Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal
When laser can not be done?:
- If you are pregnant
- If you are on a medication called Accutane
- If you have recently waxed, tweezed or had electrolysis within the last 4 weeks
- Used with caution if you suffer from cold sores or genital herpes
How much will the treatments cost?
The cost will depend on the size of the area to be treated and the number of treatments that will be needed. Over time laser has proven to be less costly than the ongoing methods such as waxing, shaving, and electrolysis. You will be given a quote of the area you are interested in the complimentary consultation.
Is there a guarantee that this will work?
Laser reduction works 90% of the time in most individuals. Unfortunately 10% of people may not respond at all. This can not be determined until after 2 treatments. If you attend all session as suggested you should obtain 70-95% permanent hair reduction.
What should I do before my treatment?
Try to avoid sun exposure. Hair can be more aggressively treated without a fresh tan. Having hair is essential to having a successful treatment. You can not wax, tweeze, thread or have electrolysis for 4 weeks before a treatment. The best way to mange hair before is to shave, trim. The day of your treatment the hair will need to have been freshly shaved.
If you suffer from cold sores often and are having your mouth area treated you might need to get a prescription.
What should I do after?
You will be given a post care treatment sheet and please follow the suggestions on it to have the best possible outcome. You can purchase either Aloe, Vitamin E gel and keep them in your fridge ready to go for after your treatment.
Why the LightSheer Diode Laser?
The LightSheer has numerous documented studies to demonstrate it’s efficiency. With it’s patented chill tip and 800nm wavelength and ability to have a variable pulse duration to affect hair the Lightsheer Diode is considered the “gold standard” for hair lasers.
Does the treatment hurt?
No treatment to remove unwanted hair is completely painless. Lightsheer has the patented chill tip and compression of the skin which reduces the discomfort. The darker the hair the more the client may feel the pulse of the laser. Clients that have previously waxed or had electrolysis usually find the treatments more tolerable. Most people describe the sensation as tingling or slight stinging. The first treatment is usually the most uncomfortable.
There are some options to make the treatments more comfortable. You can take whatever you normally take for a bad headache before your treatment. Anbesol that is used for toothaches can assist those having their upper lip treated. Maxilene is available from us. It is a topical anesthetic. The hair needs to be shaved first then apply a thick layer and wrap area with saran wrap. Maxilene only needs to be on the area for Half Hour. Your technician can help you on the purchase of the Maxilene.
What can I expect during the treatment?
The area will be cleaned. A touch up shave will be done if there is still hair visible. You will be asked to sign a consent form in the complimentary consultation. Gel is applied to the skin and the laser is compressed into the skin and the treatment begins. You will notice a distinguishable aroma of lasered hair. This is a good sign and the smell will not hurt you. The skin will be cleaned frequently. After a gel or cloth will be applied after to your skin.
Is the Lightsheer Diode FDA approved?
The laser was developed in 1994 and the first hair removal study began in July 1996. The FDA cleared the device for treatments in December 1997. The FDA then granted it’s claim for permanent hair reduction in April 1999 after its demonstrated in a 3000 person study a better than 50% permanent hair loss after only 3 treatments.
Is there an age limit for treatments?
It is suggested that girls have gone through puberty. All ages can benefit as long as they understand the process and potential side effects.
Is it safe?
Yes. A laser is an intense source of light that produces heat. It’s target is melanin in the hair shaft. The wavelength of the Lightsheer is attracted mostly to the melanin. The light is pulsed for a fraction of a second and the heat is then pulsed into the hair’s melanin. The patented chill tip protects the epidermis (the outer portion of the skin).
How long will the treatment take?
This will depend on the size of the area being treated. It can take be as short as 5 minutes to 2 hours. Your technician will inform you of the time required.
What about Ingrown Hairs?
The laser will not create ingrown hairs. If you suffer from them the laser will produce an effective treatment to clear the ingrown hairs.
How does the laser work?
The laser targets the melanin, the pigment located in the hair bulb and shaft. The laser light energy causes thermal damage to the follicle. The damage causes delayed re-growth and permanent destruction of the hairs in anagen or growth phase.
Will tanning effect my treatment?
A tan is damage to the skin. When it is damaged it creates “tan” or colour. This is “melanin” deposits in the skin. The laser is attracted to melanin. The technology in the Lightsheer allows the skin to be cooled effectively to not traumatize the “tan” but the energy of the laser must be reduced to accommodate a tan. Therefore the client may require more treatments than someone without a tan. To have a more effective treatment it would be better to not have a tan.
How long do I wait between treatments?
With the face treatment start out every 4 weeks and later could be extended to 6 weeks. Below the neck treatments start out every 8 weeks and could be extended to 10 weeks.
What can I do with the hair in between treatments?
You should not have much hair to manage. If you need to shaving or trimming is the most effective way to maintain in between appointments.
Who is a candidate for laser hair treatments?
Anyone who has hair that is light brown to black. The pulse duration and the patented chilled time allows us to work on any skin type.
How many treatments will I need?
Hair grows in continuous cycle. The anagen or growth phase of hair contains the largest amounts of melanin and this phase is the laser’s target. From scientific studies we understand that any area contains a maximum of 20-30% anagen hairs at one time. So, these anagen hairs are affected each treatment. Most clients will require a minimum of 3 treatments up to 6 sessions. Repeated sessions are necessary. Finer hair and dark skin clients may require 6-8 treatments. If you suffer from a hormone imbalance your treatments may be ongoing.
Every clients expectations of hair loss are different. Some may be happy with 50-60% loss and may want to discontinue and others will want to continue until they reach their maximum loss of 70-95%.
What Areas can be treated?
All areas of the body for men and women except for the area around the eye.
How is the LightSheer Diode Laser Different from IPL or other lasers for hair removal?
The LightSheer Diode laser is considered the “gold standard” (best choice) for permanent hair removal and reduction. It specifically targets the hair follicles and has been shown to produce the fastest and most complete hair removal of all lasers available. IPL (Intense Pulse Light) is NOT a laser, but can be used for hair removal. It is not as effective and usually takes many more treatments, often twice as many or more. It is important to determine what type of laser is being used when you have hair removal, or if an IPL machine is being marketed as a “Laser”.
What is the Difference from Laser to Electrolysis?
Laser is a much faster process then electrolysis. The laser targets many hair follicles at a time. Electrolysis can only target one follicle at a time. Laser cannot treat blonde, red or grey hairs but electrolysis can.