Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions
What should you ask your Reno doctor about laser hair removal?
Q. Can Every Area Be Treated With Laser Hair Removal?
A. Due to the latest laser technology, unwanted hair can be removed from almost anywhere, including sensitive areas like the bikini area, breasts, chin, upper lip, ears, and back in record time and with lasting results.
Q. Does Hair Need To Be Long To Perform Laser Hair Removal?
A. No. As a matter of fact, it is preferable for hair to be short at the time of your appointment. Hair can be clipped or shaved prior to the treatment, but waxing or plucking should be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks prior to the treatment in order to achieve maximum results.
Q. Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
A. Some people experience a mild discomfort associated with the treatment that is often described as a stinging sensation or the snap of a rubber band (a walk in the park compared to electrolysis and waxing). Overall, the vast majority of patients tolerate the procedure very well without any type of anesthetic. For sensitive areas, some patients choose to use a topical numbing (anesthetic) cream.
Q. How Long Does a Treatment Take?
A. The size of the area and the density of the hair will determine the duration of each treatment. For instance, for smaller areas such as the upper lip, sideburns, chin, or throat, treatment can be completed within a few minutes. Larger areas such as the back, chest, or full legs can take from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how much hair the client has.
However, because each treatment pulse covers a large number of hair follicles (which form clusters from the size of a dime to a quarter in diameter), this procedure is the quickest and most effective one around. You can’t say this about electrolysis!
Q. How Many Treatments Might I Need?
A. Since hair grows in cycles, and only a certain number are in the growing phase at any one time, multiple treatments are required, because only the follicles in the growth phase are disabled by the laser. On average, the number of treatments varies from 4-8, usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart. After each treatment, the hair in the treatment area should become thinner and lighter, with some people noticing a 50% decrease after just one laser session!
Q. Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
A. Recently, the FDA has given clearance for lasers as a treatment source for permanent reduction of unwanted hair, and the results are excellent. Although no one can guarantee complete and permanent removal of unwanted hair, we can assure you that this form of hair removal is the most effective method available today. In fact, the majority of my patients are so happy with their results, they often refer their friends and family members to me for their hair removal needs.
Several factors determine the optimal effectiveness of these systems for hair removal, including hair color, skin color, and hair thickness. The ideal candidate is one with light skin and dark hair, but due to recent developments and the latest technology we can achieve great results in patients with darker skin also.
For patients who do not respond to laser hair removal under optimal conditions, we need to investigate the possibility of a hormone imbalance such as testosterone excess in women. We have found that correcting this problem will allow better response in laser hair removal. Without this correction, the hairs targeted by the lasers will be destroyed, but others may grow in this area. We are experts at helping correct hormone imbalances and can effectively help you resolve this problem if needed.
Q. What Complications or Side Effects Are Possible?
A. Since laser hair removal is non-invasive, the side effects are minimal, with the most common being a mild sunburn-like feeling, which generally subsides within minutes to hours. Ice compresses can hasten the resolution of the redness, if necessary. To avoid reactions, you should abstain from caffeine around the time of treatment. It is also recommended to stay out of the sun right after a laser hair removal session.
Occasionally temporary hypopigmentation (decreased color or lightening) or hyperpigmentation (increased color or darkening) of the skin can occur, as well as blistering, and very rarely, scarring or infection. But these same effects can also occur with electrolysis and even shaving or waxing.
Q. How Much Does It Cost?
A. Because everyone’s hair growth is different, the number of treatments will vary from person to person. Therefore, the cost will vary depending on the area being treated, with the larger areas costing more. Either way, it adds up to pennies compared to the amount of time and money you spend on shaving, waxing and depilatory creams. And, since you will only need a handful of visits, it winds up being a lot less expensive (let alone painful) than those endless electrolysis sessions. Just consider it a short-term investment in your own long-term beauty.
The information provided in this report is meant as a general source of information only and should not be substituted for sound medical advice. If you are considering one of these procedures, you should consult further with a medical professional for