Hair Removal

Hair removal is the #1 requested cosmetic treatment in the U.S. and, each year, tens of millions of Americans utilize some means of professional treatment for unwanted growth. A variety of hair removal methods exist, from the dermatologist-administered to spa treatments to at-home remedies. Over the last decade, laser and other dermatologist-based treatments have become increasingly popular methods for permanently eliminated unwanted facial and body hair for both men and women. In-office sessions can be completed in as little as 4-6 weeks.

S A F E, F A S T & C O M F O R T A B L E

Cutera Pro Wave

The ProWave Difference
The ProWave hair removal system delivers a specially tailored light source for permanent hair reduction. Cutera's newest hair removal innovation provides treatment for a wide range of skin types. An additional patient benefit is the ability of the handpiece to treat large areas such as women's legs and men's backs – quickly and safely.

What areas can be treated with ProWave?
ProWave 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 treatments feel like?
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 anesthesia when sensitive areas are treated.

How many ProWave treatments will I need?
Most areas require 3-6 treatments. The number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depend on multiple factors – hair thickness, the area treated and your hair's growth cycle. Hairs grow at different rates and go through three distinct phases: growth, regression and resting. ProWave treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. As other hairs enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.

What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following your ProWave treatment, the area may appear red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth 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.

Is activity restricted after treatment?
Following the treatment, you can return to your normal activities right away, but some redness may occur. The use of sunscreens is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun. In addition, your physician may recommend 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?
Although patients experience few side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local l swelling of the skin, similar to sunburn. 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 does ProWave compare with other hair removal methods?
Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams are all temporary methods which must be repeated on a frequent basis. ProWave offers permanent hair reduction for lasting results.

How does ProWave compare with electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each 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 effectively treats and area in just seconds that would take over an hour with electrolysis.

Why is ProWave a good choice over other hair removal systems?
Using the latest technology in hair removal, ProWave can rapidly treat large areas safely and effectively on patients with a wide range of skin types. The cooled handpiece increases patient comfort and minimizes the adverse skin reaction commonly seen with other light sources.