Are you tired of constantly shaving, tweezing and waxing? Laser hair removal also known as permanent hair reduction offers a more permanent solution that can reduce hair growth.
Who performs the treatment?
Dr. Michael Lum evaluates and performs all treatments at Lumier Medical. The appropriate choice of wavelength, energy level (fluence), and pulse duration requires expert knowledge of laser physics and safety. Dr. Lum has been conducting these procedures since 2004 on thousands of patients and has conducted two-day laser training courses for licensed physicians and health care providers for over a decade.
How does it work?
Our Cynosure Vectus diode laser creates powerful light energy designed to target hair follicles so that cells within are damaged and unable to produce new hairs. Over time, hairs thin out, grow in more slowly or stop growing.
What areas can be treated?
Our laser can remove hair from almost anywhere in the body from head-to-toe, including the face, neck, chest, arms, underarms, bikini area and legs.
Are there limitations to what can be treated?
Laser and IPL devices use optical wavelengths designed to target pigment at ideal penetration depths. The darker and thicker the target, the better the result. White hair will not absorb light and cannot be treated with optical methods. Care must be taken when treating individuals with very dark skin since pigmented skin can also absorb laser light. A physician consultation with Dr. Michael Lum will help determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Although some individuals will be satisfied with their treatment results in 4 to 8 treatments, others will require more, depending on the area being treated, the hair characteristics, and the individual. There may be hormonal, age-related or genetic factors that promote hair growth. Therefore, the answer will vary from person-to-person, even from area-to-area on the same person. Regardless of the device technology used by aesthetic medical practices, this procedure is correctly referred to as permanent hair reduction. Laser manufacturers are prohibited from making claims of complete “permanent hair removal.”
What proof is there that this works?
As a recognized industry leader, our device technology—including Vectus technology—is strongly supported by clinical research. Our Lasers, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), and radio frequency devices are all FDA-approved.
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