Laser Hair Removal
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are intended to answer a lot of the most commonly asked questions that you may have about a specific procedure. Please remember that what you read in this section is only intended to provide you with a general answer to a question and should not be considered in any way a substitute for a personal consultation with Dr. Papadopoulos.
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Who can be treated?
The unique design and both short and long wavelengths allow the lasers to treat patients of all skin tones and types including African American, Asian, Indian, Hispanic, Caucasian, and even patients with a sun tan!
How old do you have to be for laser hair removal?
There really is no age limit, but we never treat toddlers. Young people that are not finished growing will develop new hair as they grow, and will require touch ups to maintain the results. We currently do not treat children under the age of 13. Older people usually have gray hair that will not respond to laser.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal goes right to the root of an unwanted hair problem: the hair follicle itself. Laser hair removal disables the follicle's ability to produce any more hair. Our laser hair removal systems emit a precise beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where the energy is absorbed by melanin (or pigment) that gives colour to the hair shaft. The lasers’ energy is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair and transferred to the surrounding hair follicle. Results with laser hair removal can depend on the darkness of the hair and the stage of growth of the hair follicle - these things will determine the number of sessions required remove all the unwanted hair.
Hair must be in a growth stage during treatment, one of the reasons why laser hair removal requires several sessions: all follicles are not in the same stage at the same time. Plus, stages can last anywhere between 2 to 6 months. The three stages of hair growth are growth (anagen), regression (catagen) and resting (telogen).
What is the difference between pulsed light and lasers?
Pulsed light is not laser. While pulsed light is effective and can be used for other services, our experience supports the more powerful laser treatment for hair removal. Pulsed light is generally less safe for darker skin colours. Our experienced practitioners select the best laser for customising an individual's treatment to their specific hair colour and skin type.
What does laser hair removal treat?
Laser hair removal treats unwanted hair. The quickness of the treatment, combined with the long-lasting effects and large areas that you can treat at one session, definitely make it the solution of choice for thousands of people. Laser hair removal works on the face, armpits, bikini areas, back, legs, arms and chest. Dark hair is more successfully treated than light hair and hair must be in an active growth stage.
Benefits of laser hair removal:
• No more irritation from shaving or cream
• Large areas treated at one time
• Sessions are short
• Most parts of the body treatable
What are laser hair removal treatments like?
Sessions happen in office in a relaxing setting. The area to be treated is cleansed before the laser process begins. A wand or hand piece goes over the treatment area and delivers the light of the laser. Some people describe the laser treatment as feeling like a mild sting or pinching sensation, however anesthesia is usually not required. Most treatments last about 15 minutes with further sessions every 3 to 6 weeks; treatment duration and intervals depend on the size and location of the treatment area.
Does it hurt and what can go wrong?
Laser hair removal is a very safe treatment with few side effects. Everyone's pain tolerance is different. People have compared it to a rubber band snap against the skin, whilst others describe the actual therapy as feeling like mild stinging or pinching, but this discomfort subsides when each treatment ends. Some people experience temporary redness or swelling after treatment. Very rarely blistering can happen.
What should I expect from laser hair removal treatment?
Laser hair removal reduces unwanted hair. You will see results immediately after each session, with less and less hair growth happening during the weeks after each session. Results depend on hair colour, density, and the area that is treated. Maintenance appointments are encouraged to target hair that was in a dormant stage during previous sessions.
What areas can be treated?
Laser hair removal can be performed on almost area of the body for men and women – from small areas such as your upper lip, underarms, bikini area, chin, neck, and face, to larger areas such as arms, chest, back, and legs.
Why is laser preferred for hair removal?
Most people are great candidates. Traditional hair removal techniques, such as shaving, plucking and waxing, provide only temporary relief. Until now, the only long-lasting hair removal solution has been by electrolysis - which can be time-consuming and is usually limited to small areas, because each hair is treated individually. Laser hair removal is non-invasive, and safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin. Facial and bikini area sessions are usually completed in less than 20 minutes; legs and larger areas can take longer.
One significant advantage of laser hair removal treatment is that it affects a large number of hair follicles at once resulting is a quicker more permanent results. As a general rule, several treatments will be required and you and can expect to see a 50% reduction in hair growth after just one treatment. If you hate shaving, or are tired of putting up with painful waxing, tweezing or electrolysis, laser hair removal may be the best solution for you.
Will laser hair removal work for me?
The best results have been achieved on darker, coarse hair, but other factors may influence the treatment process, and are generally best evaluated and discussed in person. Depending on the amount of hair and area treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, the treatment will begin by trimming away the hair above the skin to be treated. Protective glasses will be provided to protect your eyes from the laser's bright light. The laser's hand piece will then be applied to the skin to deliver the pulses of light needed to begin disabling your unwanted hair.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
You can return to work or resume normal activities immediately following your procedure. However, since some redness may occur, you may want to plan your work or social engagements accordingly. This may last from a few minutes to several days depending on the area and skin sensitivity.
What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?
You must stop plucking or waxing hair for several weeks for laser to be optimally effective. We have a variety of lasers to safely treat all skin types and skin colours including dark and tanned skin. Our highly trained professionals educate you on your options and tailor a treatment program that best suits your personal needs. Together you and the laser specialist can decide if your expectations will be met and which treatment is the best option for you.
How many treatments will I need?
Hair grows in cycles. The laser is only effective on hair in its actively growing cycle. At any one time there will only be certain hairs in that growing phase. This means that consistent treatments at appropriate intervals are absolutely necessary for the best possible results. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin, hair colouring, coarseness of the hair and density per treated area. Multiple treatments may be required.
The laser hair removal system causes permanent reduction in the number of hairs growing in an area. Because hair grows in three phases, and each hair goes through these stages independently, it is almost impossible for one laser treatment to permanently reduce all hair in a given area. Clinical studies, which have followed patients for one year after completing two treatments, have shown that reduction in hair growth was stable for the duration of that time. While individual results may vary, patients typically find that it takes 3 to 6 treatments to get the desired results.
What is a full Brazilian?
A full brazilian bikini procedure is perfect for those who have a preference for nothing more than a neat strip of hair. Yes, a full Brazilian is that extensive with some guests opting for no pubic hair whatsoever. These procedures are our fastest growing because many women love the idea of not having to worry about bikini bumps and ingrown hairs. Others just love that fresh, clean feeling every single day of the year, or perhaps they are addicted to lower cut clothing. Either way, not having to bring a razor on your next vacation or having to pay a lot of money on temporary solutions like waxing are key reasons for the influx of requests.
If you have sensitive skin or just want to take a precautionary step, we offer a prescription anesthetic cream. Moreover, when this treatment is performed on a female, they are always paired with a female nurse.
Laser hair removal vital statistics:
Treatment For: Unwanted hair
Expected Result: Permanent Hair Removal
Treatment Time: Depends on size of treatment area
Recovery: No down time
For Best Result: Multiple sessions required for optimum results. Keep all appointments and maintain as necessary