Laser Hair Removal (Light-Based Hair Reduction) Cutera® excel® HR – West Des Moines, IA

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About Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal with a laser has become one of the most popular elective procedures in America. It's an effective method for the long-term reduction or removal of unwanted hair on the face and/or body. Compared to other common options, this treatment typically leaves the skin feeling and looking smoother and provides longer-lasting results. Iowa Face + Body in West Des Moines, IA performs safe and effective laser hair removal services with Cutera excel HR technology. This treatment is a favorite for both our male and female patients who commonly have it done in areas, such as the legs, back, arms, face, armpits, and bikini/groin area.

Ideal Candidates

Laser hair removal is a safe procedure that is effective for many individuals. During your initial consultation, we will go over your concerns, needs, and goals so we can decide if you should get this treatment. Ideal candidates for laser hair removal treatments:

  • want to reduce hair on their face or body
  • want to stop using other hair removal techniques (waxing, shaving, bleaching, depilatory creams)
  • have dark hair and light skin
  • are in overall good physical health

Procedure Technique

On the day of your appointment, you will be asked to lie down in a private treatment room. The areas of your face and body being treated will be cleansed to eliminate oil, dirt, and lotions. During the procedure, we will slightly stretch the area to create a clear pathway between the laser and the hair follicle root. The laser beam will focus on and kill the follicle, preventing the hair from growing again. On average, you will need to get 3 – 5 treatments over 3 – 4 weeks to achieve your best results. Your treatments must be staggered to give the affected areas a chance to heal. It also allows time for follicles in the dormant phase to cycle into the phase of active growth so the laser can be effective. The Cutera excel HR laser hair removal technology we use at Iowa Face + Body targets only the hair follicle, preserving the skin and other tissue in the treatment area.

What to Expect

Although laser hair removal is mostly gentle, the treated areas of your skin may look like it has a slight sunburn due to the use of lasers. When you leave our office, you are able to go back to all normal activities, but you need to avoid exercise or sun exposure for at least a day to let the treated skin recover. At home following your session, we suggest soothing creams or ice packs to alleviate any mild discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does laser hair removal cost?
Laser hair removal procedures vary in cost based on the coverage area being addressed, as well as on how many sessions will be required to get optimal results. To put the cost of laser hair removal into perspective, think of the energy, time, and expense you currently put into shaving, waxing, or other methods. In comparison, laser hair removal is usually more cost-effective and can save you energy and time long-term. We will develop a custom plan with your recommended number of appointments and pricing options to consider.

Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal is an effective treatment for lasting improvements. While men and women can enjoy the results of the procedure for many years, it is technically semi-permanent since some hair follicles may not be affected by the laser. However, patients find that most of their hair follicles are gone once their plan has concluded, and if some hairs are still growing, it's easier to deal with. More laser sessions may be needed to address new growth and any stragglers.

Why do I need multiple laser hair removal sessions?
Hair growth happens in phases. When some follicles are growing, other follicles are resting. Therefore, several treatment sessions are typically needed to target each hair follicle while it is in its growing phase. Spreading out your treatments over a few weeks helps you get the smoothest, most effective result.

Does laser hair removal hurt?
Laser hair removal can cause some discomfort, but it is not a painful procedure. Patients will feel a small snap as the laser zaps each follicle. Your technician may use a local anesthetic on your skin before your treatment. Patients who are used to getting waxed typically report that the laser hair removal procedure is more comfortable than waxing.

Which laser is best to remove hair?
With so many laser systems on the market today, Iowa Face + Body is proud to use the latest hair removal technology for patients of varying hair types. The Cutera excel HR technology we use offers excellent results, and we upgrade our technology as Cutera makes even more advanced lasers available. Ask us for more information on our system in your laser hair removal consult.

Rid Yourself of Razors

If you are tired of spending energy, money, and time on shaving, plucking, and waxing, make an appointment to learn more about laser hair removal sessions at Iowa Face + Body in West Des Moines, IA. Laser hair reduction will help you achieve skin that's smoother by effectively treating unwanted hair follicles on the body and face.

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