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LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Say Goodbye to Unwanted Hair! 

Laser Hair Removal has been approved by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. The technology we provide to you is fast, easy and comfortable. It is also the most cost effective method available today to achieve the convenience of having permanently less hair. Any remaining hair is much lighter in color and finer in texture.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL FAQs

How does the laser treatment work?

The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat. This heat burns the hair and kills the hair follicle in its active growth phase contributing to your permanent hair reduction. Candela's patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen. Together, the long pulse laser and the ECE cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.

What can I expect during treatment?

All of your treatments will take place here at Urban Allure. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Your practitioner will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small handheld probe. Each laser pulse will be preceded by a short burst of cooling spray. A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area being treated.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends on the treatment area and the condition of your skin. Most people require at least 4 or 5 treatments. We say on average expect to have between 4 and 7 treatments. It is imperative that all of your treatment sessions are spaced out between 4 and 6 weeks apart. The process of permanent hair reduction is only effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase. Once you have completed your treatment sessions, your hair should be much lighter in color, finer in texture and of course, much less in quantity.

Does it hurt?

Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with the laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort is minimized by Candela's DCD cooling. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner at the time of your consultation.

How do I prepare for my treatments?

You should NOT be tan! If you are tan and have a treatment scheduled, please call our office to reschedule your appointment for a time when your tan has faded completely. Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid electrolysis, waxing and plucking for six weeks prior to treatment. If you have had a history of perioral herpes and are scheduled for a facial area treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be recommended. Also, any hair should be shaved or trimmed prior to your appointment. Your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, cream, or oils on the surface before any laser treatment.

What can I expect after my treatment?

Your skin will be red and rashy looking immediately after your laser hair removal treatment. It will also feel slightly sunburned. This redness lasts anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Do not scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions depending on your treatment area. We encourage the use of ice, aloe vera gel and topical hydrocortisone cream post-treatment to help with redness and itching that may occur. All patients should avoid sun exposure before and after all laser treatments. The regular use of sunblock (SPF 30) is encouraged and highly recommended when going outdoors.

Are there side effects?

Your risks are minimal. Side effects may include redness, bruising, blistering, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and swelling in the treated area-these usually do not last for more than a few days. Permanent side effects, such as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation or scarring, are rare.

Are these treatments covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Consult your insurance carrier for conclusive information.