What happens during hair removal treatment?
Your physician will discuss the treatment with you and decide how you should be treated.
The area of your skin that is to be treated will be scanned with laser light from the PROFILE system. Treatment time
will depend upon the aread to be treated. A system for cooling your skin will be used to remove heat as it leaves the
follicles and should ensure a comfortable treatment. However, since the sensation varies from individual to individual,
a topical anesthetic is usually not needed but can be provided. Let your physician know if you are very sensitive.
How does it work?
The PROFILE laser selectively targets your hair follicles and heats them with infra-red energy.
Unlike other processes, the laser beam treats many hairs at once making treatment of large areas very practical. The
PROFILE employs a unique computer guided scanning system that automates the treatment ensuring that your skin is rapidly and
evenly treated. The computer sets the parameters and places the beam in an optimum pattern for your skin. You
will have a safe, fast, effective, and gentle treatment.
What should I expect after treatment?
Some redness and slight swelling may be present in the area that has been treated, however,
this should subside within a few hours. If any prolonged redness or swelling occurs, then consult your physician.
After the treatment, you should keep the area clean, use at least SPF 15 sunscreen when outdoors, and follow physician instructions.
How many treatments will I need?
You may need to be treated about 3 to 5 times at approximately 6 to 8 week intervals.
There are three phases of hair growth - anagen (growth phase), catagen (dying phase), and telogen (resting phase). Only
hairs in the anagen phase can be successfully treated and it takes time for the hairs in the telogen phase to cycle back into
growth again, hence the need for multiple treatments.
Is there a risk for complications?
There is a small risk of pigmentary changes, however, discuss your concerns with your physician
prior to your treatment.
Can pseudofolliculitis be treated?
Yes. Pseudofolliculitis is a type of chronic acne disorder casued by ingrowth of coarse
hairs or curly hairs. This disorder affects darker skin types and the infrared energy, which is delivered by PROFILE,
is the method of treatment.