Just about everybody is a candidate for laser hair removal and Spectrum Dermatology treats just about any skin type, light, dark, or tan. However, the lighter the skin is, the more effective the laser hair removal will be, so it is best to try to keep the body area being treated out of the sun while you are getting treatments.
Because the laser is attracted to the melanin in the hair shaft, the treated hair must have color (brown or black) in order for the follicle to be destroyed by the laser. This means that light blonde, white, or light reddish-blonde hair is not treatable with lasers. Because hormones are the main predictor of hair growth, it would not be a good idea for a pre-teen to be lasered until they are through puberty. Pregnant women should wait to start laser hair removal until after your little bundles of joy have arrived.
Laser hair removal effectively reduces most of the hair with color, and hair that is in an active growth phase. As mentioned above, light blonde hair and other hair that is nearly colorless will not be heated enough by the laser to destroy the follicle. In general the average patient feels that they have successfully finished their hair removal process after 6-8 treatments. However, some patients may require more laser treatments depending on the nature of their hair or their skin type.
Because of the safe cooling features of our lasers, just about any body area can be treated. This includes such sensitive areas as the lip, ears, nose, and groin area.
For complete hair removal, you will most likely need at least 6 treatments. This is because hair grows in cycles, and only the follicles that are in an active growth stage at the time of the treatment are removed. When the next stage of hair becomes active (about 4-8 weeks later), you will come on back for another appointment to treat those hairs while they are in their active growth stage. Sometimes it takes up to about 8 treatments (8-12 treatments with the YAG Laser) to get most of the hair, depending on your personal hair growth characteristics.
The FDA has approved our lasers for safe and effective hair removal, and the treatments are noninvasive and can be customized to each person’s individual skin type, making it very safe for just about everybody. You may experience some redness or swelling, but this is temporary and does not cause pain. In addition, all of our Certified Medical Laser Technicians have completed an extensive laser training course that has been approved by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency and is in compliance with Arizona State law.
Many people describe the sensation as being similar to a quick rubber band snap. After the procedure patients may experience slight redness. This typically subsides within minutes to one day after treatment. You will be fine to carry on with your day immediately after treatment.
Spectrum Dermatology provides expertise, knowledge and passion to medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Our experience and reputation make Spectrum Dermatology one of the most sought-after dermatologist in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at (480) 948-8400.
"I would follow Dr. Catherine Chen-Tsai to the moon. Best dermatologist I have encountered. She is thorough, patient-focused, and passionate about her profession. I have followed her to her current practice as she has treated me for ten years."
"The doctor was extremely kind and told me I was misdiagnosed by another doctor!!! I was put on the right treatment for my skin condition and there are already major results 24 hours later. So thankful for spectrum and their doctors, getting closer to having normal skin again!"
"Dr. Kim is the best! Very prompt and professional. Explains the options and what to expect from the treatment she recommends."
"We did not wait longer than ten minutes from the time we checked in with the front desk. Our wait time in the exam room was less than five. Pretty impressive for the later part of the day! We will happily return to Spectrum Dermatology for any future skin issues!"
"The office was spotlessly clean, the waiting area was very nice, the staff was very friendly and helpful, the doctor was professional and knowledgeable. I was given time to ask questions and received easy to understand answers. I will be back!"
"I have been a patient for over a year and would recommend anyone looking for a dermatologist to contact Spectrum Dermatology and ask to meet with Dr. Jeffy."
"I was in today for an appt. with Dr. Thosani, who is a wonderful Doctor. I am 72 and I don't get impressed very easily. She is always very professional and gentle."
"Everyone at the Tatum location has been awesome to work with. They explain the risks, the process, and make it as painless as possible."
"I have taken my wife to Dr. Kim for a few of her appointments. She is without a doubt the best at what she does. Excellent bedside manner, very professional and yet, so down to earth to make you feel at ease."
"My many questions were answered thoroughly and I was not made to feel rushed. I felt very comfortable during the exam due to Dr. Jeffy's demeanor. I highly recommend Spectrum Dermatology."