Laser Hair Removal in Reading

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Unwanted hair on the face and body is not only frustrating, it also be a literal pain—constantly shaving, waxing, tweezing, or using harsh depilatory creams is rarely fun. If any of this sounds familiar, you may be interested in laser hair removal at Berks Plastic Surgery.

We offer two laser hair removal systems and will help you explore which option is the best for you.

Gentlelase Pro Laser System

The Gentlelase Pro Laser is a precise treatment that can penetrate the hair follicle and destroy it at the root without affecting the surrounding skin. This modern technology is cleared for safe, long-lasting hair reduction, and can be used on men and women of all skin types and tones safely and effectively. Even patients with a suntan can use it! As the most advanced system on the market, Gentlelase Pro’s unique design, longer wavelength, and innovative cooling design allow extremely effective, safe, and long-lasting results.

The Gentlelase Pro Laser can remove hair from all parts of the body including the face, legs, arms, underarms, and back. Because of its precision, the Gentlelase can also treat sensitive areas like the chest, nipples, and bikini line, removing hemangiomas and hair.

Your Gentlelase hair removal treatment at Berks Plastic Surgery

As the name implies, the Gentlelase Pro Laser is a gentle treatment. The instant before the laser does its work, a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) soothes the upper layers of skin with a blast of cryogen. Some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation, though this is rare and so mild that no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required.

Most areas require 3-6 treatments. However, the number of Gentlelase Pro Laser treatments required for long-lasting benefits depends on what you’re getting removed, the part of the body being treated, and your age. When removing hair, it should be noted that Gentlelase Pro Laser treatments work by disabling the hair in its active growth phase. Since some hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments are often necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.

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CoolGlide Laser Hair Removal

The Cutera CoolGlide Laser can rapidly treat large areas of unwanted hair without the limitations of older technologies. The CoolGlide longer wavelength allows it to be used safely and effectively on patients with light or dark skin, as well as tanned skin. Unlike other systems, the CoolGlide can treat the fine hair on a womans upper lip just as easily and effectively as the coarse hair on a man’s back. The CoolGlide can reduce hair virtually anywhere on the body, including the face, legs, arms, underarms, and back. It can also treat sensitive areas like the chest, nipples, and bikini line.

What to expect from your CoolGlide treatment

If we determine that CoolGlide is the best option for you, you’ll be shown to a private exam room and we will begin treatment. The CoolGlide handpiece will be slowly passed over hair follicles in the treatment area.

As with most laser hair removal systems, CoolGlide offers the best results after around three to six treatments to ensure hair is being targeted during all active growth phases.  Depending on the areas being treated and your hair type, additional treatments may be needed for optimal results.

As the name implies, the CoolGlide handpiece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin, increasing your comfort and minimizing the adverse skin reaction commonly seen with other lasers.

Taking Care of Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal

Immediately following your laser hair removal 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. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Do not wax, pluck, or bleach your hair for at least 4-6 weeks following a treatment! Otherwise, you’ll be able to return to all normal activities right away, though we recommend liberal application of sunscreen on treated areas.

To find out more about your options for getting rid of unwanted facial and body hair, contact us! We offer free consultations, and our friendly, licensed skin care aestheticians will help you plan a course of treatment.