Laser hair removal is a true and tried technology which has been a staple at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville since the first laser hair removal devices were developed over 15 years ago.
In fact, Dr. Gold was the first physician in the WORLD to study the intense pulsed light (IPL) for hair removal, in the mid-1990s. It was from the pioneering work that was performed at Gold Skin Care Center that pulsed light became one of the most popular forms of hair removal, and over the years, Dr. Gold and his team have continued to be pioneers with the IPL devices for hair removal as well as with many of the newer laser devices. What separates our office from others in the region is that we have many laser and light-based devices available for hair removal, and we will customize your treatment based on your individual needs.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment Areas
- Apogee Elite: Upper lip, sideburns, back of neck, face, bikini line, Brazilian bikini, underarms, knees down, full legs, back, chest, maintenance treatments
- Lumenis Lightsheer Duet: Upper lip, sideburns, back of neck, face, bikini line, Brazilian bikini, underarms, knees down, full legs, back, chest, maintenance treatments
- InMode Diolase: Upper lip, sideburns, back of neck, face, bikini line, Brazilian bikini, underarms, knees down, full legs, back, chest, maintenance treatments
If hair removal is something you have contemplated, rest assured that the procedure, in the proper hands, is safe and works extremely well for all skin colors and for almost all hair colors as well. The Laser and Rejuvenation Center and Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa in Nashville will customize your hair removal treatment to provide maximum results for each and every one of you.
The Apogee Elite is our “go to” laser when treating dark skin, heavy hair growth areas, and pseudo folliculitis barbae (ingrown hairs). The energy from the NdYag laser, pushes away from the surface and protects the skin. Lasers are easiest to use when the hair is dark and the skin is light, but that is not always the case. The long wave length of the Apogee is safe with dark skin and dark hair. Pseudo folliculitis barbae or ingrown hairs, can cause skin discoloration. Inflammation from the ingrown hairs make the area tender and over time cause discoloration. The Apogee laser gets rid of the hair growth and will help fade the skin discoloration all at the same time. We also recommend the Clarisonic brush for the ingrown hairs. The brush helps to remove dead skin cells, oil, debris and cleanses the skin better than using a wash rag.
The Apogee Elite has another wave length that is shorter to treat the dark fine hair and a percentage of light hair. This part of the laser is the Alexandrite 755nm, which is more superficial. The energy does not push away from the surface like the wave length mentioned above. Again, the laser responds best if the hair has color, but a percentage of the light hair may respond to the Alexandrite laser. During menopause or new hair growth brought on by aging, we find that a certain characteristic of the hair follicle responds to the laser light. Therefore, if the laser eliminates a percentage of the hair growth, improvement is noticed. Electrolysis can be used prior to laser treatment on the face. The electrolysis creates a target for the laser light and will destroy the follicle so it will never regrow a hair.
miraSmooth is a “two-in-one treatment” which utilizes microwave energy to permanently reduce underarm hair growth of all colors, even light or white hair, as well as dramatically reduce underarm sweat and odor in as little as one to two treatments. Traditional laser hair removal devices are only effective at treating dark, course hair, making miraSmooth a great option for patients with red or light-colored hair. miraSmooth is safe for all skin types.
Laser Hair Removal FAQ
Q: What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
A: See below for the lengthy benefits of laser hair removal.
- The FDA has approved this technology for permanent hair reduction.
- You experience no down time. Resume regular activities immediately.
- Less pain and discomfort compared to other treatment methods.
- Large areas can be treated quickly.
- Chance of scarring and pigmentation changes is minimized.
Q: How many treatments are required?
A: Because the laser affects hair follicles only when they are in the growth phase, more than one treatment may be necessary to disable hair follicles that subsequently enter the growth phase. During your consultation, you will be advised as to the approximate number of treatments. On average, most patients will require a series of treatments (4-6) over a 4-6 month period of time. Most patients, however, do begin noticing hair reduction during the treatments and some may not need all of the treatments provided in a series.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: As with any laser or light based treatment, adverse events can occur, even in skilled hands. The skill level of the provider is by far the most important issue to consider when it comes to laser hair removal.
Treatment site redness and some swelling right where the laser was used is a common and, in fact, an expected adverse event from laser hair removal. This will only last a short time, but it helps assure us that the light energy will be transferred to the appropriate skin cells. Blister and burn reaction are rare but can occur with laser hair removal. And hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation can occur as a result of laser hair removal. Scarring has been reported in patients having laser hair removal, but this adverse effect is, thankfully, rare.
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