Laser Hair Reduction

Laser hair removal is the most common device procedure performed in medical spas today.  Permanent hair reduction is accomplished by using an 808 diode laser with 3D IPL technology.  This power laser targets and heats the hair follicle.  Thus, successfully damaging the follicles to inhibit hair growth. 

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Most clients need a few visits to achieve permanent hair reduction.  Since the hair cycle is completed every 4-6 weeks, we recommended spacing your appointments six weeks apart.  Typically clients need around 4-6 sessions to achieve maximum coverage.  

The color of your hair matters.  We will start with a consultation to assess the area you want to be treated.  The laser is attracted to dark-colored hair.  So, if you have super fine light-colored hair, the laser may not recognize the hair.  

Since the laser works by damaging the hair follicle, hairs may still be present post-treatment and will continue to fall out in the hours and days following the treatment.  Do not try to accelerate hair removal.  Scrubbing, plucking the area is not recommended.  

 

Laser hair removal is FDA-approved and proven safe when performed by a trained medical professional.  

  

However, some people may experience mild side effects, including:

  • Redness

  • Irritation

  • Swelling

More rare side effects may include:

  • Bruising

  • Blistering

  • Hyperpigmentation

 

Contraindications

  • Active infection or inflammation in the treatment area. 

  • Drug-induced photosensitivity, especially Isotretinoin (Accutane) or Tretinoin (Retin-A)

  • Recent sun exposure or artificial tanning three weeks before the treatment

  • Tattoos or permanent makeup in the treated area

  • Pacemaker

  • Pregnancy

  • Active Herpes Simplex

  • Anticoagulant therapy

  • Auto-immune diseases such as Discoid lupus erythematosus

  • Immunosuppressive conditions or usage of immunosuppressive medications

  • Epilepsy

  • History of cancer, malignant skin cancers, or precancerous lesions

  • Raised moles and/or irregular pigmented lesion

  • Severe diabetes

  • History of keloid scarring

  • Varicose veins or large diameter vessels (only for vascular lesion treatments)

  • Any other clinical condition considered inappropriate as per practitioners’ discretion

What do I need to do pre-treatment?

  • Do not wax or pluck for at least six weeks before your treatment date (you may shave during this period).

  • Avoid direct sunlight (as well as artificial tanning creams, sprays, or tanning beds) for at least two weeks before treatment.

  • Don’t apply makeup, skincare products, or perfume the day of your procedure (treated areas need to be free of chemical products)

  • Shave the area to be treated a day or two before each treatment; this allows the laser light energy to be directed to the hair follicles without the hairs interfering. You can have your esthetician shave you for an extra fee day of the appointment.

  • Do not bleach any area being treated for two weeks prior to each treatment

  • Do not use any active ingredients 5-7 days prior to the treatment

Start Your Skincare Hair Removal Journey 

We start your journey with a complementary consultation.  We can discuss in-depth your concerns and skincare goals.  We will tailor a treatment plan specifically to fit your skin integrity needs.