FAQ

Top 10 Questions about Laser Hair Removal

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1. Q. How Is Laser Hair Removal Different From Waxing, Shaving Or Electrolysis?

A. Waxing pulls the hair follicles out at the root. Although, this can destroy some hair follicles you have to ensure they are pulled out completely. Waxing usually just results in re-growth within a few weeks. Shaving cuts hair just below the surface of the skin.  Hair typically reappears within the next 24-48 hours. Electrolysis uses an electric current to destroy hair at the root by inserting a probe into the follicle. However, electrolysis can only remove one hair at a time and often burns the area surrounding the follicle. Laser hair removal uses laser light — an intense, pulsating beam of light — to remove unwanted hair from areas where the light is targeted. When the light beam hits the hair follicle (where hair growth originates), the intense heat destroys the hair follicle instantly for areas that can be as small as an upper lip or as large as an entire leg. Laser hair removal removes large areas of hair at a time.

2. Q. How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

A. It’s a simple formula:  heat + hair follicle pigment = bye bye hair! Laser hair removal works by passing a light beam through the skin. The laser targets dark pigment, called melanin, in hair. What this really means is that the laser uses heat to seek out the hair follicles that are active.  The heat then permanently disables the hair follicle by targeting the melanin (pigment) within the follicle. The reason several treatments are needed is because only about 30% of hair follicles are active at any given time.

3. Q. Will Laser Hair Removal Work for Me?

A. Laser hair removal relies upon targeting the melanin or pigment in the hair.  For this reason laser hair removal is not effective on light, red, blond, gray or white hair because of the lack of melanin within the follicle. So let your true color shine…..

4. Q. What Areas Can Or Cannot Be Treated With A Laser?

A. Almost anywhere with dark hair (except eyes) can become hair free! Laser hair removal is great because it can safely remove hair from almost any part of the body such as: the bikini area, chest, upper lip, cheeks, chin, neck, back, buttocks, and more! Laser hair removal cannot be used for areas around the eyes (safety first) or areas that have light or white hair.

5. Q. On Average, How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Are Needed?

A. Four to six treatments on average are needed. The average treatment sessions are spaced 6-8 weeks apart (for body) and 4-6 weeks apart (for face and neck). Multiple treatments are necessary because the follicles that were dormant during your first treatment will begin to enter their active phase and grow hair. Each laser hair removal session is repeated 4-6 times, killing the once dormant follicles one cycle at a time. Remember, since each person is unique so is the way he/she will respond to treatment so additional treatments may be required.

6. Q. Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

A. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different; however, the majority of our patients agree our new machines are almost pain free. The first session tends to be the most uncomfortable simply because you haven’t experienced it before. Patients compare the treatments to a warm to hot vacuum suctioning feeling. (Not so bad, right?) Most people also report that laser hair removal is more comfortable and tolerable than waxing or plucking.

7. Q. What Type Of Equipment Is Used?

A. We use the Lumenis LightSheer duet Laser System, this laser is FDA approved for all skin types. The LightSheer duet Laser System sets the Gold Standard with vacuum-assist technology and enables us to treat backs and legs comfortably in only minutes. We also use Candela MiniGentleLASE, this laser is also FDA approved for all skin types and considered to be the industry’s premier choice in laser hair removal technology. The Candela MiniGentleLASE uses the alexandrite laser, which is the strongest available in the world.

8. Q. What Can I Expect On My First Visit?

A. You’ll have a complimentary consultation with our trained laser advisor to discuss expectations and review your needs. You’ll then receive a “patch test” performed by our providers that will enable them to determine a treatment plan best suited for you. (At that time, please inform your provider about all medication you are currently taking.) Prior to your first treatment, your skin color and hair thickness will be examined to determine the appropriate laser settings. We will perform a skin tolerance test at various laser energy levels. Together we’ll determine the level of energy and treatment that is best for you and your hair removal.

9. Q. What Do I Need To Do In Preparation For A Laser Treatment?

A. In preparation for each treatment, you must follow a few simple instructions to ensure the best results: Avoid sun exposure, tanning salons, and tanning creams. The risk of skin complications increase if you have had a change in skin color, a sunburn, or initial sun exposure within 30-60 days of a treatment. If you have been over exposed to the sun or have tanned, your appointment may need to be rescheduled (safety first). Do not pluck, wax, or bleach 15-30 days before treatment. These methods of hair removal take the hair shaft out of the follicle. For the laser treatment to be effective, the hair shaft must remain in the follicle. You may shave between treatments as needed because shaving only removes the hair above the skin and does not affect the follicle.  Shave or trim the area to be treated the night before treatment. (If you have had a history of perioral herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be started the day before treatment and continued after treatment. Contact your primary care physician prior to starting any treatments.)

10. Q. What are possible side effects of laser hair removal?

A. Temporary irritation, crusting or scabbing is possible after laser hair removal. You may experience temporary pigment changes (darkening or lightening to the treated skin.) Skin lightening primarily affects those who have darker skin, especially if you had recent sun exposure. The key word is temporary! There is no recovery period with Laser hair removal and therefore considered a “lunch time” procedure. Therefore, you are in and out in minutes and free to continue on with your day’s adventures