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Laser Hair Removal

Dr. Shim Ching offers virtually painless hair removal through the use of the latest technology, the revolutionary Soprano® hair removal system. The Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ Soprano laser hair removal system at our Honolulu, Hawaii, office offers hair removal patients an alternative to waxing, shaving, tweezing, or electrolysis. Patients visit us from throughout the islands for comfortable treatments that don’t require topical anesthetic, cooling, or other numbing agents. The Soprano laser treats all skin types with speed, comfort, and lasting results.

How It Works

Years of research and scientific studies discovered wavelengths that, when concentrated on hair, destroyed the hair follicle. Lasers were then developed to not only perform hair removal, but also do it through a safe, comfortable, nonsurgical procedure.

The wavelengths used by the laser in laser hair removal treatments are absorbed by the melanin, or pigment, in the hair itself. The precise targeting on those certain wavelengths eliminates the hair and leaves your skin unaffected.  Although heat is generated by the laser, cooling attachments counter it during the session. They also negate any heat that is produced within the hair shafts as they are treated.

Women and men visit Dr. Shim Ching in Honolulu, Hawaii, for laser hair removal to get rid of excessive hair growth on the face and body. Previously the standard method for hair removal was electrolysis, which could only treat one hair at a time. One of the greatest breakthroughs of laser hair removal is that it can treat multiple hairs simultaneously.

This alone was a huge step forward as it greatly sped up the hair removal process. What used to take hundreds of hours can now be done in a fraction of the time and with greater effectiveness.

You may wonder, though, what precisely is the process that the laser uses on hair? A laser is merely a beam of light, its strength rooted in the narrow band of wavelengths it generates.

The Importance of Wavelengths in Laser Hair Removal

Years of research and scientific studies discovered the wavelengths that, when concentrated on hair, destroyed the hair shaft(s). The lasers were then developed to not only perform hair removal, but also do it safely and with a minimum of discomfort.

The wavelengths used by the laser in laser hair removal treatments are absorbed by the melanin, or pigment, in the hair itself. The precise targeting on those certain wavelengths eliminates the hair, leaving your skin unaffected. All the energy is focused on the hair shaft.

The laser’s wavelength focus is made even more precise by the fact that the laser can be adjusted for your individual case and treatment. Your body and your hairs have unique characteristics. Therefore they respond best to a certain subset of those wavelengths that eliminate hair. Dr. Ching and his technicians will adjust the laser to fit your specific case and get you the best results possible from your hair removal sessions.

Although there is heat generated by the laser, there are cooling attachments, which counter it during the session. They also negate any heat that is produced within the hair shafts as they are treated. This is yet another advancement in cosmetic technology that has made laser hair removal very popular and easy to undergo.

These technological leaps forward mean you’re getting the full benefit of cutting-edge knowledge and expertise from Dr. Ching and his skilled staff.

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The laser’s wavelength focus is made even more precise by the fact that the laser can be adjusted for your individual case and treatment. Dr. Ching and his technicians will adjust the laser to fit your specific case and get you the best results possible from your hair removal sessions.

Treatments Needed

A single laser hair removal treatment can only target some of the desired hairs. The follicles that are dormant at that time are unaffected by the laser, so a later session is necessary. This allows time for additional follicles to become active and treatable.

The treatments are usually spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart for this reason. That schedule may be varied according to Dr. Ching’s decision on what will bring the best results for your hair removal. Some patients choose to maximize their time in the office with laser skin resurfacing or BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments.

Although you can see some results after the initial treatment, the real effects will usually be seen starting with the third session, once the majority of hairs in the targeted area have been fully treated.

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Dr. Shim Ching

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shim Ching is one of Hawaii’s most renowned physicians for aesthetic procedures of the face, breast, and body. His attention to detail, skill, and mastery of surgical techniques produce remarkable, natural-looking results.

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Pre-Treatment Guidelines

  • Please avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning beds, and tanning creams for approximately 48 hours prior to any laser treatment and refrain from using these products throughout the course of the remaining treatments.
  • Do not wax or use tweezers in the area for at least 4 weeks prior to your scheduled treatment.
  • Please shave the area to be treated prior to the day of the appointment (approximately 12 to 24 hours prior) to ensure a clean, hairless surface. Thick, overlaying hair, if not shaved, will absorb the laser energy and superficial burns can occur.
  • Please do not apply deodorant on the day of your appointment.
  • Please wait 2 weeks before/after injectable or filler procedures in the treatment area.
  • Patients with a history of herpes simplex in the treatment area should take preventative medication (such as Zovirax) prior to treatment.
  • There is a small risk or adverse reactions, such as changes in the texture and pigmentation of the skin, which are usually transient.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Are Multiple Hair Removal Sessions Needed?

Clients who visit Dr. Ching for laser hair removal in Honolulu, Hawaii, often ask:
“Why does it take 5 sessions to complete?” Or “What’s the reason for spacing apart the hair removal treatments by a few weeks?”

Both questions about laser hair removal can be answered by the fact that your hair has 3 growth phases, which it is always cycling through. One of the phases is known as the Dormant Phase because that is precisely what occurs during that time ­ the hair follicle is dormant. When it is dormant, that means there is no hair present, so the laser cannot target it.

Laser hair removal works because the pigmented hair in the follicle absorbs laser light, generating heat which damages the follicle. When the follicle is damaged in this manner, it stops growing hair.

The other issue is that all of your follicles do not go through the same cycles at the same time. Although most of your hair is in the active phase at any one time, it’s not always the same hairs making up that majority.

Therefore a single laser hair removal treatment can only target some of the desired hairs. The follicles that are dormant at that time are unaffected by the laser so a later session is necessary. This allows time for additional follicles to become active so they are treatable.

The Spacing of Your Laser Hair Removal Sessions

The treatments are usually spaced out 3 to 4 weeks apart for this reason. That schedule may be varied according to Dr. Ching’s decision on what will bring the best results for your hair removal.

Hair can actually be in the active phase and yet be beneath the skin, unnoticed. Laser hair treatment can still remove these hairs even though they cannot be seen. The most important factor is that they are in the active phase, whether they have grown past the skin level or not.

Although you can see some results after the initial treatment, the real effects will usually be seen starting with the 3rd session. That is because this is when the majority of hairs in the targeted area have been fully treated.

Next Steps

To learn more about permanent laser hair removal in Honolulu, Hawaii, request a consultation with Dr. Ching, or call our office at (808) 585-8855 to schedule an appointment.

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