Hair removal treatments and pricing vary with your individual needs and area treated. Permanent hair reduction via Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is achieved over a series of 6 treatments spaced apart in 6-8 week intervals to target hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Hair can be removed from all parts of the body including face, legs, arms, underarms, bikini and back. Between treatments, you should not wax or pluck hair, but shaving is permissible.
Cutera ProWave Hair Removal Treatment Process
The ProWave hair removal system delivers a specially tailored light source for permanent hair reduction, and can safely remove hair from all parts of the body. Many clients ask what the treatments feel like. The best way to describe the feeling is to imagine a rubber band stretched taut and released. When the pulse of light is delivered, a quick stinging or pinching sensation is felt. No local anesthetic or pain medicine is typically required, although, applying ice prior to the treatment is sometimes helpful. The hand piece that delivers the treatment has a built-in cooling mechanism which promotes comfort during the procedure.
Most areas require 6 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart. ProWave works by disabling the hair that is in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since hair goes through three distinct phases: growth, regression and resting, treatments are designed to target hair that is actively present in the follicle during the growth phase. There is no way to predict when the hair will begin the growth phase again, therefore, it is imperative to comply with the interval schedule set by your provider to ensure maximum results. It is equally important to refrain from waxing or plucking the hair between treatments to allow hair to remain in the follicle and provide a target for the light source.
Immediately following the treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. A calming agent will be applied by the provider to relieve the stinging which may last for a few hours. It is necessary to protect the treated area with a physical block sunscreen, especially if the body part treated will be exposed to the sun, as the area will be photosensitive. Although patients experience few side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Complete information about the treatment, including benefits and risks, will be discussed by the medical professional during your consultation.