Fast Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal in Dubuque, Iowa.  Comfortable treatment for permanent hair reduction, no downtime

A diode laser with a cooled sapphire crystal is used to treat unwanted hair in any area.  Common areas treated include the face, legs, armpits, bikini line, and back.  This laser can be pulsed slowly to precisely treat smaller areas such as the face, or can be pulsed up to 10 times per second and rapidly moved across the treatment area for painless treatments.  Six or more treatment sessions spaced at least a month apart may be required for full removal.  The reason for this, is that the hairs must be targeted at the optimum time of their growth cycle, and different hair follicles are in different growth phases at any given time.  Only hairs with pigment (not blonde or grey) will respond.  The patient should refrain from plucking or waxing within a month of treatment.  There is no downtime with this procedure; afterwards small bumps will resolve quickly, and hairs will extrude from the follicle (appearing to grow).


What is laser hair removal?

Dubuque ENT provides the best technology for fast laser hair removal in Dubuque, Iowa.  We us an 810nm diode laser, which can be safely used on all skin types.  This type of laser penetrates deep into the skin, and the laser energy is attracted to the melanin (pigment) in the hair follicle and bulb, which is heated and destroyed.  Other types of laser hair removal (Nd:YAG, IPL, Alexandrite) are much more painful than diode laser hair removal.

How much does the procedure cost?

The procedure is very affordable.  The cost will vary depending on the area being treated, ranging from $100-$500 per treatment.  Multiple areas can be treated if desired.


How long does the procedure take?

We call the procedure Fast laser hair removal because the procedure is performed rapidly.  Treatments in smaller areas of the face may take less than 5 minutes, while larger areas like the legs may take 30 minutes.

What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

It is important that there is some hair present for the treatment to be successful.  Because of that, we ask patients to avoid waxing, plucking, tweezing, or using chemical epilators for several weeks prior to treatment.  It is best if there is a very light stubble present, so oftentimes a day of growth is helpful.

Is the treatment painful?

No!  The advantage of our laser hair removal system is that there is a cool sapphire crystal always in contact with the skin, to protect it from being burnt and to numb the nerve endings.  Oftentimes, treatment is totally painless, however with more aggressive treatments slight discomfort can be felt.

What can I expect afterwards?

The treatment area may be slightly pink, or we may see slight pink surrounding the hair follicles.  There can sometimes be a mild stinging sensation that resolves quickly.  With an aggressive treatment, thehair appears to have grown, because it is partially extruded from its follicle.  This can persist for a week or so, where the hair appears to be growing more rapid than normal as it is expelled from the body.  After this process, you will find that you do not need to shave near as often as you did previously

Does the procedure need repeated?

Yes, 6 or more treatments may be required.  This is because hair is present in different growth phases, and constantly cycles between different growth phases.  The “dormant” hair is not treated during laserhair removal.  As the dormant hair shifts back to actively growing hair, it is able to be treated.  Because of this, 6 treatments spaced anywhere between 1-2 months apart are required.  The phrase laser hair removal can sometimes be a misnomer, and might better be called “laser hair reduction” because it is possible that a small fraction of hairs may be resistant to treatment.

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