|Q: How common is laser hair removal
A: Laser hair removal has continued to soar with the latest statistic showing a 340% increase.
Q: What areas can be treated by laser hair removal?
A: Any unwanted hair on the body can be treated. Eyebrows, face, neck, sideburns on women, exposed ear hair, underarms and bikini hair. Women may have unwanted hair on their abdomen, breasts or toes. Men frequently like to reduce the amount of hair on their backs, arms or chest.
Q: How does the laser hair removal work?
A: The laser energy is absorbed by the dark pigment or color in hair. The energy is then transmitted down the hair shaft into the follicle to disable the growth center of the hair.
Q: What are my options today for embarrassing facial hair?
A: If you have a problem with unwanted hair today, the options are: do nothing, bleaching, waxing, cream depilatories, electrolysis, shaving or laser hair removal. There will always be people who are content with any of these methods. Here are some of the reasons our patients have selected the laser hair removal treatment over the alternative methods.
Bleaching may need to be repeated every week and you still have visible hair. Bleaching can irritate the skin and some of the hairs may be resistant and not bleach.
Waxing requires an outgrowth usually of 1/8-1/4 inch, which means visible hair has to be present between treatments. It can be painful, particularly for a bikini line. Many feel it stimulates hair growth and is known to cause skin irritation as well as possible browning of the skin.
Cream depilatories can irritate the skin, may give variable results and need to be repeated just like shaving. Many of our patients have had unsuccessful
Electrolysis treatments have been tried by . They felt it did not reduce the hair, sometimes even after years of treatments. In addition to their frequent appointments, they also comment on the level of discomfort they experience during a treatment session. Also, some have noticed a skin texture change, like a "pitting" appearance in their skin from the heat of the needle that was inserted into the hair follicle.
Shaving is very effective, however, as we all know, it needs to be frequently repeated. Also, many have a significant problem that can result from shaving called folliculitis. Folliculitis, otherwise known as the "red bumpies" is an inflammation of the hair follicle that causes redness, swelling and itching at the hair site, which may trap the hair and result in an ingrown hair. This can be irritating as well as unattractive and discouraging to many, since by shaving they are attempting to make the area look better, but end up with possibly a more unattractive appearance. Laser hair removal is fast, effective and painless. Like all methods of hair removal, it also requires more than one appointment, but far less frequently that the alternative treatments. Also, it causes no skin irritation, and no "red bumpies" and can actually help improve or eliminate folliculitis!
Q: How long does it take to have a laser treatment done?
A: Laser treatments are very quick. For example, bikini or underarm areas usually take around 15-20 minutes. The upper lip can be as quick as 5 minutes.
Q: Is there any "hide-out" time needed after a treatment?
A: No. Your skin looks the same and no one can tell you've had anything treated. Many patients come before work or on their lunch hour for a treatment and return to work without any evidence of having had anything done.
Q: What should I expect to experience during a laser treatment?
A: You will wear protective goggles during the laser treatment. The area to be lasered has a cool, clear gel applied. After the desired area has been lasered, the gel is removed and you leave with no visible hair or signs of having had a laser treatment.
Q: I have upper lip hair, why do some women get this and some don't?
A: There are many possible reasons why some women get facial hair. It can be hormonally stimulated and some patients may have hormone imbalances or fluctuations. Genetics, medications, obesity and medical disorders are some of the other causes. And there are some patients who never know why it happened to them. But no matter what the cause, there is hope and help available.
Q: I have my upper lip waxed about every 6 weeks. Lately, I've noticed that the skin on my upper lip is getting darker. Is this possible?
A: Yes. With repetitive waxing, it is possible to see hyperpigmentation or browning of the skin which may be permanent.
Q: What does it feel like to have an laser hair removal treatment?
A: It's painless! Patients usually describe it as feeling like a puff of air or a slight tap on your skin. They're usually delightfully surprised at how simple it is!
Q: Can laser hair removal treatments help ingrown hairs?
A: Yes. There is a definite improvement or complete relief from the unsightly ingrown hairs.
Q: I've continued to have electrolysis for years on my face and have been relatively happy with the reduction of hair. But I'm beginning to see little indentations, like tiny pits in those areas of my skin. Is this possible?
A: Yes, it is possible to see the skin texture change with electrolysis. It can leave a small indentation at each hair site where the needle was inserted, leaving a slightly pitted appearance to the skin.
Q: I've heard that laser is a type of surgery and requires anesthesia. Is this true?
A: Laser hair removal for hair removal is not surgery and is painless, so it requires no anesthesia. There are other lasers that are surgical and do require anesthesia.
Q: I love the beach and swim suit weather, but I hate the unsightly bikini line hair. If I shave, I get "red bumpies," if I wax or apply creams, my skin gets all red and sore. No matter what I do my bikini line never looks good. Are there any other options?
A: Unlike creams, waxing, or electrolysis, which can irritate the skin, the laser hair removal does not irritate the skin and also is painless. Therefore, the "very sensitive" bikini area can be simply treated with absolutely no "red bumpies," no adverse effects, and you can have beautiful, enduring results!
Q: I just had my upper lip waxed last week, how long would I have to wait to have a laser treatment?
A: You should wait 6 weeks after waxing, plucking or cream depiliations before having a laser hair removal treatment. Hair can be removed during this period by shaving or clipping it off.
Q: Why is more than one treatment session needed for laser hair removal or electrolysis?
A: The hair is not all present at one time to treat it. Hair grows in cycles; a resting phase, and an active growth phase. Only hair in the active growth phase is present and can be treated. You have to wait for the resting hairs to cycle back into growth so they can also be treated. In addition, electrolysis frequently cannot treat an entire area in one session, depending on the size of the area and therefore would require additional sessions to complete one treatment. Unlike electrolysis, the laser can cover large areas very quickly and painlessly.
Q: How many treatments with the laser method can I expect to have?
A: Most people can usually expect at least 4-7 treatment sessions and then continue maintenance treatments if needed for more stubborn hair.
Q: My teenage son has very bushy eyebrows and they've actually grown together in the middle, so it looks like there's just one long eyebrow. Hess very self-conscious about this. Is there anything that can be done with minimal maintenance?
A: Yes. Eyebrows that grow together between the eyes, otherwise known as a "uni-brow" can be easily treated by the laser hair removal. We sculpt the desired shape of the eyebrow. After the patient approves the new eyebrow shape, the eyebrows are then carefully lasered.
Q: I've been waxing some unwanted facial hair, but I don't like how it looks when I have to let the hair grow out in order to have the next waxing done. Do I have to let the hair grow out for a laser hair removal treatment?
A: No. You do not need or want outgrowth of hair for an laser hair removal treatment.
Q: I hate plucking my eyebrows! It hurts a lot and my eyes water. I know it sounds like I'm a baby, but I just can't do it. Can laser hair removal be used in this area also?
A: Yes, the eyebrow hair can easily be treated with the laser. It's simple, takes only about 5 minutes and most of all, it doesn't hurt!
Q: Can I apply makeup after my treatment?
A: Yes. You can come to a treatment session with makeup on, and if you wish, you can immediately reapply any makeup after the treatment. But remember, there's nothing to "cover-up" after a laser treatment.