Frequently Asked Questions
Laser Hair Removal
+ What should I expect with Laser Hair Removal?
You'll love it! Here's why...NO HAIR! Smooth skin, no razor burn or bumps, no in grown hair…just smooth skin. What we hear repeatedly, “This is the best money I’ve ever spent”! Followed by, “I wish I had done this sooner”.
+ How long does it take (how many treatments does it take)?
- Facial hair – treatments are usually at 4-6 week intervals
- Body hair – treatments are usually at 8 week intervals Most people need 5–7 treatments and 2-3 touch up treatments (which are offered at ½ price).
+ What type of reaction should I expect?
Usual Reaction: The area turns pink/red and is welted. The welts tend to resolve very quickly 15mins – 2 hours. Redness is dependent on your skins sensitivity.
Adverse Reactions: Can include hyper/hypo pigmentation (a darkening or lightening of the skin) – which will rectify itself over time. Some need weeks, some months. Bruising – not very common at all.
+ Is Laser Painful?
Yes....a little, a lot...it depends on you and your pain threshold, what area you are treating, and what service you are having done. There are things you can use to help numb the pain. We also use a Smartcool system (which blows intense cold air at the site of the treatment), this helps our technicians treat 25% more aggressively than without the unit.
+ But I hear about "painless" laser hair removal treatments...is that true?
When you hear of "painless" laser hair removal treatments, they are either not being completely honest or they are using a laser which does not emit much energy, which in turn means, it will not work - or worse - it may change the hair you are treating to white hair, just de-pigmenting the hair. Once this hair turns white, no laser can treat it (only electrolysis would be able to treat the white hair)!
+ Can I go right back to work after a laser treatment?
Depending on the service, area, and your skin's sensitivity, you may be pink/red anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. If the area is very dense, ther is also a tendency to be rod for a longer period of time.
+ What general post laser treatment do you recommend?
If the area feels hot, apply a cold pack until area does not reheat (this will prevent a burn). Use Polysporin twice daily for 3 – 5 days. Avoid exercise for 24 -48 hours (2 weeks for leg veins). Avoid hot tubs and hot showers for 24 – 48 hours.
+ Is the laser dangerous?
No. Not if you are being treated by a trained professional. Further, you should not be used if you are undergoing certain therapies/treatments which could conflict (i.e. Chemotherapy, acutane, etc.).
+ Am I able to go tanning during my treatments?
Yes…and No. For the best results you should be as close to your natural colouring as possible. The Nd:YAG laser is able to treat dark skins as well as tanned skins. However, it will only see dark hair. Therefore, if you are tanned and have medium brown hair, you will not achieve the result you would without a tan.
+ Why are your services more expensive than some of your competitors?
You will find quite a range in pricing for laser services out there, but be aware. There are many spas and clinics using IPL machines instead of lasers. These are much less expensive machines and therefore they are able to charge less. However, they work very differently. IPL machines (Intense Pulsed Light) are great for Photo Facials. People with rosacea, or very blotchy, uneven toned skin, will do very well with IPL treatments. Hair removal, spider veins, broken capillaries and sun damage however, require a true laser. In the end, you will spend less money and time and have better results with a proper medical grade laser. Do some research on the machine being used, before you commit.
We use the Apogee Elite by Cynosure. It is the Gold Standard for hair removal and leg veins.
+ Am I able to have laser treatments if I am pregnant?
No. We will not treat you if you are pregnant. Although nothing would likely happen, this is a precautionary measure.
+ If I am nursing, am I able to have laser treatments?
Yes. However, if the area you wish to treat arose from pregnancy, then you should NOT treat it at all…yet. Sometimes women tend to grow hair in certain areas when pregnant and these areas will usually shed once you've finished breastfeeding.
+ I have a problem with ingrown hair. Will laser treatment help?
YES! You will LOVE laser! You will notice a big difference in your ingrown hair after just 1 session. After each treatment you will find this annoying problem much better. As you have less hair, you will have less of a problem. You won't believe the treated area was the same area you started your treatments with. It'll be smooth, soft, and no bumps!
+ Can I workout after my hair removal treatment?
You should normally avoid working out for 24-48 hours post treatment.