Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hair can be frustrating, whether you’re a woman, man, or transitioning to your true identity. Temporary removal methods can be expensive, short term, and irritate the skin. Laser hair removal can provide a permanent reduction in hair growth with minimal recovery time.

The laser energy is attracted to the melanin, or pigment, naturally found in each hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, slowing, or preventing future growth. Our hair removal laser emits a powerful beam of light that passes through the skin and targets many follicles at once, making this treatment very quick and effective.

Why Choose Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center

We have expertly performed laser hair removal procedures since 2005. We are unrivaled in excellence, experience, and superior training. We are committed to delivering world-class customer service.

Not all laser hair removal systems are created equal. We chose the Synchro REPLA:Y laser hair removal machine because it is the world’s fastest, most powerful, and effective system and provides exceptionally long-lasting results. This device permits us to treat all genders and various skin types and complexions—including darker complexions, those with fine hair, and those that suffer from excess hair growth due to hormonal imbalances. The Synchro REPLA:Y laser hair removal system is a superior choice for the following reasons:

  • Some treatments, such as IPL (intense pulsed light), are not true laser hair removal machines. IPL is one of the least effective methods for hair removal.
  • Certain lasers are not safe for all skin types. Treatment with the incorrect type of laser can result in unwanted scars and discoloration of the skin.
  • Some lasers can make coarse hair finer instead of removing it. The laser may then be unable to recognize the hair during subsequent sessions, resulting in incomplete treatment.

Benefits

  • Fast and effective
  • Less painful than electrolysis or waxing
  • No ingrown hairs or razor burn
  • Virtually no risk of allergic reaction
  • FDA-cleared treatment for the removal of hair from the body
  • Can treat all skin types as long as the hair is darker than the skin color
  • Long-term hair reduction
  • Laser Hair Removal is ideal for transgender patients and the treatment offers a way to achieve smooth, long lasting results for soft feminine skin.

Procedure

It is important that you do not remove the hair by plucking, waxing, or threading for at least one month before your procedure. Avoid sunlight for at least four to six weeks before the procedure and use a strong sunscreen recommended by Mill Creek Skin & Laser. Some patients may require a pre-treatment prior to the laser procedure, which will be best discussed at the time of your consultation.

Goggles are worn for eye protection. The removal process is done over several sessions, depending upon the hair quality, skin type, and quantity of hair. A cooling gel will be applied to the site of hair removal before starting the procedure. We utilize a cooling device during treatment to minimize discomfort before, during, and after the treatment session. The laser handpiece emits focused light energy, which is converted into heat, damaging the hair follicles in the area.

Treatments are virtually painless and will vary patient to patient. Patients describe a range of sensations during treatment from tingling to the snapping of a rubber band.

When you meet with our laser hair removal specialist for your consultation, we’ll address any concerns you may have. Individual results may vary.

Recovery and Results

After treatment, redness and some slight swelling may occur, typically lasting anywhere from two to 48 hours. These minor effects can be improved by icing the area or by using an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream after treatment.

You can expect to see a gradual decrease in hair thickness and the amount of hair present. In addition, you may also see a reduction in stubble, rashes, and ingrown hairs. For best results, avoid all other hair removal methods in the treatment site.

Patients should avoid sun exposure for the next few weeks and use a strong sunscreen, such as SkinMedica® Total Defense & Repair or SkinMedica® Essential Defense, which contain titanium oxide and zinc oxide. You may purchase these products in our clinic.

FAQs

The number of treatments is generally determined by the amount of hair, phase of hair growth, area of the body, skin color, hair color, and coarseness. Generally, six to eight treatments are recommended at four to six-week intervals.

Our hair naturally grows in three different stages. Not all hair is in the same stage at the same time, so when an area is treated, only a percentage of the follicles will be affected.

Not every form of light-based technology used for hair removal is the same. Knowing and understanding the difference is important in achieving long-term results. A true laser emits a single concentrated beam of light that is extremely focused onto one precise spot at a time and penetrates down to the root. IPL is not effective on dark skin. At Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center, we use only a true laser for laser hair removal and leave the IPL for its best use, which is treating skin pigment concerns, redness, vascular issues, and promoting collagen production.