Laser Hair Removal FAQs

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What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair Removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser, an intense beam of light, to remove unwanted hair. In order to obtain the best results with laser hair removal, it is important to use a laser suitable for your skin type. BodyLase® Skin Spa has multiple FDA-approved lasers for all skin colors.

Will Laser Hair Removal work for me?

Laser Hair Removal is extremely effective for individuals with dark hair. Since the laser targets the pigment in the hair, someone with gray, red, or blonde hair is not an ideal candidate.  If you have dark hair, regardless of your skin color, BodyLase® can effectively remove your hair.

What are the advantages of Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is fast, completely non-invasive and the most effective method for long-term permanent hair reduction. Laser Hair Removal is the best way to treat a condition called Pseudofolliculitis. This is a condition where bumps appear in an area where there is typically coarse, curly hair, such as the bikini line. This condition improves very rapidly following laser hair removal. In fact, after only one laser treatment, pseudofolliculitis can improve tremendously even though all of the hair is not yet removed. BodyLase® has helped many patients with this condition with much success. Laser hair removal is great for women and men alike who have unwanted hair anywhere on their body!

What are the limitations/disadvantages of Laser Hair Removal?

Possible side effects, though very rare, may include: burns, redness and swelling, and dry or irritated skin in the treated area.  Most side-effects tend to be temporary and resolve over time. Another possible side effect is ineffective hair removal. This side effect is extremely rare, and happens to less than 1% of the population. Laser Hair Removal is also not effective on unpigmented (gray) hairs and red or blonde hair.  This is a limitation of ALL laser hair removal devices. Finally, since hair growth is driven by hormonal changes, ethnic background, and sometimes medical conditions, it is possible to need “maintenance” treatments once or twice a year to stay smooth forever.  Because we know this, BodyLase® offers maintenance treatments at 50% off for life.

What areas can be treated with laser?

BodyLase® can remove hair from any part of the body, except underneath the eyebrows.  This area is too close to the eye and is not safe to treat with a laser. The most commonly requested areas are the face, upper lip, neck, chest,  underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line, and legs, where unwanted hair can not only be unsightly and embarrassing, but irritating, difficult and time-consuming to remove with shaving.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

The sensations associated with laser hair removal vary considerably between individuals and is a function of your skin type, the thickness and density of your hair, the body part being treated and your own sensitivity to discomfort. Most people describe Laser Hair Removal as a pinching, stinging or tingling sensation. At BodyLase, we try and make the treatments as comfortable and easy as possible.

Is it really permanent?

The FDA defines permanent hair removal as an “85% reduction in unwanted  hair.”  At BodyLase®, it is important to us that we meet your expectations. Some patients may find that maintenance sessions done once or twice a year are ideal for keeping any tiny small “stragglers” away after completing the initial 6-8 treatments. At BodyLase, your long-term satisfaction is our goal.  We are here to keep you hair free for life.

What should I do before my Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

While the process in itself is considered to be very safe, individuals opting for laser hair removal must adhere to the following pre-treatment instructions:

  • Avoid intense sun exposure 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after a Laser Hair Removal session
  • Wear sunscreen all day every day (This is also very important for good skin health).
  • Shave the area to be treated the day of your treatment. The laser targets the hair follicle and any excess growth will spark and smoke and could potentially cause a superficial skin burn.
  • Bleaching or plucking should be discontinued 2-4 weeks prior to the treatment. Shaving between your treatments is ideal.

What Should I expect after my Laser Hair Removal treatment?

It is common to experience temporary redness or bumps after your laser hair removal treatment. A cold compress can soothe the skin quite nicely after a treatment. We also recommend a product called Cicalfate.  Cicalfate protects, soothes and heals your skin after a laser treatment.  We have it available for purchase at the spa. Apart from this, general guidelines after laser hair removal include:

  • Use sun block of SPF 35 or more daily
  • Between treatments the only other acceptable hair removal method is shaving
  • Be aware that your hair will continue to shed up to three weeks after your treatment. You can help the hairs come out by using a loofah or gentle washcloth. Do not pick the hairs!

Are there any side effects?

As with any medical treatment, laser hair removal does carry some risks. Specifically “hyper” or “hypo” pigmentation of the skin may occur. In most cases, there are no long-term side effects associated with the Laser Hair Removal. Using proper sun protection and a laser appropriate for your skin type will dramatically reduce the risk of pigment changes.  If pigment changes do occur, they are almost always temporary. Blisters and burns are rare, but can occasionally occur.  Should anything not feel or look right after your treatment, call BodyLase® and we can assist right away.

How does skin color affect the results?

Laser hair removal must be individualized for each patient and your skin color is an important factor in determining your treatment. At BodyLase®, we have multiple lasers to treat all skin types. With our experience, BodyLase® can achieve effective laser hair removal on all skin types. We will use only a laser that is suitable to your skin type.

What to expect during the laser hair removal procedure?

During the procedure, you will relax in a comfortable position, and may change into a robe if you wish. You will wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser light.  Your treatment provider will mark the area with a white pencil to insure the entire area is being treated. You may notice the odor of singed hair, which is normal. Afterwards, you may experience some temporary redness and slight swelling. You may also sense the heat of the laser for a few hours after the treatment.

*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary.