Permanent Hair removal
Before Treatment Preparation.
Wash thoroughly. Shave the treatment area. Do not apply moisturizers, makeup, etc. containing alpha hydroxy acid. It is best to refrain from using topicals containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydroxy Acid, Retinol and Salicylic Acid three days prior to your treatment sessions. Use sunscreen SPF 25 or greater two weeks prior. (tanned and darker skin may result in more time between treatments.
Unwanted hair is one of the biggest cosmetic concerns for both men and women alike. Millions of people waste precious time and thousands of dollars with shaving products, waxing appointments, and epilating methods only to have their hair grow back like clockwork. Stop settling for temporary results. LifeStyle Laser delivers a permanent solution for unwanted hair at an affordable price.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
We use REAL DIODE LASERS, not an IPL Light. Laser hair removal is so successful because it stops hair growth at the root. During a laser session, our Astanza ReSmooth laser sends flashes of light energy over the desired treatment area, specifically targeting the melanin in the unwanted hair follicles without damaging any surrounding skin tissue. The absorption of light energy heats up the hair follicles and damages them, permanently cutting off the follicle’s nutrient source and stunting all future growth.
The Different Stages of Hair Growth
Each individual hair on your body cycles through different stages of hair growth: the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase. Laser hair removal is only successful on hairs that are currently in the anagen phase, also known as the active growth stage. During this phase, a hair follicle is still attached to the papilla, a structure found at the base of a hair follicle that supplies blood and other nutrients to encourage healthy hair growth.
The catagen phase, also known as the transition phase, is when a hair detaches from the papilla nutrient source and stops growing. The telogen phase commonly referred to as the resting phase, is when a new hair begins to grow and pushes out the old hair, causing the cycle to repeat.
The goal of laser hair removal is to permanently stop all future hair growth. In order to accomplish this, we want to treat hair follicles while they are still attached to the papilla so we can damage the nutrient source. Inconveniently, all hair grows at a different rate, meaning one hair can be in the anagen phase while the hair next to it might be in the telogen phase. In order to target each hair during its anagen phase, multiple treatments are needed. LifeStyle Laser recommends a minimum of 6 to 12 treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart to target each hair during the anagen phase.
Get smooth, hairless skin once and for all with laser hair removal at LifeStyle Laser. Call our Glenwood Springs, CO clinic today to schedule your free consultation!
Laser Hair Removal FAQ's
How does laser hair removal work?
Our ReSmooth diode laser sends flashes of light onto the area with unwanted hair. The light energy targets the melanin found in hair follicles, damaging the follicle and stopping future hair growth. In order for laser hair removal to be successful, hairs must be treated during their anagen phase, when the follicle is still attached to its nutrient source.
How many treatments will I need?
On average, most patients will need a minimum of 6 to 12 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart in order to treat each hair during its anagen phase. Additional touch-up treatments may be required to target any stray hairs that were not targeted during the anagen phase.
What areas can you treat?
Any area, you name it! Our ReSmooth laser features a large and small handpiece tip that can treat both large and small areas in record time. The most popular areas of treatment are the face, underarms, legs, arms, bikini area, back, and chest.
Does laser hair removal work on all skin and hair types?
Yes! Our ReSmooth laser is safe to use on all skin types and uses unique wavelengths to target every hair color. Note: Patients with dark hair and lighter skin types will see the best results due to the contrast in melanin between the hair follicle and skin pigment. Patients with blonde, grey, or red hair may experience slower results due to the limited contrast in pigmentation.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Thanks to our ReSmooth laser’s SmoothPulse mode and integrated cooling system, laser hair removal treatments at LifeStyle Laser are more comfortable than ever. Our technology delivers proven virtually pain-free laser hair removal treatments not offered anywhere else. Please keep in mind the term "pain-free" is relative to each person's pain tolerance as well as the area of the body being treated. A Bikini or Brazilian style treatment will be more painful than the lower legs or back.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Laser hair removal is a very advanced procedure that delivers the safest treatment. Our laser technicians use customized protocols to ensure each patient is treated according to their specific hair and skin type. Our FDA-approved ReSmooth diode laser specifically targets the melanin in the hair follicle while leaving the surrounding skin tissue safe and unharmed.
Best of all, laser hair removal offers no downtime! Patients can conveniently get treated during a lunch break and go about their day and other activities without any recovery time.
Are there any side effects?
The only side effects patients may experience or redness, itchiness, and swelling. All of these side effects are temporary and usually subside within a few hours of treatment. Patients can apply aloe vera or lotion to alleviate the skin following treatment.
If you have seasonal allergies you may be at higher risk to develop hives and welts that last 7 to 30 days. If you develop urticaria see your health professional for treatment as soon as possible.
Myths and Facts
If you have considered laser hair removal but shied away from it after hearing rumors of it as being painful, or the lasers aren’t safe and cause skin cancer, or one treatment didn’t work so it didn’t work for me. Here are some of the myths debunked about laser hair removal.
Lifestyle Laser Hair Removal in Glenwood Springs has the best IPL Diode Lasers available on the market today. With our extensive and ongoing training we can ensure the most comfortable, quick and effective treatments available.
Myth: Laser Hair Removal isn’t safe. It causes cancer. It will burn your skin.
Fact: Laser hair removal has been performed thousands of times over every day since 1995. As with any aesthetic procedure safety is paramount. Our practitioners and FDA approved Astanza ReSmooth Lasers are some of the best available. The spectrum that these lasers operate is a different spectrum that skin cancer comes from. Occasionally a superficial burn can happen. It is usually healed in a few days and shows no worse for wear. Using Aquaphor and sunblock is a must when this rare occasion happens. If you are still apprehensive we are happy to perform a test spot to put your mind at ease.
Myth: Laser Hair Removal is Painful.
Fact: Different areas of the body are susceptible to more paid than others. Usually a warm sensation is felt. When the treatments are in areas that are too uncomfortable we use ice packs and a prescription strength numbing cream that is far more effective than an OTC cream. People that have had areas waxed say that laser hair removal is far less painful and much faster with little to no pain the following day.
Myth: Never Get Laser Hair Removal in the summer.
Fact: While it is true that you want to minimize sun exposure this is not always possible. Using a very good sunblock that is full spectrum and an SPF of 30 to 50 and applied a few times during the day, starting in the morning with a moisturizer will keep your skin in the best condition for LHR. It is a very good idea to limit sun exposure 3 days before and at least 3 days after a treatment. Particularly if your skin darkens easier.
Myth: One treatment should work.
Fact: Hair growth comes in cycles and so multiple treatments are needed. For instance if you plant the seed of a flower (the hair root) it is too far in your dermal layer (or soil) to be treated. The follicle has to grow from the root and out of the epidermal layer of skin (visible hair). Its thickness and color also play a factor. Thicker and darker hair is more easily removed as it can act as a better conduit for the energy of the laser to be transmitted into the hair root as opposed to thinner and lighter hair, thus destroying the root, follicle and the hair itself. Our bodies are always growing hair at different rates and speeds. This is why multiple treatments are needed. Usually 6 to 12 treatments are needed at an interval of 4 to 6 weeks. Touch up treatments may be needed once or twice a year if not longer.
For expert hair removal and a free consultation in the Roaring Fork Valley between Aspen and Glenwood, from Vail to Grand Junction give Lifestyle Laser a try.
Laser Hair Removal Aftercare
LifeStyle Laser uses advanced diode laser technology and the safest protocols to deliver the highest treatment efficacy for your skin. Still, we urge all patients to practice the same care for their skin outside of our clinic. Only proper aftercare can achieve the best results and outcome for your skin and removal. Every patient will be given detailed aftercare instructions following their treatment. Below are a few tips to keep in mind!
If you have seasonal allergies you may be at higher risk to develop hives and welts that last 7 to 30 days. If you develop urticaria see your health professional for treatment as soon as possible. This reaction is very uncommon.
1. Avoid overexposing your skin to the sun or UV exposure for at least one week following your treatment. Too much sun exposure can cause unwanted skin discoloration. Apply a broad spectrum SPF 25 or higher to the treatment area following each treatment. Avoid all tanning activities, including tanning beds.
2. If you experience any discomfort, sensitivity, swelling, or itchiness, apply a thin layer of aloe vera followed by a cold compress.
3. Avoid hot water for 24 to 48 hours following each treatment. This includes hot showers, baths, hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas.
4. You will notice your hair begin to thin and naturally shed the weeks following each treatment. Carefully exfoliate the treatment area with a washcloth to remove the dead hairs from their follicles.
5. Avoid tweezing, plucking, waxing, or epilating any hairs that are still intact. Remember, laser hair removal is only successful when it treats hair that is in its active growing stage (the anagen phase). You may, however, shave or trim between treatments to maintain smooth skin.
6. If you experience any serious side effects or symptoms, please call our clinic immediately. 970-393-7500