Why Does Laser Hair Removal Require Multiple Sessions?

Though the thought of long-term results from a single session of laser hair removal at Charleston, SC’s Germain Dermatology is a lovely one, it’s not a realistic one. Like most good things in life, ideal results come to those who wait—or at least those who complete multiple treatment sessions.

This process is not due to the strength of the laser or the skill of the operator, but to the nature of the hairs themselves.

First, an explanation: Laser hair removal works by sending light into the skin, which causes pigmented cells to heat up. They get so hot, in fact, that they become damaged. When this happens to the pigmented cells in a follicle, the damage inhibits the follicle’s hair-growing ability.

Unfortunately, this only works on follicles that are in the “actively growing” phase, known as anagen. Essentially, the heat damage disrupts the follicle’s normal cycle, which would typically continue from anagen to catagen (which gets the follicle ready to grow a new hair by shutting down the blood supply to the current hair) to telogen (which allows the follicle to rest before the new hair grows). By throwing a wrench into anagen, the current hair falls out—and the cycle does not resume for a significant amount of time.

Approximately 85 percent of a person’s hairs are in the anagen phase at any given time, so a laser hair removal session should catch the majority of hairs in an area. Subsequent sessions are necessary to get the remaining 15 percent. This can take a couple more sessions, since only about 85 percent of the hairs that are left will be in anagen next time.

Eventually, after an average of five sessions spaced weeks apart, the targeted region will be smooth—with no need for a razor or waxing or any other hair-removal method you used before.

Yes, the treatment requires some patience, but our patients agree the results are worth the effort—and the wait!

Learn more about laser hair removal in the Charleston, SC, area by calling (843) 881-4440 or sending a message to Germain Dermatology.

Ditch the Razor, Embrace the Laser – Laser Hair Removal

Ditch the razor, embrace the laser.

Laser hair removal isn’t a new “thing.” Chances are you’ve heard about it from someone, or seen advertisements for it or maybe you’ve even thought about giving it a try. Its established reputation for being an amazing, life changing addition and treatment should be reason enough to ditch your razor and embrace that laser, but we are still going to give you the low down on why you need laser hair removal and what you need to know about it.

First things first, let’s chat about how this process actually works. This is performed by trained specialists only. Pulses of highly concentrated light are emitted from the lasers into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and then destroys the hair. It takes a few times to get through all cycles of growth because only follicles in the active growth phase absorb the heat when the light hits the skin. Because of this, one treatment will affect 85% of the hairs in the targeted area. Some lasers are suitable only for light-skinned patients with dark hair, however at Germain Dermatology, we have the GentleYAG and GentleLASE, both of which work for light-skinned and dark-skinned individuals.

A big dilemma for people when it comes to this procedure is the cost. Years ago, the cost for the treatment was much more expensive and could run thousands just for one appointment. It was also a much newer process so it wasn’t nearly as common. People couldn’t imagine spending thousands of dollars for something they weren’t even sure would work, or last for that matter. Now, the cost is less, but still dependent on the size of the area you are looking to have hair removed. If you want your legs treated, it’s going to be much more money than just getting your underarms.

At Germain Dermatology, it’s $600 per treatment for full legs and $300 for lower legs only. It’s $250 per treatment for the bikini line and $150 per treatment for underarms. You can always call in and find out the cost for any other areas you are looking to have hair removed, but these are the most commonly sought after. Even though you’ll be paying some money up front, after you’ve completed the appropriate amount of appointments your results are permanent, so you won’t be paying for long. Plus, you won’t be buying razors any more, and think of all the time you’ll save without having to worry about shaving.

Next up; pain, pain go away. Several people who decide to commit to the laser were previously avid waxers. If waxing isn’t a painful upkeep, I’m not sure what is. The good news is, laser hair removal is considered half as painful as waxing. Of course, everyone has a different pain threshold, but the process is relatively easy and is compared to a quick prick on the skin over and over during the treatment. Each body part you have the removal will feel different since as you know each area of skin has different sensitivities. Each treatment will be less and less intense, too, as the hair is eliminated, so you can expect any sensitivities you may have to dwindle down as time goes on.

Here’s what you can expect for your hair removal appointment. First things first, you need to set up a consultation prior to any procedures, which is free of charge. Then, once we establish what you’ll be having done, you can get a price for your treatments and set up your first appointment. You should not pluck, wax or shave for the six weeks leading up to your laser hair removal and it’s also recommended you avoid sun exposure on the area during that time as well. You can use sunless tanners but should stop applying these products up to two weeks prior. You should shave the area to be treated 24 hours before your procedure.

During your treatment, you could feel slight discomfort, but it depends on the person and sensitivities to pain as previously mentioned. The majority of patients say the discomfort is very minimal. There’s the possibility of some redness or swelling on the treated area after, but not everyone experiences this and it should subside quickly. You could begin seeing results right away and then more improvement over the next few weeks. The treatment is pretty quick so you don’t need to allot too much time for your appointments. There is also no “down time.”

You can remove hair pretty much from any area. Common spots are legs, underarms, bikini area and facial hair. If you don’t want your entire leg done you can also do lower legs only. Call us for more.

‘Tis The Season- Shop with Germain Dermatology

It’s the season of shopping and we have something for everyone on your list! Order any of our great Germain Rx products online, including gift certificates, or stop by for custom gift sets, wrapped and ready, for your nearest and dearest! 
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Plus, enjoy savings on Laser Hair Removal and Ultherapy/Voluma Combos.

Plan Ahead with Laser Hair Removal

It’s the season to bare all… well at least more than normal… and hairiness is an issue many woman (and some men) want to erase. However, many don’t know that summer is NOT the season to have hair removal procedures. Why? If it is your first procedure it can take anywhere from six to eight treatments to have the best results. You’re not popping in with unwanted hair and leaving ready for the beach. Secondly, you cannot have sun exposure (a tan or burn or sunless tanned skin) when getting the treatment. You also need to stay out of the sun for about a week afterwards or you risk discoloration.
The best idea is to receive the procedure in mid to late winter when you can successfully receive the treatment and safely remain out of the sun afterwards.   Also, dermatologists recommend getting follow-up treatments every four-to-six or six-to-eight weeks. If you finish your initial procedure late winter you will have a full two months to just enjoy!
For the full scoop on Laser Hair Removal visit our previous Blog Post.

Looking into Laser Hair Removal

Whether it’s on your arms, face or bikini line hairiness is something most women feel self conscious about and some men too.  Depending on the density and color of your hair and, most importantly, the location of the growth it can put a sincere damper on one’s self image. Luckily with today’s technology and education dermatologists can do much to decrease or eliminate this unwanted hair.  Most popular among clients is laser hair removal. This process is innovative and non-evasive, not to mention saves you time and relentless effort. These treatments show results immediately, but do usually take an average of five sessions for best results (depending on the size of the area being targeted and your personal body this can differ).
What is it:
Laser hair removal became commercially available in 1990, and has grown exponentially over the past 22 years. Hair removal lasers are approved by the FDA for ‘permanent’ hair removal.  “Laser hair removal is a technique that uses beams of highly concentrated light to penetrate the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by pigment in the follicles and destroys the hair within them. Laser hair removal is among the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S,” via WebMD. The process will permanently reduce the amount of hairs grown, but not permanently prevent all hair growth.
The Procedure:
Laser hair removal in the Charleston, South Carolina area is performed with GentleYAG® and GentleLASE® lasers, and is appropriate for both light-skinned and dark-skinned individuals. The procedure causes only slight discomfort. As the laser is passed over the targeted area, patients will feel a brief, slight “snap,” like a rubber band against the skin.

After Treatment:
The treated area may be red and possibly swollen for about 24 hours after the procedure. Ice packs can help reduce swelling and alleviate any discomfort. You should avoid sun exposure and glycolic or salicylic acid products for a period of several days after treatment.

Many women suffer from unwanted hairiness however the condition can be more than just an issue of appearance. Hirsutism is a condition of ‘male pattern’ hair growth in women, i.e.: face, back or chest. This condition can be a sign of more severe medical concerns. The cause of this hair growth could be because of a high amount of male hormone- androgens- primarily testosterone, or due to a body’s over sensitivity to hair follicles. New studies are also showing higher levels of insulin in women with this condition. If you have an excessive amount of body hair in targeted areas that are not common for woman pattern growth, not common for your family/ethnic traits, and developed after the pubescent period you may want to discuss your concerns with your dermatologist and/or physician.  There may be a solution to your cosmetic concerns and for your health!

If you are just one of the ‘lucky’ few who have a little extra growth, or you just don’t have the time to deal with the hair you have, ask us about our laser hair removal!

And during the month of November with the purchase of a bikini hair removal package you can get an underarm removal package for FREE ($600 value)! Only a couple weeks left to get in on the great deal!