- What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a procedure which removes hair from the body utilizing an intense burst of light that is absorbed by the hair folicle.
The treatment is performed by a specially-trained laser specialist by pointing the laser device at shaved skin. Laser heat disables follicles from producing hair.
- Am I a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Both men and women seek laser hair removal to remove unwanted hair. Laser hair removal is commonly done on underarm, pubic area, legs, abdomen, lip, chin, back, buttocks, thighs, face, neck,
chest, arms, and toes. The only time laser hair removal will not work for you is if your hair is too fine (like Peach fuzz) and/or too light in color, such as gray and blonde hair.
*If you are a minor, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian with you to read and sign the consent form prior to the procedure on your first visit.
- Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
In one pulse, laser removes all the hair on a patch of skin the size of a nickel or a quarter. Generally, laser hair removal is not much more painful than waxing, though the sensation is
different. With each pulse, the feeling resembles a rubber band snapping against the skin for a quick second. Pain is only felt while laser is hitting the skin and doesn’t last.
- How many treatments will I need?
Typically, 4 to 6 treatments is adequate to provide permanent hair reduction. However, after a one-on-one consultation, we may determine that based on the density of your hair, hair color and
skin color, you may require additional treatment. You should continue treatments until remaining hairs are too fine for laser to target, or until they’ve reached your desired reduction.
- Why do I need 4 – 6 treatments?
Hair growth occurs in 4 stages: Early Anagen (early hair growth), Anagen (active hair growth) Catagen (regression) Telogen (resting, not growing) Laser hair removal only affects the Anagen
stage, (actively growing hair). Therefore,
approximately twenty-five-percent of hair is removed with each treatment. After 4 to 6 treatments, the area should be free from hair.
- Will my hair ever grow back?
Actively growing hairs that are treated should not grow back. Once a hair follicle is damaged it cannot grow hair. However, hair follicles that were not in the active growth phase will need to
be treated. It’s also not unusual for clients to have a touch-up two years after initial treatment due to hormonal changes.
- Should I shave before the treatment?
Make sure that the area that’s about to be treated gets completely shaved the night before your treatment so that the laser energy is targeted towards the hair follicle and not wasted it on the
hair above the skin’s surface. Treating unshaved skin can result in burning of the skin by singed hairs.
- How frequently do I need treatments?
We recommend that you come in every 4 to 6 weeks for your treatments.
What happens after each treatment?
Temporary pinkness in the skin lasts a very short time and most people return to work and/or normal activities immediately after treatment. The treated area will “shed” some hairs over the next
3 – 4 weeks and you may experience a period of hairlessness in that area while you wait for your next treatment.
- Are there any laser hair removal risks or side effects?
Some people may experience the following potential temporary side effects:
• Redness for up to 3 days
• Swelling around mouth of follicle for up to 3 days
• Tingling or feeling of numbness
• Temporary pigment change on darker skin
- How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost for laser hair removal treatments vary by body part. However, compared to a life time of waxing laser hair removal creates a significant savings that can save money year after year.
Please refer to our pricelist for a complete price list of all of our laser treatments.
- What are the Causes of Excessive Hair Growth and How Can They Affect My Treatments?
The causes of excessive hair growth are many and varied, including:
• Glandular and/or hormonal imbalances, including diseases causing these effects (i.e. PCOS condition in women)
• Insulin resistance issues
• Thyroid problems
• Reactions to certain medications
• Normal aging processes
Before starting laser treatments, patients with excessive hair growth on uncommon areas should explore possible underlying medical reasons for it. Hair removal methods can only impact hair
that’s currently growing. They cannot
prevent the body from developing new hair after treatments are completed.
Women with facial male-pattern growth are advised to see an endocrinologist to explore the possibility of PCOS or elevated testosterone levels. Men experiencing excessive growth can get tested
for insulin resistance