Prowave Laser Hair Removal System by Cutera

The Prowave Laser Hair Removal System is a safe, fast and highly effective treatment that removes unwanted hair from the entire body, including the face, legs, arms, underarms, bikini line and back. This system delivers a specially tailored light source for permanent hair reduction and provides treatment for a wide range of skin types.


What do Prowave treatments feel like?

When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required; however, some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are being treated.

How many Prowave treatments are needed?

Most areas require 3-6 treatments. However, the number of treatments required for optimal long- term benefits depends on multiple factors, such as the size of the targeted area and the thickness, color and growth cycle of the hair itself. Each hair grows at a different rate and goes 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. Since other hairs will 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 treatment?

Immediately following the Prowave treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment, patients may notice what appears to be a re-growth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of the treatment and are not re-growing. Between treatments, patients should not wax or pluck hair, but can shave.

Are there any post treatment restrictions?

Following the treatment, patients can immediately return to their normal activities. Because some redness may occur, sunscreen should be applied to any treated areas exposed to the sun.

What are the possible side effects?

Although patients experience few side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to sunburn. These effects typically last only a matter of hours. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Avoid hot baths, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours. Aloe Vera or cortisone cream may be applied.