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15 Laser Hair Removal Most Common Questions Answered!

Mother-Daughter-with-Smooth-SkinAvalon Medical Spa are the experts at laser hair removal for a reason, we see thousands of patients and for your convince combined 15 of the most common laser hair removal questions and answers that we get asked during our consultation.

Is laser hair removal painful
The principle of “no pain, no gain” applies to anything that is worthwhile. There is some discomfort associated with the procedure. The zap of the laser feels like a snapping of a rubber band with a sensation of heat. The majority of patients surveys world wide report that it is very tolerable. During the first treatment, the clients have a higher density of hair follicles which is also very course, so naturally, the sensation from the laser is more intense. The discomfort is always less on the subsequent treatments.

Which skin types does laser hair removal work on?
Technology has come a long way since lasers were first introduced for cosmetic purposes. New advances have made it safe for laser hair removal to be done all all skin types. Clients with higher skin tones usually achieve the desired results much faster then those with darker skin tones. The laser light is attracted to the melanin of the hair follicle. Skin types IV -VI have more melanin in their skin – the laser would not be able to differentiate between the melanin in the skin and the hair follicle. Therefore, patients with darker skin tones require lower setting to avoid any complications. Avalon Medical Spa uses cutting edge patented Elos technology to safely and effectively treat skin types I-VI.

What is the difference between laser hair removal and IPL and which one is more effective?
There have been three proven wavelengths for effective laser hair removal: the Alexandrite (755nm) the Diode (810 nm) and ND:YAG (1064nm). Depending on your skin tone, each one of these wavelengths penetrates the skin deep enough to target the hair follicle. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) devices use visible light from (500nm -1200nm) which is all emitted at the same time. Although IPL has a side effect of reducing hair growth, it is not as targeted as traditional lasers. When used for hair removal, IPL  usually  requires more treatments. The best analogy would be using a shot gun approach, the energy is scattered and less controlled with more complications and unpredictable outcomes.

I purchased an at home laser hair removal device – will it work?
Based on data and research – yes. At home laser hair removal devices work, but to a certain degree. However, professional laser hair removal machines are classified as class IV lasers. They can only be operated under a physicians supervision. These machines usually cost over 100 thousand dollars. At home laser hair removal devices simply do not have the power to provide comparable results. Although, clients do see some reduction of hair after consistent use.

How often are laser hair removal treatments performed?
For best results, laser hair removal sessions should be done every 4-6 weeks apart for the face and every 6-8 weeks apart for the rest of the body (underarms, bikini, back, chest, legs ect).

What are the possible side effects of laser hair removal?
The most common side effect is swelling and redness immediate after your laser hair removal treatment. In most cases, this is considered the clinical end point of the procedure and shows the provider that the hair follicles have been effetely heated. Some of the more rare side effects include hyper and hypo pigmentation which usually resolve on their own in a couple of weeks. To avoid any complications with laser hair removal treatments in Miami, Avalon Medical Spa recommends avoiding sun exposure 2 weeks before and after the laser treatment.

Is laser hair removal effective?
Yes! Laser hair removal is one of the most effective treatments available to reduce unwanted hair growth on any part of the body.

Does laser hair removal work on all skin types?
The short answer is yes. However darker skin types require additional treatments to achieve the desired results. To find out more about the science behind laser hair removal click here. Generally, the laser is only able to treat hair that has some melanin in it (brown to black). Some clients with dark blonde to light brown hair usually see reduction of hair growth as well. Unfortunately, blonde, red and white hair do not respond to laser hair removal and require electrolysis.

How long does each treatment take?
The time it takes to compete each session depends on the size of the area being treated. Usually smaller areas such as the lip, chin, underarms take about 15 minutes. Medium sized areas such as the bikini, brazilian, full face take about 30 minutes and larger areas such as full legs, back and chest take about an hour.

How long before I see the results?
The laser treats the hair in the actively growing cycle. Depending on the part of the body, only about 15%-20% of hair follicles are in the growing stage. Each time you come in, expect to see anywhere from 10%-20% reduction of hair. Once treated, it does take about 2 weeks for the body to naturally push the hair follicles out. So do not expect to see reduction immediately after your laser hair removal appointment!

Can I shave in between treatments?
Yes, Yes and YES! Shaving does not affect the hair follicle and is perfectly fine in between and even right before your laser hair removal appointment. Avalon Medial Spa advises our laser hair removal Miami clients to avoid waxing, tweezing and using depilatory creams such as Nair in between their appointments since these methods pull the hair out of the follicle not allowing the laser to “see” them.

Can laser hair removal be done on men and women?
Absolutely! Lasers are just affective on men and as they are on women. If you have hair – we are able to treat it! Although, due to liability reasons, Avalon Medical Spa will not be able to laser the hair that is on your scalp or do any treatments if you are nursing or pregnant.

Can I get laser hair removal if I am tan?
NO! The laser is attracted to melanin and if you have a fresh tan, your skin is much darker then it usually is and is much more suseptable to burns and complications. Avoid sun exposure at least 2 weeks prior to your laser hair removal appointment and at least 48 hours after.

Can I get laser hair removal on my eyebrows?
Unfortunately no again.  The laser hand piece is too large to provide a perfect arch and shape and may unintentional removal hair that is desired for the shape. Also the eyebrows are too close to the eyes which may get injured from the laser light.

To find out more about laser hair removal in Miami, call the experts at Avalon Medical Spa to schedule your complimentary consultation and give yourself the gift of smooth hair free skin!