cold water- wash with tepid water

  • Swimming pools and spas with multiple chemicals/chlorine

  • Activities that cause excessive perspiration

  • Avoid hot tubs, Jacuzzi tubs, saunas, hot yoga, and/or vigorous exercise.

  • Do not sunbathe or use a tanning bed for at least 2 weeks following your treatment. If you need to be out in the sun, wear an SPF 30 minimum.

  • In rare cases, hives have been reported after BBL hair reduction treatments. If you experience an irritated raised rash after the treatment, contact our office. Benadryl may be taken to help relieve the itchiness.

 

If an antiviral medication, such as Valtrex, has been prescribed for you, continue to take as directed.

In rare cases, hives have been reported after Laser hair reduction treatments.

If you experience an irritated raised rash after the treatment, contact our office. Benadryl may be taken to help relieve the itchiness.

Do not use the following hair removal methods or products on the treated area during the course of your laser treatments: tweezing, waxing, and depilatories, as it will prevent you from achieving your best results; you may shave. Strictly avoid any sun exposure, including tanning beds, to the treated area for a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. The treated area is more prone to sunburn and pigmentation change. Keep the area covered and use a sunscreen with a protection factor of 30+. Delayed blistering secondary to sun exposure has been noted up to 72 hours post treatment. Hair may take up to 4 weeks, or in some cases, as little as a few days, to fall out following treatment. Do not be alarmed if hairs appear to be “growing” during this time.

Subsequent treatments are based upon your clinician’s recommendation and are typically 4-6 weeks apart depending on the area being treated. The number of treatments necessary will depend on the body location, the amount of hair present , the character the hair, and your skin type.

Please call our office during normal business hours if you have any questions or concerns.

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