Eliminating the need to shave, wax, or tweeze unwanted hair is as easy as calling the Spa at North Shore Aesthetics and making an appointment. You will find that laser hair removal is an affordable alternative to spending your time and money. Just think, no more costly razor blades or pungent hair removal creams to buy, no more time consuming waxing appointments to endure, and no more tweezing every time a stray hair sprouts only to have that hair grow back again. After only six sessions* with one of our licensed aestheticians, you can be free of the body and facial hair you have spent years shaving, waxing and tweezing away.
At the Spa at North Shore Aesthetics, we use the Palomar Icon Laser Hair Reduction System, which safely and effectively targets unwanted facial and body hair. This light-based laser gently heats the actively growing hair follicle in order to deactivate the surrounding cells responsible for its growth. The surrounding skin remains cool and undamaged because the laser is designed to specifically treat only hair follicles. Prior to your laser session, you should shave the treatment area so that only the follicle absorbs the laser energy. Depending upon the treatment area, your appointment will take between 15–30 minutes. The aesthetician first applies a cooling/conducting gel to the treatment area. Then, using a hand held laser to zap energy at the targeted hair follicles. With each laser pulse, there is a slight warming sensation, which some have described as a quick zap. Patients find the treatment tolerable in terms of discomfort. Typically, there is no need to apply a numbing cream to the area prior to treatment, but some areas are more sensitive than others, and you are welcome to request numbing cream prior to treatment. Because not all hair follicles are in the same growth stage at the time of your treatment, you will need to return after six weeks for another session. Typically, after six sessions, all of the active hair follicles in the area are destroyed and you are hair free. Some patients may need a once a year session to maintain the area, but this is not the case for everyone.
Am I a Candidate?
The best candidates for laser hair removal are those with darker hair color because the laser is more effective. Light blond and gray hair is not as affected by the laser energy because it is too close to the skin color.
There is no downtime associated with laser hair removal. You may notice tiny bumps appearing within 24 to 48 hours. These bumps indicate the purging of the follicles that have been destroyed during treatment. The bumps subside after a few days, revealing a smooth, hair-free area.