Laser Hair Removal

This is a medical procedure using a concentrated beam of light to destroy the hair follicle and remove unwanted hair.  The laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair.  This light damages the hair follicle so that future hair growth is ether prevented or delayed.

We use an Nd:YAG laser with either a 755nm or 1064nm wavelength  This is important as various wavelengths give optimal results depending on skin type (Fitzpatrick I-VI) and/ degree of pigmentation.

Does skin or hair color make a difference?

Laser hair removal works best on dark hairs against a light complexion.  This is because the contrast makes it easier for the laser to target the hair  and destroy the follicle.  People with darker skin or lighter hair may need more treatments than others.  Advances in laser technology have made laser hair removal an option for people who have dark skin tones.  Lasers that produce longer wavelengths such as the 1064nm Nd:YAG work best on dark skin.

Is the result permanent?

While no one can guarantee permanent removal of 100% of hair, it is reasonable to expect a ~90% reduction of hair growth after the completion of recommended treatment sessions. In most people, some hair will regrow over time.  Even so, when hair does regrow, it will tend to be thinner and more fine in quality. 

Why do I need multiple treatments?

Hair grows in phases: Anagen, Catagen and Telagen.  The ideal phase for hair removal is the Anagen phase.  At any given time on any part of the body, each individual hair follicle is at a different point of the cycle.  Laser hair removal is most effective during the Anagen phase.  The goal of multiple treatments spread over time is to target all of the hair in the treatment area in the Anagen phase. 

We wait for approximately 4-6 weeks between treatments for the face and 6-8 weeks for treatments elsewhere on the body.  This gives time for the skin to heal and recover from the prior treatment, while also allowing any hairs previously in the Catagen phase to enter the Anagen phase.  The Anagen phase only lasts for two-three weeks so it important to try not to miss scheduled appointments.

How do I prepare?

Treatment area should be shaved approximately 24 hours prior to your appointment. If you shave closer to the appointment, there is an increased risk of skin irritation.

 Do NOT wax, tweeze, epilate or use chemical hair removal products between laser treatments or within one month of your first treatment for best results.

Does it Hurt?

Laser hair removal has been compared to the snap of a rubber band.  The option exists to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment, but most people do not find this necessary.

What are the possible side effects?

The majority of people who use it find that laser hair removal is safe and well-tolerated.

Skin pigment changes (lightening or darkening) of the skin known as hypo- or hyper-pigmentation may occur.  These changes are usually temporary and more likely to occur in those with darker skin—hence the importance of choosing the right laser option based on skin tone.

 More commonly, redness, skin irritation and crusting may occur.  These are usually temporary and improve within a few days after treatment.  The risk of scarring is rare.

Treatment Area

Small treatment areas

  • Areolas (nipples)
  • Underarms
  • Hands
  • Fingers
  • Toes
  • Shoulders
  • Knees
  • Abdomen Trail
  • Inner buttocks
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Sideburns
  • Front of the neck
  • Back of the neck

Large treatment areas

  • Stomach (full)
  • Chest
  • Upper half arms
  • Lower half arms
  • Lower half back
  • Upper half back
  • Extended bikini line
  • Bikini front / partial brazilian
  • Inner thighs
  • Lower half legs
  • Upper half legs
  • Buttocks (glutes)
  • Full beard
  • Full face
  • Feet

Extra-large treatment areas

  • Legs
  • Full arms
  • Full back
  • Chest & stomach