does it work?
Light energy from the laser is “tuned” to be attracted to the dark pigment (color) of the hair. As the laser light strikes the hair, the energy travels down the hair shaft and reaches the bottom of the hair follicle. This creates some damage to the hair follicle. The hairs will begin to fall out about 2 weeks after treatment. A damaged hair follicle does not produce hair, and many of them are permanently destroyed. Some follicles will rebuild and heal themselves as part of the body’s natural healing process, and they will need to be treated again.
The laser can only kill the follicles in the active growth phase (1 of 3 phases). That is why you need several treatments to catch all of the hair in its active growth phase.
Which laser do you use?
The Luminis LightSheer Diode laser. We have the latest technology, which is safer than the older versions. This laser has been around for some time and has a great proven track record in removing hair.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients will need 4-6 treatments. We recommend buying a package of 3 at first to save money, and then add on additional treatments if you need them. With each treatment, you typically lose 20-25% of your hair growth. So, each treatment leaves you with less and less hair, and you don’t have to shave as often. You should gradually notice the difference after each treatment.
Does it hurt?
Each time the laser goes off, it feels like a rubberband hitting the skin. You should feel a sensation of discomfort but it should NOT be unbearable. Some people with low pain tolerance will feel more pain. If you desire, we can discuss topical anesthetics that can eliminate some of the discomfort.
it work on blonde hair?
No, it really doesn’t. We recommend electrolysis for light, fine, or grey hairs. Laser treatment can only work on hair with some color.
Can I have it done if I am dark-skinned?
Yes. We get the best hair removal in patients with light skin and dark hair. But, others can be treated also. If you have olive or darker skin, you will need a test spot done at least 24 hours before your laser treatment.
I am a woman with hormone problems and facial hair.
Will laser treatment work?
It is important to have your hormonal problems corrected first. Otherwise the laser hair reduction will not be permanent. Once that is under control, you should respond well.
Is the hair loss permanent?
All laser hair treatments are described as permanent hair reduction, because the body may decide to grow some hairs later. You typically don’t have regrowth of all of the hairs. Laser permanently destroys hair follicles. But, the body may decide to grow a few new ones. Some patients never need any more treatments. Some may have a few scattered hairs and decide to have a touch up treatment, which may be years later. We cannot predict nor guarantee what your body will do. If you have hormone problems, the hair may likely regrow.
What should I do and not do before my treatment?
No waxing or plucking of the area for 4 weeks before (2-3 wks on the face). You CAN shave. The treated area should be clean-shaven for the treatment. No tanning of the treatment area for at least 3-4 weeks before. We have a packet for you to read and fill out before your treatment.