They often wish to rid themselves of embarrassing bikini line or underarm hair, and to be freed from endless hours of shaving or waxing their legs. For men, laser hair removal in St. Louis has become a popular solution for excessive hair, generally on the face, parts of the neck, back and chest. Men will especially appreciate the diode laser’s ability to remove even the coarsest hair from relatively large body areas.
For laser hair removal, Dr. Jones uses the Alma Soprano Laser®. The Soprano is a dedicated diode hair removal laser that incorporates some of the latest light technology, allowing treatment of multiple skin types quickly and with almost no discomfort.
Diode laser hair removal is a non-invasive and effective approach which yields permanent hair reduction and long-term hair removal – anywhere on the face or body.
Diode lasers are the most effective of all laser wavelengths for hair removal. The lasers eliminate unwanted hair by emitting a beam of light on to skin. Passing harmlessly through the skin, the light targets the pigment (melanin) within the hair follicle and hair shaft. As the follicles absorb this laser energy, they are disabled, and unable to produce new hair. The result: lasting hair removal with no downtime.
While pain tolerance is an individual matter, most of the laser hair removal patients we see in St. Louis, MO tolerate treatment very well, and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. The majority of patients require no anesthesia, though topical anesthetic and blown chilled air is an option for more sensitive areas.
While laser hair removal is able to cover relatively large areas at high speed, the exact treatment time is determined by the size of the area being treated. The upper lip and underarm take only a few minutes; the legs may require up to an hour.
All hair follicles go through periods of dormancy and growth. As laser light only affects hair follicles that are actively producing hair at the time of treatment, resting follicles must enter the growth phase before they can be effectively treated. For this reason, treatment must be repeated until all hair follicles have passed through the growing phase. Clinical studies indicate that typically four or more treatments are needed at intervals of between one to three months.