Laser Hair Removal

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Fenton, Sterling and Livonia, Michigan

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Astounding advancements have been made in the development of hair removal solutions, as well as other cosmetic procedures that now we have available at our Michigan laser center. Lasers now do the job, replacing antiquated and time-intensive methods, making them the treatment of choice for eliminating unwanted hair. Laser hair removal produces long-lasting results and smooth, silky skin; it is also very affordable. Fortunately, if you’re looking for laser hair removal in Michigan, the Skin and Vein Michigan Laser Centers offers all you need and more!

Hair grows in cycles, so laser hair removal procedures will only capture hair growing at the time of treatment, therefore, a series of treatments will be required. During your initial consultation with our experienced Michigan laser technicians, the number of estimated treatments will be discussed.

Along with your rate of hair growth, which varies due to age, weight, diet, hormones, metabolism, and medications, the areas you wish to have treated will affect the recommended number of treatments. In addition to these factors, hair density, hair color, and ethnicity will help determine the number of treatments you will need to undergo to achieve your desired results.

Laser Hair Removal At A Glance

  • Preparation: Do not tweeze, wax or use depilatory creams two to three weeks before the procedure. You should shave on the day of your appointment.
  • Procedure: A series of gentle treatments with the number determined by individual hair type and area of treatment.
  • Length of Procedure: A few minutes to a few hours depending on the treatment area
  • Recovery or Downtime: None
  • Pain: Possible mild discomfort, temporary redness or swelling
  • Results: Hair-free,smooth skin.

A laser will be moved over the treatment area, passing energy through the skin that will then be absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. The hair follicles are disabled in less than a second. The procedure can take as little as a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the size of the treatment area.

After the treatment is completed, the area is cleansed and you will be given a special skincare line or regime to follow depending on your skin type at our Michigan laser center. You can then return to your normal routine. You may see some swelling or redness of the treatment area 20 minutes to 24 hours after the treatment is completed, which is normal. If you have any questions about Michigan laser hair removal cost or recovery, please see our guide here.

Call today for more information about laser hair removal at Michigan’s top laser center, Skin & Vein Center!

Preparation

Many people have already discovered the great benefits of ditching the razor in favor of laser hair removal. Once you’ve made the decision to take advantage of all that this treatment has to offer as well, you’ll need to start getting ready for your first session. There isn’t much required of patients, but taking a few steps to prepare will ensure that you get the most out of your hair reduction efforts.

How to prepare for laser hair removal

Your doctor will recommend using the following tips to prepare for your laser hair removal.

  • Shave: Either the day of or day prior to your appointment you will want to thoroughly shave the area that is to be treated. This will reduce the risk of pain and burning, otherwise, the laser will target the hair that is still on top of the skin’s surface, which leads to discomfort.
  • Consider medication use: Oftentimes, medical professionals will suggest waiting to do laser hair removal if certain supplements or photosynthesizing medications have been in use. In addition, other medicines can make the skin more sensitive or interfere with treatment, so it’s best to discuss everything you’re taking with your doctor.
  • Stop plucking and waxing: About a month before your session, you will need to stop any hair removal techniques you’re currently utilizing that take hair out at its root. Plucking, waxing, or applying depilatories won’t leave any follicles for the laser to target.
  • Discontinue tanning: Whether you usually tan in a bed or in the sun, you will have to take a break until your sessions are completed. Darker skin absorbs more laser heat, and this increases the possibility of skin damage. Sun exposure should be avoided for four to six weeks before your treatment schedule.

Questions to ask during your consultation

Not all facilities that offer laser hair removal are created equal. It’s crucial to find a medical team that you can place your confidence in and that has a positive track record for this treatment. That’s why it’s vital to ask certain questions during your consultation before moving forward, including:

  • How experienced are you in laser hair removal?
  • What type of laser technology do you use?
  • What are the risks?
  • What factors can affect the results?

Procedure

hair removal. However, you should not tweeze, wax or use depilatory creams two to three weeks before your treatment. The area to be treated will be cleaned and shaved before the laser treatment.

Treating Unwanted Hair

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Before laser hair removal, the typical patient has an area of their body where coarse or excessive hair is making them self-conscious or not responding well to typical hair removal procedures. Underarm hair, hair in the bikini line, back hair, facial hair and leg hair are common areas for laser hair removal.

The procedure uses a laser with beams of highly concentrated light to target each hair follicle and destroy it at the root. Laser hair removal is appropriate and effective for all hair types and skin colors, Dr. Seiger will recommend specific ways you can prepare for your hair removal process based on the texture and area of your unwanted hair.

Some of the benefits of laser hair removal include the speed of the procedure itself in which large areas of skin can be treated in a relatively short amount of time. Small areas of the face or body may take no more than a few minutes to treat while large areas generally don’t take more than an hour to target.

Benefits

There are many benefits to laser hair removal, including the precision of the treatment, which targets even the darkest, coarsest hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Speed is another great benefit, as many hair follicles can be treated at once, and smaller areas such as the upper lip can be completely treated in under a minute. Compare this time to the hours spent shaving or plucking a particular area and it’s well worth the effort.

Ideal Candidate

Since being introduced as a viable hair reduction method, laser hair removal has helped a great deal of people get rid of their unwanted body hair. Though the majority of men and women considering the procedure will qualify as a good candidate, there are some that may discover they aren’t. If you are thinking about seeking treatment, there are a few factors that will help you determine whether or not it’s right for you.

Skin Pigmentation

The best results are seen on patients with light to medium skin pigmentation. Darker-skinned individuals are more likely to find their skin absorbing the laser light instead of the hair follicle. This can have damaging side effects and would require many more treatments than are typically necessary.

Hair Color

Hair color is as equally important for laser hair removal candidacy as skin pigmentation. The darker the hair, the better the laser light can target the area to be treated. Hair that is very light or has no color to it is difficult to treat because of its inability to effectively absorb the heat.

Age

People often begin receiving laser hair removal treatments during their teenage years. It is a safe procedure that will have the same effects and potential risks as it has on adult patients. However, it’s important to consider that a teenager’s hair growth system may not be fully developed and not able to reap all the benefits. Those under 18 will require a parent’s consent. In addition, older patients with hair that has turned gray are generally not viewed as good candidates.

Health

Being on certain medications can affect a patient’s eligibility for treatment until they have been stopped for a certain period of time. A history of scarring might impact how a patient feels about the possibility of scarring from the procedure. Those with a herpes infection should also be cautious, as the laser’s heat can activate it.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of your candidacy with an experienced doctor, we would be happy to set you up with a consultation at the Skin and Vein Center. Our knowledgeable medical staff can clear up any lingering questions you might have and go over additional details.

Cost

Laser hair removal cost is one of the most common inquiries that potential patients have. It’s important to recognize that the overall cost is going to depend on many factors, including the area of treatment (larger or multiple areas cost more as does hair removal of particularly coarse, thick hair) and the number of treatments required for full results. The area of the country where the procedure is being performed will also have an effect on the overall cost. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has provided an AVERAGE cost of $235 per session to give patients a general idea.

Recovery

There are several ways that you may try to take out undesirable hair from your body. Waxing, bleaching, and depilatories are often used in an effort to eliminate more hair than shaving allows. However, none of these alternative methods produce the same effects as laser hair removal. This specialized hair reduction treatment has become increasingly popular as people not only realize the kind of results they can get, but also how minimal the healing time is. Laser hair removal is a simple, quick outpatient procedure with little requirements for recovery.

Timeline 

Though patients will be able to leave the doctor’s office the same day as their laser hair removal session, they should keep an eye out for a few different things that can occur. The treated area can take on the same appearance as a sunburn and be red, swollen, and painful to the touch. This should dissipate within a couple days after the skin has time to heal. The symptoms can be alleviated with cold compresses, moisturizing creams, and topical ointments.

Downtime

For most patients, there is no downtime from laser hair removal. After leaving the appointment, they can choose to go on about their day and return directly to work or take an extra few hours off to rest and tend to the area if they are beginning to feel some discomfort. Normal activities can be resumed right away, but sun exposure should be avoided until all treatments have been completed. It is also not recommended to shave for the first few days following the procedure.

Does the Treatment Hurt? 

Whether or not laser hair removal hurts will depend on the sensitivity of the patient’s skin and where the procedure is being done. Generally, it’s a tolerable pain that feels much like a waxing treatment. Some have described the sensation to feel like a rubber band snapping against the skin.

Results

After laser hair removal, patients can expect to have a sunburn-like reaction for a couple of days afterward. Over the course of a month, the hair that has been treated will fall out until the whole area is hairless. Several treatments might be required to target each hair follicle fully. Once the hair has been taken out, it’s gone, and won’t grow back or has a much harder time growing, which makes this procedure well worth it for most patients.

Expectations

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One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding laser hair removal is that it will immediately take out all hair in the area that is treated. Every patient responds differently to treatment, but the truth is that it will take at least a few consistent sessions before results can really start to take hold. If you are considering laser hair removal, it’s important that you sit down with your doctor prior to beginning treatment to go over your expectations and the reality of what you can anticipate taking place after the procedure has been done.

Expected Results

To achieve the best results, it’s typically recommended that patients go in for laser hair removal every four to six weeks. This allows the treatment to target as many follicles as possible according to their growth cycle and gives enough time for dead hair shafts to fall out. The most significant reduction in hair will usually start to be noticed approximately three months after the first session or over the course of four to six treatments.

Treatment Duration

After each laser treatment, hair will start to grow back slower and finer every time. Once the procedure has been done several times, a large percentage of hair will be taken out. To keep this appearance, it’s likely touch-ups will be needed once or twice a year to maintain results and eliminate new hair growth.

Procedure

For a good majority of people, laser hair removal is the perfect solution to getting rid of unwanted hair. However, results will vary depending on many factors. The patient must be a good candidate for the procedure, the right equipment must be used, and the doctor should have extensive knowledge and experience in performing the treatment.

Results Will Vary

Finer hair and lighter colors can be trickier to treat than coarse strands and darker pigments. While treatment may work in some instances, there are other cases where it may not. The greatest results are seen on those with light skin and dark hair.

Risks

It’s only natural to have questions about the pain and risks involved with laser hair removal before you decide to go through with the treatment. As one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures performed, the biggest risk of laser hair removal comes from not choosing the right surgeon

Pain During the Procedure 

The level of discomfort that is felt during laser hair removal will depend on the area being treated. When there is pain, it is generally described as having the same feeling as a rubber band being snapped against the skin. As the hair becomes thinner with each treatment, the pain seems to ease up.

Potential Side Effects 

As with any procedure, every patient considering laser hair removal should be aware of the potential risks. Though rare with this type of treatment, there are a few different short-term side effects that can occur. This may include:

  • Skin irritation: Patients may experience some temporary irritation around the treated area. Skin can swell, turn red, and be tender to the touch. It is usually likened to the feeling of a sunburn and only lasts a few hours to a couple days.
  • Pigment changes: Laser hair removal can have an effect on the pigment of a patient’s skin, lightening or darkening the treated area. This is typically temporary and can be caused by incorrect laser use.
  • Burning: Mild burns might appear if the hair above the skin’s surface is too long, drawing the laser’s attention to it instead of the hair follicles underneath the skin.
  • Changes in skin texture: In some cases, patients might notice blistering, crusting, or scabbing after treatment. This, too, should go away in a few days time.

In addition, laser hair removal is not usually recommended for pregnant women.

When you come to the Skin and Vein Center for laser hair removal, you can trust that our doctors are experienced and knowledgeable in this specific treatment. We will go over all the possible risks with you during your consultation so you can get answers to your questions and have peace of mind moving forward.

FAQ

What is laser hair removal?

The laser hair removal procedure uses a laser to essentially destroy the hair follicles to remove unwanted hair.

Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Almost anyone is a good candidate for laser hair removal, as long as the hair has some pigment.

What is the laser hair removal procedure?

A laser will be moved over the treatment area, sending energy into the skin that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. The entire procedure can take as little as a few minutes to a few hours — depending on the size of the treatment area.

What is the laser hair removal procedure?

No anesthetic is required for this procedure.

How can I prepare for laser hair removal?

Do not tweeze, wax, or use depilatory creams two to three weeks before the procedure. You can shave the day of the treatment.

What can I expect during the procedure?

A laser will be moved over the treatment area, passing energy through the skin that will then be absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle.

What can I expect post-procedure?

A laser will be moved over the treatment area, passing energy through the skin that will then be absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle.

What can I expect post-procedure?

After the procedure, you will be given a special skincare regimen to follow. You may experience some redness or swelling, which is normal and will quickly alleviate itself.

What is the recovery time for laser hair removal?

There is no recovery or downtime with laser hair removal.

What are the risks associated with laser hair removal?

Complications and risks are rare but can include blistering, redness, and scarring.

What is the cost for laser hair removal?

The cost of laser hair removal in Michigan will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.