Frequently Asked Questions
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a common hair removal technique in the U.S. It's preformed by a specially-trained laser specialist pointing a special laser at skin. The laser has highly concentrated beams that blasts the shaved skins hair follicles.
Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is for any man or women wanting to remove hair from an area on their skin. It can remove hair from the underarm, pubic area, face, legs, stomach, back, chest, toes, and more. Laser hair removal is not ideal for men or women with very fine, blonde, red, or grey hair. At head to toe laser we use the Cynosure Elite Laser system that has both the Alexandrite Laser for lighter sin and the NdYag Laser for darker skin - meaning we can treat all skin types!
How does the laser remove hair?
The laser removes the hair with highly concentrated beams that blasts skins hair follicles. The pigment in the hair follicles then absorbs the light and destroys the hair. Each pulse of the lasers light only takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at once. Since lasers target pigment, treatments are most effective on coarse hair because it has a lot of pigment and can absorb a lot of hear. Fine hair can't absorb as much hear which is why it's harder to treat.
How many laser treatments will I need and how far apart are they scheduled?
Most people need at least 6-8 treatments spaced between 4 and 8 weeks apart. Since hair grows in cycles, multiple treatments are needed in order to treat all hair on your body. Hair growth cycles do vary depending on body part. For example, legs and back need less frequent treatments (5 weeks apart), but facial hairs require sooner treatments (4 weeks apart.) About 3 weeks after your first treatment your hair will shed where you will experience a hair free period for several weeks.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Since 1997 the FDA has approved laser hair removal as a permanent form of hair removal as long as the hair is treated with the appropriate type of laser at the right settings.
However, some people may only want a reduction in the coarsness of hair in a certain area which is also possible. With the appropriate laser at the right settings it can also be used to reduce the majority of the coarse hair on a body area.
A client can tell how much reduction was achieved from treatments after waiting 6-12 months from their last treatment. Any hair that grows in after the 12-month period is new hair that the body can develop due to a number of factors like hormonal changes, diet, age, and medical conditions like PCOS. Clients who experience new growth are always welcome to touchup treatments.
There are also groups of people who's bodies do not respond to laser hair removal. This has not been officially confirmed or proven and reasons are still not known. It's difficult to judge whether a patients lack of results is a factor if them being a non-responder or a medical condition as listed above.
Can I get the same results using a handheld laser device?
Handheld laser hair removal home devices can't be compared to our professional systems. Due to regulations they are less powerful than anything a laser technicians would use. With a handheld home device you will need more treatments to get the same results and not all handheld laser devices are approved for all areas of the body or skin types. If you plan to use an at-home handheld device be sure to have a friend help you to make sure you don't miss a spot and lastly so that they can help shoot the laser in the more sensitive areas on your skin.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Laser hair removal works in small pulses of the laser light. It's not much more painful than waxing but it does have a different feeling than waxing. Some say it feels like a rubber band snapping up against the skin for a quick second while the laser is hitting the skin. If a client thinks that the laser is too painful there's also creams that can be used to treat that area.
Also please note that if a customer doesn't feel any pain during treatments the laser may be set too low which would prevent producing permanent results.
What can I expect immediately after my first laser treatment?
You can temporarily experience swelling or redness in the skin however, that should go away after a few hours. After 3 weeks some clients may see small black dots remain in the hair follicles in some areas which shed on their own- exfoliating can help speed up this progress.
What if I merely want to reduce hair density in a certain area?
You can reduce hair density easily with half of the treatments instead of the full course of treatments. However, be sure to find a licensed laser technician to do this for you to avoid a patchy job.
How do I prepare for my first laser treatment?
To prepare for your first laser treatment DO NOT EPILATE, WAX, OR REMOVE HAIR WITH THE ROOT USING ANY OTHER HAIR REMOVAL METHOD FOR AT LEAST 6 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST TREATMENT. You should shave 1-2 days prior to treatments to ensure that the lasers energy is targeted towards the hair follicle and not wasted on the hair above the skins surface. Treating unshaved hair can result in burning of the skin by singed hairs. Treatments are relatively quick but they do vary depending on how big the area you are treating is. For example Under arms can take a little as 5 minutes but full legs can take up to 1.5 hours. After each treatment you will be given aloe vera gel to help soothe your skin.
How old do you have to be for laser hair removal?
Younger individuals who are not finished growing will develop new hair as they grow and will require touch ups to maintain the results. We currently do not treat children under the age of 14 or older individuals with grey hair as they will not respond to the laser.