laser hair removal

We offer state-of-the-art laser hair removal in our Munster office. Our brand new Cynosure Palomar Vectus® laser is the most effective, innovative technology available for permanent hair removal. We can quickly and safely remove hair anywhere on the body, including the back, arms, chest, legs, underarms, face, and bikini area. The procedure is quick and there is no downtime. Saturday appointments are available. Please call us at 219.513.9415 (Munster office) to schedule a free consultation. Scroll down for more information and frequently asked questions.


about laser hair removal

Unwanted hair is a common problem for both men and women. Frequent hair removal tasks including shaving, depilatories, plucking, and waxing can be time-consuming, inconvenient and often painful. At best, these methods offer only temporary results – for some only a few hours. Free yourself from the constant need to shave and wax unwanted facial and body hair. Laser technology has brought us a permanent solution to remove unwanted hair, leaving skin feeling smooth and healthy. 

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser hair removal is the third most performed non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the US. We can help you to get to the root of the problem with our state-of-the-art Vectus® Laser system. Laser hair removal gives you effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body. Treatments are quick and easy letting you get back to your everyday activities. 

Hair Growth Phases

To understand how laser hair removal works, it’s helpful to understand how your hair grows. Hair grows from deep within hair follicles, which are embedded in the skin. Hair does not grow continuously, but in a three-phase cycle. 

  • Anagen Phase: This phase is where the hair actively grows which typically lasts for several months and is the best phase for laser hair removal. 
  • Catagen Phase: During this brief phase, the hair bulb regresses and begins to shrink. 
  • Telogen Phase: The final phase is a resting phase which lasts a few months. During this phase, the hair is released from the follicle and once complete, the hair will restart at the Anagen or growth phase.

While the rate at which hair grows differs by individual, the length of the hair growth cycle generally depends on the type of hair. For example, the active growth phase of the hair on your head may last several years, while hair on the body has an active growth phase that may last only a few months. 

How Laser Hair Removal Works

During laser hair removal, a laser device emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair its color. This energy damages the hair follicle, which impairs its ability to grow. Hair follicles that are in the anagen, or active growth phase, have more pigment and absorb more energy, and typically respond best to treatments. For this reason, it takes multiple treatments to achieve the best results – it’s important to “catch” your hair in this active growth phase when you are receiving treatments. 

Laser Hair Removal Procedure

During the procedure, the provider will guide the device over the treatment area. The laser will emit gentle pulses of energy that are delivered into your skin and hair follicles. The hair follicles that absorb the energy from the laser will be damaged. Hairs that were present in the follicles at the time of treatment will fall out over the next couple of weeks and future hair growth will be impaired. Since not all hairs are actively growing at the same time, a single procedure will not treat all of the hair follicles in the area. As the follicles in the transitional and resting periods return to the active growth phase, you may notice some hair regrowth but not as thick as it was before the treatment. This regrowth will become thinner and lighter with each subsequent treatment until there is little, to no hair at all.

What To Expect On The Day Of Treatment

We suggest shaving prior to your consultation and minimizing sun exposure if you would like to get started the same day as your consultation. Typically, there is little to no downtime after laser hair removal treatments, and it is so quick and easy that patients can come on their lunch breaks. We offer Saturday appointments, too.

Before the laser is used, a gel is applied to your skin where you will receive treatment. The treatment will begin with the provider guiding the laser handpiece over the treatment area. You will feel a cooling sensation while the handpiece is gliding over the treatment area, making the procedure more comfortable. You may also feel a slight rubber-band like snapping when the energy is being delivered into your skin and hair follicles. The discomfort is over almost immediately, and treatments take just a few minutes depending on the size of the area. 

After the treatment, the gel will be removed and a cooling gel may be applied to your skin. Bandages and ointments are not necessary after laser hair removal because the treatments are so minimally invasive. For a few days after your treatment, you may feel like you have a mild sunburn but you can resume all of your normal day-to-day activities immediately following treatment. 

If you are a laser hair removal patient, please be aware of the following: 

  • Shave the area being treated prior to your appointment.
  • Discontinue all waxing, plucking, and tweezing on the areas receiving treatment 6 weeks before and during your sessions.
  • Discontinue excessive UV exposure, tanning and tanning beds and tanning creams on the areas receiving treatment, 4 weeks prior to your appointment.

Post treatment instructions:

  • Immediately after the treatment, there may be redness around the treatment site, which may last up to a couple days but usually subsides within the first few hours. It is normal for the treated area to feel like a mild sunburn for the first few days. 
  • Avoid sun exposure on the treated area and use a sunscreen SPF 45 or greater at all times throughout the course of treatment.
  • Anywhere from 7–30 days after treatment, shedding of the hair may occur and this may appear as new hair growth. This is not all new hair growth, but mostly dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. 

frequently asked questions

Please call us at 219.513.9415 (Munster office) to schedule a free consultation, during which we can answer all of your questions. In the meantime, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

How much does the treatment cost? 
Treatment costs vary depending on the size of the area to be treated. Please call us at 219.513.9415 (Munster office) to schedule a free consultation.

How does the laser work? 
The laser emits gentle pulses of energy that pass through the skin and into the hair follicle. The follicle absorbs the energy and is destroyed. After treatment, the follicles are permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible. 

Can I shave in between laser hair removal sessions? 
Yes. In fact, the area needs to be freshly shaved before your treatment session. However, you should not wax or pluck the hair between treatment sessions. 

How quickly will I recover, and when can I resume my daily activities? 
Typically, there is no downtime.  You can resume regular daily activities immediately following the procedure.

Are there any side effects? 
Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor redness and/or swelling immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2–24 hours. We will discuss any other possible side effects and the necessary post- treatment care with you during the consultation. 

What areas can be treated? 
We can quickly and safely remove hair anywhere on the body, including the back, arms, chest, legs, underarms, face, and bikini area. 

Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal? 
Laser hair removal is effective on individuals with dark hair anywhere on their face or body. Individuals with very light or gray hair are not ideal candidates. The Vectus® Laser can be safely used on all skin types from very light skin to very dark skin. Please call us at 219.513.9415 (Munster office) to discuss if you are a good candidate. 

Can the laser get rid of all of my unwanted hair? 
Since our hair grows in three cycles, it’s not possible for any laser treatment to achieve 100% hair removal, but it is possible to significantly reduce the number of growing hairs by as much as 85%. Multiple treatments can be administered for maximum results. 

Is hair removal permanent? 
Hair removal is permanent. Hair follicles in the anagen phase, or growth phase, are targeted by the laser. After treatment, those follicles are permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible. 

What type of results can I expect? 
Expect to see a gradual decrease in the hair thickness and in the amount of hair present. 

How long does the treatment take? 
Treatments are extremely quick and depending on the size of the area, can be done in just minutes. 

What does the procedure feel like? 
Patients describe a range of sensations from tingling to the snap of a rubber band during the procedure.  Most people feel only a slight “snap” like a rubber band at the treatment site during the procedure. You will also feel cooling on your skin as the handpiece guides over the treatment area.   

How many treatments will I need? 
Since your hair grows in three cycles, multiple treatments are recommended for desired results. Typically 4–6 treatments are needed, but this will depend on a number of factors. The number of treatments can vary between individuals depending on the amount of hair, the area to be treated, skin color, hair color, and hair texture. One of our providers can give you a more specific treatment plan during your free consultation. Please call us at 219.513.9415 (Munster office) to schedule your consultation. 

How far apart are treatment sessions? 
It depends on which area is getting treated. In general, face, underarms, arms, and bikini are approximately 4–6 weeks apart. Back, chest, and legs are approximately 8–10 weeks apart. 

 

Dermatology Associates of Northwest Indiana, PC
Merrillville phone: 219.769.7060
Munster phone: 219.513.9415
email: hello@dermatologyindiana.com