Laser hair removal treatment FAQ for clients in Long
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a faster and gentler way to remove
unwanted hair with long lasting results. It applies
precisely controlled pulses of energy, reaching deep
into hair follicles that lie beneath the skin. The
energy heats the hair to the bottom of the root,
destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or
Is the laser hair removal treatment painful?
Our state of the art laser is equipped with a high-tech
chilling system, which cools the dermis and neutralizes
discomfort. At times, clients may experience a "hot
pinch" sensation that only lasts for a fraction of a
Are there any side effects from laser hair
The laser energies used by Long Island Laser Aesthetics
(electrical and light) have been proven to be safe. Most
people experience no side effects at all, though some
reddening of the skin may occur. After treatment, you can return to
your regular daily activities immediately. Please
keep the treated skin protected from direct sun exposure for a
short period of time after treatment.
How long does it take before I see results
after my hair removal treatment?
You will be able to see some results immediately. It
takes 2-3 weeks for all the hairs in the treated area to
fall out followed by several weeks of no hair growth.
You will see immediate results while moving towards your
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required for long-term
benefits, depend on three factors; the area being
treated, your hair density, and the hair's growth cycle.
Every hair follows three phases of hair growth: Anagen
(active), Catagen (regression) and Telogen (resting).
Laser technology is designed to treat hair in the Anagen
phase of growth. Additional factors, including age,
ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and
metabolism, influence hair growth and play a role in the
location, thickness and resilience of your hair.
Although each client is unique, an average of 6
treatments spaced between 6 to 12 weeks apart, depending
on the body location of the unwanted hair is necessary
for permanent results.
What should I do before and after treatment?
Please shave the area to be treated a day before the
laser hair removal treatment. The less hair on the skin during treatment
will make the treatment more comfortable. Avoid the sun
2 to 3 weeks before and after treatment until your
technician allows it. You must not bleach, pluck or wax
for 3 weeks prior to your treatment. It is OK to resume
shaving of the hair in the treated area 3-4 days after
You should not have waxing, plucking or electrolysis
done after receiving our laser hair removal treatment, because these procedures
will temporarily remove pigmented hairs from the hair
roots and reduce the effectiveness of your next laser
treatment. Sometimes after plucking or waxing, the hair
becomes thicker and darker--as one of the ways the body
defends itself from chronic irritation is to produce
thicker, darker hairs.
Shaving is the best temporary way to remove unwanted
hair before and between laser
hair removal treatments. Shaving leaves the hair shafts in the hair
follicles so they can be good targets during the next
laser treatment, optimizing your results.
How is laser hair removal different from
Electrolysis works by the use of an electric current
delivered through a small needle or electrode which is
passed through the skin and, hopefully, into the hair
bulb beneath the surface of the skin. There are several
drawbacks with electrolysis.
Firstly, the electric current can damage normal skin
around the hair follicle resulting in scarring.
Secondly, since it is impossible to see the hair
follicle that is being treated, the practitioner cannot
be certain that the electric current is being placed in
exactly the right space. As anyone who has had
electrolysis can attest, electrolysis can be exceedingly
Therefore, electrolysis is more costly, slower, and most
dangerous when compared to laser hair removal.