Laser Hair Removal FAQ
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a procedure by which hair is removed from the body by utilizing a long pulse laser. The laser parameters are carefully defined by studying the anatomy the hair follicle and precisely matching the laser light and pulse duration to the follicle size, depth and location to inhibit the re-growth of the hair without damaging the follicles' delicate pores. Laser Hair Removal is safe, fast, effective and proven to be permanent (depending on skin type and hair color).
How does the laser hair removal treatment work?
Laser hair removal is performed by a specially-trained Certified Laser Specialist who distributes the light of a long pulse laser onto the skin. The laser works by disabling hairs that are in their active growth cycle at the time of treatment. Lasers designed for Laser Hair Removal emit wavelengths of light designed to be absorbed by the pigment in the hair. If the surrounding skin is relatively light compared to the color of the hair then the entire energy of the laser will be concentrated in the hair shaft, effectively destroying it without affecting the skin or follicle. While the laser emits a beam that only heats the hair shaft, heat is transmitted from the hair shaft to the surrounding tissue for several milliseconds after the laser pulse. Several lasers possess cooling attachments which cool the surrounding skin to fully absorb any heat transmitted from the destroyed hair shafts.
Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?
Both men and women who seek the above mentioned services to have superfluous or unwanted hair removed
Which body areas can be treated by laser hair removal?
Legs, arms, back, and chest. Sensitive areas such as the eyebrow, upper lip, ears, and even bikini lines can be easily and effectively treated by laser.
How many treatments will I need?
We see our clients for about (4) to six (6) treatments. This is because the first few treatments only eliminate the active hair follicles. Everyone has hair that is in an inactive or "resting" state. These hairs will generally start growing after the initial active hair is eliminated. Approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the initial treatment, additional treatments are required to eliminate the remaining hair shafts that are in the growth state. Since other hairs will enter their growth cycle at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the follicles in a given area. Factors that will determine the length of treatment include the particular area to be treated, the texture of hair, frequency of treatments, history of temporary measures to remove hair (waxing, tweezing, shaving, and depilatories, etc.).
Depending upon hair type and genetic factors, some clients may require additional treatments beyond these initial treatments. Your CLS will work with you to develop a treatment program which is appropriate for your own individual hair removal needs. Faithful adherence to your treatment schedule will assist your CLS in treating your condition.
What does it feel like?
With each pulse, which lasts less than a second, you feel a slight tingling feeling. In sensitive areas, such as the upper lip, chin or bikini line, you may feel a quick, light pinch. It is less painful than tweezing and our laser pulse removes hair each time in spots the size of a nickel. As an additional design benefit, the GentleLASE™, system combines cooling mechanisms that dissipates the irritation.
What about side effects?
Itching, during treatment
Swelling (around mouth of follicle)
Pain, tingling, or feeling of numbness (cold spray)
Crusting/scab formation (on ingrown hairs)
Purpura (purple coloring of the skin) on tanned areas
Most clients don't experience any side effects at all. You can return to your regular activities immediately after treatment, although we do advise you to keep out of direct sunlight, tanning beds, hot tubs, and hot showers. Excessive heat to an already exposed area can lead to skin damage.
What results can I expect?
At the end of treatment you can expect your skin to feel smooth yet slightly sensitive. Your results become progressively obvious as we perform more procedures on you.