Common Questions About Laser Hair Removal:
How Does Laser Treatment Work?
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Treatment will take place in our office. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Your certified laser technician will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small hand piece. Each laser pulse will be preceded by a short pulse of cooling spray. After a patch is done the technician will put a cool compress on the treated area.
Who Can Have Laser Hair Removal?
People with skin type I thru III (light, medium and light olive skin types) can have hair removed with our laser.
The laser is not effective on gray, red or extremely blond hair as the laser needs to find the pigment to kill the hair follicle. The laser is not safe on african american or mediterranean skin as these are skin types 4 & 5.
Is It Permanent, How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Laser hair removal is considered permanent as the laser kills the hair follicles under the skin. The amount of sessions required varies from each patient and what is being removed. Many factors depend on the amount of treatments as your hair grows in different phases. For hair removal multiple treatments will definitely be required. With the Candela GentleLASE laser usually less treatments are required.
How Do I Prepare For Treatment?
Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid waxing, plucking and electrolysis for six weeks prior to treatment. Only shaving the area being treated is permitted to get effective results. Shaving the area the day before or morning of treatment is necessary to achieve effective results. Tanning of any kind should be avoided for at least two weeks prior to treatment. All make up and/or lotions will need to be removed prior to treatment.
Does It Hurt?
Some patients may feel discomfort with each laser pulse. The discomfort is mostly described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. The discomfort resolves in seconds and is minimized by the cooling spray and a cool compress applied immediately after treatment.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
A cool compress will be applied immediately after treatment. You may notice some redness or swelling that should resolve within hours of treatment. You also may have some minor itching.
What Precautions Should I Take After Treatment?
After laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with any abrasive skin cleansers.
Are There Side Effects?
Your risks are minimal. Side effects may include redness, swelling, hyper-pigmentation and blistering in the treated area, these usually do not last more than a few days. Permanent side effects are rare.
Are These Treatments Covered By Insurance?
Most insurance companies DO NOT offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Check with your carrier for your individual plan. Our office accepts most major credit/debit cards, checks and cash. You will be required to pay for your treatments, payment plans will not be accepted.