What is hair reduction therapy?
Banish waxing & shaving! IPL hair reduction therapy targets dark, coarse hair leading to safe & effective hair removal. With this therapy, you can expect minimal discomfort & no downtime. Treatment areas include the underarms, upper lip, chin, cheeks, chest, back, arms, lower legs, and bikini area.
How Does ProWave LX Work?
The ProWave LX device targets each hair follicle with selective heat. The device’s handpiece is finely adjusted to prevent damage to the surrounding tissue. Heat from the handpiece disables each hair follicle, preventing its regrowth. For treatments to be effective, the hair must be in place, so avoid plucking or waxing targeted hair between sessions.
Each hair undergoes three phases of growth (anagen, catagen, and telogen) independently of neighboring strands, so the targeted patch of hair will all be in different phases of growth. Since the ProWave LX only treats the anagen phase, multiple sessions are necessary.
The handpiece targets the melanin in your hair, so only brown or black hair will absorb its frequencies. ProWave LX is not effective against white, gray, red, or light-blond hair.
What can I expect during treatments?
During the procedure, one of our providers will run the ProWave LX handpiece over the targeted hair. Treatment is not recommended over or close to tattoos or permanent makeup. Avoid excess sun exposure and artificial tanning for at least four weeks before treatment.
After treatment, apply sunscreen liberally to the targeted area, and avoid heat, especially hot tubs and saunas, for several days. Skin redness and rashes may occur, but they fade quickly. Within two weeks, the targeted hair will fall off, and it may grow back lighter and finer. In this case, we will adjust the ProWave LX settings to target this new hair in your next treatment.
What areas can be treated?
Treatable areas include:
- Upper lip
- Upper arms
- Bikini line
- Lower legs
Both men and women who desire hair reduction on specific body parts have the opportunity to use our therapy treatments, without the bother of waxing or razors. Treatments are only effective on black, coarse hair. After the recommended 6-8 hair reduction treatments (dependent on coarseness and area treated), a visible reduction of hair is found in the treated area.
What do the treatments feel like?
The ProWave LX handpiece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin. When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required.
How many treatments will I need?
For facial hair, a 6-8 week interval between treatments is recommended. Body hair requires 8-10 weeks, and back or leg hair requires 10-12 weeks.
Hair reduction therapy works by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following your hair reduction treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment, you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments, you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is okay to shave.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
Following the treatment, you can return to your normal activities right away, but some redness may occur. We recommend that you use sunscreen on any treated areas exposed to the sun. In addition, we may recommend that you use a specially formulated skin care product line or prescribe a skin care regimen especially formulated for your skin type.
Are there any side effects?
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur.
Before and after results
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.
Request a complimentary consultation in Millbury, Massachusetts
Hair reduction therapy with the ProWave LX system is safe and extremely effective. If you have patches of hair that you would like to reduce or remove, our medical-based providers can help. Schedule a complimentary consultation at Contours Medical Aesthetics to get a custom treatment plan. Request your consultation online or give us a call at (774) 366 – COOL (2665).