Now we are talking – home laser hair removal. I just cannot bring myself to go into a doctor for hair removal. Too much expense, I just can’t rationalize it. I can, however, rationalize DIY laser removal. Unfortunately that isn’t available – yet. Gilette has just invested a big chunk of money into the development of a home laser system – so our time may be coming. [Source]
Now I am not saying laser in the doctors office is a bad thing – only that I am stingy with my cash and would rather shuck out money to a department store than a doctor. If you are looking into going into the office for a laser procedure, you might be interested in this FAQ from Cutera, about laser hair removal with their product, the Pro Wave:
Did You Know?
* Laser Hair Removal is the most requested cosmetic dermatology treatment in the U.S. among females
* ProWave Laser Hair Removal can be used on both light and dark skin tones safely and effectively – - wavelengths can be adjusted depending on the skin type
* ProWave offers faster treatments using larger spot size and is great for backs and legs
* ProWave is twice as fast as other hair removal systems
The ProWave Difference
The ProWave hair removal system delivers a specially tailored light source for permanent hair reduction. Cutera’s newest hair removal innovation provides treatment for a wide range of skin types. An additional patient benefit is the ability of the handpiece to treat large areas such as a women’s legs and men’s backs – quickly and safely.
What do ProWave treatments feel like?
When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required; however, some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.
How many ProWave treatments will I need?
Most areas require 3-6 treatments. However, the number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors – hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Each hair grows at a different rate and goes through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. ProWave treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following your ProWave treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after the treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
Following the treatment, you can return to your normal activities right away, but some redness may occur. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun. In addition, your physician may recommend that you use a specially formulated skin care product line or prescribe a skin care regimen especially formulated for your skin type.
What are the possible side effects?
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instance, blistering may occur. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.
How does ProWave compare with other hair removal methods?
Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are all temporary methods which must be repeated on a frequent basis. ProWave offers permanent hair reduction for lasting results.
How does ProWave compare with electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive and painful process that involved inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to them one at a time. Electrolysis often requires years of treatments at regular intervals. By delivering light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time, ProWave effectively treats an area in just seconds that would take over an hour with electrolysis.
Why is ProWave a good choice over other hair removal systems?
Using the latest technology in hair removal, ProWave can rapidly treat large areas safely and effectively on patients with a wide range of skin types. The cooled handpiece increases patient comfort and minimizes the adverse skin reaction commonly seen with other light sources.