Laser Hair Removal FAQs
How does laser hair removal differ from electrolysis?
During electrolysis, a needle is inserted into each hair follicle, delivering an electrical charge that destroys the follicle, a procedure that can cause discomfort or pain. Because only one hair follicle is destroyed at a time, it is exceptionally time consuming. In contrast, laser hair removal delivers light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at once. Therefore, both procedures serve the same purpose; however, laser hair removal is painless and takes a fraction of the time.
How many sessions will it take?
Although most areas can be treated in as few as five sessions, the number of sessions required varies and depends on the patientâ€™s hair and skin type and the size of the area to be treated. Repeated sessions are generally necessary and make laser hair removal extremely effective.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Longer wavelengths allow for treatment of all skin colors, but the procedure works best on hair with pigment. Laser hair removal is an excellent choice for men and women who have unwanted hair, and is the ideal choice for those who are tired of the maintenance required by temporary hair removal methods.
Is laser hair removal painful?
In most cases there is very little, if any, pain involved in laser hair removal. However, in patients who are sensitive to the procedure, a numbing cream can be applied before treatment begins.
How does the skin look after it has been treated?
Typically, the skin is a little red and swollen, but only for a short period of time. Of course, this varies from client to client, depending on skin type and the extent of the treatment. Most clients return to their normal activities immediately following treatment.
Is it okay to shave or sunbathe prior to treatment?
Because the laser targets the melanin in the follicle beneath the skin, it is best to shave at least twelve hours prior to treatment. Sun tanning should be avoided, and waxing, plucking, and electrolysis should be discontinued at least three weeks before treatment begins.
Is the treatment completely safe?
Yes. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second and is calibrated to destroy numerous hair follicles at a time while sparing the surrounding tissue. Laser hair removal is FDA approved and has been used safely since 1983.