Friday, 20 July 2007

Island Laser Hair Removal

Don't let excess hair
keep you off the beach
and out of the pool
You can eliminate unwanted hair and get ready for summer or that special vacation. With laser hair removal, you can feel confident and carefree. Waxing and shaving, often laborious and with no lasting effect, will be a thing of the past. All Island Laser Hair Removal Center has over 25 years of experience to its credit and will work with you to achieve lasting results with either laser hair removal or electrolysis.

Laser hair removal works. The results speak for themselves. Let All Island Laser Hair Removal Center give you the skin you've always wanted while providing courteous and personal attention.

The phases of hair growth explained:

There are three phases of hair growth. Only one of them will be affected by laser treatment. The three phases are: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. The laser disables those follicles in the anagen or "active" phase of the hair growth cycle. (80-85% of hair follicles are at some point in the anagen phase). The catagen phase is the phase of regression. During this phase, cell division stops and the lower portion of the follicle is reabsorbed by the surrounding cells. Those follicles in the telogen, or "resting or dormant" phase, will not be affected by laser treatment. The laser works by slowing the growing capacity of follicles in the anagen growth cycle. So, in essence, laser hair removal kills only those hairs that are in the growing state. You should know that removing hair by laser treatment does not cause it to grow back thicker, darker, or quicker. Instead, hair treated with laser grows back thinner and slower.

What Is Involved In Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal uses low-energy light to gently remove unwanted hair. Long-lasting results are now possible with laser technology. Laser treatments will leave your skin looking and feeling silkier and smoother. Laser Hair Removal is a three-step process. The area to be treated is gently cleansed and shaved. Next, the area is scanned with the laser. The laser's energy passes through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. In a fraction of a second, all of the treated hair follicles are disabled. The pulses from the laser are about one per second, so treatments can go very quickly.

Will more than one session be necessary?
The number of treatments required for long-term benefits depends on the area being treated, your hair density, and your hair's growth cycle. Many factors influence hair growth: age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication, and metabolism all play a part in your hair's location, thickness and resilience. In essence, the number of sessions required depends on the individual.

Is laser treatment painful?
Laser hair removal is considered a very comfortable procedure, especially when compared to electrolysis hair removal. The CoolGlide laser was designed with a chilled handpiece which desensitizes the area and minimizes discomfort. It is quick and efficient. For those clients who are more sensitive, an anesthetic cream can be applied before treatments.

Are any special preparations needed?
Any concerns you have will be discussed at your free consultation. It is always a good idea to write down your questions before your first visit. At the initial phase of your laser treatments, there are some preparations needed. You must avoid direct sunlight
one week before as well as one week after your first treatment. You must also avoid bleaching 7 days before treatment and discontinue tweezing and waxing at least 4 weeks before for optimum results. Shaving is permissible. However, you should allow some slight hair growth to occur so the laser technician can see the pattern of hair growth being treated.

What areas can be treated?
Face, legs, arms, underarms, shoulders and back, as well as sensitive areas like the chest and bikini-line can be treated by laser.

What happens to the area treated after laser treatments?
Slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn, may occur in some clients. These effects typically last 24 hours or less. After laser treatment, hairs will continue to grow for approximately 1 to 2 weeks. This is called "the purging stage", and those hairs will eventually fall ot leaving you with sleek, beautiful skin.

How successful is the treatment? Will the hair return?
Laser hair removal is very successful. The length of laser hair removal treatment depends on each person's makeup and body chemistry. But once hair follicles have been treated and destroyed, they can no longer produce hair. Hair that is entering the anagen phase (growth phase) after laser treatment will need to be treated again. Approximately 4 to 6 treatments may be needed to achieve optimal results.

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