Laser Hair Removal
How does a Laser remove hair?
The laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin, to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. Upon absorption, the laser energy is transformed into heat, which disables the follicle.
What does it feel like?
The feel of the laser on the skin has been described in many different ways. Some say it feels like a pinch on the skin. Others say it feels like a mild rubber band snap.
How long will the procedure take?
That depends on the area you are having done. An entire back can be done in 1 ½ to 3 hours,. underarms can be done in 1-2 minutes, and an upper lip in less than 10 seconds. These are just a few examples.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Generally speaking, white, brown, black, male, female – if you are concerned about unwanted dark hairs, you are probably a candidate for laser hair removal. Other factors can influence the treatment process, but these are generally best evaluated and discussed in person.
How many treatments will be necessary?
To remove the hair, you will need at approx 6-8 treatments. This is because hair grows in cycles, and only the follicles that are in an active growth stage at the time of the treatment are eliminated. So your next appointment will be scheduled to coincide with the next active growth stage (about 6 weeks later). Many factors such as hormones, age, ethnicity, weight, metabolism, and medication all influence the body’s hair growth. So, because each person’s skin and hair are different, results may differ from person to person.
How should I prepare for Hair Removal?
Avoid waxing, plucking or bleaching your hair before treatments. You will be asked to shave the night before or morning of treatment. Avoid tanning or tanning agents for six weeks prior to treatment. Tanning will increase the risk of temporary hyper or hypo-pigmentation (light or dark spots). Remember, to use sun protection before and after laser treatments. Some medications or medical conditions may be contra-indications for laser hair removal. These circumstances will also be specifically discussed during your consultation. Please schedule a complimentary consultation to receive a personal explanation of the procedure or answer any specific questions.