Plucking, waxing, shaving, or using a depilatory cream: these are all temporary fixes for a constant, aggravating problem. Unwanted hair can make you feel uncomfortable and disturb your confidence, which is why Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe in Mayaguez, PR uses the Cynosure laser. With this laser, you can be hair-free and confident in just a few treatments.
How Does a Cynosure Laser Work?
Understanding Your Hair
No matter where hair appears on our bodies, it goes through the same cycles. First, there’s an active growth cycle. During this period, the hair follicles are working hard, dividing cells to produce new hair which slowly pushes up past the skin.
Not all our hair is in the growth cycle at the same time. There’s also a dormant cycle and at any one time only about 20% of our hair is actively growing. This is important to know as it explains why multiple laser treatments are necessary.
Traditional Hair Removal Treatments
The typical ways we remove hair don’t stop the hair growth process. When we shave or use a cream, we’re simply removing the hair that can be seen above the skin, leaving the follicle beneath untouched. The growth cycle almost immediately starts pushing hair back up through the skin, and hair will be visible again in anywhere from one to three days for most of us. Then it’s time to shave or use a cream again, and both these processes are hard on the skin.
Waxing and tweezing actually pull the hair up out of the follicle. These hair removal treatments last longer than shaving because you have removed not just the hair visible above the skin but the entire hair shaft all the way down to the original follicle. Yet the follicle is still healthy and will still generate hair again as soon as it enters its next growth cycle. Even worse, when you wax or tweeze you run the risk that new hair will become ingrown.
How a Cynosure Laser Is Different
Instead of targeting the hair itself, a Cynosure laser actually targets the follicle and destroys it. Once that follicle is destroyed, it can no longer grow hair. The heat from the laser is fine-tuned so it cannot be absorbed by the skin. Instead, it’s attracted to the melanin in the hair and travels down the hair shaft to destroy the follicle.
Melanin is what gives hair its color, so this treatment works best when there is a contrast between skin and hair color. In the past, those with darker skin could not use this treatment because of the risk the laser would heat melanin in the skin and cause burns. Modern lasers like the Cynosure can be programmed to work safely with a much wider variety of skin tones, so this treatment works for everyone but those with the very lightest of hair colors.
What Treatment Is Like
With this laser, it only takes between five minutes and an hour to get rid of unwanted hair. The length of time depends on the area you want to be treated. An upper lip will take just a few minutes while having your back done could take an hour.
The treatment itself is virtually painless since the laser does not target the skin. All you have to do is relax and allow the specialist to move the laser around to reach all areas of unwanted hair you wish to target.
FAQ About Laser Hair Removal
1. Why Does It Take Multiple Visits?
If the laser is destroying the follicle, why does it take several visits to accomplish complete hair loss? The answer lies in the growth cycles. There must be enough hair for the laser to target in order for it to reach and destroy the follicle. This means that only hairs in the growth cycle will be destroyed during any treatment.
Because only about 20% of your hair is in a growth cycle at any one time, you will need several treatments to get all the hair. When you meet with us for your initial consultation, we will help you determine the best personal schedule for your hair removal. Most people will see the results they want after three to six treatments, but every person is different.
2. Do I Have to Get Rid of All the Hair?
You do not necessarily have to keep coming in for treatments until you have removed every single hair. Some people are quite happy to simply thin out their hair so that shaving or tweezing is faster and less frequent. But if you want to be done with waxing, tweezing, chemical creams, and shaving, with all the damage they do to your skin and the time they waste, just a few treatments will remove all unwanted hair.
3. Will I Ever Need a Touchup?
It’s possible that even after you have removed all the unwanted hair that you will still need a touchup at some point in the future. Our hair growth is controlled in large part by our hormones, and if you experience a significant hormonal change, such as happens during pregnancy, you may start to grow new hair in places that were never treated.
4. Is This a Treatment Only for Women?
This is the perfect treatment for anyone with unwanted hair. It is popular with women who want to give up the daily shave, but it’s also a popular treatment for men who want less hair on their back or chest. Some men even enjoy having one or two treatments on the face in order to thin out their beard. A thinner beard means less risk of razor burn and less frequent shaving.
5. What Areas Can I Have Treated?
The advanced technology of the Cynosure laser can target unwanted hair in the underarms, on arms or legs, on the back or chest, in the bikini area, on the face and neck, and virtually anywhere except immediately around your eyes. This is an FDA-approved, safe treatment that has been used by millions to get rid of unwanted hair.
6. Can’t I Just Do It at Home?
Many people wonder if they can do laser hair removal at home, especially as there are now multiple at-home laser devices for sale on the Internet. Unfortunately, many of these people do not see the results they’re hoping for, and some even suffer burns and other serious consequences. Although these lasers are perfectly safe, they are very powerful and must be used correctly. The trained professionals at Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe know precisely how to use the laser to safely target unwanted hair and adjust for your skin tone.
It’s also important to note that many at-home laser treatments can be quite painful. The laser treatment devices available to the public do not utilize the same advanced technology as you get with professional lasers.
Finally, it’s very important that your laser treatment be done at the right intervals to protect your skin and eliminate every hair. It’s best to consult with a laser hair removal specialist so you don’t inadvertently irritate your skin or miss important spots and end up frustrated.
7. What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
The most obvious benefit is getting rid of unwanted hair, but since there are other ways to do that, why should you choose this laser treatment in particular?
End Razor Burn
Razor burn is incredibly irritating and can also be unsightly, especially if it interferes with your perfect tan or is constantly showing up on your face. When you choose laser hair removal, you never have to worry about razor burn again, which makes this an appealing treatment for men as well as women.
Save Money and Time
While the initial cost of the laser treatment is certainly more expensive than buying a razor and a can of shaving cream or gel, it’s important to remember that once you are finished with your laser treatments, you are done with the effort and expense of constant, regular hair removal. The cost of razors, aftershave, shaving lotions and creams, and soothing ointments and moisturizers to deal with irritated skin mounts up incredibly over time.
The American Laser Centers interviewed thousands of women and found that the average woman will shave almost 8,000 times in her lifetime and spend more than $10,000 on shaving products. Shaving is also the most hated beauty ritual for the average woman.
Enjoy Skin Benefits
Laser hair removal can actually improve the appearance of razor bumps, sun damage, superficial leg veins, and benign spots on the skin.
8. What Do I Have to Do Before the Treatment?
There’s very little you have to do before having a laser hair removal treatment. In fact, you should avoid anything that completely removes the hair, such as waxing or threading. If there is no hair, there is nothing for the laser to fix on and the follicle cannot be destroyed.
It is a good idea to shave on the day of your appointment. This way there’s no excess hair in the way but there is still a shaft that the laser’s light can focus upon. For a few days before treatment, you will also want to avoid any type of medication that causes photosensitivity and any products that contain salicylic acids or retinoids. These can interfere with the laser.
It’s also best to avoid spending too much time in the sun, visiting a tanning salon, or even getting a spray tan. You want as much contrast between the color of your skin and the color of your hair as possible for best results. When you come to our office for a consultation, we’ll explain exactly which products and behaviors to avoid before your treatment.
9. How Do I Care for My Skin After a Treatment?
While the laser does not harm the skin, it can cause some minor redness for the first 24 hours. There is no downtime after this treatment, so you can return immediately to your normal routine. However, your skin will thank you if you’re careful to protect it from the sun for a couple of days after your treatment.
If you go outside, be sure to use sunscreen on your treated spots. In fact, it’s always a good idea to use sunscreen at all times on all your exposed skin. There are some lotions it’s best to avoid immediately after laser treatment, and we will discuss this with you when you come into our office for a consultation.
End the Cycle of Constant Hair Removal
If you are ready to stop spending endless time and money on hair removal, come visit us at Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe in Mayaguez, PR today. We use the technologically advanced Cynosure laser so you can be hair-free as quickly and easily as possible. We can’t wait to help you take the next step in your beauty journey.