The Gentlase Alexandrite ™ Laser generates a laser light that converts to heat upon contact with melanin (dark pigmentation). The resulting heat energy destroys the root of the hair. As dark clothing and cars absorb more sunlight and heat than lighter colors, darker hair absorbs more laser light and heat than lighter colored hair. Optimum results are realized in persons with dark hair and light skin. This laser is not effective on gray or blond hair, which lacks melanin.
Lasers have been in use for years, particularly in surgical procedures. The laser operates in the infrared spectrum of light rather than the ultraviolet spectrum, as does sunlight, which can cause skin damage. Although the laser is safe for use on the surface of all body areas, as a matter of policy, SMOOTH does not treat male clients in the area below the waist line and above the mid-thigh.Persons with darker skin or with a suntan are not ideal candidates for this laser treatment, as the laser may burn darker skin.
The laser has the capability of pulsing as often as five times per second; however, in practice, we generally use two pulses per second. Each pulse of the laser covers an area approximately the size of a dime. The length of time for a treatment depends on the body area treated. By way of example, a treatment of an average size male's back can be completed in approximately an hour and a half to two hours.
Dependent upon the body area treated, the color, coarseness and density of the hair and the degree of laser energy appropriate for the client's skin type, most clients reach their desired objective after four treatments. Treatments should be spaced six weeks apart.
Immediately following a treatment with the laser, clients experience a reddening and puffiness of the skin in the treated area. The sensation is similar to a mild sunburn. This effect disappears in a matter of hours to a day or so. In some persons, and most often those with darker or tanned skin, there is the possibility of hyperpigmentation, which is a dense clustering of pigmentation giving the appearance of freckles. In some instances, and specifically with darker skinned or tanned persons, there is the possibility of hypopigmentation, which is a loss of skin color, giving the appearance of white spots. Both of these conditions generally take months to disappear.
SMOOTH does not claim that the results of its laser hair removal process are permanent. The Gentlase Alexandrite ™ Laser has only been in use for several years. A study of persons treated with the prototype of this laser states that three months after the last treatment an average of 90% of hair was absent compared to pretreatment hair count. Clients should expect long lasting results with a small amount of regrowth per year. There are a number of factors that determine the results a client will realize, including hair and skin color, the area of the body treated and the level of laser energy that is applied, as well as natural changes in the body's hair growth patterns resulting from aging, medications, illnesses, etc.
There is discomfort associated with the procedure. It is similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. A topical analgesic is available and is highly recommended, especially for those having large body areas treated.
Prices are determined by the area to be treated, the area's size and the amount and density of the hair on that area. Approximate price ranges are available upon telephone inquiry. Your exact fee can only be obtained in the course of our free consultation.
SMOOTH makes available a number of skin care products developed by that can be purchased to enhance the post-treatment recovery process and generally improve the health and appearance of the skin.