Laser Hair Removal
At Rothesay Laser Clinic, we use the Cynosure's Apogee Elite Aesthetic Workstation. The Elite removes unwanted hair with unsurpassed efficacy and client comfort. That's because its revolutionary technology combines two optimal wavelengths in one system: the 755-nm Alexandrite laser and the 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser.
Since we can switch between wavelengths during a single procedure, we can select the most appropriate laser for any given hair or skin type. We can also perform multiple procedures on the same client during the same visit. As such, we don't have to compromise performance capabilities—we can ensure both optimal results and client safety. What's more, we are able to administer treatments in significantly less time than with a single-wavelength product.
Easy, Safe, Effective And Fast
The 755-nm wavelength has high melanin absorption characteristics and proven long-term results for permanent hair reduction and pigmented lesion removal.
The high-powered 1064-nm Nd:YAG is the safest wavelength for permanent hair reduction on darker skin types and tanned skin. It is also the wavelength of choice for treatment of facial and leg veins—the most common form of vascular lesions.
By providing two different wavelengths, the Apogee Elite laser can be used to treat patients with all types of skin. The addition of the YAG laser allows us to treat patients of darker skin types for excessive hair growth, especially of the face, underarms and bikini lines. Patients with pseudofolliculitis (razor bumps, ingrown hair) on the beard, face or neck now have this option to consider.
The Apogee laser also incorporates the use of the Smart Cool system by Cynosure. This system utilizes a "double cooling" technique, which uses the body's natural cooling process in conjunction with a specifically engineered external cooling system. The Smart Cool system is used with the laser to minimize patient discomfort during treatment.
What is the difference between IPL and Lasers?
(IPL) Intense Pulse Light is not laser. While pulsed light is effective for Photo Facial Rejuvenation and has the function for hair removal, its filtered light is overly superficial to appropriately reach the hair follicle depth. It is also less safe for darker skin types. The use of the Apogee Elite Laser does have unsurpassed efficacy for hair removal and has been proven to do so clinically.
Intense Pulsed Light (or "IPL" as it is more commonly referred to) works well primarily for skin-rejuvenation procedures that require low energy. All IPL devices are Class 2 and use the full spectrum of light rather than one optimized wavelength. The Class 2 classification means that the energy produced is enough to effectuate the skin just below the surface but generally does not provide enough energy to affect unwanted hair at the root. Additionally, because IPL devices work utilizing the full spectrum of light, there exists more radiation absorption in the skin and cells surrounding the area being treated; not the case with Class 4 True Laser.
IPL devices are commonly used for laser hair removal mainly due to the low cost of the equipment to the provider. IPL devices do not produce lifelong results and patients who receive IPL treatment for laser hair removal will need to continuously receive treatments every 8 to 12 weeks to maintain the results. IPL devices only stunt hair growth rather than truly kill hair follicles at the root. Quite simply, IPL devices do not provide the energy output required to provide permanent lifelong hair removal results and are not optimized for individual skin types that may significantly increase the risk of potential adverse reactions. IPL devices are best suited for surface level skin rejuvenation procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who gets Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is no longer just for models or body builders. Men usually have hair removed from their shoulders, back, chest and neck. Women often focus on the bikini line, legs, under arms, upper lip and chin.
How does laser hair removal work?
The laser targets the darkness of the melanin pigment in the hair follicle. Since melanin is only produced in the growth phase of the hair, the laser must target the hair follicle during this cycle.
Can all hair and skin colors be treated effectively with laser?
Laser hair removal can be applied to most areas of the body and on all skin types, with the Cynosure Elite laser used by Rothesay Laser Clinic. Unfortunately, the laser cannot remove gray or platinum blonde hair.
Does my hair need to be “grown out” before my treatment?
With the exception of a women’s face we actually recommend that you shave the area to be treated 3-5 days prior to your first appointment so we can see hair growth but for all follow up treatments, shaving the day prior to would be best. Rothesay Laser Clinic highly recommends you do not shave the day of the treatment. The skin is always more sensitive if you have just shaved.
Why are multiple sessions required?
Laser hair removal works on actively growing hair. With the exception of scalp hair, most of ones body hair is in the inactive phase. The percentage of actively growing hairs in most locations is 20 - 30%. This fact alone explains the necessity for multiple treatments to catch all the growth cycles for hair in a given area. Generally, treatment sessions are spaced accordingly to allow for hair to cycle into active growing phases.
What is Pseudofolliculitis Barbaeingrown?
Pseudofolliculitis Barbaeingrown is the medical term used for ingrown hairs. It is common in women and men. The hair reverts back into the same hair follicle. A bacterial infection can occur because of the inflammation of the hair follicle and from shaving or waxing. Laser works exceptionally well on this condition.
Who will be performing the treatments?
A certified laser specialists will perform the treatments. She has all the training necessary to offer you sound advice and knowledgeable treatment.
What are your guidelines on privacy?
Our clients are looking for trusting, professional, skilled, friendly clinicians and that is what our clients find at Rothesay Laser Clinic. Be assured we follow privacy guidelines and will not disclose any information about our clients.
Do you offer complimentary consultations?
Yes! A consultation is a must for any client considering laser hair removal. During this consultation we will review your treatment options/expectations. Depending on what the client is looking to treat, it may be possible to have a treatment performed the same day, schedules permitting.
How much does it cost?
Rothesay Laser Clinic prices are based on the size of the area you would like to treat. Contact us by phone at (506) 847-8302, or by email at email@example.com for a free consultation.