How does laser hair removal work?
With laser hair removal the laser targets the dark of the melanin pigment in the hair follicle. Since melanin is only produced in the growth phase of the hair, the laser in order to succeed must target the hair follicle during this cycle. At any given time, 10-15 % of the hair in a particular area may be in a growth phase. Therefore, more than one treatment needs to be scheduled, preferably at 4-6 week intervals in order to have a success rate of disabling most hair follicles
How many treatments are typically needed?
Laser treatment impairs the growth of hair follicles when they are in the anagen (growth) cycle at the time of treatment. Unfortunately, not all hair follicles are at this stage at the same time. For effective reduction of hair removal, most people require approximately six to eight treatments to achieve the desired results. The number of sessions needed also depend on the treatment area you require and the condition of your skin and overall health.
Who performs the procedures?
All laser treatments are performed by fully certified and trained staff. We have years of experience in laser hair removal and specialist are certified by numerous industry authorities and laser device providers, including Alma, Cutera, Cynosure, Candela, Solta and Lumenis
Are there any side effects?
To start off, there is no recovery or down time. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately. After the treatment you may experience a slight reddening of the skin similar to a light sunburn that will resolve within a few hours to days. In certain instances (especially in patients with darker complexions) temporary pigment changes may occur, but will disappear within a month. In saying that it is very important to take the advice of your trained specialist and follow their guidelines
Is the treatment painful?
Our lasers use a special cooling system that lowers the temperature of the skin at the treatment site before, during, and after laser exposure. Therefore, the treatment is generally not painful and is well tolerated.
Are the results permanent?
We like to refer to it as a permanent hair reduction. Results vary depending on skin and hair type and sometime even medical conditions. Studies have shown that many patients can achieve a hair reduction of up to 85-90% and remaining hair returns lighter and softer.
Does my hair need to be grown out for the treatment?
No! Actually we recommend that you shave the area to be treated. The only reason we sometimes recommend our clients to leave the hair long is so that we can identify the texture of the hair. This can be done easily by looking at the other body parts where there is hair. Waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or any other method that removes the hair must be discontinued at least 2 weeks prior to treatment.
Will I have to use any topical anesthetics before my treatment?
Absolutely not! In most cases it is not recommended to use any topical numbing preparations (prescription or non-prescription) prior to laser hair removal. The Cooling device that our laser is equipped with eliminates the need for any topical numbing preparations. Before every laser pulse, your specialist will allow the cooling device customers to sit on skin for a few seconds prior and after. This makes the treatment safer and more comfortable.
How long will the procedure take?
When speaking of treatment time, times vary and with the use of Lumenis it has two different spot sizes and multiple features to make the treatments time efficient. This larger spot size coupled with more hertz (power), means a faster and more effective treatment. For example, Full legs can be treated in about 20-25 minutes.
Is laser a better option than electrolysis?
With electrolysis, each hair is individually destroyed within each follicle. A laser has a much greater coverage area, and will penetrate several follicles with each pulse .While electrolysis can eliminate fine and light hairs, the result of a laser treatment is faster, less painful and more manageable