Is laser hair reduction permanent?
Laser hair removal has been in use for some time, and stable hair loss can be expected. Our Candela laser is approved through the FDA to claim permanence, but it still needs to be spoken of in terms of permanent “reduction” rather than “removal” since removal denotes 100% and that is not realistic.
Will laser hair reduction work for my skin type and hair color?
Laser energy is absorbed both by your hair color and your skin pigment. For those reasons, we can safely treat up to medium skin tones, ie: up to darker Caucasian or light Asian. The laser works best on light brown to black hair. Hair that is grey, red or fair blonde may not have the desired outcome. Please consult with us to determine if your skin/hair color is appropriate for this laser.
How many treatments does it take to permanently reduce hair in an area?
Hair must be in the active, or growing, phase in order for the laser to be effective. Since only 10 to 30% of hair is in this phase at any given time, repeated treatments are necessary. Depending on the area treated, type of hair, and hormonal factors, it may take 4 to 8 treatments, spaced 3 to 6 weeks apart, to accomplish permanent reduction.
Who administers the treatments and what quality is the laser?
Our laser is a medical grade, high quality, calibrated instrument approved by the FDA. All treatments are performed by an M.D., Certified Physician Assistant, or Nurse. We do not use technicians.
Should I expect to be hair free after the series of treatments?
NO. Although immediate results will be seen even after 1 treatment, a series of treatments results in most patients experiencing an 80 to 90% reduction in the amount of hair. You should not expect to be hair free.
Why does the hair appear to still be there, and look like it's growing for 1-3 weeks after treatment?
The laser does not remove all the hair at the time of treatment. The hair root will become inactive and the hair will fall out or be “shed” 1-3 weeks after treatment.
What preparation is necessary prior to my treatment?
- DO NOT wax, pluck or have electrolysis for 4 - 6 weeks prior to treatment. The hair root must be present for the laser to work.
- DO NOT actively tan for 4 weeks before or after treatment to avoid skin damage.
- DO shave the area 12 to 24 hours before treatment, leaving just a little “stubble” to see.
Can any area of the body be treated?
Yes, with the exception of eyelashes and shaping of eyebrows since these areas are too close to the eye. The area between the eyebrows can, however, be treated.
Can I have laser treatment while pregnant or nursing?
NO. Although the laser is considered safe for use during pregnancy, the hormone changes during this time will make your skin and hair respond differently, possibly causing un-desirable results. You should wait until 3 months after weaning to have treatments started.
Can men also be treated?
Yes. We invite you to ask about hair removal for men's back, chest, and neck.
Does the treatment hurt?
Our laser has a unique cooling system that minimizes discomfort. There is a stinging sensation, like a rubber band snap. Most patients who have had waxing or electrolysis say it is less painful than those treatments. If you are too uncomfortable, a topical anesthetic or ice can be used prior to treatment. Most discomfort is gone 20-30 minutes after treatment.
What are possible side effects of laser hair removal?
Side effects can include blistering, hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, or scarring. Risks of these side effects are minimized if treatment instructions are closely followed, especially with regard to using sun block (SPF 30 or greater).
How long will the treatment take to administer?
Depending on the area to be treated, a treatment may take from a few minutes to up to an hour.
What will the treated area look and feel like after treatment?
The skin in the treated area will have some erythema (redness) and the hair follicles will “welt up”, looking like goose bumps. This effect will usually subside in 1-2 hours, but may last for up to 2-3 days in some patients. There may be some mild itching, and the skin may feel like it is somewhat sunburn. Occasionally, a rash may be present for up to 2 weeks. The hair will “shed” by 3 weeks after treatment. Shaving or rubbing gently with a Loofa sponge will remove the loose hair.
How long will it be before I notice hair re-growth in the treated area?
Depending on the individual & the area treated, it may be anywhere from 1-2 months before any re-growth is observed following the first treatment. Subsequent treatments will prolong the interval to new growth. New hair will usually be finer and lighter.
How much does it cost?
Cost varies by area treated, number of laser pulses required, and whether you choose individual treatments or a package of treatments. After a full treatment course, “touch-up” visits are substantially less. Further discounts are offered for multiple areas treated. We will be happy to give you a complete price list. We accept cash, check, or DISCOVER/VISA/MASTERCARD
Does insurance cover the treatment?
Probably not. This is considered a cosmetic procedure.
How do I find out more?
Call us at 425-455-0244 to ask more questions or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to see if permanent laser hair reduction is right for you.
What about pigmented skin lesions?
Our laser is excellent at treating most brown pigmented skin spots, sun darkened areas, age spots, and some birthmarks. Most areas on the face, chest, arms, hands, and legs can be easily and quickly treated in only 2 to 4 sessions. Ask about having these areas evaluated to see if laser treatment is appropriate.