LASER HAIR REMOVAL
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Fast and Effective Laser Hair Removal Clinic in Asheville NC
Laser Hair Removal (LHR) at Mountain Radiance Medical Spa and performed by either Dana Dowdy, LE, Melissa Markis, LE or Allan Zacher, MD depending on patient choice, is fast, effective and painless. Laser skin rejuvenation is also offered to renew your skin.
Dr. Zacher has been training and supervising licensed aestheticians performing this service since 2008 with high quality results. The key to effective and painless is to be using the best equipment. At Mountain Radiance, we have the Lumenis LightSheer with CoolTip Technology.
Hair follicles lie below the surface of the skin as shown in this illustration
Our Lumenis LightSheer has an artificial sapphire tip that is liquid cooled - the ChillTip technology. When I perform a test impulse on a client's forearm they usually say "I didn't even feel that!" - although the sensation can range in degree with areas that have higher sensitivity. For that we have numbing cream. More on that below for PAINLESS HAIR REMOVAL!
The tip of the laser handpiece is applied to the skin and pressed slightly - The laser is fired, an impulse delivered and the light energy is absorbed by the hair follicles, heating to the point of "inactivating" or "killing them".
It's important to understand why it takes multiple treatments. Only the follicles in the active growth phase are deactivated. It takes 4 - 6 weeks to rotate the actively growing follicles, so that's the timing for repeat treatments.
It takes 4 - 6 treatments to achieve full hair removal in most areas.
Melissa Markis, LE, Laser Trained:
Melissa has been performing light therapies for quite some time, she is available for LHR on request (Most of our ladies prefer Melissa, of course). The pricing is the same whether performed by Melissa or Dr. Zacher.
Dana Dowdy, LE has been providing superlative quality aesthetic care for patients for over a decade and has been the dedicated Laser Tech at Mountain Radiance. Dr. Zacher trained her in the details of treatment various skin types and in the use of both IPL and Laser Hair Removal.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Simply using intense pulsed diode laser light to inactivate hair follicles so that they do not grow hair anymore.
What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
Savings in Cost and Time (with no need for waxing, razors) and the smooth feeling of the skin.
LHR may seem expensive, but with proper treatment to completion shaving will no longer be required Razors and waxing can be expensive and over time the LHR is actually cheaper!
But the most important thing is the smooth, baby soft feeling and texture of the skin where there is no razor stubble. LHR actually hurts less than waxing!. In fact, it is painless at our clinic.
How does laser hair removal work?
LHR uses intense pulsed laser light that passes through the skin and heats up the hair follicle at the root where the hair is generated. This inactivates or "kills" the hair producing part of the follicle.
The treatment is only effective on follicles in the growth phase which is about 25% of them at any one time - this is why multiple treatments are needed.
Different areas require different numbers of treatments - underarms frequently will be nearly completely hairless following 2 - 3 treatments, places where hair "wants" to grow (lower legs, bikini area) will take 4 - 6 treatments.
Sometimes a touch-up is required about a year after completion the first time.
The question: "Is it really permenant?" the answer is partially yes. Some follicles come back over time, but again, this usually only requires touch-up treatments.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
With every intense light pulse there is usually (not always) sensation. This feels exactly like a rubberband slight pop on the skin. People who have not had it assume it is painful. This is NOT TRUE!. Waxing is painful!
First line of comfort is the ChillTip technology. The tip of the handheld laser has an artificial sapphire tip (clear and colorless, not blue) that has very cold water pulsing through it. This chills the skin in the area to be lased. This technology is, in the opinion of Dr. Zacher, THE best equipment for reducing any potential discomfort.
At Mountain Radiance we have strong, prescription numbing cream for sensitive areas. Not all areas need this, but it is recommended for the bikini area and some areas on the lower legs. Most of the rest of the body tolerates the slight "pop" easily and without discomfort.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
Cost varies depending on the areas treated. It starts at just $75 to treat the upper lip or chin. The pricing is based on the area and difficulty. Top prices are full back, full legs or full Brazilian $300 at the time of this writing. Just the Bikini line though is only $125. Bikini expanded is currently only $225. If you combine areas we can give a discount on the lesser of the areas - for instance full legs and Bikini line we can discount the Bikini line.
Most areas take 4 - 6 treatments though sometimes it takes less. I have seen on occasion, underarms treat well with only 2 treatments.
At Mountain Radiance we do *NOT* REQUIRE YOU TO PURCHASE A PACKAGE UP FRONT! While we DO OFFER a package - or standing offer is that if you buy a package of 3 treatments the first one is half off.
We do sell quite a few packages, but if a client wishes to try a single treatment first before committing to a package, we encourage this.
How many laser hair removal treatments are needed?
Usually 2 - 6 treatments about 4 to 6 weeks apart. Underarms treat more easily than lower legs - which require almost always 4 - 6 treatments.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
We like to refer to it as semi-permenant. Some of the hair follicles will never come back. You should never get an area treated where you MAY want the hair to grow again because it will always be lighter growth where it was treated.
However some of the follicles come back a little bit over time, and it is not unusual for people to need a touch up about once a year.
What body areas can laser hair removal treat?
Any area of the body can be treated!
Is down time required after laser hair removal?
No, you can immediately return to your usual activities or work.
Are there any side effects of laser hair removal?
YOU MUST AVOID sun exposure before and following LHR. This has to do with the chromophores in the skin which will activate with sun or tanning beds. If they are activated the laser light can damage the chromophores (that produce melanin which tans the skin).
Typically you will avoid tanning a minimum of 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the treatment. So, it's not a good idea to plan LHR within weeks before or after a beach vacation or cruise in a sunny location!
Other than this there are NO side effects, just baby-soft, smooth skin instead of razor stubble or repeated waxings!
Electrolysis vs Laser Hair Removal
Electrolysis is extraordinarily tedious, I am told painful and requires many, many visits over time. My understanding is that it is much more expensive to treat an area because each hair follicle must be individually "electrolysed".
Laser hair removal, by contrast is (At Mountain Radiance) painless and covers large areas in a short period of time. While multiple visits are required to achieve complete treatment, it will be not as many as electrolysis!
Important Safety Information about Laser Hair Removal
Possible side effects are redness or "blotchiness" for a day or so at the areas treated. Rarely (very rarely) I have had a client complain about slight itching in the area treated for a day or so.
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