Laser Hair Removal FAQs
About Laser Hair Removal
This noninvasive laser treatment uses gentle beams of light to get rid of hair. The hair’s melanin (the part that gives hair its color) absorbs the light, which turns into heat. The heat damages the follicle (but not the surrounding skin or tissue) and prevents it from producing more hair. Treatments typically last a few minutes and you don’t have to take time off to recover-so you can get back to your normal activities immediately. Laser hair removal usually requires three to seven treatments and works best for people with light skin and dark hair.
Laser hair removal can treat hair anywhere on the face or body. Women often treat the bikini area, chin, upper lip, and legs. Men can safely eliminate unwanted hair from places such as their backs.
What is the treatment like?
A small hand-held laser device used to deliver the light beams is placed on the treatment area. You might experience some mild discomfort during the session-like the feeling of a rubber band snapping against your skin. Some people like to briefly apply an ice pack afterwards. During the procedure you’ll wear tinted goggles to protect your eyes from the laser light.
For each treatment, we typically schedule three to seven sessions about four to five weeks apart.
Am I a good candidate?
Laser hair removal works when the light beams are absorbed by the melanin in the hair shaft and follicle. People with dark hair are considered the best candidates. Blonde, gray, and strawberry-blonde hair may not absorb the laser light. And contrast between the hair and your skin is also important.
Each person responds differently to laser hair removal. Some may require more treatments than others. And sometimes laser hair removal can’t eliminate hair completely. If some hair does grow back, it’s usually thinner and finer than before the treatment.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
It is permanent hair reduction. For some people can reach close to 99% hair reduction. Usually, you will have up to 85% hair reduction after a series of recommended sessions. After that, we offer touch ups. Hormonal changes can affect future hair growth.
Can all areas be treated?
Eyebrows are not treatable because they are too closed to your eyes. We treat all other areas including eyebrow center. Areas with tattoos will be avoided during treatment.
Why Are My Results Different from Others?
Results and amount of sessions depend on: The contrast of your skin and hair color; Your ethnic background and family history. Hormonal level for areas.
Am I a candidate to do laser hair removal?
Grey, white hair cannot be treated with the laser, and only dark hair will have good results. Very fine hair will not be treated (peach fuzz). In many cases, this can result in stimulating more hair growth. Results depend on the color and thickness of your hair, as well as your skin tone. We treat all skin tones.
Does it hurt?
Different machines will give you different level of pain and different effects. The high power laser machines give you better effects but it is painful without cooling. When the client cannot bear the pain during the treatment, all of what a technician can do is reduce the power of the laser, which will influence the results. It ease the pain but reduce effectiveness.
At Cosmed Laser Spa, we only use high power CynoSure laser machines. If you need to use numbing cream, please consult with a doctor or pharmacies for the best type of numbing cream that’s suitable for your own needs.
We practice all the necessary precautionary measures prior to a procedure. Before starting the first laser session, the laser technician will identify your skin type according to the Fitzpatrick Scale, which regards hair, skin and eye color as well as sun reactions. The scale includes 6 types: Type I with red hair, white skin and blue-green eyes and untanned skin up to type 6 with black hair, darkest skin and a dark eye color.
According to the identified skin type, the location, hair density and quality, the most effective laser wavelength will be chosen and the laser system settings will be adjusted to the findings and requirements. In order to perfect the settings, the laser technician will decide settings. therefore rest assured that all parameters will be considered, including pulse width (duration), repetition rate, spot size, energy level and cooling system. Subsequently we will analyze the skin and will evaluate the treatment plan with the best individualized setting for you.
What can I expect before and after treatment?
Before Your Treatment
NO tanning of any form, including tanning beds and/or self-tanners, for at least 3 weeks prior to your appointment. Avoid sun exposure for at least 3 weeks prior to your treatment. Failure to do so may cause scarring and/or hyper pigmentation. Sun exposure will affect the results and can possibly cause scarring, hyper pigmentation, and laser burns which can possibly be permanent.
No tweezing, threading, waxing, epilating, bleaching or usage of Nair for at least 3 weeks prior to your treatment. The area to be treated should be freshly cleaned, left with no makeup, deodorant, lotions, creams, antiperspirants etc. Unless otherwise stated by technician, SHAVE the areas to be treated the night before or morning of your appointment.
Revise medication history with technician before treatment. If you are on strong medications, please consult with your doctor if you can do laser hair removal. Reschedule your appointment if needed. If possible, exfoliate the area to remove any dead skin cells on the surface and it will help along the natural shedding process. The laser treatments will penetrate deeper and be more effective when there are no residual cells on the surface.
After Your Treatment
Use Aloe Vera gel within the first 2 hours of treatment to reduce redness and mild discomfort.
Avoid deodorant and/or makeup for 24 hours if underarms and/or face were treated.
Avoid any activity that may elevate body temperature, such as any forms of exercises, hot baths, Saunas, Jacuzzis etc, for 24 hours.
Avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks. If you get sun exposure after 2 weeks, wait for at least 3 additional weeks after your trip. No tanning beds or self-tanners. Wearing broad spectrum SPF 50 and covering the area.
Do not use any form of exfoliation on the treated area until the hair starts to fall out.
You may only shave between sessions. Do not use any other forms of hair removal, such as waxing, electrolysis, tweezing etc.