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Laser Hair Removal FAQ

1. What is laser hair removal and how does it work?

Laser hair removal is a procedure by which hair is removed from the body by utilizing a long pulse laser. The specialist uses a hand held device that emits a laser that penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the hair. Once absorbed heat energy is produces in the hair which travels down the shaft and destroys the root.

2. Is it safe?

Yes. The laser settings are customized depending on your skin and hair color. The risk of any damage to your skin is extremely low.

3. Will the laser hair removal treatment get rid of my hair permanently?

Tiny hair re-growth is possible but comparing laser hair removal with other methods of hair removal it produces the best long term results. Hair grown after the treatment is usually very thin and weak and can be easily treated.

4. Does it hurt?

Laser treatments are relatively pain free. Some describe the sensation as a light flick of an elastic band on your skin. However some of the new lasers that are available today are built with a cooling mechanism that eliminates any sensations at all.

5. Can anyone get it done?

Traditionally laser hair removal works best on people with light skin and dark hair. In the past it wasn’t recommend for people with dark skin and light hair, however new lasers have made it possible for anybody to take advantage of laser hair removal.

You will need to go through a free consultation to make sure that laser treatments are right for you before starting any laser hair removal sessions.

6. How long does the treatment take?

That depends solely on the size of the area being operated on. It can take anywhere between 10 minutes, for smaller body parts to about 40 minutes to an hour for larger areas of the body.

7. What areas can be treated?

Apart from areas very close to the eye, such as under the eyebrows all other areas such as legs, back, arms, bikini line, chest etc can be treated.

8. How much does it cost?

Laser hair removal treatment is not cheap. That depends on the size of the area being treated. Usually it costs about 200 dollars per session of small areas such as the upper lip/chin rising to 500 for large areas such as the back and the legs.

9 .How many sessions are required?

Many factors come into play and it varies from patient to patient but usually anywhere between 3 and 6 are needed for the long lasting results.

10. 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.

11. How long has laser hair removal existed?

Laser Hair Removal has been FDA approved since 1995, however by the early to late 2000’s laser hair removal has grown in technology and popularity.

12. How is laser different from Electrolysis?

Electrolysis treatment is one hair at a time. Laser treatments target several hair follicles at once which is much quicker. An area like the underarms, for example, can be treated in just 10 minutes.

13. What are the risks and side effects of laser hair removal?

Side effects, if any, are usually minor. There may be some redness and swelling around the treated hair follicles; this is a desired clinical result indicating that the follicle has responded to treatment. This reaction typically disappears within hours.