What is laser hair removal and how does it work?
Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction procedure. Laser Hair Removal works by selectively targeting an area using a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the root of the hair without damaging the surrounding tissue (skin). When the light is absorbed by the pigment it heats up the root and destroys it. The human hair has 3 different phases of growth; active phase (anagen), resting phase (catagen), and shedding phase (telogen). It is only during the active growth phase that the hair shaft is attached to the root and the root can be destroyed. Each hair moves through the 3 phases of growth over a 4 to 8 week period. This is why laser hair removal necessitates multiple treatments.
What does the procedure feel like?
Clients should expect to feel a small stinging sensation. This discomfort resolves in several seconds and is minimized by the cryo cooling system. Certain parts of the body are more sensitive than others, but for the most part, laser hair removal isn't painful.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Laser hair removal utilizes "non-ionizing" radiation which is simply the radiation of light and the same as ordinary light that interacts with your body on a daily basis. The treatment has been around for a long time and new technology is making treatments safer than ever.
How long do treatments take?
Laser treatments can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour depending on the area being treated.
How many sessions do I need?
While every person is unique, we find most people need 5-10 sessions. Some areas may respond much sooner, while other areas may need additional treatment. People with dark and coarse hair will typically see faster results. Hormonal areas will generally need more sessions.
What if I'm starting to develop grey hair?
Laser hair removal does not work on grey hair so it's important that you begin treatment as soon as you see grey hair develop. If treatment is started early in the onset of greying hair, the hair can be removed.
What should I do to prepare for my laser hair removal treatment?
There are six very important things to remember prior to treatment.

1. NO SUN EXPOSURE for at least 2-4 weeks prior to the treatment. This includes spray tans and tanning beds.

2. NO WAXING, TWEEZING or THREADING and use of Nair for at least 2-3 weeks prior to the treatment. This is important to preserve the root and the pigment of the hair.

3. NO ANTIBIOTICS for at least 7 days before your laser session. Antibiotics can make you sensitive to light and can cause hyperpigmentation on the treated area. Also, no Accutane for 6 months prior to treatment. Lastly, you mast advise us of any medication you are taking as some medications may increase sensitivity to light.

4. SHAVE THE TREATMENT AREA completely 1-2 days before your laser session. Shave slowly and use a good razor to avoid irritation.

5. NO MAKE UP, lotion, creams or natural antiperspirants should be used prior to treatment.

6. NO CHEMICAL PEELS or microdermabrasion for a 1week prior to treatment. No facial on the on the same day of treatment.
What should I expect after treatment?
Immediately after the treatment there will be redness and swelling around the hair follicles (perifollicular edema) and mild discomfort. This can last up to 2 hours and in rare instances longer.
How should I care for my skin after treatment?
Moisturize and keep the area out of the sun, especially in the summer time. Use SPF 50 sunscreen when going outside. Also avoid the gym or taking a hot bath/shower for the remainder of the day.
I have PCOS, what should I expect?
Laser hair removal works for PCOS. Many women with this condition will see amazing results but they might require more sessions since clients with PCOS typically have hair growth that is persistent and resilient.
Can laser treatment get rid of ingrown hairs?
Yes, the treatment works for ingrown hair because the laser destroys the hair follicles at the source and thus the hair itself doesn't get a chance to become ingrown.