By Amanda Thomas
Laser therapies have been gaining recognition in the medical field steadily and are now becoming increasingly popular on Maui. The most common therapies are laser hair removal and facial rejuvenation. Anti-aging and Sweat Ablation laser therapies are becoming more prominent as well.
Laser hair removal provides patients with permanent hair reduction. That means 75 to 95 percent of the hairs never surface again, once patients complete all appointments. Most areas of the body where patients desire laser hair removal need between eight to 10 treatments.
Significant developments have been made in recent years in laser technology and now all skin types can be serviced here on Maui. But while all skin colors can be serviced, only hair that is brown or black will respond positively to treatment. Laser treatment can’t, as yet, remove blond, gray and red hairs.
Preparation for the procedures is relatively simple. Doctors ask clients to shave the desired removal site prior to the appointment. The most common area for laser hair removal on Maui is the bikini line, but nearly any area of the body can be treated.
In fact, spas on the island are seeing more men come in for laser hair removal on their backs and chests. The pain factor for laser hair removal is relatively low and the cost can be quite affordable, when the procedures are bought in packages.
Then there’s facial rejuvenation, which uses lasers to heat up the pulmonary system and water under the selected area to trick the skin into using its natural wound repairing ability. This non-ablative process can improve redness, pore size, rosacea and reduce the size of lines, sun spots and wrinkles.
The highlight of non-ablative facial rejuvenation is that it does not damage the epi-dermal or dermal layers of the skin. Also, facial rejuvenation requires no anesthesia and no down time for the patient, making it known as the “lunch time face lift.”
Facial rejuvenation sessions usually run between $100 and $400 per procedure. It takes five sessions to see considerable cumulative results and a client can have all the necessary sessions completed within two to four weeks.
One of the newest laser therapies to hit the island is Laser Sweat Ablation for Axillary Hyperhidrosis or, excessive underarm sweat. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia in just 30 minutes. This allows the patient to drive themselves home afterward.
The results have been described as “life changing” by recipients of the procedure, who can now wear any type of clothing they desire to social gatherings without the worry of odor, sweat stains or clothing discoloration.
While the costs of laser therapies can be on the higher side, it’s good to remember that the results of any of these procedures are generally permanent. Clients can save hundreds of dollars by getting laser therapy rather than constantly spending money on products, creams or other non-permanent procedures like waxing.