Some people say it feels like a slight sting. Others say the sensation is stronger. But the feeling only exists when the laser is pulsing. Once the technician stops the laser, the sensation stops. For those who experience discomfort, a topical anesthetic may be used. Compared to electrolysis and waxing, most clients should find our process tolerable.
The treatments start at a few hundred dollars and go up depending on the area being treated. Clients can pay for the treatments as they are performed or they can take advantage of our monthly specials and package discounts to save money.
The laser emits a pulsing light beam that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. The pulse duration is carefully determined to be safe yet effective.
Lasers can be adjusted precisely to disable only hair follicles. By treating hundreds of hair follicles at once, instead of hair‐by‐hair as with electrolysis, large areas such as legs, arms, or back can be treated in a short time. Results last far longer than tweezing, waxing, shaving, chemical depilation, or other temporary treatments.
Facial areas (lip, chin, etc.) can be treated in five to ten minutes. Small body areas (underarms, bikini, etc.) take 15 to 20 minutes. Larger body areas (full back, legs, arms, etc.) usually take about 30 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area and the density of the hair.
The treated area may become slightly red. Some experience a sensation similar to mild sunburn. This reaction subsides within a few minutes to a few hours and the area returns to normal. Since the laser does not burn or cut the skin in any way, no bandages are necessary. You are able to reapply makeup, return to work, and continue with your normal daily activities.
The laser works by disabling hairs in an active growth cycle at the time of treatment. Since most hair will be in the dormant stage during treatment, an average of five treatments is usually necessary to disable a majority of the follicles during their growth cycle. Because everyone is different, some people may need additional treatments to reach their desired goals.
The lasers we use hold FDA approval for “permanent hair reduction.” Once we disable the blood supply feeding the hair follicles, those particular follicles will not grow back; they are permanently destroyed. However, not all of the hair follicles on our body are active and as we get older, inactive hairs will become active. The laser will not keep those hairs from becoming active, but once they are, we can treat them successfully.