Which areas can be treated with laser hair removal?Common treatment areas for laser hair removal are: legs, bikini (including Brazilian), arms, back, upper lip, chin, and underarms. Laser hair reduction is also very useful for medical conditions such as chronic razor bumps.
Who can get laser hair removal?Laser hair removal works best in people with dark hair and light skin, which creates a clear "target" for the laser. However, people with dark skin and dark hair or lighter hair on light skin can still be treated with appropriate lasers and settings with proper consideration. Choose your provider carefully and make sure that they have the laser that is right for you.
Is laser hair removal permanent?Permanent removal cannot be assured and perhaps laser hair reduction is a better term. Although the laser treatment slows hair growth and provides an extended period of reduced hair growth, it cannot be assured that hair growth will not recur in the future.
How many laser hair removal treatments are required?For a sustained result, several treatment sessions of laser hair removal are required. This is typically 4 to 6 treatments spaced several weeks apart, but sometimes more, especially on darker skin types. Maintenance treatments may also be required.
Is laser hair removal safe?Laser hair removal is generally safe. However, it is a medical procedure and should be performed only under medical supervision. The following adverse effects may sometimes occur:
- The skin may get irritated, red, or crusted after laser hair removal.
- Pigment changes can occur, especially in those with darker skin types. Skin may be either darkened or lightened. This effect is usually temporary.
- Less commonly, laser hair removal may result in burns, blisters, scarring or changes in skin texture.
How should I prepare for laser hair removal?Laser hair removal is a medical procedure and should not be entrusted to spas and salons. Go only to a physician familiar with and trained in the procedure. Your Hair Laser NJ physician will first schedule a consultation to review your medical history, skin history, and previous cosmetic and laser treatments. Your physician will review with you the risks and benefits of the procedure, discuss the proposed treatment plan and associated costs, and take photographs for documentation.
You may be able to be treated the day of your consultation, but sometimes additional preparation is required. The following guidance should be followed:
- Stay out of the sun for at least a week before your treatments. A tan, either natural or from sunless tanners or tanning salons, increases your risk of side effects such as burning or pigment changes.
- Do not pluck, wax or perform electrolysis on the area to be treated. These methods damage the follicle and can interfere with the effects of the laser.
- Shave the area a day or two before the treatment. Long hairs interfere with the laser, can singe, and will produce odor when hit by the laser.
Can you shave me before my laser hair removal procedure?Hair Laser NJ technicians can shave you prior to your procedure. An extra fee applies.
What happens during the laser hair removal treatment?On the day of your treatment, you will be brought to a procedure room and made comfortable. Sometimes an anesthetic cream will be applied to the area beforehand. Your Hair Laser NJ physician will discuss this with you if it is necessary. Metal goggles will be placed over your eyes for protection if your face is being treated, or transparent safety goggles that block laser light if treatment is off the face. During the laser treatment, your Hair Laser NJ physician will press the laser tip against your skin. Depending on the laser, there is also a cooling system to protect the upper surface of your skin from the laser. This may be a cool gel, a cold tip, cold blown air, or a cold spray before each laser pulse. With the GentleMAX it is usually a cold spray. With each laser pulse you may feel some heat and a stinging or snapping sensation. Even with goggles on you may perceive flashes of light. Depending on the size of the area treated, treatment may take several minutes to several hours.
What should I expect after laser hair removal?Immediately after the laser hair removal procedure, the treated area may be red and small swellings may occur around the hair follicles. The area may tingle for a day or two. The treated area may even become crusty over the first day or two after treatment. During this time just wash with gentle soap and water. Avoid picking at or manipulating the treated area. Do not tan during this period, and wear sunscreen.