Laser Hair Removal FAQ

Is Laser Hair reduction permanent?
The FDA requires the words “Permanent Hair Reduction" to be used rather than “Permanent Hair Removal”. The results are going to be permanent enough if you follow the treatment protocol. However, individual treatment results may vary depending on hair type, stress levels, certain medications and different hormone levels. Laser only destroys hair in its active growth phase, the anagen phase. During this phase at least 85% of the hair is permanently removed. It is possible to experience minimal re-growth in an area previously treated by normally dormant hair, at which time you may want to do an occasional touchup.

Is laser hair removal painful?
During laser hair removal, patients report a snapping feeling. A small number of patients report minor itching, redness or swelling in the treatment area that subsides within a few days.

How does the laser target the hair for removal?
Lasers use light and electric pulses to heat the hair follicle and destroy its roots without damaging the surrounding tissue or skin. By targeting the follicle, laser hair removal treatments inhibit any future hair growth.

How long after waxing can I get the Laser Hair Removal done?
You need to wait at least 4-6 weeks after your last wax. DO NOT TWEEZE.

How much does it cost?
Our prices are competitive and we have the latest state of the art technology. The total cost for permanent hair removal may be less than the continuing cost of temporary methods of hair removal.

What can I expect after the treatment?
The patient should shave the area treated 3-4 days after treatment. The hairs will look like they are still growing, but over the next 2 weeks they are trying to work their way out of the skin. In 4-8 weeks the next cycle of hair will grow in and the patient should return for another session.

Is there any down time for laser hair removal?
After your treatment you should be ready to go back to work or go on with your day. In terms of hair removal, you will notice some hairs falling out during or directly after the treatment. This trend will continue for about 21 days – just when it is about time for you to reschedule your next appointment. Rare after effects include: redness in the area that was treated. If you were exposed to the sun without sunscreen, you may also notice a skin discoloration.

How do I prepare for my laser hair removal?
The patient should not wax, tweeze or have electrolysis 4-6 weeks prior to treatment. Shaving or trimming the area with scissors is fine. The area must be shaved within 12-24 hours before treatment. You MUST stay out of the sun. Any tanning of the skin can result in pigmentation in the areas you laser.

How do I know it is safe?
Suzy Forbes is a Certified Clinical Electrologist, Certified Medical Electrologist, and Licensed Esthetician. She has been a Licensed Electrologist since 1997 and has been performing laser hair removal treatments since 2000.  Rest assured thatyou are in expert hands.

Can dark and tanned skin be treated?
The lasers used here will work safely on any skin color.

Does laser hair removal work on blonde, gray, or red hair?
Hair color is the most important factor; there must be some pigment in the follicle. Brown to black hair is treated most effectively, but laser will not work on blonde, red or gray hair.

What can blonde, red or gray haired people do for permanent hair removal?
As of now the only solution is Electrolysis, a much slower process that removes each hair individually.  Electrolysis is most ideal for shaping eyebrows. 

How many treatments will it take to remove the hair?
Due to the staggered nature of the hair growth cycle, in which some hairs are actively growing while others are dormant, laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to catch each hair as it enters the “active” growth phase. The number of treatments thus depends on the area and the hair growths cycle. There are 3 phases of hair growth - Anagen (active), Catagen (regression), and Telogen (resting). Laser technology can only treat hair in the anagen cycle. Age, hormones, ethnicity, weight and medication can increase hair growth. The number of laser hair removal treatments necessary for complete hair removal varies from person to person, and is best determined during consultation. Most patients require at least 5 to 7 treatments. Some may need more treatments due to hormonal, topical and physiological reasons. Treatments are spread out between intervals of 4 to 8 weeks.