Get answers to your questions about laser hair removal by reading our Medical Day Spa’s laser hair removal frequently asked questions (FAQ).
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal uses light to switch off dark hair follicles. The wavelength of the light targets any hair that is darker than the skin, destroying it in less than a second without harming the body. Since hair grows in cycles, it is necessary to perform a number of sessions at four- to twelve-week intervals in order to target each cycle of hair growth.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Most patients describe the laser pulses as uncomfortable but not painful, not unlike the sensation of a rubber band snapped against the skin. Many say that the feeling is different but comparable to the discomfort of waxing, though individuals experience pain differently. If you are especially sensitive, there are a few options for managing this pain that you may discuss with your doctor.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on a number of factors, including the size of the area being treated, the location of the area, the number of sessions, and the provider of the treatment. At the Surgical Arts Centre, our treatments range from $50 per treatment (for the middle brow) to $750 per treatment (for the full back). If you purchase a laser hair removal package, your fifth treatment is free.
Who are the best candidates for laser hair removal?
The best candidates for laser hair removal are those with lighter skin and darker hair – although our machine produces good results in most patients with some contrast between their hair color and skin color. The best candidates for this treatment are those who understand the procedure, understand the likely results, and can afford the upfront cost. Poor candidates for laser hair removal treatments do not fully understand the procedure is a series of treatments, have tattoos in the area they would like treated, or do not want longer-lasting hair removal. Additionally, true red hair and true white hair do not respond to any laser hair removal devices currently on the market.
The best way to ascertain if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal is to speak with our physician during a private consultation.
Are there any risk or complications associated with laser hair removal?
All medical procedures come with some risk of complication and laser hair removal is no different.
Can those with vitiligo or other skin conditions benefit from laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal works best if there is significant contrast between the color of the skin and the color of the hair you are trying to eliminate. It is completely possible to undergo successful laser hair removal if you have vitiligo as long as your practitioner calibrates the laser correctly and as long as your hair is darker than your skin color. If your vitiligo affects the pigmentation of your body hair as well as your skin, though, laser hair removal may not be a viable option on all areas of your body.
If you have any skin conditions or medical concerns regarding laser hair removal, speak to your doctor.
How long does laser hair removal take?
The length of a hair removal session depends on the size of the area that is being treated. A small area may take just a few minutes, while a large area, such as the legs or back, could take up to an hour.
The number of hair removal sessions you require also varies. The average number is eight sessions. Some patients are happy with their results after only a session or two, but that is rare. Others take 10-12 sessions in order to achieve their ideal results.
How does laser hair removal compare to electrolysis?
The biggest difference between laser hair removal and electrolysis is that laser hair removal treats large areas in one session while electrolysis treats one hair at a time. In addition, laser hair removal uses laser light, while electrolysis uses electrical current. On the other hand, electrolysis may be the better choice for those with red hair or white hair, which both lack dark pigment. Speak to your doctor about which choice might be best for your goals.
If you still have questions about laser hair removal, or if you would like to speak to a doctor about what the process would be like for you, we recommend scheduling a private consultation with Dr. Lisa Pacheco, Director of the Medical Day Spa at the Surgical Arts Centre. To get started, please fill out the contact form below or call us at (406) 549-6600 today.