Fort Myers Office
13470 Parker Commons Boulevard #101
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Bonita Springs Office
23451 Walden Center Drive #400
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
1009 Crosspointe Drive #1
Naples, FL 34110
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Laser Hair Removal
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal has grown in popularity in Fort Myers and beyond to become one of the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, behind BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. People in warm climates, such as ours in Florida, are concerned with body hair year-round, but a smooth bikini line and hair-free backs are also becoming the trend nationwide.
In keeping with our mission to provide our patients with the best and latest technology available, we offer the Palomar Vectus™ laser at our offices. The Vectus brings hair removal to another level of speed, comfort, and safety. It is a state-of-the-art diode laser that works by targeting the pigment in each hair shaft. The laser light is then converted to heat, which spreads to knock out the stem cells that generate the hair.
The Palomar Vectus laser is special for a number of reasons. First, it has the largest spot size, or treatment area, in its class. That means large areas such as the back, chest, legs, or arms can be treated more quickly than ever. Another unique feature of the Vectus is the Skintel Melanin Reader. It’s a device that measures the amount of melanin, or pigment, in your skin. This is important because people with darker skin types have more melanin, so the laser light doesn’t know the difference between pigment in the skin and pigment in the hair we want to remove. Based on the Skintel’s pigment measurement, we can choose appropriate and safe laser settings for treatment of all skin types.
Some considerations for laser hair removal include ensuring that you don’t have an active tan, that you haven’t recently plucked or waxed, and an understanding that you may require a series of sessions to achieve the permanent hair reduction you desire.
A very effective treatment, laser hair removal can help Naples-area patients reduce unwanted hair anywhere on the body. The best candidates for laser hair removal are people with light skin and dark, hair. The hair must have pigment to respond to the laser, and coarse hair responds better than fine hair. Black and brown hairs respond the best, gray and red hair slightly less, and fine, light hair (such as peach fuzz on the face) responds poorly.
At our Bonita Springs and Fort Myers clinics, laser hair removal is done with a contact handpiece that delivers light energy to the skin in pulses. The energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, destroying the bulb. Only active, growing hairs respond to the laser, and as such a series of treatments is required because not all hair is in a growth phase at one time. Usually a series of 6 to 8 treatments is required, 2 weeks to 2 months apart, depending upon the area treated. Each treatment takes 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Not every hair will be eliminated by the laser, however, it is a very effective solution to substantially reduce unwanted hair in good candidates.
Patients are asked to shave the area(s) to be treated the day of treatment. Shaving will increase the efficacy of the laser because the less hair that is on the surface of the skin, the more energy can be delivered into the source of the hair — the follicle.
The level of discomfort depends on the area being treated, with the bikini line and upper lip being the most uncomfortable. Our patients generally rate the most intense discomfort as “moderate.” Newer technology with a “cool tip” and larger handpiece is faster and less painful than previous lasers. In addition, numbing cream can be applied to the area to help alleviate pain.
The most common side effects include some redness and swelling at the treatment site that can last up to 24 hours. Immediately after your treatment, you should avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, and strenuous activity resulting in perspiration for 24 hours. The hair follicles that are destroyed are gone for good, but about 10 percent of the hair will not be eliminated. Hair that regrows is finer and lighter than the hair removed.
Laser hair removal has come a long way in the past 5 years, and the latest technology is faster, safer, and more efficient with less discomfort for patients. The latest technology available treats the widest range of skin and hair types without sacrificing comfort. Some of the largest spot size handpieces allow providers to quickly treat unwanted hair, even in the largest areas such as a back, in less than 15 minutes. These procedures used to take more than an hour. Technology for laser hair removal continues to improve, and patients interested in the procedure should be sure that the place they choose to perform the procedure is using state-of-the-art devices in order to benefit from the efficiency and comfort of the newest lasers.
Dr. Patrick Flaharty of Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa is a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery and recently published a 21st century guide, Look Younger Now: Fillers, Face Lifts and Everything in Between.
Does it hurt?
Most people experience mild discomfort during and after the procedures. You may discuss pain management options with your provider.
What are the side effects?
Typical side effects include temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site lasting about 48 hours. Your provider may discuss other potential side effects with you.
What is the recovery time?
Regular activities can be resumed immediately following treatment.
How long does it take?
Procedure can last about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the area being treated. Allotted time includes numbing, treatment, and application of ice packs.
What areas can be treated?
Typically face, arms, neck, chest, back, and legs are treated.
Is hair removal permanent?
We like to call it permanent hair “reduction.” Because of the cyclical nature of hair growth, no treatment is permanent. However results are long-term, and any regrowth will be much thinner and lighter.
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Would you like to try laser hair removal at our Fort Myers or Bonita Springs office for yourself? Request a consultationRequest a consultation using our convenient online form, or call the office directly at (239) 415-7576.Back to Top