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Laser Hair Removal FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)

Below, you will find answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have a specific question not addressed here, contact one of our locations, or visit our Ask The Experts page to ask a question online.

How does laser hair removal work and why is it safe?
What conditions are treated with the laser?
Will laser hair removal work for me?
What does the treatment include?
What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?
How many treatments will I need?
Is this procedure covered by insurance?

How does laser hair removal work and why is it safe?

Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of medical cosmetic procedures including treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and smoothing fine lines on the face. We use various lasers and provide different options depending upon skin type and hair density. Our laser systems emit a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin, to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which can disable the follicle leaving the surrounding skin unchanged. With our alexandrite and Nd:Y.A.G. lasers the skin's surface is kept cool to provide clients with increased comfort. This selectivity helps to protect the skin, while effectively treating unwanted hair.

Why is laser preferred for hair removal?

Traditional hair removal techniques, such as shaving, plucking and waxing, provide only temporary relief. Until now, the only long-lasting hair removal solution has been by electrolysis - which can be time-consuming and is usually limited to small areas, because each hair is treated individually. Laser hair removal is non-invasive, and safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin. Facial and bikini areas are usually completed in under 45 minutes; legs and larger areas can take longer.

Will laser hair removal work for me?

The best results have been achieved on darker, coarse hair, but other factors may influence the treatment process, and are generally best evaluated and discussed in person.

What does the treatment include?

Depending on the amount of hair and area treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, the treatment will include:
Safety eyewear to protect the patient's eyes during the procedure
from the laser light. A small handpiece will be used to deliver the laser light. Most experience little discomfort at the treatment site. The sensation and the degree of discomfort varies with each person. In some cases, topical anesthesia is an option. Your laser specialist will discuss this before laser treatment. Depending on the size or number of areas treated, the time will vary in length from minutes to hours. Patients can return to work or resume their normal activities immediately following treatment. The area may become slightly red and may last from a few minutes to several days depending on the area and skin sensitivity.

What precautions should be taken
before and after treatment?

You MUST stop bleaching, plucking or waxing hair for several weeks for laser to be optimally effective. If you have had a history of herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. If you are tan or have a darker skin type, a bleaching cream should be started 4-6 weeks before treatment for our melanin absorption lasers. However, we have a variety of lasers to safely treat all skin types and skin colors including dark & tanned skin. You should discuss your desired results an the improvements you expect to achieve. Together you and the laser specialist can decide if your expectations will be met and which treatment is the best option for you.

How many treatments will I need?

Hair grows in cycles. The laser is only effective on hair in its actively growing cycle. At any one time there will only be certain hairs in that growing phase. This means that consistent treatments at appropriate intervals are absolutely necessary for the best possible results. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin, hair coloring, coarseness of the hair and density per treated area. Multiple treatments will be required as the process is only effective on hairs during their growing cycle. Additional treatment will be necessary to treat other follicles when they re-enter the growth phase and produce new growth.

Is this procedure covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures.

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