All About Laser Hair Removal
LASER HAIR REMOVAL Q&A's
HOW WELL DOES IT WORK?
Laser hair removal has gained widespread popularity for its effectiveness in providing long-term hair reduction and smoother skin. This advanced cosmetic procedure utilizes concentrated beams of light to target and destroy hair follicles, inhibiting their ability to regrow hair. One of the key advantages of laser hair removal is its precision, allowing for selective targeting of specific areas without affecting the surrounding skin. The procedure is known for its efficiency, as it can treat large areas in relatively short sessions. Moreover, the results are often long-lasting, with many individuals experiencing a significant reduction in hair growth after just a few sessions. While individual responses may vary, laser hair removal is generally considered a safe and reliable method for achieving smooth, hair-free skin, making it a popular choice for those seeking a more permanent solution to unwanted hair.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
The sensation experienced during laser hair removal varies among individuals, but many describe it as a tolerable and relatively quick process. During the procedure, individuals typically feel a sensation akin to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin as the laser pulses target the hair follicles. Some areas may be more sensitive than others, and individuals might experience mild discomfort, tingling, or warmth. Advanced laser technologies often incorporate cooling mechanisms, such as cooling gels or air, to alleviate any potential discomfort and protect the surrounding skin. The duration of the discomfort is usually short-lived, and many find the overall experience manageable. It’s important to note that pain tolerance varies among individuals, and practitioners may adjust the laser settings to enhance the comfort of the procedure for each person. Overall, while sensations during laser hair removal are not entirely painless, the temporary discomfort is generally outweighed by the long-term benefits of reduced hair growth.
CAN I GET TREATED?
Laser hair removal is a versatile and widely accessible cosmetic procedure suitable for a broad range of individuals, with a few key considerations. Most importantly, it is generally recommended for adults who are not pregnant or nursing, and individuals under the age of 18 are typically excluded due to the ongoing development of their hormonal and physical systems. Those with medical conditions such as epilepsy or cancer may need to consult with their healthcare provider before undergoing the procedure. Additionally, individuals on medications causing photosensitivity should be cautious, as the treatment involves exposure to laser light. Moreover, laser hair removal cannot be performed over or in close proximity to tattoos or permanent makeup, as the laser may affect the pigments. Overall, for those meeting these criteria, laser hair removal offers a safe and effective solution for reducing unwanted hair and achieving smoother skin. It is always advisable to consult with a qualified practitioner to assess individual eligibility and discuss any specific concerns before undergoing the procedure.
WHAT BODY AREAS CAN I GET TREATED?
Laser hair removal is a versatile solution that can be applied to various areas of the body, offering individuals the flexibility to target unwanted hair in specific regions. Commonly treated areas include the face, particularly the upper lip and chin, as well as the neck. The procedure is also highly effective for the removal of hair on the underarms, legs, and bikini line, providing long-lasting smoothness. Additionally, laser hair removal is frequently sought for the chest and back, offering a convenient solution for both men and women. Smaller, more intricate areas like the fingers and toes can also be treated with precision. Essentially, laser hair removal is adaptable and can be customized to suit individual preferences, making it a comprehensive and widely applicable method for achieving hair reduction across various parts of the body.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE TREATMENT?
Prior to undergoing laser hair removal, clients can take several preparatory steps to ensure a safe and effective treatment. It is advisable to avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanning products for several weeks before the procedure, as increased melanin in the skin can interfere with the laser’s targeting of hair follicles. Shaving the targeted area a day or two before the session is recommended, as it allows the laser to focus directly on the hair follicles without singeing surface hair. It’s crucial to refrain from waxing or plucking for a few weeks beforehand, as these methods remove the hair follicle, which is the target of the laser. Clients should inform their practitioner about any changes in their medical history or medications, particularly those causing photosensitivity. Additionally, wearing loose and comfortable clothing on the day of the treatment can enhance comfort during the session. By following these guidelines, clients can optimize the effectiveness of laser hair removal while ensuring a smooth and safe experience.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY TREATMENT?
After laser hair removal, clients can anticipate certain post-treatment effects that are generally mild and temporary. It’s common to experience some redness and slight swelling in the treated area, akin to a mild sunburn, which typically subsides within a few hours to a day. Occasionally, individuals may notice the development of tiny bumps, known as follicular edema, but this is a transient reaction. Skin sensitivity might persist for a short period, and applying a soothing, fragrance-free moisturizer can help alleviate any discomfort. It’s essential to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen on the treated area to prevent pigmentation changes. While the treated hair follicles will gradually shed in the days following the session, individuals should refrain from waxing or plucking as the hair exits the follicle naturally. Multiple sessions are usually required for optimal results, and clients can expect to see a gradual reduction in hair growth over the course of their treatment plan. Consulting with the practitioner about any concerns or questions post-treatment ensures a smooth recovery process and enhances the overall satisfaction with the results.
WHO WILL PERFORM MY TREATMENT?
A certified Skin & Laser Institute technician will perform each treatment. Technicians all receive on-going training to ensure consistent quality and safety.
WHAT KIND OF LASERS DO YOU USE?
Good question, it’s great to do your research! We use the Lightsheer Diode and Lightsheer Quattro from Lumenis because they are the most effective lasers on the market and allow us to treat any skin color and type. We use advanced cooling technology, the Lightsheer Diode has a chill tip to cool the skin during your laser treatment to make sure you are comfortable.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
We have affordable starter packages that won’t leave you guessing how much you are going to pay. Start today and pay $96 for eight treatments on our small areas like your underarms, chin, or bikini line. Or, if you want our full-results membership pricing, give us a call and we’ll give you all our pricing over the phone. There is no need for a time-consuming, in-person consultation.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR TREATMENT
- Check these diagrams to see exactly what will be included in your treatment areas.
- Clients with red, grey, or blonde hair in the area to be treated should consult with a Simplicity Laser Technician prior to receiving treatments, as the laser is less effective on these hair colors.
- During your treatment, you can expect slight discomfort, similar to a rubber-band snap on your skin.
- You may experience slight redness, bumps, and swelling in the treated area for up to 72 hours. We recommend topical creams such as Restorative Gel, Lux MD, aloe, calamine, or hydrocortisone to be applied to the treatment area.
- Allow a minimum of 7 to 14 days post-treatment for hair to “fall out” or shed from the skin.
- On average, clients experience up to 30% reduction of active hair follicles after each treatment.
- For best results, allow your technician(s) to customize your treatment schedule based on your needs.
- Be advised, clients may not bring children under the age of 12 to their appointments.
- Avoid tanning beds and sunless tanning products to prevent adverse reactions.
- Avoid sun exposure greater than 30 minutes, even if wearing sunscreen.
- Treatment area must be clean-shaven 12-24 hours prior to treatment. Unshaved clients will be rescheduled. Razors are not provided in the clinics.
- Skin must be clean and free of makeup, lotions, oils, deodorant, sunless tanning products, numbing cream, etc. Products on the skin can increase the likelihood of adverse reactions from the laser.
- Avoid physical activities that increase body temperature for at least 2 hours before treatments.
- Skin that is sunburned, hot to the touch, peeling or is otherwise damaged cannot be treated.
- Mild redness and swelling of the hair follicles may occur (histamine reaction). This is normal and should lessen with time. Avoid picking or scratching the skin. Cool cloths may be applied.
- Avoid sun exposure, and other sources of UV light for 7 days post treatment. Careful sun exposure of no more than 30 minutes may be resumed from days 7-14 post treatment with daily use of zinc oxide sunscreen (SPF 30+). Avoid tanning beds for 14 days post treatment.
- Apply a zinc oxide sunscreen (SPF 30+) and use daily throughout treatments.
- To reduce heat retention, avoid tight clothing, boots, heated seats, etc. The body needs time to cool down after treatments to avoid complications.
- Avoid activities that increase body temperature for at least 2 hours after treatment, or longer if redness and bumps persists.
- If redness, swelling or itching continues, an over-the-counter cortisone cream and/or an oral antihismine (Benadryl) may be used in addition to cool cloths and Restorative Gel. Do not apply ice directly to the treated areas.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
- The best way to minimize the risk of side effects is to avoid UV exposure for 7 days pre and post-treatment.
- Avoid sunburns and tans for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Avoid sunless tanning products for 7 days before treatment.
- Provide your technician with an accurate and up-to-date medical history in order to receive safe and effective treatments.
- Side effects are uncommon but may include; Hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin), Hypopigmentation (loss of skin pigmentation), mild to moderate burns or blisters, permanent skin discoloration, temporary redness, follicular edema (little pink/red “puffiness, and small bumps like “goosebumps”), swelling and itching in the treated area, hives, rashes, bruising, and lack of desired results.
- Clients who are pregnant cannot be treated.
- Technicians cannot treat over tattoos.