Permanent: 1) Without end, eternal 2) Lasting or intended to last or remain unchanged indefinitely
Reduction: 1) The action or fact of making a specified thing smaller or less in amount, degree or size 2) A thing that is made smaller or less in size or amount, in particular
Removal: The action of taking away or abolishing something unwanted
When we say hair reduction we mean: Not all the hair goes away forever! First, the laser only sees dark hair, so the fine light hairs are probably never going to go away with the laser technology available today. When a dark hair in its active growth phase is treated effectively, the laser disconnects the follicle from the blood vessel that enables that hair follicle to reproduce hair. That dark hair has been permanently removed. That specific hair follicle will never regrow another hair. Over time our body will re-create new hair follicles; there will be a significant amount less hair, and it will be much thinner and easier to shave.
Anywhere between four and eight treatments of laser hair removal is average to see a significant reduction. How many treatments and how much maintenance will you need? It depends on:
- Area being treated
- Amount and type of hair
- Skin type
- General health
- Hormones (those with hormonal imbalances usually need more frequent maintenance).
We are honest and realistic with our clients and let them know that the body will reproduce a small amount of hair follicles overtime, and maintenance treatments are recommended. Our maintenance treatments 50% off on a per-session basis.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?
Trying to decide if laser hair removal is right for you? Consider the following:
- Your hair must have color, or else the laser won’t be able to recognize it. This means if your hair is red, white, blonde or gray, you might not get the results you’re hoping for. This also means that those with dark hair and light skin are the best candidates—the more contrast the better.
- You’ll need to commit. Depending on the areas treated, multiple sessions are necessary and may take up to a year to complete four sessions. After that, it’s recommended to have regular maintenance treatments, in most cases annually.
How to Prepare for Hair Removal
To prep, shave the areas you want treated. Unlike wax strips that need something to grab onto, lasers need to be able to reach just below the top layer of the skin and down to the hair follicle. It’s the blood vessel attached to the hair follicle that the laser is ultimately obliterating; so, the hair needs to be short to avoid any obstruction. If the hair’s too long, the laser will just burn the top of the stubble. Shaving or trimming throughout your treatments is acceptable.
Four weeks prior to the hair reduction appointment, do not tweeze, wax, thread, use hair removal cream, epilator or receive electrolysis. Avoid excessive sun exposure, tanning beds and the use of self-tanning creams for the area you wish to have treated. Sun exposure increases the possibility of laser burns and decreases the effectiveness of the treatment. It is imperative that you use at least an SPF 30 throughout the duration of your treatments.