ARE THINGS A LITTLE HAIRY?
So I am going to break it down for all the questions (hopefully ALL) that there are on Laser Hair Removal. These questions are a compilation of all the questions I have answered. If I have missed one that you have, feel free to post a question and I will add it to the post:)
Q: Is it Painful? A: No, I repeat no… our office as the new non painful laser. There are older lasers that are painful but that is not the machine we use.
Q: Can someone be out in the sun? A: It depends on your skin tone (because that depends on which hand piece is used) and for some skin tones you will need to refrain from the sun a few days before and a few days after.
Q: What color skin can have the procedure performed? A: With our machine all skin colors (6 total in the Fitzpatrick Skin Scale) can have the laser performed. A couple of skin tones will need one to two treatments more than most.
Q: Can the laser take care of grey or white hair? A: Actually no it cannot. Some places will have you dye the hair just before having the laser done but our office has found it ineffective and we will not do the laser on white or grey hair.
Q: How long does the procedure take? A: This is a tricky question. Underarms usually take 5-10 minutes. With large areas though like full back or full legs and because when an appointment is made on the phone we do not ask for your height and weight, it can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour. Obviously someone 5’2″ and 90 pounds compared to someone 5’10” and 175 pounds will have a big difference in surface area for the laser to cover. Large areas are hard to tell for that reason.
Q: Is there any down time? A: No there is not. Someone can return to work or family with nobody knowing.
Q: Is there any preparation? A: Yes!!!! A client MUST shave before the procedure. If there is hair then the laser will hurt and burn the hair left and the burnt hair will lie on the skin and burn the skin. We tell clients to shave the night before or the day of. Nair can also be used if someone does not want to shave. Waxing or plucking CANNOT be done within 3 weeks of the appointment because it will cause the laser to be ineffective because waxing and plucking pull out the hair follicle.
Q: How many treatments does it take? A: With most skin tones it takes 4-6 treatments and a couple other skin tones need 7-9. We do an average of 7 treatments.
Q: Are there times it does not work? A: Some women (very few!) are either taking hormones or have naturally occurring high hormones which cause the hair cycles to grow much faster than normal. These few clients will need to return sooner than the normal client.
Q: When the package is complete will there be future treatments? A: Yes but only 1-2 maintenance treatments per year.
Q: Because the laser is expensive are there payment plans? A: Yes there are and if needed payment can be made per session.
Hopefully this Q and A session can answer most questions. Feel free to post any others that can be thought.Dr