A precise laser can destroy a hair follicle and prevent hair from ever growing back. But like most things, laser hair removal requires several treatments and does not work for all skin/hair types. During an initial consultation we’ll discuss whether or not laser hair removal is right for you.

Laser hair removal requires a series of treatments which utilizes laser technology to target the pigment located in the hair follicles. Flashes of intense light cause thermal injury to the hair follicle, stunting hair growth and causing unwanted hair to fall out. This is done while avoiding damage to the normal surrounding tissue.

Will my hair grow back after my treatment?

Laser hair removal is accomplished in a series of monthly or every-other-month treatments. The average number of treatments you need to achieve permanent hair reduction is approximately four-seven sessions.
In between these monthly treatments, as the hair cycles, some of your hair will grow back. Hair that was dormant during your previous laser hair removal treatment may now be in the growth phase.

Hair grows in three phases

  1. The anagen phase which is the active growth phase, is the ONLY phase in the growth cycle where you hair is permanently disabled. During this phase your hair follicle is directly connected to the blood vessels and has an abundance of melanin (color). The laser can easily detect the hair during this phase.
  2. The catagen phase is the regressive phase. Your hair is not connected to a blood supply, therefore it is not easy for the laser to detect .It may be destroyed during this phase, but not permanently disabled.
  3. The telogen phase or resting phase is when the hair is not connected to anything but is ready to fall out. This hair does not have light absorption capability.

This is where the need for multiple treatments arises. Multiple treatments ensure all your hair is subjected to the laser. You may shave in between sessions, if desired.

Are maintenance treatments necessary?

Many patients find that maintenance treatments done once or twice a year are ideal for keeping hair at bay after completing the initial treatment protocol.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

The first session is the most uncomfortable. Because laser light produces heat, you will feel some kind of sensation during your hair removal treatment. In addition, hair follicles are surrounded by nerve endings, which may react to the heat by creating a sensation of discomfort or mild pain. Patients often compare this sensation to having a rubber band snapped against their skin. Certain areas of the body are more uncomfortable than others during laser hair removal. In addition, patients with very thick, dark hair may experience more discomfort than those with thin or light colored hair. This is because thicker hair absorbs more of the laser light during treatment. Generally the hair becomes thinner and less dense after each subsequent treatment. That is why the most discomfort is usually experienced during the first treatment.

Why is it more painful for me than other people?

Discomfort among laser hair removal patients varies considerably. Your level of discomfort during your treatment depends on your skin type, the thickness and density of your hair, the area of the body being treated and on your ability to tolerate pain.

What can I do to minimize the discomfort?

Numbing cream can be used to minimize discomfort.

What happens to the skin after laser hair removal?

Your skin may become pink or red and bumpy. The color change in the skin is a response from the laser on the skin and the bumps are a result of heat trying to escape from the hair follicle. This normal reaction, but it is temporary because the laser does not damage the skin. These skin reactions usually subside in a day or so.
A cold compress or topical ointment will resolve these issues. The skin may also crust. If crusting occurs, you will use a healing ointment to keep the skin moist.

Does laser hair removal cause scarring?

The risk of scarring from laser hair removal is small.these are the things that increase your risk of being injured during a laser hair removal treatment.

  • The experience, skill, knowledge and training of the operator
  • Your ability to heal
  • The amount of melanin pigment in your skin, with greater risk for darker skin types
  • Type of laser used

What does it mean if my skin becomes lighter or darker after a laser treatment?
It is not uncommon to experience pigmentary changes, following a laser hair procedure. Most of the time this is not scarring, although you may think it is; pigment changes usually resolve in a period of a few weeks to a few months. The risk of scarring is really quite small.

How many treatments?

While the number for treatments varies from person to person, on average, everyone requires at least three treatments for a good result. Most people do not require more than six treatments, though people with hormonal imbalances or people who normally wax may require more sessions.

Can I have laser hair if I have a tan or I am a person of color?

Yes. Our Scion laser has the ability to treat all skin types from very light to very dark.

How should I treat my skin after a laser hair removal treatment?

  1.  If the skin is red or bumpy, use a cold compress or ice to relieve it.
  2. Apply a moisturizer to the treated area to speed up the recovery period.
  3. Avoid waxing or tweezing between treatments. It is fine to shave.
  4. Do not pick or manipulate the skin in the treated area
  5. Gently wash the treated area with gentle soap and water, do not rub or scrub.
  6. Avoid exercise and exertion for the first twenty-four hours. Perspiration from exertion may increase any irritation that may have been caused by the laser.
  7. Avoid sun exposure to the treated area for several weeks. Use a sun screen with SPF 30 or higher.
  8. Avoid tanning booths

When will my hair fall out after the laser hair removal treatment?

The hair is pushed out of the epidermis and will gradually fall out the first two-to- three weeks after your treatment and continue over the next six weeks.

What areas are treated by laser?

We treat all areas of the face and body.

Who is the best candidate for laser hair removal?

You may be a candidate for laser hair removal is you have:

  • Hair that is darker than your skin color
  • Hair that is not reddish in color

We may also treat:

  • Tanned skin and dark hair
  • Very dark pigmented skin