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Hair Removal Champaign

Plastic / Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. James Kurley located in Champaign, IL.

Using the latest laser technology, we are able to remove those unwanted hairs. This will limit your need to shave, or use other depilatory devices again.

In 1998, the only options for removing unwanted hair were shaving, waxing, hair-removal creams, tweezing or electrolysis. These temporary and/or painful methods of hair removal can be eliminated by the latest technology. In the 1980s a Russian physicist, while developing the Ruby laser for defense purposes, accidentally lasered himself on the arm. He noticed that the hairs in the lasered area were vaporized and new hair growth occurred only after a number of months. As a result of this accident, laser hair removal was born. Dr. Kurley was the first in the Champaign, Illinois area to adopt this exciting technology using an Alexandrite laser.

Through repeated applications (to catch follicles in a growth stage), hair loss can be made permanent. This very fast technique is good for underarms, face (including eyebrows), legs, back, and most other skin surfaces.

We now use the fastest system of hair removal on the market, the Cynosure Smartpil II Neodimium-YAG Laser, which is two generations beyond the ruby laser. This system allows us to safely treat all skin types!

How does the treatment work?

The laser generates a specific wavelength (color) of very focused light that will be absorbed by the color (pigment) present in the hair. This energy absorption by the melanin pigment present in the hair creates heat. The heat that is generated near the base of the hair follicle helps to injure the cells that produced the hair so that the hair growth stops. Multiple sessions are necessary since not all hair is in the actively growing phase at the same time. That is why we recommend treatments about every 6-8 weeks-so that we are able to stop hair growth for those that are actively growing.

Many people notice, even after the first session of laser hair removal, a reduction in the rate of hair growth. It usually takes 2-3 sessions to beginning to notice that there are few her hairs in the area.

Does the treatment hurt?

The treatment is relatively comfortable since we utilize a handpiece that blows cooling air over the skin. We also apply a cool gel product to the skin area to be treated.

Is the laser effective for all hair colors?

The laser energy is only absorbed by melanin (color pigment) present in the hair. There is no treatment system on the market that will eliminate blonde, red, or gray colored hair. This is because there is not enough melanin pigment present to generate the heat necessary to injure the hair follicle cells. We have tried different measures to simulate melanin, but have not been successful. The laser is unfortunately not an option for light colored hair.

How many sessions will I need?

Laser hair reduction is not a medically necessary process. Therefore, since individual desires and results vary, the number of treatments will be very individual. Some people are satisfied simply to have the ability to go out at night without having “5 o’clock shadow”. Other individuals want to be virtually hair free. Those individuals will require more treatments sessions. We usually recommend starting with a package of 3 treatments and then proceed from that point forward.

What areas can be treated?

Laser hair reduction can be used for virtually any area of the body. The most common areas for treatment are face and neck (including chin, lip, sideburns, eyebrows, and the “unibrow”), armpits, bikini area (including “happy trail”), legs, and the back area for men.

Call our Champaign, IL office today at (217) 356-3850 to schedule your consultation. We look forward to meeting you in person. Dr. Kurley is a member of the ASPS and ASAPS associations and is also active in the local community organizations. Dr. Kurley supports Champaign City Hall, Champaign Chamber of Commerce, Champaign Realty Board, Champaign Rotary

Visit our plastic / cosmetic surgery, and medical spa office in Champaign, Illinois (IL), located near the Urbana, IL, University of Illinois campus area and accessible to residents of Springfield, Kankakee, Decatur, Danville, Charleston, Peoria and Bloomington, Illinois (IL).

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