Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal, now often called Laser Hair Reduction, is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses concentrated light beams to target and destroy hair follicles, resulting in long-term hair reduction. At Calkin & Boudreaux, we use the advanced Candela GentleMax Pro laser, a powerful and versatile system designed for safe and effective hair removal across various skin tones.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal works by emitting a beam of light that is absorbed by the pigment, called melanin, in the hair follicle. This absorption process generates heat, damaging the follicle and affecting its ability to produce new hair growth.

Here are some key points to understand about laser hair removal:

Targets Hair in Growth Phase

Laser hair removal is most effective on hair in the growth (anagen) phase, when the hair follicle is actively producing hair. As hair growth cycles vary, multiple treatment sessions are necessary to target hair throughout its growth phases.

Multiple Treatments Needed

Typically, four to six laser hair removal sessions spaced four to eight weeks apart are needed for the best results. The number of sessions can vary depending on hair color, thickness, and treatment area.

Hair Reduction, Not Permanent Removal

While laser hair removal significantly reduces hair growth, it typically doesn’t achieve permanent hair removal. Maintenance sessions may be needed over time, especially in areas prone to hormonal hair growth fluctuations.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective option for most individuals with unwanted hair. However, certain factors influence candidacy:

Skin Tone and Hair Color

The Candela GentleMax Pro laser is suitable for a broader range of skin tones compared to older laser technologies. However, individuals with very dark skin or very light hair may not be ideal candidates. This is why it’s important to come to a dermatology clinic like Calkin & Boudreaux for laser hair removal, where an MD can provide input on laser settings for optimal results and safety.

A consultation with a provider at Calkin & Boudreaux can help determine if laser hair removal is right for you.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions or medications may make laser hair removal inadvisable. During a consultation, be sure to talk to your doctor about any pre-existing health issues you may have.

Realistic Expectations

It’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome of laser hair removal. Understanding that complete hair removal may not be achievable and that maintenance sessions may be needed helps ensure patient satisfaction.

Laser Hair Removal at Calkin & Boudreaux

At Calkin & Boudreax, we are committed to providing safe and effective laser hair removal using the Candela GentleMax Pro laser. This advanced system features:

Dual Wavelength Technology

The Candela GentleMax Pro offers two wavelengths (755nm and 1064nm) to target various hair types and skin tones. This allows for greater treatment versatility and optimal results.

Dynamic Cooling Device

The built-in cooling system ensures you are comfortable during the treatment by maximizing skin protection and minimizing discomfort.

Computerized Skin Analysis

Prior to treatment, a computerized skin analysis system helps determine the most appropriate laser settings for your unique skin tone and hair characteristics.

During your consultation, the experienced team at Calkin & Boudreaux will discuss your goals, evaluate your suitability for laser hair removal, and develop a personalized treatment plan.

What to Expect After Laser Hair Removal

Following laser hair removal treatment, you may experience some temporary side effects, such as:

Redness and Swelling

The treated area may appear red and swollen for a few hours after the procedure. Cold compresses can help soothe these effects.

Skin Sensitivity

The treated area may be more sensitive to sun exposure. Stay out of the sun and keep the treated area covered. Continue to use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect the treated skin.

Temporary Scabbing

In rare cases, temporary scabbing may occur. It’s important to avoid picking at any scabs to prevent scarring.

Following your treatment, our team will provide specific instructions on caring for the treated area to optimize healing and minimize side effects.

Laser hair removal with the Candela Gentle Max Pro laser offered at Calkin & Boudreaux provides a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution for unwanted hair.

Are you considering laser hair removal? Schedule a consultation with our dermatologists at Calkin & Boudreaux in Sacramento, CA, to discuss your options and determine if this treatment is right for you!

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