Q: What is laser hair removal?
A: Laser hair removal is a procedure to remove unwanted hair from the body by using a “laser beam” light with different wavelengths. Laser hair removal is performed by a certified and trained laser specialist or a physician; he or she positions the laser on to the skin. The laser works by destroying the hair follicles that are in their “active growth cycle” at the time of treatment. Some hair follicles are active at any given time, while other hair follicles enter this active phase at a different period. Because of this, several treatments are needed to destroy all the hair follicles in an area.
Q: How should I prepare for my first session?
A: Please shave the area to be treated prior to your session. Refrain from waxing or tweezing in the four weeks leading up to your session. It is also necessary to avoid sun exposure, self-tanner, and antibiotics for at least two weeks before your session. Finally, please do not use prescription topical treatments for at least one week prior to your session. Please inform your esthetician if you have taken Accutane in the past year. Also inform the esthetician if you are currently pregnant or nursing.
Q: Do I need to avoid anything after my session?
A: Please refrain from working out for at least 24 hours after your session. Also, avoid heat (saunas, hot baths, or hot showers). Be sure to keep the treated area out of the sun for at least one week afterward.
Q: Does laser hair removal work on all hair?
A: Laser hair removal works best on dark hair. It is ineffective for red, blonde and gray hair. People with medium to light brown hair may not see a significant reduction. However, these people may notice slowed growth and fewer hairs.
Q: Is laser hair removal permanent?
A: Laser hair removal is typically considered to be permanent, and the Food and Drug Administration approved this procedure calling it “permanent reduction.” Generally, this means clients shouldn’t think of laser hair removal as a procedure that will rid every single strand of hair from an area. Clients may develop new growth that requires occasional touch-up treatments (one to two times a year) after the first set of treatments. At Sacred Skincare, we ask clients to keep in mind that it’s nearly impossible to judge how someone’s body system will react to a specific treatment. Results might be influenced by a variety of different factors--such as an underlying medical condition, which may cause continuous growth and make it seem like the laser isn’t working.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: At least six to nine treatments every four to six weeks are generally necessary to achieve significant hair removal. Factors that determine the length of treatment include the area you choose to treat, the texture of the hair, the frequency of treatments, the history of waxing, tweezing, shaving, and depilatories, etc.
Q: Is laser hair removal painful?
A: Everyone’s pain threshold is different, but most people actually find laser hair removal to be less painful than waxing. During a laser treatment, you will feel as if your skin is being snapped by a rubber band. We minimize discomfort by applying a cool gel to the area before treatment. Please be aware that having a laser treatment during your menstrual cycle may increase sensitivity.
Q: What are the possible risks and side effects?
A: Side effects occur infrequently are generally temporary. If any of the conditions below last for more than five days, make sure to contact Sacred Skincare. The esthetician needs to know in order to adjust settings on your following treatment.
- Itching during and after treatment
- Redness for up to three days
- Swelling for up to three days
- Pain and feelings of tingling or numbness
- Crusting or scab formation (on ingrown hairs)
- Temporary pigment change (hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation)