There are so many different ways to eliminate unwanted body and facial hair today, but most require ongoing maintenance that can be both time-consuming and expensive. Laser hair removal offers long-lasting hair reduction to provide you with smoother, silkier skin that is nearly maintenance-free. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures offered at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics in Minneapolis, MN. We are proud that our treatment has been voted the Best Laser Hair Removal in Wayzata and Minnetonka for 5 years in a row. Dr. Leslie Smith is a certified cosmetic doctor trained in laser technology, and she has selected the most advanced laser hair removal technology that is proven to be safe, quick, and effective.
Laser Hair Removal Overview
Laser hair removal uses concentrated beams of laser energy to damage hair follicles at the root, and make future growth more difficult. The procedure can be tailored to the patient’s skin tone and hair color, creating a versatile system that can provide benefits to a wide range of patients. This procedure can be used to treat nearly any area of the face and body including the neck, chest, back, underarms, forearms, legs and bikini line.
Our Laser Hair Removal Technology
The LightSheer Diode was the first system to provide permanent hair reduction using state-of-the-art, high-powered diode technology. This revolutionary technology is highly effective in treating a wide range of skin types and colors. However, tanning or use of a self-tanner during the series of treatments is discouraged as this can compromise the skin and result in less successful hair reduction.
The laser system used at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics is the first of its kind to be cleared by the FDA for permanent hair reduction, which means it can reduce unwanted hair by as much as 85 percent or more. No device exists that can guarantee 100-percent permanent hair removal, since some follicles may continue to produce fine, light hairs after the procedure that may not respond to additional laser treatments.
The LightSheer Diode system is recognized in the industry as the “gold standard” in laser hair removal. This device uses a patented ChillTip™ hand-piece to increase patient comfort and safety. Treatments are relatively comfortable for our patients and require little or no downtime afterward.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Patients have a variety of reasons for choosing laser hair removal at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics today:
- Office treatment is relatively comfortable and does not require downtime
- Devices can be used for nearly any area of the face or body with unwanted hair
- Follicles are treated to produce long-lasting hair reduction
- Takes the place of time-consuming shaving, waxing, and depilatories
- The procedure is FDA-approved, assuring patients it is both safe and effective
- As an expert in laser treatments, Dr. Smith offers the highest level of care and best possible results
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The LightSheer laser hair removal system uses a diode laser, the same that is commonly used in household electronics like DVD players, printers and scanners. Diode lasers are extremely safe and versatile. For laser hair removal, diode lasers are often preferred among cosmetic doctors because of their effectiveness.
LightSheer is different from other laser hair removal systems because it can transmit a range of pulse lengths during treatment. The various pulse options allow Dr. Smith the ability to customize treatment based on a patient’s unique needs. Our laser device is effective in treating a wide range of patients since the diode laser can address the broadest range of hair colors, textures and diameters. However, some hair may be too light for the laser to pick up and some skin may be too pigmented for the laser to target. You will be advised to refrain from tanning or using self-tanning solutions, as this can compromise the skin and result in less successful hair reduction overall.
What to Expect from Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is done in our office at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics. Depending on the size and location of the area to be treated, a treatment session can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more. The majority of our appointments take 30 minutes or less, and patients are immediately back to their daily routine.
Laser hair removal is considered a relatively comfortable treatment, with most patients describing the sensation when the laser penetrates the follicle like the snap of a rubber band. More sensitive areas can be treated with a topical numbing cream first to ensure the procedure is tolerable. Any discomfort experienced is typically mild and subsides within two to three hours after the treatment.
You will be able to return to your daily activities right away, but you will be instructed to avoid hot water like a bath or hot tub for 24 to 48 hours. Sun exposure is also prohibited in the treatment area for a few days to prevent potential pigmentation irregularities or other complications. No other aftercare is necessary with this procedure.
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
What is the difference between laser hair removal and electrolysis?
Laser hair removal uses laser energy to eliminate unwanted hair, while electrolysis utilizes electrical energy. The hand-piece used for laser treatments sweeps across the treatment site while the laser targets the follicles within the area. The electrolysis device must be placed into each follicle individually, resulting in a much longer, more tedious process. Both of these treatments offer long-lasting hair reduction, but laser procedures have primarily replaced electrolysis due to their efficiency, efficacy, comfort, and safety.
Does the procedure hurt?
There is a noticeable sensation as the laser energy is administered to the hair follicle. Patients often liken it to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin. The sensation is quick, ensuring the procedure is quite tolerable for most of our patients. Any lingering discomfort should subside within a couple of hours.
Can I use this technology to remove my gray hair?
While the LightSheer Diode laser offers treatment to a wide range of hair colors and skin tones, it does not work as well on gray or white hair. The ineffectiveness is because the laser targets the melanin in the hair follicle and these hair shades lack melanin. An in-person evaluation with Dr. Smith will determine whether laser hair removal is the right approach for you.
What is the recovery after laser hair removal?
There is no recovery time after hair removal treatment, so you should be able to return to work or other activities right away. You will need to keep treated skin out of the sun for a few days to avoid pigmentation issues and avoid overly hot water, but there are no other restrictions on an activity level. Discomfort after this procedure is typically minor and usually only lasts a couple of hours at most.
How many treatments will I need?
Laser hair removal is only useful in treating hair follicles that are in the active growth stage. Because hair grows in various stages, multiple treatments are needed for optimal results. Depending on your specific condition, you may require anywhere from four to 10 treatments, spaced four to eight weeks apart to see the outcome you want. Once you achieve that result, an occasional touch-up procedure may be used to maintain your smooth, hair-free appearance.
Laser hair removal has become the top choice for eliminating unwanted hair today. The staff at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics would be happy to answer any questions about this procedure you might have, so you can determine if it is the right choice for you. To learn more, contact our office today at 952-460-1970.