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Laser Hair Removal – Hair Reduction Treatments – Scottsdale, AZ*

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Dr. Carlos Mata now offers his patients the Quanta System laser hair removal, the newest treatment trend in follicle elimination. Men and women, alike, long to rid themselves of unwanted hair of the face, legs, underarms, abdomen, chest, back, and groin. The intensity of the laser causes controlled damage to hair follicles. While in shock, the follicles do not generate hair. About 3 – 6 treatments are recommended for 3 years for the best results. Hair will eventually return but may not do so for 2 – 4 months for most (really lucky people have 6 – 12 months without regrowth). Under the direction of our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale, all laser hair removal treatments are performed by a trained technician, and last 15 – 60 minutes depending on the size of area treated. When hair returns, it is usually thinner and lighter, with (typically) 75% reduction in hair growth. Arrested hair growth following 6 treatments has been reported but should not be expected. 

Laser Hair Removal Procedure

During laser hair removal, it is common for multiple treatments to be done to ensure that the hair follicles are removed. At any given time, a certain number of hairs are in a resting phase, rather than a growth phase. Because the laser treatment is not effective on the hair follicles that are not actively growing, multiple sessions are needed. On average, it takes about 3 – 5 treatments to disable new hair growth. These sessions are spaced between 3 – 4 weeks to make sure the area has already recovered from the previous session. During the procedure, the skin is stretched slightly so that the laser can precisely target the hair follicle roots. When this happens, the follicle absorbs the heat and ultimately falls off and stops growing.

What to Expect

Because of the vacuum, patients will feel slight pressure on the area that is being treated. The laser beam may slightly sting, but cool temperatures will be applied between pulses to help with the patient’s discomfort. The application of cold blast also minimizes side effects high temperatures may cause. Sessions may last from 15 minutes up to an hour for larger areas, such as the back. Although patients can resume normal activity after treatment, the treated area will look and feel similar to a sunburn. Patients should avoid exercise for about 24 hours to allow the skin to calm, and sun exposure should be avoided during treatment.

Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Best Candidate?

Individuals with light skin and dark hair generally are the best candidates for laser hair removal. That being said, individuals with varying skin tones and hair color may also be considered for this treatment, but in order for the laser to find the hair and effectively treat it, it has be able to see it. Therefore, those with light skin and very light blonde hair may not be the best candidates for this procedure.

How many sessions?

The series of treatments is designed to ensure that all hair growth is  suppressed. There will be significant reduction, but not all hair follicles are destroyed in the initial session and some may continue to grow. The additional sessions ensure that the remaining growing hairs will also be removed. 

How Long Is Recovery?

There is no downtime following laser hair removal and patients can usually resume their normal routine. There will be tingling and slight redness on the treated area that subsides after a few hours. Afterwards, the skin may look and feel like it’s sunburnt. Cooling creams or ice packs may provide relief to the burnt feeling. Sun exposure must be limited several weeks before and after treatment.

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