How does a laser hair removal feel like? Is this painful?
Most people with lighter skin should feel no pain as they will undergo laser hair removal with the Light Sheer, which is considered the latest and pain free hair removal. Other people describe the feeling similar to a pinch of a rubber band. Although pain is an individual feeling, most clients express the sensation as tolerable
What should I do before a treatment?
Try to avoid sun exposure. Hair can be more aggressively treated without a fresh tan. Having hair is essential to having a successful treatment. You cannot wax, tweeze, thread or have electrolysis for 4 weeks before a treatment. The best way to manage hair before is to shave, trim, or use cream depilatories. The day of your treatment the hair will need to be freshly shaved.
What should I expect after a treatment?
After a treatment the skin may be red and bumpy. This is absolutely normal. Post treatment, we recommend protecting the area from the sun to avoid any additional heat to the area, as well as avoiding activities such as exercise, saunas, and other activities which may irritate the area or induce heat for 24-48 hours immediately after treatment. The area should be moisturized with a soothing cream and cleansed with a mild soap as advised by our laser technicians
How many treatments would I need?
Hair grows in continuous cycles. The anagen or growth phase of hair contains the largest amounts of melanin and this phase is the laser’s target. From scientific studies we understand that any area contains a maximum of 20-30% of anagen hairs at one time, thus, these anagen hairs are affected each treatment. Most clients will require a minimum of three treatments. Repeated sessions are necessary. Finer hair and dark skin clients may require 6-8 treatments. If you suffer from a hormone imbalance your treatments may be ongoing. To have effective treatments it is imperative that they be sequenced. Every client’s expectations of hair loss are different. Some may be happy with 50-60% loss and may want to discontinue and others will want to continue until they reach their maximum loss of 80-95%.
How long should I wait between treatments?
Waiting time may vary with individuals. The general guideline is 4-6 weeks for neck and above areas and 6-8 weeks for areas below the neck.
What should I do to manage the hair between the treatments?
You should not have much hair to manage. If you need to, shaving or trimming is the most effective way to manage hair growth between treatments
Are the results permanent?
The Lumenis Diode Laser has been cleared by the FDA for hair removal and permanent hair reduction on all skin types and tanned skin. To achieve a satisfactory level of clearance, 4-6 treatments are typically required
Does laser hair removal treat ingrown hairs?
The laser will not create ingrown hairs. If you suffer from them the laser will produce an effective treatment to clear the ingrown hairs.
Does the Lumenis Diode Laser work on different skin colors?
The Lumenis Diode Lasers system safely and effectively treats all skin types (Fitzpatrick Skin Types I-VI). For darker skin types appropriate fluencies are generally lower and appropriate pulse widths are generally longer to prevent damage to the epidermis. Using the appropriate treatment parameters, however, people with all skin types can benefit from laser hair removal with the Light Sheer.
Does Lumenis Diode Laser work on different skin colors?
A tan is damage to the skin. When it is damaged it creates “tan” or color. This is “melanin” deposits in the skin. The laser is attracted to melanin. The technology in the Lumenis Diode Lasers allows the skin to be cooled effectively to not traumatize the “tan” but the energy of the laser must be reduced to accommodate a tan. Therefore a client with a tan may require more treatments than someone without a tan. To have a more effective and aggressive treatment it would be better not have a tan.
What advantages does the Lumenis Diode Laser have over other laser hair removal systems?
Lasers operate at wavelengths or nanometers. Primitive lasers, such as the Alexandrite laser emits a wavelength of 755nm which is effective at targeting melanin in the hair and consequently the skin The Lumenis Diode Laser System was designed from the ground up specifically for laser hair removal only, so it has the wavelength, fluency, pulse width, and active epidermal cooling system (the Chill Tip) ideally suited for laser hair removal.
Is the Lumenis Diode Laser FDA approved?
The laser was developed in 1994 and the first hair removal study began in July 1996. The FDA cleared the device for treatments in December 1997. The FDA then granted it’s claim for permanent hair reduction in April 1999 after it demonstrated in a 3000 person study a better than 50% permanent hair loss after only 3 treatments.