Frequently Asked Questions
Laser Hair Removal
Does Laser Hair Removal hurt?
Most people describe the sensation from the laser to be mild. It is sometimes compared to a warm pulsing light. However, sensitivity varies by each treatment and the individual.
Does Laser Hair Removal work on all hair colors?
Lasers are attracted to pigment. Blonde or red hair is difficult to remove because there is not enough pigment in the hair follicle. Additionally, this does not work on gray or white hair. The best results are seen with brown or black hair.
What is the best way to prepare the treatment area for Laser Hair Removal?
We recommend that you wash and shave the area to be treated the day before your appointment. Waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or any other method that removes the root of the hair must be discontinued at least two weeks prior to treatment. Since the laser targets the root of the hair, it must be present for the treatment to be effective.
Do I need to avoid the sun before Laser Hair Removal?
Excessive sun exposure either before or after laser treatments are not advised and we will not perform Laser Hair Removal on individuals who have had or will have excessive sun exposure immediately before or immediately after laser treatments. Individuals who go to tanning beds are never good candidates for laser hair removal as this concentrated form of UVA light is considered by many to be far more dangerous than traditional sun exposure.
What are the risks involved with Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal is a quick procedure. There is no recovery or down time. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately. These lasers do not injure the dermis so the risks are extremely low. As with any procedure, you will be given an informed consent to read over that explains all the possible risks. Sun exposure or tanning beds and certain medications could possibly make the skin more sensitive to the thermal energy of the laser.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?
The degree of discomfort varies with each person. Some variables include the nature and location of the tattoo on the body. Many people say that it is comparable to how it felt when they first got their tattoo.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on the size of the tattoo, the quality of the inks used, how deep the tattoo was inked, and the location. On average, black and grey tattoos can be significantly reduced in 2-8 sessions. On average, color or multi-colored tattoos can be significantly reduced in 2-12 sessions.
Why are tattoos so difficult to remove?
The ink is injected into the dermis, where it’s harder to remove.
Ink Particle Size: The bigger the ink particle size, the harder it is to remove a tattoo. Traditional Laser Tattoo Removal can be used to break up ink particles making them easier for the body to carry away, but sometimes the remaining ink particles are still too large, even after multiple laser treatments.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal work for all colors?
Light blues are difficult to remove. White is nearly impossible to remove as there is no pigment.
Does my skin tone matter?
With most lasers, darker skin tones are harder to treat because too much energy can be absorbed into the skin rather than the targeted ink particles. Not only does this weaken the results, it also increases the risk of injury.
How often can treatments be performed?
The frequency of your tattoo removal appointments will be based on how long it takes for the tattoo to heal from each session. On average, this can be every 6-8 weeks.