One of the top aesthetic complaints? Unwanted hair. Tired of painful hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving, and tweezing, millions of women and men seek out professional permanent hair removal services every year to remove hair from legs, bikini lines, underarms, and other areas of the body. Initial laser hair removal treatments were previously reserved only for patients with dark hair and light skin. Thankfully, new laser technologies have broadened the safety and efficacy of laser hair removal to include patients of all hair colors and skin types.
The 810 Diode laser is one of the fastest, least painful permanent hair removal laser systems. It works by flashing concentrated light energy into the hair shaft, with minimal effect on the skin. The light energy is absorbed by the hair follicles, heating them up and damaging them. Once the root of the follicle is damaged, the cells that normally stimulate hair regrowth are stunted.
This hair removal treatment is proven to be effective and safe for any area of the body, excluding the eye area. This extremely popular procedure is used commonly to treat areas such as the face, underarms, back, legs, bikini area, and even full brazilian. See other popular laser hair removal areas. Using our FDA-cleared 810 Diode laser device is one of the safest, fastest, and least painful permanent hair removal systems.
Surprisingly, hair removal is effective only during the active growth stage. Hair growth is cyclical and goes through the anagen (growth) phase, catagen (transitional) phase, and telogen (resting) phase. The anagen phase is the optimal time to have laser hair removal done. However, because the stages of hair growth vary between each hair on the body, multiple treatments are recommended to fully target each follicle during its growth stage.
This hair removal treatment works by flashing concentrated light energy into the hair shaft, with minimal effect to the skin. The light energy is absorbed by the hair follicles, heating them up and damaging them. Once the root of the follicle is damaged, the cells that normally stimulate hair regrowth are stunted.
Hair removal with the 810 Diode laser is a great option for patients with skin types 1 through 6 on the Fitzpatrick Skin Phototype wanting to remove hair from the body. An average of 5 to 8 treatments at 4 to 6 weeks apart are typically required for optimal results, but the number of treatments can vary depending on skin type, hair color, hair texture, and the size of the area being treated. Results can be noticeable after your first treatment and you can expect smoother skin along with finer hairs. Each treatment will yield more noticeable results until all hair follicles have been stunted, eventually stopping all hair growth.
In preparation for your hair removal treatment with the 810 Diode laser:
After your appointment, treat the area as you would a sunburn:
Side effects are rare and minor. While most patients find the treatment to be safe and well-tolerated, some may experience temporary redness and irritation to the treated areas, similar to freshly tweezed or waxed skin. We ask all patients to carefully read over our pre and post-care instructions or schedule a spot test prior to treating a larger area.
Laser hair removal isn’t completely permanent; the stages of hair growth vary between each hair on the body during treatment. Hormonal changes can also have an impact on new hair growth. Multiple treatments and maintenance appointments are recommended to fully target each follicle during its growth stage.
Anywhere from 5-10 days after the treatment, your hair may begin to fall out. Shedding of the surface hair may occur and this appears as new hair growth. This is not new hair growth – it is the shaft that was below the skin and is being expelled. It may take 7-10 days for the shafts to be fully expelled.
If the laser hair removal treatment is performed by a trained medical professional, there should be no long-term effect on the skin. After the treatment, it is common to have some mild redness and irritation due to the heat, however, it tends to go away up to a couple of days after the treatment. Sun exposure should be avoided both pre and post-treatment, as the skin will be sensitive and you can create damage by not protecting it. A consultation with the medical professional performing the treatment is always recommended to be sure that you are a good candidate and to review pre and post-care treatment to get you one step closer to having stubble-less skin.
Laser hair removal does not typically require any downtime. While most patients find laser hair removal to be safe and well-tolerated, some may experience temporary redness and irritation to the treated areas, similar to freshly tweezed or waxed skin.
Results can be noticeable after your first laser hair removal treatment, although an average of 5 to 8 treatments is typically required for optimal results, however, the number of treatments can vary depending on skin type, hair color, hair texture, and the size of the area being treated.
To prepare for your laser hair removal treatment, skin must be completely free of any lotions, perfumes, serums, or makeup. Avoid pretreatment plucking, waxing, or electrolysis four weeks prior to treatment. Avoid sun exposure (including self-tanner) for at least two weeks prior to treatment, Discontinue antibiotics, retinoids, and Accutane two weeks prior to treatment. Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
The redness may last up to 2-3 days. Apply ice packs or gel packs (do not apply direct ice) for the first few hours after treatment to reduce any discomfort or swelling. If redness or swelling persists, ice packs can be continued.
Because laser hair removal does not include any UV light, there is no risk of cancer caused by the treatment! The laser targets the hair pigment and hair follicles to remove unwanted hair and prevent the follicle from growing hair in the future. However, it is important that you receive the treatment from a doctor, nurse or technician who is experienced and trained in the specific laser treatment.
Dead skin cells are not taken away by Laser hair removal. Regular exfoliation is the best way to rid of the dead skin cells and can also clear the area where the hair follicles are being treated to help the laser penetrate the skin better. Dead skin cells are more effectively removed by resurfacing treatments such as the Venus Viva or Erbium Laser, which are all performed here at RevitalizeMaui.
Although it is not likely, it is possible to burn the skin while receiving laser hair removal treatments in sensitive areas. Receiving laser hair removal treatments from a trained medical professional is important to avoid any serious skin damage. Areas such as the bikini or face tend to be more sensitive, and if the laser is set too high, there is a possibility of burning the skin. The treatment is safe and effective in most areas and there are certain guidelines to avoid such skin damage.
Celebrities are very commonly taking part in laser hair removal treatments! Although not all of them are open about it, celebrities such as the Kardashians have come forward about swearing by laser hair removal. Especially with how harsh the media can be, laser hair removal is an easy way to ensure that there are no “slip-ups” caught on camera.
Ingrown hairs, which are often considered a problem area for many people who go to salons frequently, can be completely eliminated or reduced by laser hair removal treatment such as Hollywood laser hair removal. The bottom line is that good laser hair removal sessions will leave you smooth, hairless, and virtually ingrown-hair-free in most cases.
Shaving is recommended 24 hours before treatment, as hair must not be longer than one day of growth. A “5 o’clock shadow” or less is ideal for your treatment.
An average of 5 to 8 treatments at 4 to 6 weeks apart are typically required for optimal results, but the number of treatments can vary depending on skin type, hair color, hair texture, and the size of the area being treated.
Most patients report that laser hair removal feels like quick rubber band snaps to the skin. Laser hair removal with the 810 Diode laser is one of the safest, fastest, and least painful permanent hair removal systems.
Initial laser hair removal treatments were previously not recommended for patients with blonde hair and were reserved only for patients with dark hair and light skin. Thankfully, new laser technologies have broadened the safety and efficacy of laser hair removal to include patients of all hair colors and skin types.
Laser hair removal at RevitalizeMaui will save you time, pain, and money. Hair removal procedures such as shaving, waxing, threading, and depilatories can leave the skin red, irritated, and lead to unsightly and uncomfortable ingrown hair, plus do not deliver consistent results. While laser hair removal is an investment, the result is far superior to any other procedure because the root of the hair is permanently destroyed.
Painful hair removal treatments no longer have to be a reality! With the virtually painless Diode laser, patients with various skin and hair types can enjoy the results of permanent laser hair removal. Unsure if you’re a good candidate? Schedule your aesthetic consultation! If you are ready for smooth skin free from unwanted body hair, schedule your appointment at RevitalizeMaui.