HAIR REMOVAL QUESTIONS

We strive for a completely pain free procedure. We thoroughly cool the skin before and during the procedure, ensuring maximal comfort. Although numbing cream is rarely necessary, it is always available. With the Cynosure Elite, any discomfort you do feel will be minimal – like a rubber band snap and subsides instantly.

Yes, in most cases it is.

The majority of people need 4-7 treatments for permanent hair reduction. Hair grows in cycles and the laser can only destroy active follicles. It cannot destroy the hair follicles that are lying dormant below the surface of the skin since these dormant follicles contain little pigment. Allowing the dormant follicles to go into their active stage and become susceptible to the laser, we schedule Laser Hair Removal visits 4 to 6 weeks apart.

Yes depending on what treatment selection you make.

If you purchase the complete hair removal package offered to you at your initial consultation. We will continue treatments and provide any necessary follow up treatments for free. However if you choose to be treated on a per session basis additional treatments and follow up sessions will be billed. Laser Hair Removal is a medical procedure and, as such, cannot be guaranteed. However, if, after a complete course of Laser Hair Removal (the number of sessions you will need is estimated at the time of consultation), you need extra sessions for satisfactory hair reduction, we will be happy to treat you at half price.

This will vary on the treatment area and the patient. For example, the upper lip or bikini line area may require only 5 — 15 minutes, while a longer period of time will be required for your legs or back.

Just about anywhere on your body. The most common areas include:

  • Upper Lip
  • Chin
  • Side-burns
  • Underarms
  • Breasts
  • Backs
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Bikini Area

TATTOO REMOVAL QUESTIONS

Let’s face it . . . we’ve all done something we wish we hadn’t and a tattoo is unique as its own permanent reminder!

Well, it used to be a permanent reminder . . . but not anymore! Now, thanks to the revolutionary advancements in laser therapy, a tattoo doesn’t have to be a lifelong reminder of things we wish we hadn’t done. If you are considering tattoo removal the following will address common questions and steps in which one may receive permanent tattoo removal.

Lasers work by producing short pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then easily removed by the body’s immune system. Researchers have determined which wavelengths of light to use and how to deliver the laser’s output to best remove tattoo ink. (If you’re wondering if the laser might also remove normal skin pigment, don’t worry. The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin.)

Laser specialists now use the highly successful Q-Switched lasers to remove tattoos with extremely low risk of scarring. The Nd:YAG laser is the newest member of the Q-Switched class of lasers. This laser will emit certain wavelengths of light. When the wavelengths emitted come in contact with the skin, they pass through the skin but are absorbed by tattoo pigment. The Nd:YAG laser is designed to emit the wavelengths of light that most closely match the colors of ink most common to tattoos.

Tattoos are meant to be permanent, so removing them is difficult. There are several methods of tattoo removal which have proven effective. The degree of remaining color variations or blemishes depends upon several factors, including size, location, the individual’s ability to heal, how the tattoo was applied and how long it has been in place. For example, a tattoo applied by a more experienced artist may be easier to remove since the pigment was evenly injected in the same level of the skin. New tattoos may also be more difficult to remove than old ones.

Doctors say they can’t predict the exact degree of removal because they generally don’t know which of the 100 tattoo inks available today were used. (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently lists tattoo pigments as “color additives,” which are intended only for application to the top layer of the skin.)

Consult with a removal specialist — be sure to take a list of questions along. It is a fact that black tattoos are removed much easier than tattoos with colored ink such as red, yellow or green. At the very least laser treatments can significantly lighten tattoo ink, and in many cases the treatments are greatly successful and the tattoo is no longer visible without careful inspection.

The unfortunate thing about tattoos is that both getting them and having them taken off can be uncomfortable. The impact of the energy from the laser’s powerful pulse of light has been described as being snapped by a thin rubber band. As the tattoo is treated, a Zimmer Cryo 5 skin cooler can blow cool air alongside the laser to combat the heat. Ice and numbing cream may be applied and is extremely helpful in making the tattoo removal process more comfortable.

Following treatment at Total Body Laser Skin Care, patients should be sure to keep the area as clean as possible. A shower or bath the day after treatment is okay, but the treatment area should not be scrubbed. Your skin might feel slightly sunburned for a couple of days and the treated area may remain red for a couple of weeks. The site might also form a scab, which should be handled gently. After healing, the ink will gradually and continually fade.

More than one treatment, which actually only takes minutes, is usually needed to remove an entire tattoo — the number of sessions depends on the amount and type of ink used and how deeply it was injected. Three to six week intervals between sessions are required to allow pigment residue to be absorbed by the body.

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