Laser Hair Removal :: FAQ

Q) How does the Laser remove hair?
A) The laser works by a principle called Selective Photothermolysis. The laser is pulsed (turned on) for a millisecond emitting a beam of light on to the skin. The light energy passes harmlessly through the skin, but is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. By absorbing this laser energy, the hair follicles are disabled, impairing their ability to grow. The laser is only effective on hair follicles in the active growth phase (anagen), eliminating undesired hair from all parts of the body. Laser therapy leaves your skin looking and feeling softer and smoother.

Q) What areas can be treated?
A) All parts of the body can be treated with the exception of areas too close to the eyes (i.e. the brows). Popular female areas include the face, underarms, bikini lines, legs and arms, while popular male areas include beard, neck, shoulders, chest, abs and back.

Q) Does it hurt?
A) Most clients describe it as a little uncomfortable, a tingling, stinging sensation during treatment. No local anesthesia or pain medicine is required and you will be able to resume regular activities immediately. We have incorporated an additional cooling system which cools the epidermis before, during, and after laser energy has been applied, therefore further decreases any discomfort.

Q) How long is the treatment?
A) The treatment time can vary based on the area. The upper lip takes only a few minutes while larger areas such as entire back or legs can take up to an hour.

Q) Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
A) Following the treatment, you can return to your normal activities right away. The use of sunscreen is required on any treated areas exposed to the sun.

Q) How many treatments does it take?
A) The laser works by disabling hair in the active growth stage (anagen) at the time of treatment. During anagen, the hair contains an abundance of melanin (the pigment of the hair). It is during this phase only that hair can be effectively treated with laser light. Because not all hairs are in this stage during treatment, additional treatments will be necessary to disable all the hair follicles in the area being treated. Treatments are usually given at intervals of 6-8 weeks, or when new hair growth is noticed. In general, the average client will require 4-6 treatments.

Q) Are the results permanent?
A) The FDA has authorized the Soprano™ system for permanent hair reduction. This decision was not made lightly, and only after reviewing statistical scientific data on the results obtained with this system.

Q) What should I expect?
A) Around 2-3 weeks after treatment hairs will begin to surface. Most of these hairs were treated and are “falling out”, it is not regrowth. The hair follicles need to purge the hairs that remained under the skin. Please refrain from waxing, plucking, or bleaching between treatments (shaving is okay).

Q) What are the possible side effects?
A) Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a mild sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.