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Tampa Bay Office Skinspirations LLC Feather Sound Corporate Center II, Suite #350 13577 Feather Sound Dr. Clearwater, FL 33762 Phone 727-571-1923 www.skinspirations.com
Cutera CoolGlide® Laser & Novalis IPL Hair Reduction treatments-Safe permanent hair reduction in skin of any color
The Cutera CoolGlide® laser was the first 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser cleared by the FDA for permanent hair removal in patients of all skin types, including the darkest skin. Because of this, it’s one of the safest hair removal lasers available in sunny climates like Florida.
The Novalis IPL hair removal device uses the wavelengths between 630-1200 nm to target hair even finer than that targeted by the Coolglide. No matter what your skin type, we can customize a hair reduction strategy that's perfect for you.
Dr. Cynthia Elliott is a certified aesthetic laser instructor who trains other physicians who are learning aesthetic laser treatments & our Laser Hair Technician/Electrologist Angela Easley has been performing Laser Hair Treatments since 1999.
What do the Hair Reduction treatments feel like?
Because of its cold tip, the CoolGlide® hand piece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin & a cool gel is applied when using the Novalis IPL. When the pulses of energy are delivered, there is a mild stinging sensation & no local anesthesia or pain medicine is typically required except for the bikini line or upper lip area. As a courtesy to our patients, we provide complimentary cream anesthetic for patients to apply when treating those areas.
How many Hair Reduction treatments will I need?
For permanent hair reduction most areas require at least 7 treatments but the number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors- hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Coarse hair, like that usually found in the underarm or bikini areas, responds best while finer hair, like that found on the legs, lips & arms, may require more treatments.
Not all hairs are actively growing at any one time and actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. Laser & IPL hair reduction treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, treatments are repeated every 4 to 8 weeks for permanent hair removal in order to eventually disable the hair follicles present during treatment as they enter the growth phase. Patients with excessive hair growth due to hormonal problems, such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or excessive androgen hormones will not respond significantly to any laser hair removal treatments until the hormone problem has been treated, even if the hormone levels in labs are in the normal range. New hair follicles may develop also with hormone problems or aging.
What should I know before a Laser or IPL Hair Reduction treatment?
Laser & IPL hair reduction is only effective on dark hair. The only effective treatment for white, blonde or gray hair is electrolysis. Don’t pluck or wax the hair to be treated for at least 2 weeks before your treatments so that the hairs are present in the follicles but remember to shave the area to be treated the day before or day of your treament, to prevent burning the skin from longer hairs on the surface. Even though the CoolGlide® is safe for hair removal even on black skin, limiting sun exposure and self tanning products before either laser or IPL treatments will increase the speed of hair reduction.
Come in soon for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you achieve the look you want. Call (727) 571-1923 to set up a time for a treatment or a consultation.
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