Frequently asked questions about our services:
Q: Is laser hair removal permanent?
A: Clients typically see permanent results after 7-10 treatments. Generally you will require a yearly or bi-yearly touch-up treatment. Major hormone changes can also cause the hair to start re-growing, this issue can be solved with one or two touch-up treatments. The laser is not very effective on lighter colored hair, it works best on brown or darker hair. To see best results throughout your treatment follow the instructions and treatment schedule suggested by your laser technician.
Q: What is considered a successful treatment?
A: 80% reduction in total hair is considered to be a success. Only 10% of hair follicles are active at any given time, thus the need for multiple treatments. The reduction that you have is considered permanent.
Q: Does laser hair removal hurt?
A: The actual pain level is different for each client and can be adjusted for by your technician. Higher heat energy (joules) will make for a more uncomfortable, but also a more effective treatment. Pain levels will decrease with each treatment, as less follicles will be active further in your treatment cycle. Compared to waxing, laser hair removal hurts significantly less. Some people would describe the treatment as being snapped repeatedly by a rubber band. Some areas are more sensitive than others, but overall the treatment is quick and tolerable.
Q: What should I do before my laser hair removal treatment?
A: Avoid tanning and major sun exposure 7-10 days before your appointment. 7-10 days prior to treatments, cycle off medications such as antibiotics, and ones with sun sensitivity as a side effect. 1-3 days prior your appointment, shave the area that is being treated. Avoid waxing or tweezing as it will remove the follicle we are trying to permanently destroy. Avoid any oils and lotions on the area to be treated day of the appointment. If you are treating an area on your face, be sure to stop using products with active ingredients such as Beta Hydroxy Acids (glycolic, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid), as well as retinol products 3-4 days before your appointment.
Q: Do I need a Laser Genesis or an IPL?
A: An IPL (Intense Pulse Light) targets age spots and dark spots (hyper-pigmentation on the skin). Typically only one treatment is necessary.
A Laser Genesis reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while reducing the size of pores in the skin. Typically 4-6 treatments are necessary for optimal results.
Q: What are the side effects of an IPL and how long will it take?
A: IPL treatments generally take about 30 minutes. Normally immediately after an IPL you will have some redness, and within the days to follow the areas that were targeted will start to darken, then they will naturally shed off (think kind of like a scab–but not that bad). Some patients will need a series of IPLs where others just need one or two. What you can expect to achieve from an IPL photo facial is that your skin tone will even out and texture will be improved, and areas of redness or blotchiness decrease. IPL photo facials are great for Rosacea and can reduce the appearance of it by 80-90% when doing a series of treatments, but it is not a treatment for Rosacea and it cannot prevent future sun damage.
Q: What are the side effects of a Laser Genesis and how long will it take?
A: Laser Genesis treatments take about 30 minutes per treatments and side effects are generally minimal, some clients experience mild redness that goes away within a few hours. They are most effective when they are in a series of 4-6 with 2-4 weeks apart, depending on your skin needs. These treatments work especially well on reducing the appearance of scars, fixing uneven skin tones, minor wrinkles, and enlarged pores.