Laser Hair Removal: All Your Questions Answered (Motif® Laser Hair Removal)

Let’s face it: Plucking, waxing, shaving, and all the other methods of at-home hair removal aren’t fun. You have better things to do with your time! If you have unwanted hair and you’re tired of removing it, you’ll be interested in Motif® laser hair removal.

The Motif system uses the energy of a laser to damage hair follicles, rendering them unable to grow new hair. It’s a pain-free way to permanently stop hair growth.

The basics

Most hair contains more pigment that your skin. Laser hair removal works because the pigment in your hair absorbs the energy from the laser. That energy causes damage to the hair follicle and prevents it from growing new hair.

For many years, this mechanism of action meant that light-colored hair was difficult or impossible to permanently remove using laser technology. However, the Motif system works even with blonde, gray, or white hair.

Your hair growth cycle

Your hair grows in three stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Anagen is the active growth stage, catagen is the shedding stage, and telogen is the dormant stage. Laser hair removal works on hair that is in the anagen phase.

Since only hair that is in the anagen phase can be removed with laser treatments, and only some of your hair is in the anagen phase at any given time, you’re going to need more than one treatment. Dr. Richardson will space out the treatments so that hair that was in the catagen or telogen stage during your last treatment will be in the anagen stage in your next treatment.

Total number of treatments

The total number of treatments you require depends on several factors in addition to your hair growth cycle. The greater the contrast between your skin and hair color, the fewer treatments you’re likely to need. The size of the area you’re having treated also matters.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Richardson gives you an estimate of how many treatments you’re likely to need and how long you’ll need to wait between them. You’ll see less hair growth after each treatment.

What you’ll feel

Although a Motif laser hair removal treatment is not painful, you will feel it. Dr. Richardson and the staff at Natura want you to be as comfortable as possible during the treatment.

One of the reasons the Motif system delivers a pain-free experience is that it cools your skin as the laser works. It also measures your skin’s resistance throughout the procedure, giving Dr. Richardson a constant flow of information.

You won’t have any side effects -- other than less hair growth in the treated area -- and you’ll be able to return immediately to your normal daily activities following the treatment.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Richardson will evaluate your specific situation and assess your skin type, hair color, the size of the area you want treated, as well as your medical history and personal goals. Your treatment plan will be based on all of those factors and tailored specifically for you.

Are you ready to stop shaving, waxing, and plucking? Book an appointment online or by phone today at Natura Dermatology & Cosmetic, and find out what life would be like after permanent hair removal.

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