1. How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal is based on the theory of selective thermolysis. The energy emitted by the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, destroying the follicle without damaging the surrounding skin.
2. How successful is the process of laser hair removal?
People will achieve varying degrees of success, depending on the skin type and other factors. In most instances, multiple treatments are necessary in order to achieve permanent hair reduction. Typically, 80-90% is permanently removed.
3. How is the laser treatment performed?
Prior to the treatment, the hair will need to be be shaved close to the skin. Your laser technician will then proceed with your treatment. After the procedure, a soothing gel may be applied to the treated area.
4. How will I look and feel after treatment?
The application of laser energy to the skin results in a pink color similar to sunburn and on occasion, crusting on the area may develop, lasting a few days. Discomfort, like sunburn, may be felt over the first 24-hour period, and in some cases, Tylenol or Advil may be needed. In certain instances, especially in darker complected individuals, temporary pigmentation changes may be noted.
5. How do I know if I am a candidate for laser hair removal?
During your initial consultation your medical history will be reviewed. We will determine your skin type and look at the risks and benefits of laser hair removal.
6. What do I have to do before treatment begins?
You must refrain from use of Retin A, hydroquinone, alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy products within 2 weeks of treatment on the area to be treated. You must also refrain from plucking, bleaching, waxing, using depilatores, and skin tanning 4 to 6 weeks prior, including sunless tanning products.
7. What are the risks associated?
Laser hair removal has been proven to be a relatively safe procedure. Since laser pulses are a constant energy, there is little chance of scarring associated with the process. We at Advanced Laser Hair Removal are available to assist you throught your post-treatment period and to answer any questions you may have during this time.
8. What are the costs involved in this procedure?
During your consultation, the areas to be treated will be assessed and the fees determined according to our Laser Hair Removal Fee Scedule. We offer a discount for additional treatments and multiple body areas. Our aim is to provide safe, effective, and affordable laser treatments for patients wishing to avail themselves of this service.