Say good bye to shaving, waxing and tweezing with Laser Hair Removal
Remove unwanted hair with the most advanced FDA-approved laser technology for ALL skin types. Laser hair removal is safe, comfortable, and effective. Advanced technology used by Ideal Reflection Medical Spa for REAL results!
Laser hair removal procedures stop hair growth at the base of the follicle by emitting a beam of light that passes harmlessly through the skin.
The light’s energy is absorbed by color pigment in the hair follicle and converted into heat, disabling the follicle and destroying its ability to regrow. The effectiveness of laser hair removal depends on the individual’s characteristics, including skin type, hair type and pigment.
The hair growth cycle occurs in three stages. Laser hair reduction will be most effective during the anagen (active) stage, when the follicle is darkest and absorbs the most energy. Considering the variances in hair growth cycles throughout the body, several treatments may be necessary to disable the remaining follicles. Treatments are usually given at intervals of four to six weeks, depending on age, metabolism and other factors influencing hair growth.
Using state-of-the-art laser, this series of pulsed light treatments will reduce the growth of unwanted hair on almost any area of the body. We can remove hair from any part of your body. The area’s most commonly treated are:
- Facial Hair
- Upper Lips/Chin
- Full Bikini
- Full Brazilian
- Hands / Arms
- Full Legs
- Facial Hair
- Neck Hair
- Hands / Fingers
- Full Back
Type of Hair
Vellus Hair – the short, fine hair that grows in most places on the body (in both sexes). It is usually light in color and is sometimes called “peach fuzz.”
Terminal Hair – the fully developed hair, which is generally longer, coarser, thicker, and darker than vellus hair. Terminal hair can be black, brown, blond, red, gray, or white.
Color of Hair
The color of hair is determined by its melanin content (type and amount). Brown and black hairs contain a type of melanin called eumelanin. The darker a hair is, the more eumelanin it contains. Blonde and red hair contains pheomelanin. Pheomelanin doesn’t absorb laser energy as well as eumelanin, so blonde and red hairs are more difficult to treat than brown or black hairs.
Growth Cycle of Hair
Your hair grows in cycles. The hair that you see on your body is in the active growth (or anagen) phase. However, at any given time, some of your hair is also in a regressing (catagen) or resting (telogen) phase. Hairs in the catagen or telogen phases do not respond to any type of permanent hair removal/reduction treatments. Consequently, treatments need to be performed every 4 – 8 weeks (depending on the area) in order to catch all of the hairs when they are in the anagen stage. Each individual is different, but depending on the technology used and a few other factors, most people require a series of 4-8 procedures to achieve desired results from laser hair removal.
Non-Permanent Hair Removal
Shaving, Tweezing, Waxing, Sugaring, Threading, Depilatory Creams
Non-permanent hair removal either cuts the hair off after it begins to extrude from the skin (shaving), forcibly pulls the hair out by the follicle (tweezing, waxing, sugaring, and threading), or chemically dissolves the hair (depilatories). Though these methods are cheap, they may be uncomfortable. They also do not result in any permanent hair removal or reduction, so they need to be repeated often.
Permanent Hair Removal/Reduction
Electrolysis, Laser Hair Removal, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Hair Removal
In electrolysis, a clinician inserts a small metal probe into the hair shaft and down to the follicle. An electrical current is then discharged to “zap” the follicle. Electrolysis is very effective, but it is time consuming (the process needs to be repeated on every hair follicle to be treated) and can be painful and expensive. Also, due to the growth cycle of hair, it is still necessary to perform multiple procedures in each treatment area to achieve complete clearance.
Laser and IPL hair removal have become the most popular methods of permanent hair reduction due to their speed, ease, efficacy, and relative cost effectiveness.
There is no downtime needed for laser hair removal. Patients can immediately return to their normal activities after treatment.
F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)
This probably is the main concern for people who are considering laser hair removal. A bright flash is emitted, and a slight heat is dissipated. The Sheerwave® IPL 360 technology concentrates most of its energy beyond the cutaneous nerve endings thus significantly reducing the heat generated during the treatment. With its integrated cooling system, each treatment with the Sheerwave® IPL 360 turns into a comfortable, pain-free experience. We can remove unwanted hair effectively, with little to no discomfort when compared to other methods of hair removal. There is no topical numbing creams needed for our treatments.
For the most part, yes. However, results may vary due to several underlying factors, including hormonal influences on new hair growth, skin and hair type and varying individual response to treatment. For that reason, the FDA requires that laser hair removal treatments be referred to as “permanent hair reduction” rather than “permanent hair removal.”
Since our hair grows at different rates through different stages, only those hair follicles that are in the active growing phase will be affected. It is for this reason that with each treatment 15-30% of hair is permanently removed. Multiple treatments are required to achieve total, permanent hair removal.
When you tan, the amount of melanin in your skin increases. This elevated level of melanin in the skin will absorb some of the laser energy that is targeting the melanin in your hair follicles, decreasing the treatments effectiveness. Furthermore, tanning increases the chances of unintended side effects such as minor burns or skin discoloration. Tanned skin can still be safely treated with lower energy levels, but this will further decrease the effectiveness of the treatment. Consequently, it is not recommended to undergo laser hair removal treatments with tanned skin.
No. On the contrary, hair should be shaved prior to coming in for your treatment. Laser hair removal targets the hair follicle, which lies underneath the skin’s surface. You should not pluck or wax in the area for at least two weeks prior to your treatment, as these temporary hair removal methods pull the hair out by the follicle, effectively removing the target of the laser.
When you come in for your initial consultation, it is necessary to have 1-2 days of growth so the clinician can see the density, color, and thickness of the hair in the area(s) you are interested in treating.
Yes. You have many hair follicles, and all are not damaged sufficiently in one treatment. Also, as discussed in the growth cycle of the hair section, hair must be in a growth phase to be effectively targeted by treatment. Typically, it takes at 5 – 6 treatments to achieve desired results.
Virtually anywhere on the body can be treated. The only exceptions are inside the nose and ears and immediately around the eyes.
Absolutely. We have many male hair removal clients. The most popular areas to treat are the back, shoulders, neck, and chest.
Exposure to the sun and tanning:
No treatment with the Sheerwave® IPL 360 can be performed if you have been exposed to UVs (sun, tanning booth) 4 to 6 weeks before your treatment. If you have a tan with a self-tanning product, a 2-week waiting period will be required before you receive your Sheerwave® IPL 360 treatment.
Bleaching cream, depilatory cream, AHA cream, chemical peel:
These products should not be used at least 2 weeks before your treatment with the Sheerwave® IPL 360.