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Prowave Hair Removal

Now men and women are making unwanted facial and body hair a thing of the past, thanks to Prowave laser systems. No more painful waxing, electrolysis or razors! Prowave laser systems deliver 21st century technology for treatment of this distressing problem. Cleared by the FDA for permanent hair reduction, Prowave lasers can treat most men and women of all skin tones safely and effectively. Even patients with a suntan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What areas can be treated with Cutera Prowave systems?

The Prowave Laser System can remove hair from all parts of the body including the face, legs, arms, underarms, and back. It can also treat sensitive areas like the chest, nipples, and bikini line.

What do Prowave laser treatments feel like?

The Prowave handpiece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin. When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, however some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.

How many treatments will I need?

Most areas require about 6 treatments, but the number of Prowave treatments you may require for optimal long-term benefits depends on various factors such as your hair's thickness, the area treated, and your hair's growth cycle. Interestingly, not all hairs are actively growing at the same time, but actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. Prowave systems work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area. Most people experience between 15 to 20% hair reduction with each treatment.

What happens after the treatment?

Immediately following your Prowave treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be re growth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment, and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave.

Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?

Following the treatment, you can return to your normal activities right away. However, since some redness may occur, you may want to plan your work or social engagements accordingly. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun. As always, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure. In addition, your physician may recommend that you use a specially formulated skin care product line or prescribe a skin care regimen especially formulated for your skin type.

What are the possible side effects?

Slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn may occur in some patients. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.

How do Prowave lasers compare with other hair removal methods?

Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are all temporary methods which must be repeated on a frequent basis. CoolGlide lasers offer permanent hair reduction for lasting results.

How do Prowave lasers compare with Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive, and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to them one at a time. Electrolysis often requires years of treatments at regular intervals. By delivering light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time, Prowave lasers effectively treat an area in just seconds that would take over an hour with electrolysis.

Why choose Prowave lasers over other laser hair removal systems?

Using the latest technology in laser hair removal, Prowave Laser Systems can rapidly treat large areas without the limitations of older technologies. The Prowave system's longer wavelength allows it to be used safely and effectively on patients with light or dark skin as well as tanned skin. Unlike other systems, Prowave lasers can treat the fine hair on a woman's upper lip just as easily and effectively as the coarse hair on a man's back. The cooled handpiece increases patient comfort and minimizes the adverse skin reaction commonly seen with other lasers.

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