Laser Hair Removal

Cosmetic Solutions Laser and Skin Care Center

Medical Aesthetics Center & Laser Center located in Cedar Rapids, IA

If you remove your body hair by shaving, it’s estimated that you’ll spend over $12,000 on razors over the course of your lifetime, or even more if you choose professional waxing services. If you want to get rid of your body hair for good, consider laser hair removal. The team at Cosmetic Solutions in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, offer medical-grade laser hair removal treatments using the innovative Cutera excel HR™ laser system.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal sends pulses of light energy into your hair follicles where it targets the melanin in your hair, then heats and kills the follicle preventing future hair growth.

Your body hair grows on a cycle of growth and rest. Laser hair removal treatments need to be delivered during the growth stage, so you need several treatments, spaced four to five weeks apart, to catch all your hair follicles at the right time. Each laser hair removal session destroys 15-20% of your hair follicles.*

Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Advances in laser technology have refined the lasers so that almost anyone can successfully have laser hair removal. The Cutera Excel HR laser is suitable for all skin tones and most hair colors. You need to have some pigment in your hair to attract the laser.

The team at Cosmetic Solutions offers laser hair removal on all body areas for both men and women.

How should I prepare for laser hair removal?

You should shave the day before your scheduled treatment. If you’ve been waxing, you’ll need to stop waxing approximately four weeks before you start your laser treatments. Waxing removes your hair at the root, and you need to have some hair in the follicle for successful laser treatments.

Laser hair removal causes a mild sting, and if you have sensitive skin, you can apply a numbing cream about 30 minutes before your session. Your aesthetic consultant will also provide ice packs to numb and soothe your skin.

You also need to avoid the sun while you’re having laser hair removal treatments. Any extra melanin in your skin can lead to issues like hyperpigmentation.

How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?

Everyone has different hair growth cycles, so your aesthetic consultant provides customized advice on the recommended number of sessions. Most patients need at least six treatments for optimal hair removal.

You may also need touch-up appointments every year or so. Hormonal fluctuations can trigger regrowth.

If you’re curious about laser hair removal, call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more and start your journey toward a life without shaving.

*Individual results may vary.