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Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United State. It may be an option worth considering if like many patients you are tired of shaving, waxing and plucking unwanted facial and body hair. The procedure works by directing pulses of intense laser light at the hair follicle. This light heats the hair follicle and destroys it while leaving the surrounding skin and tissue unharmed.

Although laser hair removal isn’t considered permanent (only electrolysis is FDA-approved for permanent hair removal), it does drastically reduce hair growth—to the point that you can stop shaving. It can be performed anywhere on the body. For example, laser hair removal can be performed on legs, back, underarms, bikini line, stomach and face to name but a few. This treatment can cover large areas at a fairly fast pace too.

Laser hair removal isn’t necessarily painful, but mild discomfort can be expected. Patients typically feel a gradual heating in the treated area and may experience a prickling sensation in areas where the hair is particularly dense. Discomfort levels tend to dissipate as treatments continue and the remaining hair becomes finer.

CoolGlide Hair Removal by Cutera

Cutera CoolGlide® Laser Hair Removal is for women and men of all skin types and tones. Now men and women alike are making unwanted facial and body hair a thing of the past – thanks to the Cutera CoolGlide laser. No more painful waxing, electrolysis or razors! The CoolGlide laser delivers 21st century technology for treatment of this distressing problem. Cleared for permanent hair reduction, the CoolGlide laser can treat men and women of all skin types safely and effectively, year-round. Even patients with a suntan.

Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive, and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to them one at a time. Electrolysis often requires years of treatments at regular intervals. By delivering light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time, the CoolGlide effectively treats an area in just seconds that would take over an hour with electrolysis. The Cutera CoolGlide was designed to be the most outstanding laser hair removal system on the market for all skin types, from light to dark, including tanned patients. Its unique design, longer wavelength, and innovative cooling allow extremely effective, safe and permanent results.

The Cutera CoolGlide Difference

As the name implies, the CoolGlide hand piece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin. When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required; however some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated. Most areas require 3-6 treatments. However, the number of CoolGlide treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors – hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Interestingly, not all hairs are actively growing at the same time and actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. CoolGlide treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.

Immediately following your CoolGlide treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave. Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.