Laser Hair Removal
Back hair! Ear hair! Underarm and bikini hair! All unwanted hair in Denver!! Our lasers know where you are and they are coming for you!!!
Our FDA-approved GentleYag 1064 nm and GentleLase 755 nm lasers, manufactured by the Candela Corporation, VERY QUICKLY and VERY SAFELY get rid of unwanted hair on any body area on any color of skin. We not only have the fastest laser on the market, but we also are able to treat a larger area in a quicker amount of time because of our 18 mm spot size (other lasers have only a 10 mm spot size). Our DCD system cools your skin before the laser goes after the hair, so the level of discomfort and pain is diminished.
How Laser Hair Removal Works:
The laser sees the color of the hair, then travels down to the root (follicle) and destroys the blood line. Once the hair follicle is dead, it will never grow again…ever (that’s why there are bald people – their hair follicles don’t grow back). The laser looks for color, so true blond and gray hair are not easily removed, but we do have success!
There are lots of hair follicles in our body (five million!) that don’t grow until certain hormones are released. Hormones are the main thing that activate (or deactivate) hair, and just about everything effects hormones, including pregnancy, menopause, puberty, certain medications, stress, diet, dehydration, changes in sleep patterns, and testosterone and estrogen-releasing activities can cause hair growth or loss in strange places at strange times.
The Hair Growth Cycle:
Hair growth can be compared to the growth stage of spring-time flowers. You know that in the spring, the crocuses, daffodils, and tulips will start popping through the soil. You never know exactly when this will happen, and which bulbs you’ve planted will grow first, but you know they will come in stages. Sometimes the crocuses start to bloom in January, and sometimes they start in February. Sometimes the tulips come up before the daffodils, but sometimes not.
You never know when exactly each hair follicle is going to come to life, but many of them will. For example: most women don’t get ear hair, although most women have those hair follicles imbedded in their ears. Hormones are the main things that activate hair to grow, so if you’re a man, with male hormones, your hormones will activate that hair to grow in your ears. If you’re a woman with ear-hair activated hormones, you may find you get hairy ears. None of your hair is on the same schedule, and not all of your hair is growing at the same time. Hair follicles grow in repeated cycles. One cycle can be broken down into three phases:
Anagen Phase – Growth Phase
On average, approximately 10% -20% of all hairs are in the growing phase at any one time, depending on the area of the body. The Anagen phase or growth phase can vary from two to six weeks. Hair grows approximately 10cm per year and any individual hair is unlikely to grow more than one meter long.
Catagen Phase – Transitional Phase
At the end of the Anagen phase the hairs enters into a Catagen phase which lasts about one or two weeks. During the Catagen phase the hair follicle shrinks to about 1/6 of the normal length. The lower part is destroyed and the dermal papilla breaks away to rest below the surface of the skin.
Telogen Phase – Resting Phase
The resting phase follows the Catagen phase and normally lasts about 5-6 weeks. During this time the hair does not grow but stays attached to the follicle while the dermal papilla stays in a resting phase below. Approximately 55%-85% of all hairs are in this phase at any one time.
At the end of the Telogen phase the hair follicle re-enters the Anagen phase. The dermal papilla and the base of the follicle join together again and a new hair begins to form. If the old hair has not already been shed the new hair pushes the old one out and the growth cycle starts all over again.
Hair Growth is Just Like Flower Bulbs:
This is the science of how laser hair removal works. And because an average of 10% of the hair is in this growing stage at any given time, basic physiology and basic math conclude that it typically takes about ten laser treatments to remove 100% of the hair. A series of treatments is required in order to successfully get to the hair when it’s in the Anagen stage.
Candela Lasers are the Best Lasers for Hair Removal:
There are three main reasons:
1. the spot size
2. the speed of the laser
3. how cool it is (literally)
Let Us Explain…
1. The Spot Size:
The distance gauge is connected to a fiber that is connected to the laser. The power of the laser goes through the fiber and exits through the distance gauge into your skin, killing any living hair in its path. The size of the distance gauge varies according to diameter of the beam, or the spot size.
Each time the laser hits your skin, it’s called a pulse. The number of pulses you receive is dependent on the size of the area being treated. The size of the distance gauge is also dependent on the size of the area being treated (an upper lip is a small area; a man’s back is a large area), as well as the type of hair that is growing on that area (the root of course hair is deeper in your skin than is fine, soft, light colored hair). This is true of most laser hair removal systems: they all rely on the distance gauge to deliver the laser power.
Our lasers have the largest spot size available on the market. This amazing technology benefits you in that it means fewer number of pulses (which feel like a rubber band snap), and more effective penetration (the larger the spot size, the deeper the laser can go).
What this means for you is this:
Imagine you’re getting your legs or your back lasered…ok? Now 18 mm is about the size of a quarter. So the laser is going to hit every single area of your legs or your back. Now, further imagine laying quarters out on your legs or your back, overlapping them by about 25% (think about the logo for the Olympics – the rings are overlapped). Got it? So, we’re talking about a lot of quarters, right?
Well, other laser hair removal systems only come with a 10 mm distance gauge. 10 mm is about the size of a dime. Would you rather have dimes or quarters? Imagine you’re covered in dimes or quarters. Would you rather get snapped with a rubber band a few times or a lot of times? The quarter size distance gauge means fewer number of snaps.
The correct answer is quarters, of course. Fewer pulses is best.
2. The Speed of the Laser:
What this refers to is how quickly the laser can reset itself, which means how quickly you can get your treatment over with. The GentleYag can deliver TWO PULSES PER SECOND with enough power and energy to go deeply enough to kill the blood supply to your living hair. It is quite extraordinary. This makes a laser treatment take minutes, rather than hours. A man’s back typically takes about 20 minutes, and underarms takes about 5 minutes.
3. How Cool It Is:
Yet another great thing about the GentleYag, and, in fact, most of the lasers manufactures by the Candela Corporation. Critical with any laser procedure is how the skin is protected from the laser energy. The cryogen-based Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD™) of the GentleYAG is unique in its ability to cool the skin during your laser treatment. Because the same amount of cryogen is sprayed onto your skin prior to each and every laser pulse, the consistency and reproducibility of this cooling method adds to the speed and convenience of the laser treatment. Other laser systems rely on contact or air-cooling; their lack of specificity and dependence on operator technique can compromise treatment efficacy—either under-cooling or over-cooling the treatment area.
Preparation for the Treatment:
1. Do NOT pluck or wax for a week prior to your treatment.
2. DO shave the day prior to your laser treatment. There will be an additional charge if we need to shave you.
3. Avoid being in the sun without sunscreen on the area(s) you’re having treated for 10 days prior to your treatment. This includes sunless tanning products, tanning beds, and spray tanning. PLEASE stay out of a tanning bed or away from spray tan or sunless tanning products AT LEAST 10 days prior to your treatment. If you get spray tanned, please exfoliate any area we will be zapping prior to your treatment.
4. Also, don’t use prescribed Retin A on the area(s) to be treated for 7 days prior to your treatment, and be careful not to get a chemical peel or injection on any area we will be zapping for at least 7 days prior to your treatment (if you get Juvederm or any other similar filler, please consult your injector about the time you should wait before getting a laser treatment).
5. If you have used Accutane in the past, you must have been off this product for at least six months prior to the treatment. If you currently take any prescribed acne medication, you’ll need to get your doctor’s permission in order to receive a laser treatment.
6. We do not perform laser treatments on pregnant women.
8. Your appointment will be confirmed via an email reminder, as well as a text message from our office, no later than the day prior to your appointment. Please arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time. Because appointments often take less than ten minutes, if you are running more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, we will have to reschedule your appointment. If this happens, or if you should need to cancel your appointment on the same day of your treatment (or if you forget about it) or are unable to give us an 18-hour notice that you need to change or cancel your appointment, you will be assessed a minimum of $35 per 15-minutes we have scheduled for your appointment. If you have too recent sun exposure and we are unable to do your treatment, or if you have too recent sun exposure and we have to reschedule your appointment, you will be assessed a fee of a minimum of $35 per 15-minute time period we have reserved for you.
During the Treatment:
Since you’ll be bringing in your completed forms, our technician will review your history and answer all your questions. You’ll need to remove clothing from any area we’re treating. We’ll ensure there is no hair present on the area(s) we’re treating, then clean the area to be treated. We’ll calibrate the laser based on your skin type, then you and the technician will don the appropriate safety goggles. Let the zapping begin! If you find the treatment too intense, or if you have a low tolerance for pain, there is a topical anesthetic available for purchase from our office.
Length of Time for the Treatment:
Smaller areas like eyebrows, beard, upper lip, chin, ears, underarms, areola, bikini, Brazilian, fingers, hands, toes, and feet typically take less than 10 minutes each to treat. Larger areas like abdomen, front or back necks, shoulders, lower or upper legs, lower or upper arms, or partial backs or chests usually take no more than 20 minutes. Upper or lower legs, full arms, and full backs typically each take about 30 minutes.
After the Treatment:
Your skin may temporarily be red and even a little bumpy. Your skin will be sensitive to the sun, so you’ll apply sunscreen before you leave our office. We have sunscreen for your use, so don’t worry about bringing in your own (though you can if you want). You will be able to go about your life after the treatment, and you can shower, apply makeup, etc. In other words, there’s no down time after a laser hair removal treatment. Post treatment aftercare instructions are found here.
“I have DPU, which is a severe series of hives from pressure or rubbing. The hives are debilitating. After just one treatment, I didn’t get the hives anymore.”
“It’s nice, it’s so fast, and it works!”
“Even the blond hair on my face is less!”
“I used to have to wax monthly, but not anymore! It’s worked great for me!”
“The treatment really works. It has gotten rid of the hair!”
“Getting laser hair removal has changed my life. I didn’t realize how much time I have been wasting shaving.”
“It’s nice not being the bearded lady anymore. I’m so happy!”
“I am a very dark-skinned African American woman, and I have tried other laser clinics and wasted a lot of money because their lasers didn’t work on my color skin. I also have a medicine cabinet full of products that promise to get rid of my chin hair. I heard about the Yag laser and figured, hey, I’ve tried everything else, why not try this? It is worth all the money in the world, but this facility is very affordable and very effective. Believe me, THIS LASER WORKS.”
“I was thrilled after my first treatment, not having to shave every day stopped my depression.”
“I have had great success with this. I don’t get a razor burn anymore on my bikini line – ever. And I can wear skirts to work now, even on cold days, and it doesn’t look like I haven’t shaved. The course hair is gone.”
“I’m happy that I got rid of the hair sweater on my back.”
“This has helped me feel so much better about myself. I have PCOS and laser has really helped get rid of a lot of unwanted hair.”