What does the treatments feel like?
The laser hand-piece cools and soothes as it slides along your skin. When the pulse of light is given, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is required.
What are the number of treatments I will need?
Most areas call for 3-6 treatments. However, the amount of treatments needed for ideal long-term benefits relies on several factors – hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Interestingly, not all hairs are actively growing simultaneously and actually undergo three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. Therapies work by disabling the hair that is primarily in the active growth phase during the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at varied times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all the hair follicles in a given area.
What happens after the procedure?
Promptly following your treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after the treatment you may encounter what seems to be regrowth of hair. In fact, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is acceptable to shave.
What are the possible side effects?
Although patients encounter few side effects, one of the most commonly noticed are small reddening and local swelling of the skin, just like a sunburn. These effects usually only last for a few hours or less.
How does the CoolGlide compare to electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive, and painful process that entails inserting a needle into each specific hair follicle and providing an electrical charge to them one by one. Electrolysis often calls for years of treatments at regular intervals. By supplying light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time, the Cutera laser successfully treats a area in just seconds that would take over an hour with electrolysis.
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