Atlanta Laser Hair Removal Clinic

Laser Hair Removal Hair Removal Treatment Atlanta

Before & After | Videos | FAQs | Reviews

Atlanta Laser Hair Removal Clinic

Getting Laser Hair Removal in Atlanta

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a single wavelength of light (laser) to remove/reduce unwanted hair. It can be safely and effectively performed on most areas of the body, including the Face, Neck, Chest, Bikini, Legs, Back, Buttocks, Breasts/Nipples, Ears, Abdomen, Underarms, and Arms. The treatment also reduces ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Due to serious risk in ocular injury1, laser hair removal can not be performed on the eyebrow area.

Laser hair removal is a process that requires a series of treatments to achieve the best results. Because of this, at WIFH, all of our laser hair removal packages include 8 treatments at 6-week intervals. Custom treatment packages can be made to accommodate multiple treatment areas, as well.

WIFH Founder and Medical Director Dr. Jay M. Kulkin has personally trained his staff of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Medical Aestheticians. They are all licensed laser practitioners by the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

Since 2002, WIFH’s laser medical practitioners have performed more than 1 million laser hair removal treatments.

Citations
1. Asiri M., Alharbi M., Alkadi T., Abouammoh M., Al-Amry M., ALZahrani Y., Alsulaiman S. (2017). Ocular injuries secondary to alexandrite laser-assisted hair removal. Canadian Ophthalmological Society, 2017 Apr;52(2):e71-e75. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjo.2016.09.013.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28457309

The power of laser hair removal comes from the absorption of laser energy the pigment in the hair follicles — also known as melanin. Just as the energy from the sun is absorbed by the black color in clothing — producing a large amount of heat — when applied to the skin surface, laser energy is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle. This absorption creates a significant amount of heat that damages or destroys the hair follicle2.

So, while commonly known as laser hair removal, the hair isn’t actually being removed, rather, the laser reduces the number of hair follicles and their ability to produce hair by 75% to 90%. Patients will never achieve 100% hair reduction, and WIFH will never guarantee 100% hair reduction. Patients who hear of such promises from other practitioners should not believe these claims3.

Following a series of treatments, the remaining hair is typically finer in thickness because of the reduction in follicle size. Hairs will appear lighter in color and grow back very slowly, decreasing the amount of maintenance for the patient post-treatment.

Citations
2. Kulkin, J., Flash, S. (2010). Laser Hair Removal. Cosmetic Procedures in Gynecology: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, 2010 Dec. Vol 37, Issue 4:477-487.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21093743
3. Bashour, M., et al. (2007). Laser Hair Removal. Medscape eMedicine, 2007, Sept 27.
https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/843831-treatment#d16

Laser hair removal is a fairly low risk treatment treatment, safely treating all skin types and ethnicities, provided the practitioner performing the treatment has the appropriate training and experience to take specific patient characteristics such as skin type, body treatment location, and sun-exposed or tanned skin into consideration when selecting the course of treatment.4.

The most common complication from laser hair removal is hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is the temporary darkening of the skin. This can occur in light skinned patients who have had extended sun exposure resulting in the tanning of the skin.

Hyperpigmentation is less common in darker skin types. Hyperpigmentation is not a burn and isn’t long-term, typically resolving on its own over the course of several days. In rare instances hyperpigmentation can last several months. If a patient experiences any issues or concerns following treatment the patient should contact their provider.

Citations
4. Nanni, CA., Alster, TS. (1999). Laser-assisted hair removal: side effects of Q-switched Nd:YAG, long-pulsed ruby, and alexandrite lasers. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 1999 Aug;41(2 Pt 1):165-71.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10426883

Weeks Before the Treatment

Sunscreen should be used on all skin types all the time, but it is very important for patients who are undergoing laser hair removal treatments. Patients who have had recent sun exposure and can see visible tanning or tan lines, it is recommended to reschedule the treatment for a later date, once the tanning has subsided.

The Week of the Treatment

Prior to being treated with laser hair removal, the patient should remove any surface hair on the treatment area. This is necessary to reduce the risk of damaging the patient’s skin from burning of the hair during the procedure, as laser energy converts into heat energy.

Waxing and plucking can reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatment. Patients who have recently waxed or plucked should wait at least one week before having a laser hair removal treatment. Bleaching prior to the procedure is safe, because the bleach only changes the color of the hair on the surface of the skin — the hair within the follicle will maintain its pigment.

Shaving is the preferred method of removing hair prior to having laser hair removal.

The Day of the Treatment

Before undergoing a laser hair removal treatment, patients will need to make sure the skin area is clean and free of makeup, lotions, creams, and deodorant. It is recommended to shave the day-of or the day before the procedure.

Pain/Discomfort

Laser hair removal is not painless, but most WIFH patients tolerate treatment really well. For those with sensitivity (roughly 25% of WIFH patients) Dr. Kulkin can prescribe a numbing cream that the patient can apply prior to the treatment to reduce discomfort.

Treatment Duration/Frequency

Treatment duration ranges between 3 minutes to 60 minutes or more, depending on the area of the body being treated. For example, an upper lip takes approximately 3 minutes to treat, whereas a larger area such as full legs takes approximately 60 minutes per treatment.

While it is necessary to complete a series of 8 laser hair removal sessions, patients will see a gradual reduction. Approximately 2 to 3 weeks after each session, patients will notice hair reduction as well as a reduction of ingrown hair and razor burn. Although marked reduction of up to 50% may be seen after the first session, it should not be perceived as permanent, as regrowth will occur. It is important that patients complete all 8 treatments to see sustainable results and the most reduction5.

Because facial hair is hormonally driven, patients undergoing facial hair removal should expect to need 1-3 touch-up treatments each year to maintain results after completing their 8-session package. For more information, visit our page on laser hair removal for the face.

Citations
5. Kulkin, J., Flash, S. (2010). Laser Hair Removal. Cosmetic Procedures in Gynecology: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, 2010 Dec. Vol 37, Issue 4:477-487.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21093743

There is no downtime after receiving a laser hair removal treatment. Patients can continue normal activities immediately following treatment. Patients may experience some redness in the skin, but it typically dissipates in a matter of minutes. In rare instances some patients may experience redness for up to 24-48 hours.

WIFH believes consultations are very important to help educate patients on the laser hair removal process. Consultations provide an opportunity to get to know the patient, and to understand their questions and concerns. During the consultation a member of the WIFH clinical team will assess the patient’s skin and hair to provide a realistic expected outcome of laser hair removal for their specific case.

It is common practice at WIFH for patients to begin laser hair removal treatments the day of their consultation. If a patient would like to begin treatment immediately following the consultation, simply let us know so an appropriate amount of time can be scheduled for the procedure.

The cost of Laser Hair Removal is on the area of the body being treated. The cost typically ranges from $795 to $8,000.

WIFH offers both Women’s and Men’s Single Area Laser Hair Removal Packages, customized packages that include multiple areas can also be put together to meet the patient’s needs.

Click here for WIFH’s current Laser Hair Removal pricing.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a single wavelength of light (laser) to remove/reduce unwanted hair. It can be safely and effectively performed on most areas of the body, including the Face, Neck, Chest, Bikini, Legs, Back, Buttocks, Breasts/Nipples, Ears, Abdomen, Underarms, and Arms. The treatment also reduces ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Due to serious risk in ocular injury1, laser hair removal can not be performed on the eyebrow area.

Laser hair removal is a process that requires a series of treatments to achieve the best results. Because of this, at WIFH, all of our laser hair removal packages include 8 treatments at 6-week intervals. Custom treatment packages can be made to accommodate multiple treatment areas, as well.

WIFH Founder and Medical Director Dr. Jay M. Kulkin has personally trained his staff of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Medical Aestheticians. They are all licensed laser practitioners by the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

Since 2002, WIFH’s laser medical practitioners have performed more than 1 million laser hair removal treatments.

Citations
1. Asiri M., Alharbi M., Alkadi T., Abouammoh M., Al-Amry M., ALZahrani Y., Alsulaiman S. (2017). Ocular injuries secondary to alexandrite laser-assisted hair removal. Canadian Ophthalmological Society, 2017 Apr;52(2):e71-e75. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjo.2016.09.013.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28457309

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

The power of laser hair removal comes from the absorption of laser energy the pigment in the hair follicles — also known as melanin. Just as the energy from the sun is absorbed by the black color in clothing — producing a large amount of heat — when applied to the skin surface, laser energy is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle. This absorption creates a significant amount of heat that damages or destroys the hair follicle2.

So, while commonly known as laser hair removal, the hair isn’t actually being removed, rather, the laser reduces the number of hair follicles and their ability to produce hair by 75% to 90%. Patients will never achieve 100% hair reduction, and WIFH will never guarantee 100% hair reduction. Patients who hear of such promises from other practitioners should not believe these claims3.

Following a series of treatments, the remaining hair is typically finer in thickness because of the reduction in follicle size. Hairs will appear lighter in color and grow back very slowly, decreasing the amount of maintenance for the patient post-treatment.

Citations
2. Kulkin, J., Flash, S. (2010). Laser Hair Removal. Cosmetic Procedures in Gynecology: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, 2010 Dec. Vol 37, Issue 4:477-487.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21093743
3. Bashour, M., et al. (2007). Laser Hair Removal. Medscape eMedicine, 2007, Sept 27.
https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/843831-treatment#d16

What are the Risks/Side Effects?

Laser hair removal is a fairly low risk treatment treatment, safely treating all skin types and ethnicities, provided the practitioner performing the treatment has the appropriate training and experience to take specific patient characteristics such as skin type, body treatment location, and sun-exposed or tanned skin into consideration when selecting the course of treatment.4.

The most common complication from laser hair removal is hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is the temporary darkening of the skin. This can occur in light skinned patients who have had extended sun exposure resulting in the tanning of the skin.

Hyperpigmentation is less common in darker skin types. Hyperpigmentation is not a burn and isn’t long-term, typically resolving on its own over the course of several days. In rare instances hyperpigmentation can last several months. If a patient experiences any issues or concerns following treatment the patient should contact their provider.

Citations
4. Nanni, CA., Alster, TS. (1999). Laser-assisted hair removal: side effects of Q-switched Nd:YAG, long-pulsed ruby, and alexandrite lasers. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 1999 Aug;41(2 Pt 1):165-71.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10426883

Preparing for Laser Hair Removal

Weeks Before the Treatment

Sunscreen should be used on all skin types all the time, but it is very important for patients who are undergoing laser hair removal treatments. Patients who have had recent sun exposure and can see visible tanning or tan lines, it is recommended to reschedule the treatment for a later date, once the tanning has subsided.

The Week of the Treatment

Prior to being treated with laser hair removal, the patient should remove any surface hair on the treatment area. This is necessary to reduce the risk of damaging the patient’s skin from burning of the hair during the procedure, as laser energy converts into heat energy.

Waxing and plucking can reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatment. Patients who have recently waxed or plucked should wait at least one week before having a laser hair removal treatment. Bleaching prior to the procedure is safe, because the bleach only changes the color of the hair on the surface of the skin — the hair within the follicle will maintain its pigment.

Shaving is the preferred method of removing hair prior to having laser hair removal.

The Day of the Treatment

Before undergoing a laser hair removal treatment, patients will need to make sure the skin area is clean and free of makeup, lotions, creams, and deodorant. It is recommended to shave the day-of or the day before the procedure.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Pain/Discomfort

Laser hair removal is not painless, but most WIFH patients tolerate treatment really well. For those with sensitivity (roughly 25% of WIFH patients) Dr. Kulkin can prescribe a numbing cream that the patient can apply prior to the treatment to reduce discomfort.

Treatment Duration/Frequency

Treatment duration ranges between 3 minutes to 60 minutes or more, depending on the area of the body being treated. For example, an upper lip takes approximately 3 minutes to treat, whereas a larger area such as full legs takes approximately 60 minutes per treatment.

While it is necessary to complete a series of 8 laser hair removal sessions, patients will see a gradual reduction. Approximately 2 to 3 weeks after each session, patients will notice hair reduction as well as a reduction of ingrown hair and razor burn. Although marked reduction of up to 50% may be seen after the first session, it should not be perceived as permanent, as regrowth will occur. It is important that patients complete all 8 treatments to see sustainable results and the most reduction5.

Because facial hair is hormonally driven, patients undergoing facial hair removal should expect to need 1-3 touch-up treatments each year to maintain results after completing their 8-session package. For more information, visit our page on laser hair removal for the face.

Citations
5. Kulkin, J., Flash, S. (2010). Laser Hair Removal. Cosmetic Procedures in Gynecology: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, 2010 Dec. Vol 37, Issue 4:477-487.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21093743

Laser Hair Removal Recovery Time

There is no downtime after receiving a laser hair removal treatment. Patients can continue normal activities immediately following treatment. Patients may experience some redness in the skin, but it typically dissipates in a matter of minutes. In rare instances some patients may experience redness for up to 24-48 hours.

Laser Hair Removal Consultations

WIFH believes consultations are very important to help educate patients on the laser hair removal process. Consultations provide an opportunity to get to know the patient, and to understand their questions and concerns. During the consultation a member of the WIFH clinical team will assess the patient’s skin and hair to provide a realistic expected outcome of laser hair removal for their specific case.

It is common practice at WIFH for patients to begin laser hair removal treatments the day of their consultation. If a patient would like to begin treatment immediately following the consultation, simply let us know so an appropriate amount of time can be scheduled for the procedure.

Laser Hair Removal Pricing

The cost of Laser Hair Removal is on the area of the body being treated. The cost typically ranges from $795 to $8,000.

WIFH offers both Women’s and Men’s Single Area Laser Hair Removal Packages, customized packages that include multiple areas can also be put together to meet the patient’s needs.

Click here for WIFH’s current Laser Hair Removal pricing.

Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

The answer to this question is not exactly. Because the hair follicles that are destroyed during the procedure do not regenerate, laser hair removal provides long lasting hair reduction. However, 100% of the hair follicles cannot be destroyed, meaning patients will not be completely hairless at the completion of the 8-session cycle.

Read more

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

When performed by an experienced and licensed laser practitioner, laser hair removal is a safe and effective procedure for all skin types. Because there are many facilities that offer laser hair removal, it is important for the patient to educate themselves on the training, experience, and outcomes of the specific provider performing their treatments.

Read more

Does Laser Hair Removal Cause Cancer?

To date, there are no studies showing a cause and effect relationship between laser hair removal and skin cancer. There are Radiation Physics Societies that have websites indicating that laser hair removal is a perfectly safe procedure.

Laser Hair Removal Testimonials