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Frequently Asked Questions about Gentle Hair Removal

What can I expect during laser hair removal treatment?

Treatments take place in our office. Your practitioner will use a small handpiece to deliver an intense but gentle burst of energy onto targeted areas of the skin. Therapeutic heat then safely and effectively removes unwanted hair.

Is Gentle Hair Removal safe for darker skin tones?

Yes! Other laser hair removal treatments don’t cater to all skin types, but there’s a Gentle Hair Removal treatment that’s right for you, no matter what your skin tone. Check out the infographic to the right to learn what your skin type is, and talk to your practitioner about which Gentle treatment is right for you.

How long does a Gentle laser hair removal treatment take?

A treatment can take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the treatment area and the condition being treated.

Is Gentle laser hair removal painful?

Most patients may feel some discomfort, which has been compared to snapping a rubber band against the skin. This discomfort resolves quickly and is minimized by our patented Dynamic Cooling Device. Some patients opt to use a topical numbing cream which can be provided at an extra cost. Be sure and talk this over with your practitioner.

How many treatments will I need?

Multiple treatments are required to achieve the full hair removal effect. That’s because hair grows in three stages: Anagen (the growth stage). Hair is thickest and darkest, so laser treatments are most effective. Catagen (the transitional stage). The hair begins to loosen from its follicle. Telogen (the shedding stage). The hair falls out to make room for new growth. The hairs on your body are not always at the same stage, so you’ll need to undergo a few treatments, an average of six weeks apart, to catch them all in the growth stage.

How do I prepare for a Gentle Hair Removal treatment?

For about six weeks prior to treatment, you should avoid plucking, electrolysis or waxing. On the day of your treatment, skin should be clean-shaven and thoroughly cleansed of any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or self-tanning products. Apply sunblock (SPF 30 or above) before your treatment. Do not expose the treatment area to sunlight or tanning booth light prior to or immediately after treatment. If you have a history of herpes simplex virus, a prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed.

What can I expect after treatment?

A cool compress or gel pack may be applied for additional comfort after your treatment. Any redness or swelling should resolve in a few hours.

What precautions should I take after treatment?

After your laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions. Are there side effects? Permanent side effects are rare and may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (laser bruise) in the treated area—these usually do not last more than a few days. Your practitioner will have more information about potential side effects.

Are these treatments covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures, however many clients are able to claim treatment through their Health Spending Accounts. Consult your insurance carrier for conclusive information.

Laser Hair Removal Best Practices:

-There is no such thing as painless laser hair removal and it should not be advertised as such.  If it is painless it is likely that you are being undertreated and will not get the expected results.

-Lasers cannot treat white, blond, grey or red hairs. This is simply because of biology and laser physics.  There is not a laser in the world that can effectively reduce this hair.  Be wary if someone is advertising or promising such.

-Lasers work best on darker and thicker (coarse) hair.  Even dark fine hairs may not get optimal reduction.

-Treatment intervals are typically 4-6 weeks for facial hair, 6-8 weeks for the body, and 10-12 weeks for legs.  There is no research or scientific evidence that treating at other intervals is effective.  There is no credible research showing increased results by treating at intervals less than four weeks.

-Men who have high testosterone or are taking dietary supplements (work out supplements) and / or are engaged in heavy physical activity may have poor treatment outcomes.

-Facial hair in women is often hormonal, and occasionally brought on by changes in medication.  Laser treatment is effective in temporarily reducing the hair in these patients, however permanent reduction may not be achieved.

-Treatment of facial hair in women with skin type IV (Middle Eastern, East Indian, Hispanic) may result in paradoxical hair growth which is an increase in the amount of hair after treatment.  Although there is no expected permanent reduction in these patients, regular treatments can give them relief of unwanted hair for extended intervals.

-It is rare to get complete reduction of hair in any given area.  Remaining hairs are usually very fine and very light and are rarely bothersome.

-MedAesthetics is the only clinic to offer 1/2 price maintenance treatments for life once you have completed your prescribed treatment package.