Laser Hair Removal in Houston, Texas

Laser Hair Removal in Houston, Texas

Bothered by shaving, ingrown hairs and simply the annoying sight of hair where it shouldn’t be? Laser hair removal helps you simplify the process, get rid of those bumps and achieve smoother skin.

Dr. Christi brings to you the safety and effectiveness of superior hair removal with the use of a concentrated laser light delivered by the first laser to carry FDA clearance for permanent hair reduction on skin types I-IV.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

While laser hair removal may or may not be new to you, Dr. Christi’s highly acclaimed ND Yag laser may be. The Cutera Long Pulse: Nd Yag laser (1064nm) is a technology known for excellent laser hair removal results and safety. Being able to combine these two is not always an option for every laser across all skin types and tanned skin.

Housing a crystal called the ND Yag, this laser produces light targeted to melanin absorption that protects all skin tones while at the same time engineered with high peak powers to damage the hair follicle. It was the first laser to accomplish this, opening up the path for darker and lighter skin types to safely get world-class results in 4-6 treatments. It’s high affinity for red color absorption also makes it an excellent choice for laser vein removal.

Know the Science Behind Your Hair Removal Treatment

While you want the best results, knowing more about laser wavelengths protects your investment and helps you to clearly understand their effectiveness and safety.

When lasers are used, the source of the each laser’s energy begins with an internal crystal of various types, each one having a different wavelength and measured in nanometers (nm). Each wavelength possesses an absorption amount relevant to your body’s melanin, water and hemoglobin (your red blood cells).

Therefore when the light is applied to the skin, the heat is absorbed in lesser or greater amounts by one of these in your body based on the laser’s following variables in the manufacturing design:

  • Wavelength
  • Time over which the energy is delivered
  • Peak power to supply the time to energy setting

The goal of hair removal is to allow for the right amount of heat to be absorbed by the melanin in the hair bulb before it has time to cool. This process contributes to the hair’s destruction all while protecting the outer layer of the skin.

What Body Areas Are Typically Treated?

Often patients request these areas for hair removal:

  • Legs
  • Armpits
  • Upper lip
  • Bikini
  • Back
  • Chin
  • Arms
  • Face

While these are the most common areas treated, any besides the eyelids and around the eyes can be targeted for hair removal.

Why An Nd:Yag Laser for Hair Removal Best Results

Dr. Christi selected the most color-blind laser with the highest efficacy and safety for darker and lighter skin tones, engineered with the ability to raise the heat to the desired level quickly before the target (hair bulb attached in it’s bed) cools while protecting the outer skin with a patented internal cooling device. This technology is what delivers the outstanding results of greater permanency in hair removal.

How to Know if Laser Hair Removal is Right for You

If you have medium to dark hair, your chances for great results and a high degree of delayed growth for long periods is quite good. However, if your hair is gray, white, red or blond, your chances for effective laser hair removal decrease, as your hair simply doesn’t possess sufficient amounts of melanin. Since the laser targets melanin, this is the reason why you are not a good candidate for the treatment.

What Are Laser Hair Removal Factors and Side Effects?

These are factors that influence laser hair removal results:

  • Skin type
  • Hair color
  • Patient compliance with pre and post-treatment instructions and care
  • Sun exposure
  • Waxing, plucking and electrolysis
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Exposure to light sensitive antibiotics/medications near time of treatment

Want to determine your skin type? See the Fitzpatrick Scale

Side effects include but are not limited to these most commonly seen:

  • Skin Irritation
  • Minimal redness in the treatment area
  • Mild swelling

These are generally mild and disappear within a few hours of treatment.

What Are Laser Hair Removal Results?

Following your treatment, the effected hairs will begin to fall out over a period of days and weeks. You may think you are having a hair growth spurt but it is only the natural progression of the process. Since hair grows in phases, and you will only be able to target those hairs attached in the bed not the ones on the way out, you will require multiple treatments to achieve greater permanent reduction.

Since at times, hairs can remain dormant, unpredictable or not treated in the desirable phase, you may need touch ups or re-treatments over time.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

Since your hair grows in phases, permanent hair reduction takes a series of treatments. It will occur as you do your course of treatment targeting the phase when your hair bulb is attached in the hair bed and not on it’s way out of your dermis.

Want more freedom from shaving and ingrown hair? Call our offices at (281) 717-4003 or schedule your private consultation online.