Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of our most sought after treatments. Although it is a cosmetic dermatology procedure, hair removal has had a number of tangible benefits for many of our patients in Chicago. Laser hair removal can boost confidence in your appearance by removing unwanted hair, save money by preventing the need for hair removal in the future, and keep skin healthier by avoiding shaving, waxing and other irritating hair removal methods. Regardless of what you’re looking for, the Chicago laser hair removal professionals at NIMA Skin Institute are willing to create an affordable plan to meet your goals.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Though patients may undergo several visits before seeing the desired results, our staff will design a treatment program specific to each patient’s individual needs.

NIMA Skin Institute recognizes that each body is different. With that in mind, our Chicago laser removal specialists utilize both the Cutera® ProWave 770 and CoolGlide systems.

The ProWave 770 laser hair removal system allows us to change the wavelength of the light used to treat areas where there is unwanted hair. Even within one treatment, your practitioner can change the wavelength of the light depending on the skin tone and hair color of the area being treated. This ensures the highest efficacy with the least amount of discomfort or possible side effects. The ProWave 770 is effective for treating large areas like the legs or back safely and quickly.

The CoolGlide laser is approved to treat any skin type, including dark skin for which laser hair removal was previously more difficult to achieve. The CoolGlide delivers quick pulses of light to the hair follicles and results in permanent hair reduction in all skin types. Your doctor or physician assistant will be able to control the radiant exposure, pulse duration and repetition rates of your treatment so that it is the most effective for your skin and hair type.

Both treatments are effective for hair removal, and upon your consultation, we will decide together the treatment route to pursue.

What to Expect from Laser Hair Removal Procedure

NIMA Skin Institute’s laser hair removal specialists suggest that patients avoid tanning, plucking, waxing, and electrolysis before treatment begins. Although the CoolGlide laser is designed to treat dark skin types, it is best to be your palest during the treatment.

The treatment is a short outpatient procedure, making it extremely popular with those patients who work in downtown Chicago. Laser hair removal is described by some patients as a mild pinching sensation that might feel like a rubber band snapping on the skin. No pain medication is needed during the procedure, but sometimes a topical anesthetic is applied to skin for particularly sensitive patients.

During the laser treatment, a cooling gel will be applied to increase patient comfort. There is minimal recovery time after the treatment, and any side effects are contained to a slight redness and swelling in the area treated that is comparable to a sunburn. Within ten days to two weeks, the effectively treated hair should fall out and will not grow back. After the entire treatment course, hair growth can be permanently reduced up to 80%.

After Your Laser Hair Removal Treatments

After your entire course of laser hair removal treatments, you can expect dramatically reduced hair growth in the treated area. You will also need to protect your skin with a strong SPF for a few weeks after your treatment course to avoid skin irritation from the sun. Contact our laser hair removal specialists today to learn more and formulate a treatment plan specifically for you.

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