Laser Hair Removal FAQs

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a procedure by which hair is removed from all parts of the body utilizing a long pulse laser. The laser works by disabling hairs that are in their active growing cycle at the time of the treatment. Since not all hair is on the same growth cycle, several treatments are necessary to disable all of the follicles in a given area.

Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?

Anyone who has unwanted hair, is tired of shaving and dealing with razor burn, has ingrown hairs or folliculitis, tired of the discomfort and expense of waxing. The Cutera CoolGlide is the best laser hair removal system, on the market for all skin types and tones.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

The general opinion is that laser hair removal is permanent, and the FDA has approved it as permanent reduction, but it doesn't work on everyone. Generally, this means that you shouldn't expect the laser to remove every single hair from an area. Some might need a touch-up treatment 1-2 times a year after the initial set of treatments for any new growth that your body develops with age.

How many treatments will I need?

A set of at least 6-8 treatments at specified intervals are generally necessary to achieve substantial hair removal. However, the number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors~hair thickness and texture, the area treated and your hair's growth cycle.

How does the laser hair removal treatment work?

The Laser designed for permanent hair reduction, emits wavelengths of light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair (melanin) follicle. The follicle absorbs the energy produced by the laser, collapses & is destroyed.

How should I prepare for treatment and what should I expect after treatment?

You should shave the area to be treated prior to your treatment. No waxing, plucking, or depillatories are allowed 4-6 weeks before and throughout the course of treatment because the hair needs to be in place as a target for the laser. Within 2-3 weeks, you should experience shedding of all treated hair. After shedding occurs, you should experience a hair-free period for a few weeks, until the next set of hair, which was dormant before, starts to come in. This usually happens within 6-10 weeks post-treatment.

Are there any restrictions on my activity after my treatment?

It is important to avoid the sun 2 weeks prior to the first treatment and during your treatment schedule. If you must be in the sun, you must use an SPF 30 daily sun-block as directed. Following the treatment, you can return to your normal activities right away, but some redness can occur. This usually subsides within 24-48 hours.

Is laser hair removal treatment painful?

Everyone's pain threshold is different, but generally laser hair removal is not much more painful than waxing. When the pulse of light is delivered, some experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No anesthesia or pain medication is required, however, some may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.

I have plucked my hair for years, will the treatment work for me?

We have found that chronically plucked hairs can be resistant to treatment (especially on the chin), perhaps due to microscopic scarring surrounding the follicle from the repeated plucking. We recommend that you wait at least ONE month with out plucking before we attempt to treat. You may shave during this period.

What are the possible risks, side effects, and complications of laser hair removal?

Although some experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur.

How does Laser Hair Removal compare with other methods of hair removal?

Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams are all temporary methods which must be repeated on a frequent basis. Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive, and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to them one at a time.