Laser hair removal frequently asked questions – get some answers!
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser and light sources produce a bright beam of light that is preferentially absorbed by melanin (the pigment in hair) thus causing damage to the hair shaft and follicle without damaging the surrounding tissue.
How many laser treatments does it take?
Depending on the density of hair, hair colour and hormonal factors, the number of treatments required varies from 6-10, spaced 4-6 weeks apart for the face and 6-8 weeks apart for the torso, and 8-9 weeks apart for the legs.
With each treatment there is cumulative damage to the hair follicle and this results in a progressive reduction in the number and diameter of the hairs. There are also several stages of hair growth and hairs in the active growth phase are more responsive to the laser. Both of these facts explain why multiple treatment sessions are required.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
The FDA has cleared lasers for permanent reduction of unwanted hair and the results are excellent. Although no one can guarantee complete and permanent removal of unwanted hair, we can assure you that laser hair removal is the most advanced and effective procedure today and clients are extremely content with the results.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Clients describe the sensation to be similar to a small snap of an elastic band. Our laser uses a cool spray that pulses directly before and after the laser beam, making the treatment quite comfortable.
What type of laser does Smooth Effects use?
At Smooth Effects Laser Hair Removal, we use the Candela Alexandrite GentleLase Plus which is a medical-grade laser. The Alexandrite GentleLase Plus is the absolute best device for permanent hair reduction. Prior to treatment we offer complimentary consultations with one of our trained and certified technicians. She will explain, how the laser works, what to expect before, during and after your treatment, as well as go over the average number of sessions for optimal results.
What about men’s facial hair?
And guys, if you are tired of taking the time to shave every morning so you look smooth and professional at work, let Smooth Effects help you achieve the groomed appearance you’ve always wanted.
In addition to decreasing the amount of time spent on shaving, this will prevent irritation and the development of pseudo folliculitis, the name medical experts give to painful, inflamed razor bumps so commonly experienced by the male population.
Are there any possible side effects?
Side effects are rare. You may experience slight reddening or local swelling at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours. On rare occasions, some blistering or bruising may occur, but this tends resolve itself quickly.
The skin may also become lighter or darker following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun exposure before and after treatments will minimize any risks.
What are the advantages of laser hair removal compared to other methods?
Shaving, tweezing, depilatories and waxing are all temporary methods of removing unwanted hair.
Side effects of waxing include the potential for allergic reactions, ingrown hairs and scarring. Waxing can also be quite painful. Depilatories can cause skin irritation and must be performed weekly. Plucking and tweezing are impractical for large areas and usually need to be performed daily.