Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions

LaserLight’s Hair Removal Services

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Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is laser the treatment of choice for hair removal?

Lasers remove hair for good, giving you a long-lasting, even permanent result.  In only a few treatments (most laser companies recommend six to eight to get clearance) we can clear your skin of the unwanted hair that has bothered you for so long.

Traditional hair removal methods, such as waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, plucking/tweezing, sugaring, and stringing provide only temporary results — some for fewer than 24 hours.  Within hours or possibly days, you are back at it again, hunched over a magnifying mirror to tweeze out facial hair, running a razor over tender skin, or enduring painful waxing.  To make it worse, these methods can often stimulate hair growth!

Laser has another advantage, in that you NEVER AGAIN have to let the hair grow out a few days before your treatments in order to get it to work, as you do with the other methods.  Once you start working with LaserLight, you begin your life of being hair free where you want to be!

How does laser remove hair?

Hair removal lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that is known to be absorbed by the pigment (color) in the hair follicle — without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is converted to heat energy, which in turns disables the hair follicle so that it will not produce another hair.

What makes a LaserLight hair removal treatment safe and comfortable?

We use a patented Advanced Contact Cooling System™ to protect your outer skin during a laser hair removal treatment.  The laser’s light emerges through a sapphire crystal window that is pressed against your skin, to instantly remove the heat that gives you a little “pinch” feeling as the laser pulses. Our equipment also emits a patented smooth pulse of light, which delivers a continuous energy level without characteristic spikes in energy that in some of the other lasers cause a sharp sting.  You experience minimum discomfort during a LaserLight treatment, and many of our clients report that the sensation is much more comfortable than waxing, electrolysis, or even tweezing!

What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?

LaserLight’s hair removal lasers can safely treat any body part except for the small area inside the bony ridge of the eye socket.

Are some people better candidates for laser hair removal than others?

Laser hair removal works best on individuals with light skin and coarse, dark hair (brown and black) hair.  We have had superb results with individuals with all ranges of skin color and hair color –  even blonde, red, or light brown hair!   While some of our competitors recommend electrolysis for individuals with these hair colors, we recommend it only for those whose hair is white all the way through.

How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?

A number of factors determine the length of time for a treatment.  At LaserLight, we plan for adequate time to go as slowly or as fast as is comfortable and appropriate for each client.  The size and “topography” of the area treated factors into the time required, as does the amount of preparation.  As a general rule, legs and backs take an hour to an hour and a half, while an upper lip or the tops of ears may require eight to 10 minutes.  The front of the neck or underarms can take as little as 20 minutes.

Why does it take a number of laser hair removal treatments to clear an area of excess , unwanted hair?

Hair grows in repeating cycles, and only in the actively growing phase does the hair contain enough pigment to absorb sufficient energy to disable the hair follicle.  When hair is in the dormant phase, it has little or no pigment, and it cannot absorb the laser light.  When you come in to LaserLight for your treatment, we disable all of the hair follicles with actively growing hair in the treatment area.  A few weeks later, some of your dormant hairs will have moved into the actively growing stage, and you will come in for a treatment to disable those.  As this cycle gets repeated, you experience increasing reduction of hair.

How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?

Most laser companies tell us to tell you that it will take six to eight treatments to achieve clearance of an area.  We have some clients who are happy after four treatments, and a tiny minority who have needed more than eight –  but far fewer than you would need to achieve clearance using electrolysis, the only other “permanent” hair removal method.  The remaining hair removal methods would not even give you clearance!

What is the cost of laser hair removal?

The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the size, complexity and other factors of the area treated.  Our prices for a single area range from as little as $50 to as much as $600.  LaserLight provides generous cost-effective packages and “combo” pricing to help you to get to your goal of being hair-free where you want to be as soon as possible.  You will find our pricing fair and well worth the investment.   As a cost-saving opportunity, LaserLight provides a $50 referral treatment creditfor every person you refer who becomes a paying client.

What causes hair growth?

Heredity and ethnic background constitute the primary causes of hair growth.  Superfluous or excessive hair growth in women often results from normal biological changes that they undergo throughout life, such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause and old age.  Any one of these changes may cause an increase in hair growth in areas that never had hair before, or cause a small to moderate problem area to worsen.  Other causes of hair growth can be associated with certain medications, stress and obesity.

More serious causes can be an abnormality in the endocrine system, such as irregular menstrual cycles;  ovarian disorders, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS); and thyroid abnormalities.  If you suspect any of these conditions –  or if during your skin evaluation we suspect any of them – we will always recommend that you seek a medical evaluation.

Why do temporary hair removal methods such as waxing and tweezing stimulate hair growth?

Waxing, tweezing and depilatory creams are among the top offenders for stimulating hair growth.  When a hair root is pulled at or tugged on to remove it, a blood supply rushes to the area nourishing the hair follicle.  When this process is done regularly the result is growth of very coarse, deep rooted hairs.  Most clients are surprised to learn that years of waxing and/or tweezing have played a role in making the hair growth worse.

Why would I choose laser hair removal instead of electrolysis?

Simple:  time and comfort.  While electrolysis is very effective, it works by inserting a tiny needle into each hair follicle, one at a time, and delivering a jolt of electricity and/or radio frequency energy.  In contrast, the size of the treatment window on the laser head allows the laser to disable many hair follicles in a single pulse.  We can treat an entire upper lip in five to nine quick pulses, while an electrologist would take up to hundreds of precisely placed “zaps” to cover the same area.  Just think of the time commitment involved in larger areas, such as a back, bikini or full legs!  In addition, you experience a less painful sensation with the laser.

Is laser hair removal uncomfortable, or even painful?

You may experience a small but manageable sensation that we describe as a “pinch” or a “zap” when we pulse the laser.  Most of our former waxing, stringing and electrolysis clients report that the discomfort is far less than those methods of hair removal.  Stress, fatigue, caffeine, your menstrual cycle and pain tolerance may also influence the level of comfort –  or discomfort –  that you feel.

NOTE:  We recognize that some of the earlier aesthetic lasers delivered painful pulses.  If you have been treated with one of these devices and now fear a similar experience, please give us the opportunity to show you how much more comfortable our state-of-the-art technology can be.

Why is laser hair removal so much more expensive than the other methods of hair removal?

That is a myth:  laser is NOT more expensive, especially when you factor in the value of your time.  Certainly there is an up-front expenditure for a series of laser treatments – but you quickly get a return on your investment, all the while achieving your goal of hair removal!  We have developed a simple-to-use tool to help you to calculate and compare the costs of your hair removal method with LaserLight’s treatment costs.  (Click here to read more about the return on investment for laser treatments.)

Here is an actual example:  a prospective client who gets Brazilian waxes every five weeks pulled out her calculator during her consultation.  She asked the total cost of eight laser hair removal treatments (the usual maximum required for clearance) at LaserLight, and after pushing a few buttons determined that it would take only two years and eight months for her to have spent the same amount of money on waxing.  She would then be 38 years old, and would have to continue for 30 to 40 more years of waxing every five weeks to achieve her goal.  The best part?  If she chose laser, she could be hair free two years earlier in that two years and eight months of waxing expenditure!

How does laser hair removal with a laser differ from laser hair removal with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?

Intense pulsed light, technology which evolved from aesthetic laser technologies, functions in almost the same way as laser to disable hair follicles and permanently reduce hair growth.  It is safer, more comfortable, more versatile, and often faster than traditional lasers.  LaserLight clients have experienced great success with the IPL hair removal equipment that we use.  For example, the traditional lasers cannot treat blonde hair, nor can they treat tanned skin safely.  At LaserLight, our light-haired and tanned and tanning clients have been quite happy with the results they have achieved with our IPLs!

NOTE:  We have noticed that some of our competitors refer to IPL as a “weak cousin” of the laser.  Don’t believe it.  We recommend that you ask them what they mean by that, and ask them why so many of their former clients have switched to LaserLight to get the improved results they heard we could provide!

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