Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ (Laser Hair Removal/Reduction)
The Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ Laser Hair Removal/Reduction treatment, offered by Terra Atma Medi Spa can now liberate you from daily shaving and tedious plucking. With Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ you can forget about expensive waxing, too. Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ combines cutting-edge medical laser technology with the comfort and convenience of a trip to Terra Atma Medi Spa. The breakthrough, revolutionary technology has been described as one of the most comfortable hair removal options available. Is the Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ laser hair removal treatment right for you and your skin type? Learn if you’re a candidate with our one on one complimentary Consultation.
Laser hair removal is the #1 non-invasive aesthetics treatment available today. While there are many methods to eliminate unwanted hair, very few can eliminate hair regrowth while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. And photo epilation is quickly becoming the most popular. Lasers and light sources use the principle of selective photothermolysis to eliminate hair and its potential regrowth without damaging the surrounding skin. During a laser hair removal treatment, light passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair shaft. This absorption raises the temperature of the hair follicle and thermally destroys the cells responsible for regrowth. The attributes of the light (wavelength, pulse duration and power) are chosen to ensure damage to these cells and not to the rest of the skin.
Hair forms in a pouch-like structure below the skin called a hair follicle. What we see as hair is actually the hair shaft, which is the hardened tissue that grows from this follicle.
The best hair color for the laser light to target is dark blond to black. The laser technician will explain more during your consultation.
Everyone’s hair grows differently, depending on age, weight, metabolism, hormones, ethnicity, medications, and other factors. But all hair goes through three distinct growth phases:
Stage i – Anagen: This the beginning of growth phase. This is the stage of growth is where the laser treatment is the most effective.
Stage ii – Catagen: This is the middle stage, where the hair stops growing, but has not completely shed, or fallen out.
Stage iii – Telogen: This is the resting phase. The laser is not effective for hair reduction in this phase.
Active growth phase (called the anagen phase), which can last up to 3 months. At any given time,20-30% of our body hair is in this phase. During anagen, the hair has an abundance of melanin and that is the key target for the laser light.
Regressive phase (catagen phase), which lasts about 3 days, during which the hair stops growing but is not yet shed. About 3 – 4% of our body hair is in this phase at any given time.
Resting phase (telogen phase), which lasts 4-14 days, at the end of which the hair falls out and a new hair begins to form.
Following the laser treatment, many patients report that hair starts to shed immediately and can be found on a towel following a shower. We recommend not waxing, tweezing or using any methods to remove the hairs following your laser treatment. Some patients will also report that the hair appears to still grow. These hairs are in fact dead club hairs. Within 3-4 weeks a new hair from another active growth phase will begin to grow out of the same hair shaft. Remember that even though the hair is growing out of the same hair shaft, the follicle growing is new and is now ready for the laser light.
Laser energy most effectively disables hair that is in the active growth (anagen) phase. If we get all of the active hairs each treatment that is generally 30 days apart, you would have disabled 20-30% of all hair follicles. Because all the hair in a treated area may not be in the same anagen phase, several laser treatments are necessary to remove the hair that subsequently enters the growth phase. Our goal after 5 treatments is to have sustained 90-95% permanent hair reduction.
How many treatments do I need, and how often?
Depending upon the area of the body, and the individual’s hair growth patterns, the frequency can range between every 4-6 weeks for facial hair and once every 6-10 weeks for body hair. Depending on the individual, one may need between 6 and 12 treatments. Yet, for others, it may more of a maintenance issue of regular sessions, rather than a permanent reduction at a set amount of treatments. Everyone is unique, and as mentioned above, the hair needs to be in the treatable phase for the device to work. We cannot control the hair growth phases. It’s smart to plan for more treatments, rather than fewer.
Technology in use (Pain-Free, Hair-Free)
To perform light-based hair removal with the HarmonyXL, a large rectangular window emitting broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin. The energy travels harmlessly through the epidermis and dermis until it strikes the hair follicle, which contains a dense, melanin-rich hair shaft and bulb.
The dark-colored melanin absorbs the light and rises slowly in temperature, destroying the hair-producing cells surrounding the follicle. Because the heat is not sustained, however, no damage occurs outside the follicle area.
Key benefits for clients
- Comfortable treatment with little to no irritation
- Effective permanent reduction of hair
- Minimal risk of side effects
- A great saving of money and time