Prior to your first treatment, you will have a consultation. During the consultation, we will determine your skin type, review any medications you have been taking and get a general health history.
If you are on medications that could create photosensitivity, or if there is an issue in your medical history that could result in a less than ideal treatment, we will either perform a test spot or inform you that laser hair reduction may not be safe or effective at this time.
Following the consultation, if we determine you are a good candidate, we will proceed with treatment starting with a test spot. This spot typically is inside the arm. While we wait a few minutes to see what effect the test spot has on your skin, we will ask that you specifically let us know what hair you want removed.
Excessive sun exposure either before or after laser treatments is not advised and we will not perform LHR on individuals who have had or will have excessive sun exposure immediately before or immediately after laser treatments. Individuals who go to tanning beds are never good candidates for laser hair reduction as this concentrated form of UVA light is considered by many to be far more dangerous than traditional sun exposure.
Each person receiving a laser treatment will be wearing protective eyewear. You will still be able to see a flash of light, but your eyes will be completely covered. The laser technicians wear a type of eyewear, as well.
During the treatment, all areas of the body that will not be lasered will be covered with clothing. Only the areas to receive laser treatment will be exposed. We use modesty towels to cover any area adjacent to the area being treated. We are always mindful of your comfort and your peace of mind. There won’t be any surprises as we will let you know ahead of time what to expect.
We ask that you arrive on time for your appointment. We also ask that you shave whatever possible yourself. Shaving the full bikini area may be tough for some, but we encourage you to try. Patients are typically much more comfortable shaving themselves than when we have to shave them. We also ask that you are freshly showered or bathed with completely clean skin, without lotions, creams or fragrances of any kind before coming in. Following a treatment you may feel a little sensitive, but generally people just feel very clean and sleek. More good news is you don’t need to wait for hair to grow in like waxing, you can continue shaving any hair you see (it will be reduced immediately).
Prior to any laser treatment, new patients will first have a consultation with a therapist who will perform a brief history and physical to determine that laser hair reduction can be safe and effective for the client. Skin irritation, sunburn, rashes, etc. would be a contraindication to laser hair removal / Reduction. Some medications that cause photosensitivity could also be a contraindication.
- Patient must be clean shaven in all treatment areas on day of treatment.
- Patient cannot have bleached, waxed or plucked the hair in areas to be treated within two weeks of appointment.
- No depilatory (cream, gel, or foam hair removal product) can be used for 2 weeks prior to appointment.
- Patient must avoid intense sun exposure (including tanning beds)10 days before and after treatment.
- Patient cannot have had a microdermabrasion, peel, or another laser treatment within two weeks of appointment.
- Patient cannot have used prescription topical Benzoyl Peroxide Medications or Retinoids (such as Retin-A or Renova)
- Patient cannot have taken Accutane within 6 months of treatment.
Laser Hair REMOVAL or Laser Hair REDUCTION?
This is an issue of perception in our industry; while everyone calls it Laser Hair Removal, the correct term is actually Permanent Laser Hair REDUCTION. There are no lasers that have achieved permanent hair removal, only permanent hair reduction (Lasers have not been used long enough to claim a lifetime of effectiveness). One can achieve anywhere from a 70% – 90% reduction in hair growth, although we have had cases where hair is completely gone for over 15 years, we cannot give a 100% guarantee the hair will be gone forever. These results will be influenced by certain conditions such as skin and hair colour and hormones. For example, pregnancy can result in totally new hair growth in the same area.
How does laser hair reduction work?
The laser targets the darkness of the melanin pigment in the hair follicle. Since melanin is only produced in the growth phase of the hair, the laser must target the hair follicle during this cycle. At any given time, 20–40% of the hair in a particular area may be in a growth phase. Therefore, more than one treatment needs to be scheduled, preferably at 6–8 week intervals. With multiple treatments we can ensure that all hair follicles are being disabled.
Can all hair and skin colours be treated effectively with laser?
While laser hair reduction can be performed on virtually any skin colour, the colour of the hair is the most important factor. The laser is attracted to the melanin (the dark pigment) in the hair follicle. Thus, darker hair is treated most effectively. If your hair has a blonde, red, or dark gray root, you may not be a good candidate for laser hair reduction.
Do you offer complimentary consultations?
Absolutely. We believe that a consultation is important for any client considering laser hair removal / reduction. We will perform a test spot so the client can see how the laser feels and we can answer any questions so the client can better understand what the laser can do. We can also determine if you are a good candidate for laser before you commit to any treatment. Some people would like the idea of receiving treatment the day as a consultation. If you are a good candidate for laser hair removal / reduction, a treatment can be performed the same day.
Does my hair need to be “grown out” before my treatment?
No. We actually recommend that you shave the area to be treated. Waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or any other method that removes the root of the hair must be discontinued at least two weeks prior to treatment. Since the laser targets the root of the hair, it must be present for the treatment to be effective.
What areas of the face or body cannot be treated with laser?
None. All areas of the face or body can be treated with the laser that is suited for your skin type.
Is laser hair removal / reduction painful?
While everyone’s pain tolerance is different, the majority of clients do not think it is painful. Our patients report that treatment with our lasers is much more comfortable than other lasers and far more comfortable than waxing. Our lasers are equipped with a cooling tip that makes the treatment both comfortable and safer to the skin than other lasers. Because the lasers we use have a very large spot size, treatments are very quick. Any discomfort one experiences is over very quickly.
How many treatments will I need of Laser Hair Removal / Reduction?
Individual treatments will differ according to skin and hair colour. The lighter the skin and darker the hair, the better the results will be. On average it’s about 6-10 treatments but one may need more depending on certain conditions. Treatments should be every 4-6 weeks apart depending on the growth rate of ones hair.
Will I have to use any topical numbing preparations before my treatment?
It’s not necessary, although some of our clients prefer to apply numbing cream in advance of the session. The therapist will advise you of any particular types that will be suitable for you.
What are the risks involved with laser hair removal / reduction?
Laser hair removal / reduction is a ‘lunch time’ procedure. There is generally no recovery or down time. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately. These lasers do not injure the dermis so the risks are extremely low. As with any procedure, you will be given an informed consent to read over that explains all the possible risks. Sun exposure or tanning beds and certain medications could possibly make the skin more sensitive to the thermal energy of the laser. For this reason, it is important to seek laser hair removal / reduction treatment only from a medical office that requires information about medications, health history, etc. prior to receiving a laser hair removal / reduction treatment. One should keep the area to be treated out of the sun 1 month before a treatment and at least 1-2 weeks after a treatment. Sun exposure will interfere with ones treatment by causing hypo and hyper pigmentation and sometimes even burn marks. If this occurs the pigmentation is not permanent, but can take up to 6 months for the marks to disappear. So it’s important to wear 30+ SPF daily!