Medical lasers continue to revolutionize treatment across many disciplines, providing services from precise surgical incisions to noninvasive medical cosmetic treatments. Compared to the pain associated with electrolysis, laser hair removal is much more comfortable. The doctors at Suburban Healthcare Associates in Plainfield, Joliet, and Naperville, Illinois, use Alma® laser systems to treat patients seeking permanent hair removal as well as gentle skin tightening and rejuvenation. Call or click to make an appointment today.
Generally, unwanted body hair tends to be a concern for women, since body hair on men is regarded as normal. Perhaps that’s as it should be since it’s often male hormones that cause darker, thicker hair to sprout on women. A condition called hirsutism stems from androgens -- male hormones -- present in a woman’s body. These are normal, but typically remain in balance with female hormones without causing unusual hair growth.
When that balance is lost, either by overproduction of androgens or underproduction of estrogen, then unusual reactions may occur. Changes in balance typically occur during perimenopause or menopause or when other conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, affect the way your body produces hormones.
While you may have natural body hair that you’d like removed, excess hair due to hirsutism is frequently the target of laser hair removal.
Lasers create beams of light energy at a single wavelength, which makes these ideal for targeting specific body tissue, in this case, the dark base of an unwanted hair. The light energy is absorbed by the hair and converted to heat, which damages the hair follicle. After treatment, the hair eventually falls out, and the follicle, no longer able to grow hair, is absorbed by the body.
Hair follicles are only vulnerable to the effects of lasers during the time hairs are actively growing. About one-third of your body hairs are in the growth stage at any given time. This is the reason why you never have recurring incidents of no hair. This does, however, mean that you’ll likely need several treatments to achieve your hair removal goal.
The warming ability of Alma lasers has more applications than permanent hair removal. Collagen induction therapy is also possible when the wavelength targets the dermis layer of your skin. When this layer is warmed, the body perceives that the existing collagen and elastin tissues have been damaged, and your own regenerative systems begin to make new tissue, while removing the old tissue.
This effect can bring new moisture and vitality to your skin while reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and skin pigment issues. The effect is that of a nonsurgical facelift.