Laser hair removal is a commonly chosen procedure that permanently rids patients of unwanted hair by heating the hair follicle until it can no longer produce new hair.
If you’re looking for the best possible permanent hair removal treatment, laser hair removal is ideal if you want the lowest chance of pain and complications.
Whether you’re ready to schedule your consultation or first visit or you want some more information, we are ready to help.
Frequently Asked Questions.
How does laser hair reduction work?
Laser hair reduction uses light energy that passes through the skin surface and heats the hair follicles beneath the skin until they can no longer produce new hair. The heat disrupts the melanin protein pigment that creates hair color. The melanin swells and ruptures the follicle cells. While this happens, the surface of the skin stays cool and comfortable.
What types of laser are used? Are they painful? Is it safe?
A “diode” laser is used on light to intermediate skin color and a “YAG” laser is used on dark skin. These terms are abbreviations for the solid substances that emit the laser energy.
Our Diode laser has a SHR tip which feels cold on the skin and eliminates both pain and burns.
Our Diode laser have been cleared for general use by the FDA, so you can be assured they have passed stringent tests for safety and efficacy.
Are the treatments performed by a doctor?
Technology, including laser technology, is changing the way both medicine and cosmetics are practiced. Procedures such as laser hair reduction that may have once been performed by a doctor 10-20 years ago are now so safe and routine that they are more appropriately done by a technician. During your initial consultation, your practitioner will examine you and refer you to a physician if needed. If you have any medical concerns at all, do not hesitate to consult with your physician.
How many sessions are needed for diode laser treatment?
Six sessions are recommended to reduce hair from any part of the body. The laser only eliminates actively growing hair follicles. Only 20% of the body’s hair follicles are growing at any one time; the others are in a dormant phase. Thus most of the hair is removed in the first five sessions. The sixth sessions is reserved to clean up any hair that may have been missed. Normally, 80-95% of the hair is eliminated after the six treatments. Individuals with especially thick or dense hair, or with above average hormonal activity, may need more than six sessions to remove all of the hair.
How long is each session?
This depends on the size of the area being treated. We allow up to 15 minutes for small areas (bikini, underarms, chin, lip, sideburns, cheeks, hands, toes, or navel), up to 30 minutes for medium and large areas (Brazilian, lower legs, full face, arms, shoulders, or chest), and up to 45 minutes for extra large areas such as the upper legs and back. Individual area may vary in size and hair density so we also take all factors into consideration and let you know when we first see you.
What is interval between each session?
The hair’s growth cycle is at least four weeks. Thus at least four weeks are needed between sessions to allow enough new hair to grow out to make the next treatment worthwhile. After several sessions, when most of the hair has been removed, sessions may be spaced even less frequently, once again to allow enough new hair to grow out.
Is the hair reduction permanent?
Many people find that their hair reduction is permanent. Some people have naturally rapid hair growth and find that their hair growth does not cease completely. Health changes and hormonal changes, including menopause and use of birth control pills, may cause hair growth to recur after some time. The new hair is often lighter, finer, and sparser than the original hair. A client may wish to have maintenance sessions if they are needed.
How shall I prepare for hair reduction treatment?
Shave the area as closely as possible, as soon as possible before the session, so that the laser light can penetrate to the root of the hair follicle. Discontinue waxing, plucking, and tweezing so that hair can grow out to the surface of the skin for more effective removal. Avoid tanning and excessive sun exposure which increases the risk of a laser burn.
What can I expect after laser hair reduction and what care is needed?
Most people can resume normal activities immediately after their treatment. There may be a mild, temporary reddening or irritation of the treated area similar to a mild sunburn. Avoid tanning and excessive sun exposure afterward, which may cause the skin to burn. We like to be conservative and recommend avoiding direct sun exposure for two weeks prior to and after any laser treatment.
Why laser hair removal is the best treatment for excess hair?
Unlike other hair removal treatments, laser hair removal is painless and comes with minimal setbacks and side effects. There are few treatments that are as effective or easy to undergo as laser hair removal.