For your convenience, our most common customer questions are answered right here.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL FAQ
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR AREAS FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
The most popular areas are female facial hair, bikini line hair and back hair for men.
HOW IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL DIFFERENT FROM ELECTROLYSIS HAIR REMOVAL?
Laser hair removal is much faster. Electrolysis hair removal requires more time because it’s a process that treats only one hair at a time, whereas laser hair removal treats many hairs per every laser pulse. Laser hair removal for an area like the underarms for example can be treated in only 20 minutes.
IS THE ALEXANDRITE LASER THE BEST CHOICE FOR MY SKIN AND HAIR?
The Alexandrite laser is considered by many in the field of laser hair removal to be the gold standard laser. This is true if you have a lighter skin type. The Alexandrite laser uses a longer wavelength for penetration to the hair follicle and energy that is particularly attracted to melanin – the target for hair removal. However, if your skin is darkly pigmented you will get the best results with a laser specifically designed for your skin type – the YAG laser.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF HAIR REMOVAL?
Laser hair removal is a fast procedure. There is no recovery time. Patients can return to work or play immediately. These lasers do not remove skin, so the risks are very low. As with any procedure, we have an informed consent that explains all the possible risks.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
There really is no age limit, but we never treat toddlers. Young people that are not finished growing will develop new hair as they grow, and will require touch ups to maintain the results. We currently do not treat children under the age of 13. Older people usually have gray hair that will not respond to laser.
IS IT PAINFUL?
People have compared it to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Compared to waxing the treatment has very little discomfort. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. If you do find it uncomfortable, we can prescribe a numbing cream for the skin.
I HAVE DARK SKIN BUT I AM TIRED OF SHAVING AND DEALING WITH SHAVE BUMPS AND INGROWN HAIRS. WOULD LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK FOR ME? IS IT SAFE FOR MY SKIN?
Yes. Our clinic has two distinct lasers: one for lighter skin, and one for darker skin. No matter how dark the skin, our YAG laser is considered the gold standard for treating unwanted hair on darker skin types. Its longer wavelength safely bypasses the skin and targets the melanin in the hair shaft, destroying the unwanted hair follicle. You will love your results!
LASER STANDS FOR LIGHT AMPLIFICATION BY THE STIMULATED EMISSION OF RADIATION. SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT “RADIATION” TO MY SKIN?
No. There are two basic types of radiation, (1) Non-ionizing radiation, and (2) Ionizing radiation. Hair removal lasers produce “non-ionizing” radiation which is simply the radiation of light, and is FDA approved for your skin. Ionizing radiation which represents x-rays, ultra-violet and nuclear radiation is a completely different type of radiation, and is not produced by hair removal lasers.
ISN’T THERE A CREAM I CAN PUT ON MY FACE TO MAKE THE HAIR GO AWAY?
Vaniqa is a topical medication approved by the FDA for facial hair. Vaniqa can help slow the hair growth for many that suffer from unwanted facial hair, but not everyone. Using Vaniqa as a treatment for unwanted facial hair is expensive, and you must apply it twice a day. If it works you must continue to use it or the facial hair will return.