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Laser Hair Removal Richmond, VA - Travis Shaw MD

Before I ever add anything new into my practice, I want to make sure of two things. Number one that it is safe for patients, and number two that it’s effective. That’s why I chose the Palomar Vectus as our device for laser hair removal.

The Vectus uses a unique system called the Skintel Reader which exactly and precisely measures the amount of pigment in a patient’s skin. This information is translated into the machine so that we will get the best settings to use for each particular patient. This means that we can give safe and effective hair removal for all skin colors, including dark skin. This is important because the laser works by targeting the melanin pigment contained in the hair follicle. Laser energy is absorbed by the hair follicle pigment, which causes it to cease growing. To be safe and effective, the laser needs to target hair follicle pigment and not skin pigment. The Skintel reader precisely measures pigment in the skin of each individual patient to ensure safe settings are utilized by the Vectus device.

Another unique feature of the Vectus is speed. A lot of other machines out there can take up to 45 minutes even longer than an hour to try to treat a large area like a man’s back. The Vectus can knock this out in about 10 minutes which is really incredible. This translates into a better experience for you as the patient. You can get in and out for your treatment and back to your life quickly without having to wait.

In terms of comfort with the laser, I have had treatments myself. It feels like a pin-prick every time the laser fires, but it goes so quickly and it’s over so fast, that it’s really very, very tolerable. Once again speed translates into more comfort and is another unique feature about this system.

The reason that it takes a series of treatments to achieve permanent hair reduction is that our hair goes through phases of growth, rest, and shedding. These are called anagen, catagen, and telogen. In any particular day, some of your hair follicles are in one of the phases, and some are in another phase. Laser hair removal works by targeting hair follicles in the anagen (growth) phase. Let’s say you would like to reduce the need for shaving on your legs. When you come for laser treatment on one particular day, only 5-10% of your leg hairs will be in their growth phase, and thus will respond to the laser. When you come back, another 5-10% will respond, and so on. It takes multiple sessions in order to effectively treat all of the follicles in the growth phase and thus permanently reduce hair.

One of the other things I always like to highlight with patients is that you cannot perform laser hair removal over tattoos. As there are hair removal devices everywhere, this is something that many laser operators may not pay attention. Patient safety is always our number one concern at Travis Shaw MD.

If you are looking for Richmond’s best laser hair removal performed under physician supervision book your free consult today. Please request a consultation on this website or give us a call at (804) 775-4559