Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

The removal of undesirable hair can be a time-consuming, painful, and laborious process, especially in warmer climates, where skin-baring fashions are worn throughout the entire year. Constant shaving can lead to the development of ingrown hairs and other skin irritations, and the cost of purchasing new razors over the course of one’s life can be appallingly expensive. Although waxing is a hair removal alternative that offers the benefit of allowing for more time between treatments, it also comes with the disadvantages of an increased cost-per-session and a potentially high degree of discomfort during the hair removal process.

The most popular laser hair removal treatment sites include the: armpits, legs, bikini line, upper lip, and chin; however, laser hair removal can safely remove unwelcome hair anywhere on the body (with the exception of the highly delicate eyelid region). Although hair removal techniques were previously geared toward female consumers, the quest for convenient and effective solutions to unwanted hair has become a gender neutral goal, and increasing numbers of male patients are now seeking out comfortable, permanent hair removal options.

Older laser hair removal modalities were most effective for patients with light skin and dark hair, because the laser beam targets the melanin (pigment) in the hair follicle. However, recent advances in laser technology have made laser hair removal a viable option for patients with lighter hair color and darker skin tones as well. At Fusion Medical Spa, located in Ruidoso, New Mexico, experienced physician Dr. Stephen A. Rath performs laser hair removal using the cutting edge Icon™ Aesthetic System, the most powerful laser and optimized light aesthetic platform available. The Icon™ features next generation laser technology capable of comfortably removing unwanted hair on all skin types, even on tanned skin! Additionally, the Icon’s trademarked MaxR™ hand-piece allows for the efficient and rapid treatment of larger areas on the body (i.e. legs, back, and chest).

Laser Hair Removal Procedure and Results

The patented Advanced Contact CoolingTM functionality of the Icon™ laser system minimizes patient discomfort by actively cooling the skin before, during, and after treatment pulses, facilitating a hair removal process so gentle that no post-treatment downtime is required! Depending on the size and location of the treatment site(s), your laser hair removal session may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, after which, you may immediately return to your daily schedule.

Because laser hair removal targets the hair follicles in the active growth cycle at the time of treatment, multiple sessions may be required to treat the hair follicles that began their active growth cycle after the initial session. Most of Dr. Rath’s patients are able to successfully achieve complete and permanent hair removal after 5-7 laser hair removal sessions; however, the exact number of sessions you will require is dependent upon the size and location of the treatment site(s) and your unique hair density and hair growth cycle.

Contact Fusion Medical Spa

Dr. Rath understands the importance of individual customization when performing aesthetic enhancement treatments in a medical spa setting. He eschews the “cookie cutter” approach adopted by many med spas, and instead takes the necessary time to listen to your specific cosmetic and health-related goals before creating a treatment plan designed to safely and effectively fulfill those objectives.

Dr. Rath and his professionally trained staff have worked hard to create a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your laser hair removal experience. If you are interested in learning more about the laser hair removal options offered at Fusion Medical Spa, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Rath.