Laser Hair Removal
- How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Laser Hair Removal is a faster, gentler way to remove unwanted hair, with great results. It applies precisely controlled pulses of energy, reaching into the hair follicles that lie beneath the skin. The energy heats the hair, right down to the bottom of the root, destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin.
- How many treatments of Laser Hair Removal will I need?
Hair can be in one of three stages. One of the stages is called the ‘Active’ (Anagen) stage. At any give time, 15% to 20% of your hair will be in the Active stage. During a treatment, only the Active stage hair will be treated by the laser. This is why at least 6 treatments are required to cover most of the hair for the body part being treated.
- What happens if I need more than 5 treatments:
You may need to return for a one time treatment every year or so.
- Is Laser Hair Removal the same as Permanent Hair Removal?
Yes – Laser Hair Removal is one of the safest and most effective methods for Permanent Hair Removal.
- What areas can be treated for Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal can be done on any body part except for your eyelashes and head. Common areas include the face and neck, arms, underarms, back, chest, legs, bikini area, hands and feet.
- How long do Laser Hair Removal treatments take?
This depends on the area being treated. Full legs can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours; the bikini area can take up to 30 minutes; underarms or lips will take up to 15 minutes.
- How far apart are the treatments?
Four to twelve weeks apart.
- How do I prepare for the treatment?
Stay out of the sun or tanning beds or tanning lotions for at least 2 weeks before the treatment. Shave the area to be treated. Do not wax or use any creams to remove the hair before the treatment.
- How long before I see results of Laser Hair Removal?
You will see some results immediately. It will take 1-2 weeks for all the hair in the treated area to fall off. The next batch of hair will then appear as they get into the active stage. As you progress through your treatments, you will see less and less hair re-growing.
- Can I be treated if I have blonde, red or grey hair?
The laser energy targets melanin in your hair. The greater the amount of melanin, the better the results will be. White or grey hair does not contain any melanin and cannot be treated. Blonde hair does contain some melanin and may be treatable.
- I’m pregnant; can I still be treated?
While there is no evidence to suggest that pregnant women cannot be treated safely, it is our policy to not treat pregnant women without written permission from their obstetrician.
- Who will perform the Laser Hair Removal procedure?
Our aesthetician, who has extensive training and certifications, will perform the procedure. We have a physician on site who supervises the aesthetician.
- Why do some places call this Laser Hair Reduction or Permanent Hair Reduction?
Some places call this procedure Laser Hair Reduction or Permanent Hair Reduction because it is virtually impossible to guarantee 100% reduction.
- What does Laser Hair Removal feel like?
Each pulse from the laser produces a slight tingling feeling. In particularly sensitive areas, such as the upper lip, it may feel like a quick, light pinch. The duration of each pulse is very short, in the micro-second range. Numbing cream may be used for the underarms and bikini area. This needs to be applied 30 minutes before the treatment and then wiped off right before the treatment. Numbing cream will be provided free of charge with the purchase of a laser hair removal package of 6 treatments.
- Is Laser Hair Removal suitable for everyone?
At Dr. Davis’ office, we customize the treatment to exactly match your hair and skin color and type. As long as there is some color in your hair, our system will be effective.
- What is the minimum age for Laser Hair Removal?
It is advisable to wait until you reach puberty.
- What side effects does Laser Hair Removal have?
Most clients experience no side effects at all, though few exhibit some short-term local reddening of the surrounding skin. You can return to your regular activities immediately after treatment, although it is advisable to keep the skin protected from exposure to direct sunlight for at least 5 days.