Whether it is light or dark, thick or thin, on a small area like the upper lip, or on a larger area like the back, unwanted body hair can be embarrassing and a pain to remove. Luckily, the hair described in all of these situations can be permanently eliminated with laser hair removal in Fairfax, VA. At the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute, we are proud to use the gold standard of machines for laser hair removal, the Sciton JOULE™.
Unlike other laser treatments, the Sciton JOULE can treat many hairs at once with the ClearScan™ attachment. The computer-guided scanning system automates the treatment to ensure that your skin is quickly and evenly treated. As melanin in the hair follicle absorbs the heat from the laser energy, the stem cells necessary for hair growth are injured. With just a few treatments, this will lead to permanent hair removal.
Preparing for the Procedure
Since the laser targets the roots of the hair, patients should avoid plucking and waxing for six weeks before treatment. Sun exposure will also make laser hair removal less effective and can increase the risk of complications after treatment. Use sunscreen or stay out of the sun for at least six weeks before undergoing this procedure.
What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal
You will be advised to shave your hair the night before your treatment. Before the treatment, your provider will apply a special numbing cream to ensure your ultimate comfort throughout the treatment.
Unlike many other laser systems, the Sciton JOULE’s ClearScan attachment has a continuous cooling system that allows for permanent hair reduction while providing ultimate comfort and safety as well. The 250 watt chiller decreases temperatures at a significantly faster rate than other hair removal cooling methods.
A pulse of light will be delivered to the treatment area. Your provider will closely watch the area for several minutes to ensure your skin reacts properly. The length of the treatment time will depend on the size of the area to be treated. The continuous cooling feature will help keep you comfortable during the procedure, but a topical anesthetic can also be provided to limit pain.
Redness and slight swelling will occur after the procedure but should subside within a few hours. Keep the area clean and wear a minimum of SPF 15 sunscreen when outdoors. You may resume regular activity following the procedure. Multiple laser hair removal treatments are usually needed for maximum hair reduction. Any hair that does grow back will be finer and lighter than it was prior to treatment.
Cost of Laser Hair Removal
The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the size of the area to be treated and the amount of treatments necessary. At the Bitar Institute, we pride ourselves in offering excellent value to our patients.
If you are interested in laser hair removal in the Fairfax, VA area, call (703) 206-0506 or fill out our contact form.