On your first visit, Dr. Boulos will review your medical history. She will determine if laser hair removal is right for you. Some patients start their first laser hair removal treatment on the same day as their initial consultation. The length of a laser session typically takes a few minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area being treated.
Facial hair is treated in 10-15 minutes, while the legs and back can take up to an hour. The the laser tends to treat hair follicles that are in the active growth phase, anywhere from 5-7 treatments may be required. This varies among individuals as well as the particular body area.
Dr. Boulos uses the Syneron ELOS technology combining both light and radiofrequency energy. The ELOS system thermally damages the hair follicle, making this technology the safest hair removal system available.
Patients should expect to have a lot less hair, usually an 80-90 percent reduction in the number of growing hairs. The follicles that remain have been damaged and produce a finer hair than prior to the laser treatments. The need for shaving is also decreased considerably.
The appearance of the treated area after a laser session varies depending on the extent of the treatment and the skin type. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. Patients should avoid sun exposure as well between treatments. And finally, waxing or plucking hairs between treatments should be avoided as well.