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Beauty Work In Progress: Laser hair reduction

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Kristi Lett

Hair is a sensitive subject for women. We want more in some places, less in others.

Last week's column visited the Beauty Boutique in Lebanon where I learned that thicker, longer and more beautiful hair is attainable via extensions. However, just as much as women desire the hair on their heads to be thick and lush - they wish unwanted facial and body hair would forever disappear.

While this hair cannot technically be permanently "removed" according to the FDA - it can be permanent "reduced" said aesthetician Kristi Lett at The Lett Center.

Lett, a former therapist, was called into the field of aesthetics and came to work at The Lett Center in 2006. "Before people would come to me with an intrinsic issue and here people come to me with an extrinsic issue," she said of the relation between professions.

One of these issues is excess or unwanted hair. Lett said that a series of treatments using their laser equipment - Candela Gentle Lase Plus, for fair or Caucasian skin types, or Gentle Yag, for all skin types - can help reduce hair growth.

When a patient comes in for the treatment, Lett first discusses their wishes, medical history and experiences with laser. A patient must have no sun exposure and certain medications and hormone replacement therapy are taken into consideration before the treatment can be performed.

If they are a candidate for the treatment, the area to be treated must be shaved. Areas that can be treated include the face, neck, under arms, chest, stomach, bikini area, buttock and legs. Prices range from $75-150 per area, per treatment.

Lett said that patient need to prepare for six or more treatments to permanent reduce the hair. "It will significantly reduce hair growth but some patients may require maintenance one or twice a year."

"I've never seen a patient do less than six," she said. "Depending on the part of the body dictates the number of weeks between appointments."

The laser treatment is not intensely painful, but patients will feel a sting similar to a rubber band flicking. "People who have been waxed have told me that waxing was more uncomfortable," Lett added.

Patients may experience some redness and swelling anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours after the procedure.

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