Laser Hair Removal Questions
Laser hair removal questions are abound. At our clinic, many first time patients are curious about using Laser to permanently remove unwanted hair. Over the years, we found that prior to making a decision about a laser hair removal treatment, people tend to ask us similar questions with regard to safety, costs, and effectiveness of laser treatment.
In our quest to educate potential clients on various topics of our industry and to help them come to a better decisions, we decided to compile this detailed explanation to answer the following laser hair removal questions.
- Does it work?
- Is it painful?
- Is it permanent?
- How much does it cost?
- Is it safe?
1. Does Laser Hair Removal work?
The laser hair removal works when the laser used has a high enough energy level to disable the hair follicle. The technician must use the adequate settings. The maximum energy level of some laser machines is not high enough to disable the hair follicle. Thus,the actual hair may only be weakened, but the hair will remain. Everyone I know who wants laser hair removal wants the hair to be GONE. Also, if a technician is afraid to use the correct energy level, your results could be very poor because you are being under treated. You need a great laser and an experienced technician. Only then will the treatment work.
When going for a laser hair removal consultation, you must ask the following questions:
- What kind of a laser is being used? At MediSpa Jouvence, we use the Light Sheer laser. We do not use the IPL.
- What sort of training did the technician have? Unfortunately, many regular clinics have technicians with little to no training.
- How long has the technician been doing laser hair removal?
- Will you have the same technician and the same laser for every treatment? Ideally, you would want to have the same technician for each of your treatments. This way, they will become more familiar with you and can monitor your progress. In addition, the same technician should use the same type of laser. Otherwise your treatment will be unpredictable.
2. Is Laser Hair Removal painful?
It depends on the sight being treated. You will feel a snap whenever the laser sees a colored hair in the follicle. Personally, I never found it to be painful, but it was uncomfortable at times. Most men doing their backs and chests would say it is painful and are using a topical anesthetic cream (I like Emla) on the sight. Most women doing smaller sights such as under arms and bikini are not using a topical numbing cream and would say it is not bad. I always treat at a high enough energy level to ensure positive results on the first treatment. I start to increase the energy when there is a reduction in the hair. The less hair you have, the less you will feel.
3. Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?
Yes, only when the follicle has been disabled. If the laser energy used is high enough to disable the hair follicle, the hair will not grow back in that follicle. Keep in mind though that no one can promise a 100% reduction. Nobody can ever claim that there will be no hair ever again on the treated area. The reason for that is because the laser treatment will stop a hair from growing if it was in the growth cycle at the time of the treatment. Therefore, you must expect sporadic hair from follicles that were not treated (the follicle was dormant meaning there was no hair in the follicle when you had your treatment, or the hair was not in the growth cycle). However, you should expect at least an 80% reduction in the hair on the treated sight.
4. How much does Laser Hair Removal cost?
Among the most popular laser hair removal questions, the treatment cost depends on a number of things: the area being treated (an upper lip or a full leg), the type of laser being used (the more expensive the laser, the more expensive the treatment), the qualifications of the technician (a clinic won’t have to pay an inexperienced tech the same as an experienced one…you are paying for your safety) and where are you having it done (in a reputable medical clinic or at Basement Betty’s?).
I caution not to shop on price alone. Obviously, cost matters and the price must be competitive, but I would not choose my laser clinic based on price alone.
5. Is Laser Hair Removal safe?
Yes, when you are a good candidate for laser hair removal and it is done properly.
A complete consultation including a medical history form and laser hair removal questionnaire should be performed before you begin. If this is not done, it is a very bad sign. Not everyone can do laser hair removal. A few things that would prevent you from being a good candidate: if you are epileptic, if you have a history of seizures, if you are on medication that would make you light sensitive (photo sensitive medication), if you have a hormonal imbalance, if you suffer from migraines triggered by light, if your skin has a lot of color or is black.
If you are a good candidate, it still does not mean you will have a safe treatment. An inexperienced technician could still burn or blister your skin.
If you are a good candidate, being treated by a qualified tech (with a good laser) should result in silky, soft and hairless skin.
I hope this article on laser hair removal questions was able to shed some light on this treatment.
If you would like to have more detailed information about Laser Hair Removal treatment or if you would like to have a precise quote on the cost of your treatment, I invite you to contact us at the clinic. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions.