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"Dr. Macdonald and his nurse Lauren are very knowledgeable and really care about your comfort… I have been very pleased through every step of the process."
 
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    Remove Body and Facial Hair

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    Mar152012

    Am I a candidate for BBL hair reduction?

    Ladies—Do you suffer from uncomfortable red bumps and irritation caused by shaving in your delicate bikini area? Are you tired of enduring the pain of waxing? Are you concerned about its long-term effects on your skin?

    Hairless legs would, of course, be heaven! Start counting the minutes of extra sleep you’ll be getting because you don’t have to waste time shaving in the shower. Start small if you wish, with just your underarms. The gratification you get from treating this area confirms it’s definitely worth doing bikini and legs.

    It’s so liberating for women not to have to worry about shaving or waxing discomforts, or spending the money and time doing it. This means almost every woman of any age is a great candidate for laser hair removal.

    Skin is delightfully hairless, sleek and smooth from bikini area through full legs

    Men—Is your facial skin super sensitive and always irritated from shaving? Have you endured the pain and ugliness of ingrown hairs, particularly in your neck and jawline areas? Do you have hair on your back or the back of your neck? Give yourself a break and endure no more. 

    men can have BBL hair removal too, like on the chinSkin near chin and jawline, once very irritated by shaving, is relieved with BBL™ hair removal

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    Mar152012

    science behind bbl for hair removal

    BBL™ (broadband light) laser energy is selectively absorbed by the melanin (color) in your hair follicles. It’s then converted to heat energy, which destroys the stem cells in the bulb and bulge of your follicles.

    BBL™ also heats the full length of imbedded hair follicles, cutting off supply of nutrients, thereby disabling growth. Effective hair reduction can only be achieved during the anagen active growth phase of your hair’s growth cycle.

    Hair reduction is considered permanent when a significant amount of hair does not return for a period of time longer than the complete growth cycle.

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    Mar152012

    BBL for hair reduction

    Say hello to the magic of BBL™, and say goodbye to shaving, depilatory creams, or even electrolysis—which can be time-consuming and painful. 

    Innovative broadband light technology significantly reduces unwanted hair. Areas commonly treated for hair reduction include:

    • Legs
    • Bikini area
    • Underarms
    • Arms
    • Back
    • Neck/Chin
    • Face

     

    How do I prepare before BBL hair removal?

    It’s important to learn how things you do before treatment impact your desired results. The number one tip to remember is to not have a suntan at the time of your treatment.

    The pigment in your skin from a suntan gets in the way of the laser's targeting of color in your hair follicles. This is true whether your tan is from the sun, from a bottle or from a tanning bed.

     

    What happens during treatment?

    • You wear protective eyewear throughout the procedure.
    • Topical anesthetic is usually not necessary, although in more sensitive spots (i.e., along jawline or bikini area) you may want its relief.
    • A clear water-soluble, hypoallergenic ultrasound gel is applied to the areas being treated.
    • You should experience only mild discomfort. The sensation most described by patients is a feeling of warmth on the skin and a slight stinging or snapping effect like a rubber band.
    • Treatment time varies based on the areas selected, but your appointment can last anywhere from 10-60 minutes.

     

    What to expect after BBL hair removal

    After each treatment, you can expect to experience a hair-free period. It’s very important to track the length of this period following each treatment session.

    Your observations help us to determine how effective the treatment approach is for your body. If appropriate, we may use this information to adjust the interval period between treatments in order to achieve optimum results.

     

    When do I see hair reduction results?

    You often see some results within a week or two, as you notice the need to shave less frequently. Hair that grows back is softer, finer, and less noticeable. The quantity of hair reduction builds over time.

    As your treatments progress, your hair-free period gets longer and longer. When you reach your fifth and sixth treatment, you can expect to have a hairless period of up to 3-4 months. You achieve the greatest effectiveness in the shortest number of sessions when treatments are spaced out over intervals of time that appropriately match your hair’s growth phase and cycle.

    Generally, depending on skin type and areas treated, we recommend a package of 6-8 treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart, depending on the stage within your treatment series and your hair growth cycle.

    Precautions are taken for darker skin types as BBL™ settings are set at lower heat and intensity for increased safety. If you are a darker-skinned patient, you are likely to require more treatments, perhaps 8-10, to achieve your desired result.