Face it, for most people, getting rid of unwanted hair is a daily drudgery. Alternatives that allow for less shaving are painful, costly, and need to be repeated forever. Waxing, electrolysis, and even laser treatments are painful and in some cases require topical medication to soothe the pain. Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ laser hair removal with the Soprano Laser by Alma is a painless, permanent hair reduction treatment system. It truly is painless for most patient’s…even men. Laser hair removal works because the laser energy is absorbed by melanin (a pigment) within the hair follicle. Most laser hair removal systems are very painful as the laser energy is applied to the skin. In addition, they only work for very dark, coarse hair and cannot be used on dark skinned patients. The patented Soprano laser system is safe for all skin types, for hair colors, and on any hair types. The system gently and safely heats the targeted areas of hair with pulses of energy that are directed to the hair follicles. The systems cooling mechanism makes the skin comfortable and the process enjoyable. Many patients report that the technique reminds them of a hot rocks massage. Hair usually grows in several stages: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. The Catagen and Telogen stages are when the hairs have stopped growing and are resting. The Anagen phase is when the hairs are actively growing. This is the phase when the laser treatment is effective. Typically, 25% of the hairs treated in a given area are going through their Anagen phase. This means that to hit all the hairs effectively, the patient will need 4-6 treatments. As many patients grow new hairs throughout their life, some may require touch-up treatments two years after they were first treated. All regions of the body can be safely treated. Men who are tired of shaving their heads or beards can have these areas effectively treated. Backs and chests can be treated in 15-20 minutes. Legs, bikini areas, underarms, and private regions can be comfortably treated with the system.