Optimal results are seen after a series of treatments. Typically, a series of 8 treatments are done, to begin with. After the 8th treatment, an evaluation is done to determine if more treatments will be required to achieve your desired results. Some clients will have desired results by then, while others will require additional treatments. However, during the treatment series, you will notice a gradual reduction of hair after each treatment. Laser hair removal does not work on blond, white, gray, or red hair types.
Redness is the most common side effect, which typically lasts only a few minutes for most people. Occasionally, redness may last until the end of the day.
The cost of laser hair removal is based on the size of the area treated and the number of treatments needed for optimal results. You will need a minimum of 5-6 treatments and will have a treatment every 4-8 weeks (depending upon the area of the body being treated) throughout the series. There are some clients that may require more than 6 treatments for optimal results because of hormonal status, the area of the body being treated; the color or texture of hair; or medical conditions. At your consultation, we can give you a quote on the price and number of treatments that we expect you will need.
There is no downtime associated with laser hair removal. However, we do have some specific pre- and post-treatment instructions that we like for everyone to follow for maximum efficacy and safety of your treatment. It is important not to expose yourself to direct sunlight or tan for at least 48 hours after your treatment. Ask for a copy of our pre- and post-treatment instructions for more information.
Laser hair reduction will permanently remove approximately 75-85% of your hair after 8 or more treatments. The remaining hair after your series is often very light and fine compared to the dark, coarse hair that you may have started with. Because our bodies are covered with millions of dormant hair follicles, over time, some of those hair follicles can emerge out of dormancy and begin growing new hair that wasn’t present during your laser treatments. So, you may need to periodically come in for “touch-up” treatments over time.
For maximum comfort, we use ice packs, chilled gel, and our laser is equipped with a gold-plated sapphire cooling tip to help cool your skin during the laser treatment. With these measures, the laser treatment for many people is very comfortable. Without any comfort measures, it feels very similar to a small snapping rubber band.