Innovative Aesthetics is unique to offer you two laser systems for permanent hair reduction. With two lasers to choose from, and multiple settings, we will be able offer you the most effective treatment available for your skin and hair type. All of our lasers are FDA approved and operated by highly trained technicians. You may need between five and eight treatments depending on the area of the body and color of your hair.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call Innovative Aesthetics at (319) 365-SPA1 (7721).
Frequently Asked Questions
Laser hair removal offers patients a safe, fast, and effective alternative for dealing with unwanted hair. Lasers work by emitting a specialized light that is passed through the skin and preferentially absorbed by its target, be it an unwanted blood vessel, birthmarks, tattoos, or in this case, hair. The laser used in hair removal targets the melanin (color) in the hair follicle, damaging the follicle and removing the hair. Laser hair removal is safe enough to be used on all body parts, including the face, back, underarms, bikini line, legs, and arms.
Waxing, shaving, and the use of depilatory creams are well-established methods for hair removal, albeit temporary. Electrolysis is the traditional tried and tested method for permanent hair removal, but is often very time-consuming and ineffective. These days, the most popular and effective method is the use of laser which has been specifically designed to damage and destroy many hairs in a short time with little chance of complications. People are interested in laser hair removal because it involves new and efficient technology, and because its effects are permanent in over 80% of its subjects.
Yes. All skin types I through VI can be treated. Skin type I is very fair, always burns, never tans (usually blonde hair and blue eyes). Skin type VI never burns (black skin, black hair).
Tanned skin can be treated safely, but always inform your practitioner if you have been tanning or exposed to the sun within the last three weeks and he/she will adjust your treatment regime accordingly to give you the safest most effective experience.
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields and you will briefly feel a rubber band snap or warm sensation as the light is absorbed. The area of your skin that is to be treated will be scanned with laser light from the Profile System. This system contains two different types of lasers, the ClearScan (1064) and the Broad Band Light (BBL). Both systems work together and have a specific job in the elimination of hair. The difference and importance of these lasers will be discussed with you during your free consultation.
Yes. Pseudofolliculitis is a type of chronic acne disorder caused by ingrown coarse or curly hairs. This disorder affects darker skin types and the infrared energy, which is delivered by Profile, is the preferred method of treatment.
The Profile laser selectively targets your fair follicles and heats them with infra-red energy. Unlike other processes, the laser beam treats many hairs at once making treatment of large areas 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.
On average, each laser treatment will be associated with some permanent hair loss. So in most cases hair removal can only be achieved after several treatments. The number of treatments will depend on each patient’s individual response to laser treatment, and the amount of hair to be removed. Remember that the goal may not be total hair removal. Many patients are happy with a reasonable degree of hair reduction. Also remember that the hair that remains is often lighter in color and thinner than the original hair prior to treatment. As with other treatments for unwanted hair, there is no guarantee that laser hair removal will be permanent.
You may need to be treated about 3 to 5 times at approximately 5 to 8 week intervals. There are three phases of hair growth-anagen, catagen, and telogen. Only hairs in the active growth anagen, can be successfully treated.
Most patients describe laser hair removal as feeling like the light snap of a rubber band against the skin. Afterwards, it might feel like a bad sunburn. Each patient has his or her own level of skin sensitivity and pain threshold. Different areas on the body are also more sensitive than others. On the day of your treatment, plan on wearing clothing that will allow easy access to the area being treated. Laser hair works best when the hair is one or two millimeters in length.
Some redness and slight swelling may be present; however, this should subside within a few hours. There is a risk of thermal injury as with any laser procedure, if you have any prolonged redness or swelling occurs call Innovative Aesthetics. (319) 362-LIPO or (319) 365-SPA1 (7721).