Laser Hair Removal
Dr. Bri Walton selected the Clarity II Laser platform for several reasons. The device offers two wavelengths, 755 -Alexandrite and the 1064 ND-Yag, to safely treat a range of skin types. The Clarity II also has the advantage of fast, comfortable and effective laser hair removal (LHR). The device is used around the world by some of the most prominent figures in LHR and the providers at the CFWS participate in continuous education re: laser therapy.
The laser beam passes through the skin and is absorbed in the hair follicle residing underneath the skin’s surface. The laser energy destroys the follicle with the heat that it generates. Destroyed hairs are then either dissolved within the skin or rejected by the body within two to three weeks.
Laser hair removal procedures impair the growth of hair follicles when they are in the growth cycle at the time of the procedure. There are three phases in a person’s hair growth cycle: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. This is why you need more than one session. Most people require approximately four to eight sessions to have desired results. This is standard practice with most types of laser hair removal systems.
Clarity 2 is one of the latest multi-wavelength system (755 nm and 1064 nm), which allows treatment of a wider range of clients of all skin types within this single device. In general, individuals with heavily tanned and/or very dark skin (Skin Type VI), may require more treatments due to the laser targeting the melanin in the skin. Most lasers are not effective for those with light, red or gray hair.
Our laser utilizes a special patented cryogenic (cooling) system that lowers the temperature of the skin at the procedure site before and after laser exposure. It is almost painless. No local anesthesia, gel or pain medication is required, but for more sensitive areas, topical anesthetic cream is available at our office.
Hair removal via laser most is effective when the heat can target the hair bulb and not the shaft of the hair. Therefore, we recommend thoroughly shaving your hair, preferably the same day of the procedure. Avoid indoor or outdoor tanning and use of self-tanning products for approximately two to four weeks. Do not wax, tweeze, dye hair or have electrolysis two weeks prior to the procedure. Avoid skin care products with irritants such as Glycolic Acid or Retin-A in the procedure area for about a week.
After completing LHR, you can return to your normal activities in general but avoid tanning or direct sun exposure. Some clients may experience a slight reddening around the hair follicles immediately following the procedure. This reaction typically disappears within a few hours. The use of sunscreen at or above 25 SPF is recommended on all skin areas exposed to the sun for approximately the next four weeks following the laser procedure. It is also recommended that the client avoid heavy sun exposure for the next four weeks. Application of ice or aloe gel after the procedure will generally facilitate healing and cooling. Approximately two weeks after the laser hair removal procedure the body will exfoliate the dead hairs.
Most clients experience a mild stinging or burning sensation when the laser pulse is delivered and some may experience a slight reddening of the skin or local swelling. This typically disappears within a short period of time from anywhere between a couple of hours to a couple of days.
The Clarity 2 Intelligent Care platform is FDA cleared for LHR, treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions and reduction of wrinkles. Since lasers have only been used for hair removal for approximately 20 years, it is difficult to predict the effects of the procedure and how long it will last. However, studies have shown that clients are usually hair free and satisfied with the results.