LASER HAIR REMOVAL KANSAS CITY
Our lasers/pulsed light systems are among the few in the Kansas City Metro Area that can treat SKIN TYPES I, II, III, AND IV with advanced technology for hair removal that is hard to match for power, speed, pricing and comfort. We have some really great and new systems to protect the skin. Further, the CYNOSURE VECTUS™ AND ICON™ AESTHETIC SYSTEM hair removal systems, which are two of the newest technologies, are often considerably less painful than other hair removal systems based on our patient comments that have been to other clinics and used other systems, and that is because it has one of the best advanced internal cooling systems in the business. We have some great prices for laser hair removal with this advanced technology that is now in Kansas City and for the entire central USA.
OUR CLINIC HAS MULTIPLE HAIR REMOVAL SYSTEMS, BUT WE LIKE THE CYNOSURE VECTUS™ LASER SYSTEM AND THE CYNOSURE ICON™ AESTHETIC SYSTEM THE BEST FOR THEIR SPEED, POWER, GENERAL COMFORT, COOLING SYSTEMS, AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY.
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The VECTUS™ LASER and its companion the CYNOSURE ICON™, in our opinion, are two of the highest quality aesthetic systems in the world. They deliver high powered light pulses to kill the hair follicle, and at the same time, in our opinion from our patients comments, are some of the most comfortable hair removal systems in existence. The VECTUS™ and ICON™ have some of the most advanced internal cooling systems for "contact" cooling for their handpiece systems, which patients comment makes it more comfortable than others they tried at other clinics where they had did prior hair removal. Frequently patients will switch to our clinic for our high quality systems and for the staff's long-term experience. After experiencing the treatments they are amazed at the results, speed, bargain prices, and overall general comfort and ease of the treatment.
Beware of warranties, guarantees, scare tactics, and hard sales! They are used by the franchise clinics to con people into “higher priced” sessions, “excessive numbers” of treatments, or “expensive package deals”. All warranty and guarantee contracts are set up to have many “exclusion criteria” to break and void the warranty agreement . They are generally a waste of your money; please do not fall for these gimmicks! You will simply pay more for the clinics with their million dollar buildings and furnishings and the endless array of radio and television ads they bombard on the public with false promises and "scare tactics". They like to scare people that only their equipment will work.
The radio DJ's promoting these ads almost always have gotten a free series of treatments for themselves, is this who you want to trust for advice.
Remember, you are paying for all this marketing cost in your treatments. Many of these franchise outfits reward the people who do their sales with commission fees, this is just not wise to fall for their sale pitch acting like they will give you this great deal for multiple sessions but "you must sign the contract right now". Do not fall for this trap.
Laser/Pulsed Light Hair Removal in Kansas City
How does hair reduction work?
The laser/pulsed light, generally speaking, is a fairly non-invasive light therapy device specifically designed to eliminate undesired hair from all parts of the body. The laser/pulsed light generates a pulse of intense or concentrated light/laser energy which is directed through a small hand-piece which is gently applied to the treatment site. This laser/pulsed light energy passes through the skin to the hair follicle, where the energy is absorbed by pigment in the hair and hair follicle, causing selective damage to the hair root, sheath, or bulb without trying to damage delicate pores and other structures in the area of the skin or subcutaneous tissue. Hair is shed over the next 1-4 weeks. The laser can be used just about anywhere on the body, and requires no anesthesia. Even sensitive areas such as the nipples, upper lip and bikini line can be treated quite easily and with what most say is minimal discomfort. Dark and coarser hair responds the best, and blond, gray, or thinner hair responds the least. Hormones can also effect the hair follicle and vary the result. Medications, diseases, sun and tanning, hormones, genetic or familial issues, color and ethnic darkness of the skin, and other and sometimes unknown issues can effect the results or increase the risk of adverse reactions.
How lasers differ?
Lasers place a burst of single wave length light energy through the hand-piece. Intense pulsed light - these systems are flash lamps producing a spectrum of light energy rather than single wavelength of laser light. Our office uses both laser and IPL systems (they are very sophisticated and up to date technology) that works on all skin types, but it is wise to avoid a fresh suntan or sun exposure to reduce risks with any laser or pulsed light system. There are many cheaper and less sophisticated systems on the market, so it is buyer beware, do your research on what you are getting on some of the marketed "bargain package deals" you get sent to your e-mails (you know the companies I am talking about).
Our office uses the newest and most powerful VECTUS™ and ICON™ OPTIMIZED LIGHT SYSTEM and/or the long 1064 nanometer wavelength of the ND:YAG. Try not to have a fresh suntan or sun exposure (within 2 weeks of appt.) when you come in for treatment, the treatment will be better because we can use more energy without sun exposure or a tan. Tanning can make for more sessions, because the power may need to be reduced.
What areas on the body can be treated?
Most parts of the body can be treated with our hair removing laser and/or pulsed light systems. In women, the most common areas for treatment are the lower half of the face, legs, bikini line, underarms, thighs, linea, breasts or chest, lip, chin, or neck. In men, the most common areas for treatment are back, shoulders, chest, abdomen, neck and facial areas. We do not treat eyebrows, lashes, or upper brow because of the inherent risks involved. We do not treat buttocks or anal areas.
What are the benefits of laser/pulsed light compared to other treatments?
The primary benefits of laser/pulsed light hair removal include:
o Larger areas may be treated with less discomfort than with electrolysis, waxing, tweezing, or plucking.
o speed, comfort and long lasting reduction.
o They have been shown they produce nice results!
o Even though no one has proved they are not safe for use on pregnant women, we ask that you avoid treatments at that time. Please inform us if you are pregnant, and we can arrange treatment after you have delivered. We do not do treatments on pregnant patients and prefer to wait till nursing is over. Please wait till you are done to start treatments.
Hair removal methods like plucking or waxing which cause irritation may actually stimulate hair growth. Laser/pulsed light hair removal offers long lasting reduction, and even if hair does eventually grow back (hormone influences) it is usually finer in texture and lighter in color than the original hair, and much less of a cosmetic problem. No system can guarantee 100% permanent hair removal forever (anyone that says this is lying and in violation consumer laws)! When a franchise clinic tells you hair is gone 100% permanent forever, this is fraudulent and in violation of FDA regulations.
How does it compare to electrolysis?
Electrolysis can be a tedious process. Laser hair removal is much faster with a laser/pulsed light system because each "pulse" of laser light disables a large number of hair follicles, and pulses can be delivered very fast.
What does it cost?
You will find that the fees listed below for laser hair removal using the efficient, effective, lasers/pulsed light systems are surprisingly affordable. Fees are per treatment session and must be paid with Visa, MasterCard, approved check, or cash in full at the time of service. Individual treatments are expected to be paid on the day of the treatment session. Ask us if any coupons are running, they will often be on the web site to print. We have complimentary consults available for hair removal or tattoo removal.
Pricing per session: Our lasers/pulsed light systems are among the few in the Kansas City Metro Area that can treat SKIN TYPES I, II, III, AND IV with advanced technology for hair removal that is hard to match for power, speed, pricing and comfort. Be careful about getting trapped into contracts with excessive numbers of treatments or "packages" or by "guarantees" that come with a much higher price per treatment. Once they have your "package money" you will not get it back from them even if you do not like them or their is an adverse reaction. Prices posted below are all individual treatments. *For the best permanent hair reduction, we recommend a minimum of five or six treatments in the same treatment area. Even doing one or two treatments often results in significant hair reduction and often decreases the coarseness or density of the hair.
Kansas City Laser Hair Removal Prices:
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Is laser covered by insurance?
Laser/pulsed light treatments are considered cosmetic procedures and are NOT covered by insurance. Sometimes it may be covered by your health savings plan.
Is it a tax deductible medical expense?
Consult your tax adviser! Often medical savings plans will cover and reimburse you for laser and cosmetic treatments, contact your plan administrator.
Risks of laser hair removal?
Short-term side effects may include a slight reddening of the skin or local swelling which typically lasts less than an hour or two usually, although it may very infrequently last for a few days. Even though adverse reactions are rare, no one can guarantee that they will not occur in some individuals, we do everything in our power to try and reduce any incidence of adverse reactions, but even with the best of care, they can still occur in certain individuals because of various individual sensitivities, genetic variances, sun or tanning issues, and allergies to laser/pulsed light, which are often impossible to predict or know in advance of the treatment. Try to reduce fresh suntans or sun exposure for at least 2 weeks before any laser and pulsed light hair reduction treatments.
Is laser hair removal "permanent"? There is NO hair removal method (including laser) which can guarantee anybody "permanent hair removal forever". Due to hormonal stimulation it is possible that there may be some hair regrowth in the treated area. The most realistic description of the results after laser/pulsed light treatment that we see is: "long-term hair reduction". This means: After four to six treatments the total amount of hair is greatly reduced -- often by 60% to 90% -- and hair which does grow is often less dense, much finer, and lighter in color. Most people are very pleased with this degree of improvement, as long as they know that this is what to expect before they have laser hair removal treatment.
Will I be "hair free" in the treated area?
No, most patients experience a 60-90% reduction with a complete series of sessions (this varies by number of treatments and regularity of the sessions done) in the amount of hair in a given area, and a reduction in the thickness and color of the remaining hair, but you should not expect to be "hair free". Hormones can effect the hair follicle both before or after treatments. Many things can influence the results of long-term hair reduction including but not limited to: hormones, age, color, density, coarseness of the hair, drugs and medications, genetics and familial patterns (often seen in Middle Eastern, Asian, Indian, Pakistani, and other ethnic skin), diseases (ie., polycystic ovaries, adrenal issues, hirsutism, etc.), sun and tanning, darker skin, etc. These things may make the treatments less responsive or even not work. Often you can still see reduction, but you just need to keep up long term maintenance hair reduction several times a year as long as it continues to respond to treatment. This often will provide a nice cosmetic and emotional benefit to the patient for chronic hair problems.
How much hair will grow back?
The laser/pulsed light works by trying to destroy hair roots and bulbs which are active at the time of treatment, and which have enough pigment to absorb sufficient laser energy. The hair shafts in the treated hair follicles will generally fall out or be "shed" for 1-4 weeks after treatment. After the first treatment, hair regrowth may resume within a few weeks or it may be anywhere from 2-4 months before any true hair growth is observed.
Why are four treatment sessions or more usually needed?
Hair follicles in their "dormant" phase have no hair shaft in them and so will not be affected by the laser. Because hair follicles cycle through "active" and "dormant" phases, additional sessions are usually desired once the "dormant" follicles become "active", and also to deal with hair follicles which were stunned but not killed by previous treatment. At any one time, depending on the location on the body, it is estimated that about 13-16% of your hair roots are good targets for the laser beam and can be damaged, stunted, or destroyed in any single laser session. We recommend a minimum of five or six treatment sessions for a good reduction for many individuals.
The number of treatment sessions needed will depend on:
o the desired degree of hair reduction
o hair color (people with naturally lighter colored hair sometimes need more treatments) & (darker skin types usually require reduced energy to be used)
o hormonal status (constant high hormone levels restimulate hair follicles)
o area being treated (i.e., lips and face often require more sessions and chronic maintenance)
o hair density
o age and genetics and other syndromes (i.e., androgen producers, PCOS)
o weight (obesity can increase hair growth)
o medication and drugs (for example medicines like Dilantin™, minoxidil, cyclosporine and various hormones (testosterone) can increase hair growth)
Many other issues can effect the results, these are just some of them. Do your own research and talk to your doctor. Their are many disease states, and familial and genetic patterns that can effect hair growth.
Who should get hair removal?
The unique design of newer laser/pulsed light systems allows treatment of people with all skin colors and treatment of even light brown hair. Because hair which is naturally blond, light red, or white does not have enough pigment in the roots, it cannot be reliably treated with any type of laser. Fewer treatments are needed when the hair is dark and the skin is light colored -- so to get maximum effect from each session avoid tanning prior to treatments. Children can be treated if they have a problem with excessive hair, but the children must be old enough (for example, 14 to 16 years old) to cooperate with treatment. We treat children age 14 and up if they are stable emotionally and able to cooperate and have parental consent. We reserve the right to refuse any treatment for any reason if we are not comfortable with the situation. Also, some very dark skin may be too risky to treat and we will refuse for medical reasons. Some skin types just cannot be treated because of certain adverse reaction risks or issues. We always reserve the right to refuse treatment.
Does hair color matter? Red hair or very light colored blonde hair may not respond very well, and white or grey hair does not respond hardly at all to treatment.
Things to ask yourself before hair reduction:
How much are you bothered by your facial hair or other areas? How much are you bothered by the time you spend removing, treating, or concealing your facial hair? How uncomfortable does your facial or other unwanted hair make you feel in exchanges of affection (dating or with your partner)? How uncomfortable does your unwanted hair make you feel when you meet new people? How uncomfortable does your unwanted hair make you feel when you go to social gatherings or other public place? How uncomfortable does your unwanted hair make you feel when you go to work or school? This can be some of the best money you will ever spend for overall self-satisfaction and for one's mental health and emotional or physical well-being.
Other syndromes or familial issues:
o Hirsutism is excessive growth of hair in androgen (testosterone)-dependent areas of a woman’s body where hair is not normally found, including the face, neck, chest or medial thighs.
o Hypertrichosis is excessive growth of hair in non-androgen dependent parts of the body (i.e. Areas other than the face, neck, chest and medial thighs).
Some "familial" or genetic hair growth issues in certain ethnic groups can be very stubborn to treat and may require recurrent maintenance for years or life long. This can be common in certain Middle Eastern, Indian, Pakistani or Asian ethnic groups but can effect any culture or race in certain instances.
Do you have Unwanted Female Facial Hair?
Growth of hair on the face which is coarser, longer or more profuse than is "normal" for the age and race of the woman. Unwanted facial hair is a chronic problem for millions of American women who remove facial hair at least once a week (or at the very least would like it removed). Almost always has a hormonal basis and can be related to genetics, medications, diseases, etc. Almost always will require chronic long term treatment and maintenance sessions. Hair reduction is often very helpful to many for their cosmetic and emotional well being. Other cultures and ethnic groups have familial or genetic facial, neck, or chest hair and can usually benefit from treatments.
How can I get the best value from each treatment?
To get the best results with the smallest number of treatment sessions, please pay attention to the following guidelines as you work with us: A. Avoid waxing, tweezing, plucking, and electrolysis. Lasers/pulsed light work on active growing hair roots. B. Tanning should be minimized within 14 days prior to your treatment session! The lighter your skin color at the time of treatment, the better the laser beam can get through the skin to the hair roots, where it is needed. If you avoid tanning you will get the maximum possible benefit from each treatment session. C. Shaving or clipping the area to be treated is not a problem. In fact, we like the areas to be shaved 12-24 hours before treatment. Some people find that the skin is less sensitive if it is shaved at least 12-24 hours before treatment. Another advantage is that you can shape the area to be treated exactly the way you want it to be. This is of particular importance in areas like the sideburns and bikini line/bikini area/pubic area. If our office has to shave the area for preparation it may well increase the charges. The fee structure is based on patients preparing the area by shaving if necessary prior to treatments. Hair ABOVE the surface of the skin will simply absorb and waste laser energy. D. Bleaching? No problems generally for the laser but may cause allergic reactions to the skin! E. How often are treatments: On the lip, chin, and face we do treatments at 4 week intervals. For underarms and bikini areas treatments they are spaced out about 4-6 week intervals. Areas such as the back or legs average about 7-10 week intervals. F. Medications? You should be off Accutane™ for 6 months. Anabolic steroids or testosterone should not be taken unless medically necessary, because these can increase male-pattern hair growth in some cases. Women who take injections of (testosterone & estrogen & progesterone) as part of therapy for menopause and to increase libido often experience unwanted hair growth, which can be treated with laser/pulsed light hair removal. We prefer the patient to hold tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline medications for several days prior to treatments if possible, because of light sensitivity issues. Retinol or Vitamin A type derivatives or other strong skin products should be stopped if possible for 3 to 5 days prior to any treatments. Pre-treatment with anti-viral medicines is usually not necessary, unless you tend to get a lot of cold sores in the area to be treated.
Moles, freckles and tattoos in the area to be treated?
Small moles and freckles do not require any special precautions. We generally prefer not to treat over tattoos. Tell us if you have permanent lip liner or permanent eyebrow liner, because these are tattoos. It is your responsibility to warn the clinic of tattoo ink.
What will happen on the treatment day?
Please do not wear makeup on the areas to be treated, because some kinds of makeup can absorb and waste laser/pulsed light energy, or even heat up to the point where your skin would be irritated. Makeup will need to be removed before treatment, and may be re-applied immediately after treatment if you wish. There is less irritation if you wait at least 12-24 hours between shaving and having laser treatment. Shaving also allows you to shape the exact area you want treated -- this is sometimes very useful in the bikini area. Excess hair above the surface of the skin absorbs and wastes laser/pulsed light energy, and reduces the amount of energy that reaches the hair root. Excess hair above the surface of the skin also increases the chance of burning or irritating the skin. Everyone in the treatment room must wear protective goggles when the laser is operating. The length of the procedure itself can range from a few minutes for the upper lip to an hour or more (for example, a man’s chest and back). A thin coat of clear gel or lotion may be used, depending on the laser/pulsed light system used, then the laser/light pulses are quickly and evenly applied. Please do not bring young children into the treatment room.
Does it hurt?
You may feel a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. There is no bleeding and no open wound is created. People are more apprehensive during the first treatment, because they are not sure of what to expect. It is best to just try and relax, the laser treatments are generally well tolerated. VECTUS™ and ICON™ are some of the more comfortable systems available to help minimize discomfort. We have never had anyone that wanted to do a hair reduction treatment not do it or finish it over a comfort reason.
What will happen after treatment?
Redness has often faded greatly within 30 minutes to 4 hours for most. The hair follicles may appear slightly more obvious (edema) or a bit pink or red (perifollicular edema and inflammation) for the next day or two for most, but this is seldom a cosmetic problem. It is best to avoid lotions, moisturizers, or aloe vera type products. Do not use topical antibiotics, ointments, or salves for this will often aggravate rashes, allergies or cause a folliculitis to occur. Topical cortisone can sometimes also cause folliculitis.
Why does the hair sometimes look like it's “growing” for 1-4 weeks after laser treatment?
Lasers/pulsed light destroy hair roots which are active at the time of treatment, but do not remove hair shafts instantly. Hair shafts in the treated hair follicles will fall out, or be "shed" mostly in the next several weeks after treatment with most out within 2-4 weeks. It is normal that some hairs in the treated area may not fall out within 2-4 weeks. These will treated in the next session. These hairs which are being shed will come out on their own. Please be very gentle to your skin but you can shave if needed once the irritation is gone.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
Since the laser does not purposely burn or cut the skin in any way, no bandages are necessary. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. It is OK to resume shaving or clipping hair in the treated area after 3-4 days. You should NOT have waxing, plucking, tweezing, or electrolysis, because these things will temporarily remove pigmented hairs from the hair roots and reduce the effectiveness of your next laser treatment. You can shave as often as you want.
Please do not do any waxing, plucking or tweezing for at least 2-3 weeks before treatment.
Please try to minimize tanning and sun exposure for at least 2 weeks before treatment: a fresh tan can interfere a bit with the effectiveness of the laser/light treatment and raise adverse reactions, though this is less of a problem now with newer lasers than with older lasers.
Please do not wear makeup on the areas to be treated. Makeup can be re-applied immediately after laser treatment, if you wish.
Please shave or clip the areas to be treated the day before treatment (12-24 hours before). This way, the skin will be less sensitive. Excess hair above the surface of the skin also increases the chance of burning or irritating the skin. Shaving should be done at home and is not included in our pricing structure. Try to do it 12-24 hours in advance to reduce irritation.
Finally, it is always best to relax. Remember you are doing this to feel better about yourself. The VECTUS™ and ICON™ advanced internal cooling systems usually helps make treatments more comfortable and helps to minimize discomfort according to what our our patients tell us.
Redness often has faded greatly by the time you get home. Most have some redness for 1-4 hours, rarely that may extend to 1-4 days usually with very coarse or dark hair (perifollicular edema and redness is not uncommon for a while). Try to avoid sun or tanning for at least a few days after treatment. Hair shafts will be released from hair follicles in the treated area for 1-4 weeks after treatment. You do not need to do anything, but you may shave the areas if you wish, wait 3-4 days to start shaving after treatments to avoid excess irritation. Plucking, waxing and tweezing should be avoided because these things could reduce the effectiveness of the next laser or hair reduction session. Please do not use lotions or creams over the treated areas for 4-5 days because these can plug the follicles and trap bacteria and cause folliculitis (red, rash-like inflammed or infected bumps). Generally, it is best just to use good old soap and water and avoid other products to treated areas for 4 to 5 days.
Please call our office at (913) 962-1869 for a complimentary hair removal consultation for patients we deem acceptable to our treatment systems. Our office would like to care for you. Come in now for best prices on Kansas City Laser Hair Removal sessions.
*In the article and the references above, we refer to laser and pulsed light systems as equivalent options.
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