Laser is a light beam that is attracted to the melanin in the hair and the skin. The light beam cauterizes the blood supply to the hair’s root. The hair is seared off at the epidermis and will expel from the disabled follicle within 7 to 21 days after laser treatment. The next cycle of hair will grow back in and the next treatment is performed. Each treatment reduces the amount of hair by approximately 30 percent.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Need?
Most clients require 6 to 8 treatments for clearance of an area. This number can vary with skin and hair types. If your goal is to reduce the appearance of hair, fewer treatments may be necessary. Factors that may increase the number of treatments are darker skin tones, medical conditions that make hormone levels unstable, and various medications. During your consultation you will receive an estimate of how many treatments you may need.
How Long Do I Wait In Between Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
Laser hair removal treatments should be performed at 4-6 week intervals, depending on the area. The face is treated every 4 weeks and the body is treated every 6 weeks. It is best to get the treatment when the next cycle starts to emerge through the skin. This ensures that the majority of the hairs being treated will be in the active growth state and you’ll receive the best possible treatment.
How Will My Skin Look After A High Speed Laser Treatment?
It is normal for the treated area to be red and swollen following the laser treatment. The area will feel like you have a mild sunburn. These symptoms usually disappear within 2-24 hours. Aloe Vera and ice can be applied to soothe the treated area. Most people resume normal social activities immediately following laser treatment.
Is ELOS Laser Hair Removal Safe?
We use the eMax by Syneron, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The unique feature about this laser is the built-in contact cooling tip. It not only makes the treatments more comfortable but also protects the skin during laser treatments. You can rest assured knowing all treatments are performed by a Certified Laser Specialist and Licensed Esthetician.
Why Can’t My Skin Be Tanned When I Am Getting A Laser Treatment?
Tanning increases the melanin in the skin. Increased melanin in the treated area holds additional heat in your skin which can cause discomfort and result in a less effective treatment. It is best to avoid sunless tanning products for 2 weeks prior to a treatment and to let your tan fade for 2 weeks before the procedure.
Does ELOS Laser Hair Removal Treat Light Colored Hair?
Dark hair and light skin are the optimal combination to achieve the best possible results. Individuals who have lighter colored hair can purchase Meladine a melanin-enhancing product that pigments the hair follicle. Meladine is recognized by the FDA as an "accessory to a surgical laser instrument used for laser hair removal" to enhance the effects of laser in the treatment of non-pigmented hair. This product must be applied daily for 2 weeks prior to laser treatment. Keep in mind that electrolysis is an alternative to laser for permanent hair removal.
Does ELOS Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
We use the eMax by Syneron, which has the built-in contact cooling tip to minimize discomfort. You may feel a fleeting sensation of a rubber band snapping against your skin. If at any time you find the treatment uncomfortable, our Certified Laser Specialist can adjust the laser energy and cooling tip to accommodate your level of tolerance.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Laser Hair Removal?
ELOS Laser hair removal can be performed everywhere on the body except the eyelids, inside of the nose and ears. Our office does not treat the scalp area or below the underwear on male clients.
Who Cannot Have Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
Our office does not treat individuals who have been taking Accutane in the past 6 months. A test spot may need to be performed for individuals who have been taking oral medications which cause sun sensitivity. We cannot treat individuals with Lupus, MS, Pace Makers, Skin Cancer, women who are pregnant or breast feeding, and individuals with cardio vascular problems. We can not treat over areas where there are Botox or fillers.
What Are The Benefits Of ELOS Laser Hair Removal?
ELOS Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to all of those tedious, time-consuming grooming tactics most people deal with on a daily basis. High Speed Laser hair removal can also improve the appearance of painful razor bumps. You’ll avoid the hassle and expenses of razors, bleaching cream, and depilatories, as well. A laser procedure is so convenient it can be done over the lunch hour or on the way home from work.
Why Should I Come To Your Office For High Speed Laser Hair Removal?
In our spa your privacy, safety, and trust are of the utmost importance. We are passionate about our quality of service and we care about our clients. Our laser machines are equipped with a lot of safety features which makes the treatments safe and effective. All treatments are performed by Certified Laser Specialists and/or Licensed Estheticians. We offer affordable prices.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Yes, it is permanent for most people after a series of approximately 6 to 8 treatments, this is necessary because hairs grow in cycles. Not all hair is in an active growing cycle at the same time. The majority of our clients see a reduction in the amount and coarseness of existing hair after only a few treatments, but for significant clearance of an area it will take 6 to 8 treatments.
Getting Ready for Laser Hair Removal (pre-treatment)
*Avoid tanning, which includes tanning beds and sunless tanning products for 2 weeks prior to laser treatment.
*It is best to refrain from tweezing, waxing, or use of depilatories for 2 weeks before laser treatment. A cuticle scissors or razor can be used to trim down the hair between treatments.
*We recommend that you discontinue using hair bleaching cream 1 week prior to laser treatment.
*1 or 2 days of hair growth is optimal. A Laser treatment can be performed even if the treated area has just been shaved.
*Laser cannot be performed if Accutane has used in the past 6 months.
*A test spot may need to be performed to see how the skin will respond if you are using topical skin products or medications that cause sun sensitivity.
*Laser hair removal treatments are not performed on pregnant women.
*Laser cannot be performed directly over a tattoo. It will cause the color to fade or completely remove the color.
*Laser hair removal cannot be performed over active herpes lesions.
It is normal for the treated area to be red and swollen following laser treatment. The treated area will feel like a mild sunburn and may produce red circular spots or welts. These conditions usually disappear within a couple of hours to a few days.
*Avoid any irritation to the skin. Do not pick or scratch the treated area; this will interfere with the natural healing process.
*Aloe Vera may be applied as frequently as needed to the treated area. This helps reduce swelling and soothes the mild sunburn feeling.
*After the treatment is performed on the face discontinue harsh or abrasive facial cleansers, moisturizers or scrubs until the tenderness subsides.
*Light make-up may be used immediately after the laser treatment, unless otherwise directed. We recommend that you use fresh makeup purchased in the past 90 days, to reduce any complications.
*Do not tweeze or wax the treated area. This will increase the number of treatments necessary for clearance of an area. Do not use any hair-removing products such as bleaching cream, depilatories, or any other hair removing products on the treated area.
*These timelines are approximate and precautions should be extended beyond the recommended time if skin remains sensitive.
24 Hours after the Treatment:
Use powder instead of deodorant on underarms to reduce any irritation to the skin.
Do not use a hot tub until the redness and swelling have completely diminished.
14 Days after the Treatment:
*Avoid any direct sun exposure for 2 weeks after laser treatment. This includes tanning beds. We recommend the use of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher at all times through the course of your laser treatments. It is best to discontinue any tanning during the course of your treatments. Tanning can increase the amount of risks, complications, and the number of treatments needed.
*Do not use sunless tanning creams on the treated area for 1-2 weeks before and after the laser treatment. These products could make the skin look discolored or blotchy.
In approximately 7-21 days the hair will begin to shed. This may appear like new hair growth, but it is actually the hair being shed and expelled from the follicle. You may remove the hair by wiping the skin with a wet washcloth, loofah, or by shaving the area.
What to do after Laser Hair Removal Treatment (post-treatment)?