Laser hair removal Q&A with our laser specialist
Our Aesthetic Registered Nurse, Brittany Haley, RN, BSN, is trained in over 13 laser platforms and has specialized in laser treatments for the past 4 years. Here she has answered some common questions about this popular treatment. If you’re new to laser hair removal, these Q & A are just for you!
Q: Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
A: We offer 3 different laser hair removal platforms at our office, enabling us to treat all different skin types safely and effectively. As long as your hair is darker than your skin, you are a candidate for laser hair removal! The higher the contrast between the two (if your skin is very light and your hair is very dark) the better the candidate you are. Also, you’ll need to avoid tanning prior to treatment.
Q: What areas can I have treated?
A: Laser hair removal can help you get rid of unwanted hair almost anywhere, but the most common areas we treat at the Laser & Skincare Clinic at LJCSC include the legs, bikini line, underarms and face. Men often treat their back, chest and abdomen.
Q: How do the lasers work?
A: A single color light wave is focused on the treatment area. This light targets the melanin pigment of the hair shaft and forces the hair follicle into a state of rest.
Q: What does a treatment feel like?
A: Most people describe treatment feeling like a small rubber band snap. In larger areas, such as the back, legs, and arms, treatments are sometimes barely felt. For smaller or more sensitive areas, anesthetic options including topical numbing cream and streams of cold air are available for all patients.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Laser treatments can only treat hair that is in the active growth phase. A series of treatments is needed to hit every growth cycle and therefore remove all the hair in the desired area. After each treatment, the hair that grows back becomes decidedly softer and lighter in color until it is removed. On average, 5-7 treatments is sufficient for most patients.
After completing a series, most patients are able to switch to a maintenance schedule with treatments 1-2 times a year. Keep in mind that hormones, certain medications, and hair growing supplements can affect hair growth levels throughout life.
Q: Are there any side effects or post-treatment restrictions?
A: Immediately after treatment, the treated area may appear pink and feel like a mild sunburn. A small amount of swelling may be also present around each hair follicle. These typically resolve within 24 hours or less. You’ll need to avoid excessive amounts of heat and refrain from high impact exercise until the next day and cover the area with a minimum SPF 30 before any sun exposure.
Cost of Laser Hair Removal
The final price of your laser hair removal treatment will depend on a number of factors, including where you are having treatment performed and how many sessions are required to provide you with optimal results. Your package will be priced based per area and per treatment, allowing you to stretch out and budget for your sessions.
We also offer financing through reputable third-party companies to help you plan, prepare, and budget for your treatment.
Laser hair removal cost per session and area:
- Small area: $79 (such as upper lip or chin)
- Underarms: $99
- Arms (upper or lower): $199
- Abdomen: $199
- Lower Back: $199
- Legs (upper or lower): $249
- Chest: $299
- Upper Back: $299
- Full Back: $449