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Your Expert Guide to Vivace Microneedling

Your Expert Guide to Vivace Microneedling

Have you heard? Dermacare now has Vivace!

We’re excited to offer this cutting-edge microneedling treatment option. For years we’ve been the go-to professionals in the Hampton Roads area for everything microneedling. Vivace is a fantastic addition to our treatments with outstanding benefits all for you!

What Is Vivace?

Vivace is a microneedling treatment. Unlike many other microneedling options, it is a radiofrequency device that delivers immediate and long-term results.

Microneedling works by triggering the skin’s natural repair process. During a treatment, the targeted area is subjected to very precise micro-injuries. These signal the skin to begin the healing process. Collagen and elastin production increases in the targeted area. The result is a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, and pore size. The skin will tighten and firm, and there will be an improvement to skin tone and texture.

Vivace vs. Other Microneedling Treatments

Vivace takes traditional microneedling, like our popular SkinPen treatment, to the next level. Here’s how:

  • Advanced Microneedling Technology: Vivace uses superfine, gold-tipped needles instead of stainless steel. They are designed to be more precise, even, and controlled during treatment.
  • Radio Frequency Energy: RF energy stimulates additional collagen and elastin production, ramping up immediate results and their longevity.
  • LED Light Therapy: Light therapy works to reduce post-treatment inflammation and redness during treatment, making any discoloration after treatment reduced and short-lived.

Vivace is revolutionary. It outperforms other microneedling treatments by providing a more comfortable patient experience while utilizing a robotic motor needling system with 36 gold-tipped needles. RF energy is used to heat deeper tissues, which leads to higher collagen production, elastin remodeling, and wound contractions. What does all this mean for you? Better, faster, more comfortable results.

Safe for all skin types, Vivace offers results similar to laser procedures with less downtime, discomfort, and risk of complications. It distributes heat evenly during treatment thanks to those gold-tipped needles, which reduces redness, hot spots, burning, and discomfort – all of which can occur with other devices.

Vivace also has 31 precise, multilevel adjustments up to a depth of 3.5mm at 0.1mm increments, making it more accurate than other RF devices. It also utilizes a variable pulse duration allowing for incredibly precise control based on your personal skin profile. Vivace enables us to customize treatment to your unique skin like never before.

What To Expect

Vivace is effective for alleviating fine lines and wrinkles, tightening skin, minimizing pore size, and improving skin tone and texture of the face and body. It is ideal for anyone seeking solutions to acne scars, enlarged pores, droopy eyelids, and even stretch marks.

One of the most exciting benefits of Vivace is longevity. The microneedling and RF energy combo stimulate higher collagen and elastin production over a longer time period. Your skin will continue to enjoy the youthful vigor of greater production and even reap greater results after your treatment.

Is It Painful?

A typical Vivace treatment can be somewhat painful to some, but it is virtually painless for most. On the face, the majority of people feel the most discomfort on the upper lip, over highly vascular areas and scars, and around the eyes.

The beauty of Vivace is that treatments can be tailored to individual goals, as well as pain tolerance. Anti-aging and maintenance treatments are virtually pain-free, while more aggressive skin rejuvenation and skin changing procedures can be more uncomfortable.

The Vivace experience soars high above other treatments. It provides a more comfortable procedure by combining pre-treatment numbing, even heat distributed microneedling, and a post-procedure serum and mask. This surpasses other treatments by far.

What Does Vivace Feel Like?

While there are 36 needles on the device, many people only feel one or two needles (if any) during each 36-needle pulse. During treatment, you can expect to feel some needle prick sensations in some areas, maybe nothing in others.

What Should I Do Before Vivace Treatment?

A little preparation can go a long way.

Avoid wearing makeup to your session if possible. Before treatment, it is essential for the skin to be cleaned of any makeup or debris. There cannot be any open wounds or infections of the skin to be treated. If you’re concerned about exactly how to prep for your treatment, talk to one of our qualified professionals when you schedule your first session.

What to Expect After Treatment

Unless you’re receiving PRFM/PRP or OmniCore Growth Complex growth factor serum after treatment, we provide a post-procedure serum and mask that helps with healing, improves outcomes, and enhances the Vivace experience. Most patients leave with minimal to no redness. They have bright, dewy, tight skin that they are eager to show off. The best news is that their results will continue to improve over the next three to six months!

Can I Wear Makeup After Treatment?

Makeup is not recommended for 24 hours after treatment. It is crucial not to put anything on the face for six hours after treatment that would clog the microchannels and compromise the healing of the skin. The channels being open after the microneedling treatment requires careful care.

Achieving Optimal Vivace Results

Most treatments are performed in a series of three, spaced four to six weeks apart, to achieve good results. Some body tightening treatments or treatments of severe scars or laxity may take four to six treatments.

The Importance of Maintenance

A minimum of annual maintenance treatment is highly recommended to maintain your achieved results, with many patients preferring maintenance treatments two to four times per year. As we age, our skin naturally decreases collagen and elastin production, and these building blocks of the skin become thinner and more fragile. Vivace offers the most precise and long-term solution with minimal maintenance. It really is a win-win!

Unleash Youthful Skin

Vivace microneedling is a more comprehensive and efficacious treatment versus traditional microneedling alone. The proven results seen by our patients and others is a testament to the adage that age is just a number.

So, what are you waiting for? Unleash your youthful skin! Keep people guessing about how you manage to hold on to younger-looking skin. We can’t wait to introduce you to Vivace and turn back the clock on your skin challenges.

Is Vivace or SkinPen for Me?

Is Vivace or SkinPen for Me?

Variety is the spice of life, and there is certainly plenty of variety when it comes to skin rejuvenation options. Non-invasive, non-surgical solutions to looking younger and reversing visible skin damage are on the rise. In this blog, we’ll discuss microneedling options and focus on the previous and current generations — SkinPen and Vivace.

What Is SkinPen?

SkinPen used to be the only FDA-approved microneedling device on the market. A non-laser treatment, it works by creating microscopic channels in the skin using tiny stainless-steel needles. In the simplest of terms, SkinPen needles puncture the skin creating a controlled “micro-injury.” The injury signals the skin to start the natural healing process, which causes the cascading effect of increased collagen and elastin production.

Unlike other treatments that use heat, SkinPen is uniquely safe for all skin types. The device used during treatment is customizable, allowing penetration to be precisely controlled. SkinPen offers numerous benefits.

SkinPen Pros

  • Fast and convenient, non-invasive treatment
  • Targeted, consistent application
  • Able to treat hard-to-reach areas
  • Adjustable penetration depth ranging from 0.25 to 2.5mm
  • 30 to 60-minute treatment sessions
  • 3-6 treatment sessions spaced six weeks apart
  • 1-2 annual maintenance treatments

Best Candidates for SkinPen

SkinPen microneedling is used to treat and improve the following conditions:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • Loose and mildly sagging skin
  • Pore size
  • Age spots
  • Pigment issues
  • Stretch marks

The controlled penetration depths allow for SkinPen to treat shallow, medium, and deeper depth skin issues.

What Is Vivace?

Vivace Fractional Micro Needle RF is the newest generation of microneedling. It is also FDA-approved. It combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling power and LED light therapy. It takes what SkinPen started and elevates it for broader use across even more unique skin situations.

Vivace Pros

All the pros of SkinPen apply to Vivace, but it offers a little more.

  • It can be virtually painless
  • It causes less post-procedure redness and discomfort
  • It’s safe for almost any skin type and gentle enough for use on sensitive body areas
  • It has adjustable penetration depth ranging from 0.1 to 3.5mm
  • Treatment sessions average 90 minutes including pre-treatment numbing and post-treatment mask
  • Three treatment sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart are recommended
  • 1-4 annual maintenance treatments are suggested

Best Candidates for Vivace

Vivace microneedling is used to treat and improve the following mild to moderate conditions:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • Enlarged pores
  • Age spots
  • Pigment issues
  • Stretch marks
  • Mild to moderately sagging skin

What’s the Difference?

After reading about the pros and best candidates for SkinPen and Vivace, you may be left wondering what’s different. At a glance, these two treatments seem very similar.

The subtle differences between the two are in the technology upgrades that created Vivace in the first place.

  • Vivace uses superfine, gold-tipped needles (versus SkinPen’s stainless steel) that smoothly and evenly enter the skin. Treatment is cleaner, more comfortable, and more precise.
  • Vivace isn’t just microneedling. It uses radiofrequency energy to accelerate collagen production and skin tightening, which makes results visible faster.
  • Vivace also uses LED light power to calm inflammation during treatment and speed up healing time.
  • Penetration depths are even more controlled using Vivace, allowing for more customization per patient.

Can an At-Home Microneedling Product Be as Effective?

No, at-home microneedling rollers cannot compete with MedSpa-grade microneedling treatments. To be mostly safe for over-the-counter sales (and lack of a medically trained operator), at-home rollers are made with needle sizes so small that they are almost not worth using. Results, if any, are minimal. Also, if the roller is misused or isn’t designed for your skin type, the controlled “injury” won’t be controlled enough and could cause tearing and even unwanted skin pigmentation changes.

While using an at-home roller might seem like a cost-effective option, it can often cause unwanted skin damage, especially with prolonged use. You could find yourself investing in a microneedling treatment at Dermacare to correct existing skin issues and those caused by an at-home roller. Why not avoid a product that may not be best suited to your skin and contact us about our specials and events?

Vivace or SkinPen?

Both microneedling options offer fantastic benefits and can treat a wide range of skin challenges. Vivace has surpassed SkinPen’s popularity because of how comprehensive it is thanks to the combination of microneedling, RF energy, and LED light therapy.

Which treatment is right for you? The answer lies in what you aim to achieve and your unique skin. No two people have the same skin, which means your skin treatment should be custom-fit to you. Otherwise, how will you achieve quality results?

Contact Dermacare today to schedule your consultation. One of our highly qualified medical professionals will discuss your goals and evaluate your skin. Together, we’ll create a treatment plan that fits YOU, from your budget to your skin’s needs, because you deserve the very best. You deserve to love the skin you’re in!

Is At-Home Microneedling Safe?

Is At-Home Microneedling Safe?

Microneedling is proven to rejuvenate skin effectively. It can help erase signs of aging, repair various skin blemishes, and even reduce the appearance of some types of scarring. If you’re investigating microneedling options, chances are you’ve seen some heavily promoted at-home products. You may wonder, are they a good investment? More importantly, are they safe to use? Let’s discuss.

How Microneedling Works

Microneedling is a collagen induction technique. It works by causing small “injuries” to the skin. These tiny “cuts” signal to the skin that more collagen and elastin production is needed to renew the skin cells and heal the damage. When targeted in an area with sun damage, for example, blemishes will reduce as the skin increases collagen and elastin production, naturally renewing.

Microneedling has multiple uses. It can reduce the signs of aging by decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. It can treat post-pregnancy stretch marks. It can also reduce the appearance of acne scars and treat uneven pigmentation.

MedSpa vs. At-Home Microneedling

The most popular at-home product is the microneedling roller. You can find rollers of various sizes. Usually, the longer the roller, the deeper the penetration.

There are a lot of reviews and YouTubers raving about at-home products. While microneedling rollers are cost-effective in the short term, comparing them to MedSpa-grade microneedling is, well, like comparing a luxury car to a moped.

Penetration is a crucial factor in how effective microneedling is for the skin. If it’s too deep, the skin can suffer too much damage and react negatively. If it doesn’t penetrate deep enough, the visible results you want will be minimal at best, often unnoticeable.

Microneedling rollers can tear at the skin, especially if misused or if they aren’t a good match for your skin type. Rollers usually penetrate at depths of 0.2 to 1mm, though some go up to 2mm. Depth needs to be adjusted based on the skin being treated, but at-home products don’t allow for proper adjustment.

The microneedling options available at MedSpas like Dermacare are very customizable and operated by highly qualified medical professionals.

  • SkinPen enters the skin at a controlled depth of up to 2.5mm. It provides a comfortable experience and is safe for all skin types.
  • Vivace can treat up to a controlled depth of 3.5mm, and it isn’t just a microneedling treatment. It delivers a bipolar radiofrequency, making it an exponentially more comprehensive and efficacious treatment option.

Microneedling is often best used in combination with other treatments and skincare products to achieve maximum results. Dermacare experts are trained to help you find the right combo for you.

The Bottom Line

At-home microneedling, while generally safe, can be ineffective and lackluster. If misused, they can even cause more harm than good. At-home products can’t produce customized, professional results.

While at-home microneedling may appeal to your short-term budget, contacting your local MedSpa for a free personal consultation and asking for information on specials, memberships, and other discount options is the smartest investment. At Dermacare, our trained medical specialists will discuss your desired outcome, evaluate your unique skin, and recommend the optimal options based on your consultation. It’s the kind of one-of-a-kind, custom care you can’t achieve through mass-produced products.

You may be surprised by just how affordable microneedling (and other skin rejuvenation treatments) can be over the long run and how invaluable the medical expertise of our qualified staff is – we never recommend treatments that we don’t know intimately and believe will generate the results you need. Contact us today!

How Long Does Vivace Microneedling Last?

How Long Does Vivace Microneedling Last?

It’s never too early or too late to take measures to renew your skin. The number of non-invasive, non-surgical treatments for reducing the signs of aging and improving your skin is constantly growing. One of the latest treatment methods is called Vivace.

You can learn all the ins and outs of this cutting-edge technology in our Vivace Guide. In this blog post, however, we want to zero in on one of the most commonly asked questions regarding this treatment method: How long does Vivace microneedling last?

Dermacare’s Tailor-Made Vivace Treatments

Microneedling can treat a variety of skin challenges. Depending on your skin and desired outcome, we customize treatments to achieve maximum results. It’s most commonly used for:

  • Anti-Aging/Rejuvenation

We recommend a series of three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to achieve the best results.

  • Scarring

To better address scarring or more extensive textural issues, more than three treatments may be used to achieve the desired results.

Initial results can typically be seen after the first treatment. When treatments have concluded, new collagen and elastin form over roughly three to six months.

Collagen and elastin production decrease with age and your skin becomes more fragile. Stimulating new production is important for lasting results, which is why maintenance is crucial.

Building in Maintenance

After the desired results are achieved, we recommend an easy-to-tackle maintenance schedule. Usually, patients seek maintenance treatments two to four times per year but at least once annually.

Combining Other Treatments

Vivace can be combined in a treatment plan to address uneven pigment and scarring, generating even better results.

For skin tightening needs, Vivace combines well with Exilis Ultra, our premiere skin tightening and body contouring treatment.

Additionally, SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum / Recovery Complex can be an excellent boost to your Vivace experience. It’s a growth factor that will enhance collagen stimulation.

At Dermacare, we go above and beyond to help you achieve and even exceed your desired results. Our staff is medically trained, and we specialize in everything skin!

Results You’ll Love

Everyone’s skin is unique, so exact results will vary from person to person, but there’s no doubt in our minds, that we can help you achieve results you will love. Some people see results after the very first treatment session. When Vivace is paired with additional treatments that complement your skin goals, the results are powerful.

We all want to age gracefully and beautifully. Vivace RF microneedling results in the added boost you need to do just that. Perhaps the best part is how Vivace stimulates natural skin renewal.

Ready to Try Vivace?

Dermacare has been performing microneedling in Hampton Roads, Chesapeake, and the surrounding areas for years. You won’t find a more knowledgeable and professional team anywhere. We genuinely care about helping our patients achieve the results they want.

The confidence and joy we bring our patients with excellent treatments like Vivace drives what we do, but don’t take our word for it! Check out the Faces of Dermacare that make up our fantastic team and read about their drive and passion for helping you look and feel your best. You won’t be in better hands anywhere else.

Let’s find out if Vivace is right for you. Learn more about it in our Vivace Guide or reach out of today to schedule a visit.

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In the Know: Is Laser Hair Removal While Pregnant Safe?

Shaving becomes an entirely different task when you’re pregnant. As your belly grows and your body works hard to make a little person, getting to your legs with a razor blade gets tough. You can shave in the shower, but you might need help hitting those spots you just can’t see anymore. You can shave in the tub but getting up and out can be difficult. You may wonder, is now a good time to opt for laser hair removal?

Laser Hair Removal During Pregnancy

Laser therapy targets the dark pigment in the hair follicle and releases light energy to inhibit the hair follicles. Most providers recommend avoiding laser hair removal during pregnancy due to lack of information on what (if any) effect it could have on the fetus.

If you’ve tried waxing and found your skin to be more sensitive than when you weren’t pregnant, it would be advisable to avoid laser therapy procedures until after delivery.

In addition, your body undergoes a proverbial circus of hormonal changes throughout pregnancy. These fluctuations can cause dark hairs to grow in areas that have previously been hair free. If your goal is to laser away hairs for good, hormonal changes during pregnancy can delay achieving maximum results.

Effective Laser Hair Therapy

Hairs grow in three stages. Hair follicles are only susceptible to laser energy during the first growth stage. As a result, achieving maximum results requires multiple treatments. Why? Because the hair on your body grows at different rates. Even hairs in the same general area grow at different rates. Treating each unwanted follicle while it is in the first stage of growth takes multiple, spaced sessions.

Due to the hormonal changes that impact the body during pregnancy, treating unwanted follicles during their initial growth stage becomes a more significant challenge. Dormant follicles and new hair growth are also more likely to “sprout” at unpredictable times.

Can Laser Hair Removal Cause Infertility?

To date, there is no evidence suggesting laser hair removal causes infertility. The lasers used are designed to penetrate into the first few millimeters of the skin only. They do not reach any other organs. Laser therapy has been cleared as safe for sensitive areas of the body as well, including the bikini area. So, if you’re trying to get pregnant, having laser hair removal in the interim is safe.


It’s not the easiest way to deal with unwanted hair, especially during pregnancy, but it is the safest. In the meantime, don’t dismiss your desire to have laser hair removal for more permanent hair growth reduction. Nothing is stopping you from having a  consultation with a qualified laser hair removal specialist, learning how to prep for treatment, and when to time it.

After baby arrives, scheduling some mommy pampering time will be important. Why not contact us to schedule a free consultation and find out all the ways a MedSpa can pamper you post-pregnancy?

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The Top Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Are you still living with unwanted hair?

You’ve no doubt heard about laser hair removal. It’s a safe and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair. It reduces and weakens hair re-growth, and it can even help you achieve soft, smooth skin.

Are you aware of the benefits of laser hair removal? We’re going to share five of the top reasons you need to consider laser therapy to tame those unruly hairs in unwanted places.

#1: Minimal Side Effects

Laser therapy is successful, safe, and most importantly, comes with no down time and limited side effects. You may experience some redness and tenderness post-treatment, but it is often short-lived and can be easily treated.

#2: Convenient and Precise

Laser hair removal has three amazing perks that cannot be undersold.

It’s convenient. You can opt for laser therapy year-round. While some months are better for it versus others, you can pretty much schedule treatments at your convenience. Just be sure to follow all recommendations made by your laser therapy specialist.

It’s precise. The words laser and precision just go together. Laser hair removal is so exact that it can be used on almost all parts of the body and treat the curviest of areas.

It’s fast. Unwanted facial hair is one of the most popular uses for laser therapy. Whether you want to get rid of unwanted hairs on the chin, upper lip, or between the eyebrows, these small areas can be treated in as little as five to 10 minutes. Larger body areas, such as the legs, can take approximately an hour to treat.

#3: Good-Bye Tweezers, Wax, and Threads

No more tweezing. No more waxing. No more threading. Just imagine it. Picture the freedom and cost savings! It’s estimated that waxing costs roughly $23,000 over a lifetime, shaving costs $10,207, and laser therapy costs around $3,000. The monetary savings are clear, but laser hair removal goes one step further. It creates time savings. Waxing consumes 482 hours over a lifetime while shaving eats up some 1,402 hours. Laser therapy takes up a minimal 16 hours. What’s not to love?

#4: Wardrobe Freedom

How often do you dig for a long dress, skirt, or pants because a shave just isn’t happening? Or maybe you quickly shave from ankle to knee to wear those fun shorts.

Shortly after, you’re dealing with painful razor burn from that swift shave and wishing you’d just surrendered to pants.

Wardrobe freedom is one of the great benefits of laser hair removal. You can wear that cute skirt and those fun capris – whatever you want – whenever you want because unwanted hair will no longer be a bothersome issue.

#5: No More Ingrown Hairs

There’s nothing more obnoxious than finding an ingrown hair while shaving or after waxing. They can also be painful to handle. Ingrown hairs are nearly gone after laser hair therapy.

Get the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Get rid of unwanted hair and reap the benefits of laser hair removal. It’s costeffective, convenient, and a great way to boost your confidence.

Why not schedule a free consultation and discuss the results you want to achieve with one of our laser therapy experts?

In the Know: The Best Times for Laser Hair Removal

In the Know: The Best Times for Laser Hair Removal

With some of the most advanced lasers on the market today, DermacareHR offers laser hair removal year-round. It’s a safe and effective treatment designed to reduce unwanted hair growth. One of its greatest benefits is convenience, but is there a best time for laser hair removal?

Fall and Winter Treatment

It’s no secret that the fall and winter months are a great time to schedule laser hair removal. You may have noticed that providers start advertising laser therapy at the end of summer. There’s a reason for this.

Limited sun exposure before and after treatment is essential. The treated area will be extra sensitive to UV rays and need time to heal. Since beach trips and outdoor activities slow during fall and winter, this makes these months a natural time to start treatment.

Also, most of us tend to wear clothes that cover more of our skin during the fall and winter months. Not only does it help with blocking sunlight, but any redness that may occur after a session is easily hidden.

The Best Year-Round Time for Laser Hair Therapy

If working laser hair removal sessions into your fall and winter schedule just isn’t an option, you can opt for treatment year-round. But there are some tips you’ll need to know for maximizing your results.

Let Your Tan Fade

For the best results, you should let a tan fade before treatment and avoid tanning in between sessions. Fair skin allows the laser to better detect contrast with hair follicles, which helps increase effectiveness.

Pale Skin for The Win

Scheduling treatment when your skin is at its palest will help you achieve the most reduction in hair regrowth in between sessions. It will also help improve the overall results after initial treatments.

A Little Growth Works

You should avoid waxing, tweezing, and threading for about a month before treatment and in between sessions. Shaving is fine, and a day or two of growth at your treatment time is optimal.

Plan to Stay In

Depending on the area you want to treat, planning to stay in and relax may be a good idea. For example, if you opt to treat facial areas during the spring and summer, it will be vital to avoid sunlight after treatment while the area heals.

It’s Up to You

Laser therapy is not for everyone. It tends to work best for treating thick, dark, or coarse hairs on lighter skin. However, Dermacare carries multiple lasers that can help reduce hair growth for all skin types at any time of year. The laser hair removal provider you see should be ready to discuss your unique skin and hair combo and educate you regarding possible outcomes.

The best time for laser hair removal is really up to you. Laser therapy is a cosmetic procedure and won’t be covered by insurance. If budget is a concern, remember you’re more likely to find specials and discounts during the fall and winter months.

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In the Know: How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

Believe it or not, the best way to answer this question is to discuss how much laser hair removal doesn’t cost.

If you’re interested in laser hair removal cost, then chances are you’re fed up with spending hard-earned money on multiple hair removal methods. The good news is laser therapy is a great investment that can save you both time and money.

Shaving and Waxing vs. Laser Therapy

How much time and money have you spent on shaving and/or waxing in the last three months? What about in the previous six? Even if you shop for deals, the lifetime cost of these hair removal methods adds up.

It is estimated that over a lifetime, the average person will spend around $10,207 shaving and invest 1,402 hours of their time.

Waxing might seem like the smarter buy; after all, the results usually last longer than shaving. But over a lifetime, the average person will spend roughly $23,000 waxing and invest 482 hours of their time. While the time investment is smaller, the monetary cost is more than double.

You may wonder…

Does Laser Hair Removal Really Save Money?

When compared to the lifetime cost of shaving and waxing, yes!

Over a lifetime, the average person will spend roughly $3,000 and 12 hours achieving the results they want from laser therapy. In addition, you can sign up for the Dermacare Difference membership and snag introductory offers and specials all designed to save you money on the cost of laser therapy packages.

You can keep up with the specials and events here at DermacareHR by visiting our Specials & Events page or following our Facebook page. Don’t forget, you can also book a consultation to discuss your hair removal goals for free, and our specialists will help you decide on the best services to reach your goals.

In the Know: Is Laser Hair Removal Bad for My Skin?

In the Know: Is Laser Hair Removal Bad for My Skin?

If performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner, laser hair removal is not bad for your skin. In the wrong hands, however, it can be dangerous.

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment that uses laser therapy. While non-invasive and safe, laser therapy can damage the skin if misused. It works by pulsing laser light energy into individual hair follicles, which is absorbed by the pigment in the shaft of the hair. The light energy turns to heat and destroys hair roots.

Session time varies depending on the size of the area being treated. Facial areas can take as little as five to 10 minutes to treat while larger body areas, such as the legs, arms, and back can take roughly an hour.

Selecting a Qualified Laser Hair Removal Practitioner

The requirements to operate laser therapy vary from state to state, but most require practitioners to be licensed. Proper training and licensure are important because, if misused, laser therapy can damage the skin. It can cause serious burns, especially if misused on sensitive areas, such as the face and bikini area.

In Virginia, laser hair removal must be performed by a properly trained individual and under the direction and supervision of a licensed doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.

Reducing Possible Side Effects

As is the case with any cosmetic medical procedure, there are potential risks. Laser hair removal is safe and effective, but complete hair removal is not guaranteed.

Hair follicles are only susceptible to laser therapy during the first stage of the hair growth cycle. Multiple treatments are needed to achieve maximum results as the hairs in a target area will grow at different rates. Some may experience hair regrowth within six months of treatment due to hormonal changes or dormant follicles starting to grow, but re-growth is usually finer and lighter than before.

Possible side effects of laser hair removal include:

  • Minor skin irritation
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Pigmentation changes

Side effects, if experienced, are temporary. However, if misused, laser therapy can cause eye injury and serious burns to the skin. The best way to reduce possible side effects is to only receive treatment from a licensed medical professional.

At DermacareHR, our staff is licensed and highly trained. In fact, most of our practitioners are physician assistants or nurse practitioners.

Does Laser Hair Removal Cause Cancer?

The lasers used to target hair follicles produce a small amount of radiation. The idea that laser hair removal causes cancer is an unfounded myth. To date, no evidence has shown that the minimal amount of radiation produced by laser therapy contributes to or causes skin cancer.

Give Your Skin a Leg Up

While laser hair removal can be performed yearround, the fall and winter months provide a better healing time for your skin. We spend more time indoors during these months, which keeps the treated area out of the sun. It’s vital to avoid UV rays as much as possible after treatment.

When performed correctly, laser hair removal is safe and effective. It can save you time, money, and best of all, boost your confidence. It’s one of the many ways you can love the skin you’re in even more.

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Laser Hair Removal

Shaving, waxing, tweezing – it’s all timeconsuming. If you’re ready for smooth, hairless skin with less effort, then laser hair removal may be the perfect solutions.

What makes it so perfect? Consider some basic benefits of laser hair removal:

It’s (Nearly) Painless

Waxing and tweezing are far from pain-free and can leave unwanted bruising in sensitive areas. Shaving may seem like a painless option, but it can cause painful bumps and razor burn. Laser hair removal is considered by most patients to be painless. It can cause slight tingling, stinging, and some post-session soreness, but the discomfort is short-lived and can be addressed during treatment with topical anesthesia.

It’s Cost Effective

How much money do you spend on hair removal products? Waxing and shaving supplies add up fast, especially if you use them often. It is estimated that shaving and waxing cost anywhere from $10,000 to $23,000 over a lifetime and consumes anywhere from 482 to 1,402 hours. In contrast, laser hair removal costs roughly $3,000 over a lifetime and consumes around 12 hours of time.

It Generates Real Results

How many hair removal products promising hair growth reduction have you tried? How many have worked? Numerous products claim to reduce hair growth, but most are a waste of time and money for limited to no results.

These are just three of the top benefits highlighting why laser hair removal is a great option for achieving smooth, hairless skin. But how does it work, and what do you need to know about it?

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal is a simple, non-invasive treatment. Hair naturally grows in three stages. During the first, it is susceptible to light energy. Light energy from the laser is absorbed into the pigment of the hair follicles. For follicles in the first stage of growth, it can damage the root. Once the root is damaged, the hair will no longer grow.

Not all lasers are the same. Some are more effective for different skin types:

  • A Diode laser is suitable for light and dark skin types.
  • An Alexandrite laser is fast and best for treating large body area.
  • The Nd: YAG laser is good for all skin types, including tanned skin; however, it can be less effective when treating light or fine hair.

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Take?

Session time depends on the size of the area being treated. Facial hair can take as little as five to 10 minutes to treat. Body areas, such as the legs, arms, and back, take up to roughly an hour.

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?

Achieving maximum results takes multiple sessions, and here’s why:

When hair follicles reach the second and third stages of growth, they are immune to light energy.

Unfortunately, hair follicles don’t all reach the same growth stage at the same time. Usually, only 20% of follicles are first stage at any time. Any follicles in stages two or three during your session will be immune to the treatment. Multiple sessions help ensure these follicles are exposed to the laser while in their first stage of growth. With each treatment session, you will notice even more hair growth reduction.

DermacareHR is staffed by laser hair removal experts. For new patients, we recommend a series of five treatments for maximum results. Any “stubborn” hair follicles that aren’t in the first growth stage during these sessions can be removed via touchup sessions. Touchups are often as minimal as once in six months.

The hair growth reduction you achieve with laser hair removal will be as close to permanent as possible since every hair root successfully treated will no longer produce hair. Over time, new hair can grow in previously treated areas due to hormonal changes or dormant hair bulbs becoming active.

Prime Candidates

People with dark hair are excellent candidates for laser hair removal because the light energy from the laser is best absorbed by pigment or color. Thick and coarse hairs also respond to treatment.

While dark, thick, and coarse hairs respond well to treatment, these hair types can take a little longer to achieve maximum results.

Are There Any Risks with Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective hair removal solution. No long-term health risks have been linked to the procedure, and most people consider it to be the best and most painless hair removal option.

Some minor side effects can occur. It’s best to have a small patch of skin tested to see how the skin reacts to treatment before having a large area treated. During a session, a stinging or tingling sensation may occur. For sensitive areas, topical anesthesia can be applied.

After treatment, you may experience some redness and tenderness in the affected area. Many patients liken it to a light sunburn.

Discuss Medication During Your Consultation

If you’re taking any prescription medications, be sure to discuss these during your pre-treatment consultation. Medications that are photosensitive will need to be stopped a minimum of one week before treatment.

Photosensitive medications include antibiotics. If you’re taking any for an infection or to treat acne, be sure to discuss them with your laser hair removal expert before treatment.

For Best Results

Our laser hair removal experts have a few tips to pass on to help you achieve maximum results:

  1. You need to be at every session. The biggest mistake made by patients is skipping a treatment.
  2. You can shave before treatment, but avoid bleaching, waxing, or tweezing for one month prior. In between sessions, shave but avoid waxing, threading, tweezing, and bleaching. (One to two days of growth before a session is fine.)
  3. Don’t cancel because of your period. If you’re menstruating and your bikini area is being treated, don’t skip or postpone the next session – just use a tampon.
  4. Safeguard your skin after treatment. We strongly recommend avoiding sun exposure to the treated area, and our skincare experts can help you with the best sunscreen choices for safeguarding your skin post-treatment.
  5. Finally, be sure to choose an experienced practitioner.

Are you ready to achieve smooth, hairless skin and stop worrying about unwanted hairs? Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

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