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Laser Treatments FAQ

Does it hurt?
The vast majority of patients have no problems tolerating the procedures. There is sometimes mild pain associated with laser treatments. This discomfort ranges in intensity and has been described as mild as the snap of a rubber band to the sensation of a hot pinprick. When treating sensitive areas, (upper lip and bikini areas) we often elect to use a topical anesthetic cream, which helps to reduce any discomfort.

Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?
With our full line of lasers we now have the ability to offer laser hair removal to everyone. Whether you are fair skinned, dark skinned or well tanned, our lasers can eliminate the need for shaving, plucking or waxing.

Who is NOT a candidate for laser hair removal?
Patients concerned with only their white or gray hairs. The highest potential for adverse tissue reaction is for people who have had recent (within the past two weeks) sun exposure. This can also be true for people using self-tanning products. People that currently wax or pluck their unwanted hair. Patients should stop waxing and plucking at least a few weeks before treatment can be effectively offered. This is because if the hair is not present, the laser light will not effectively be directed to the follicle. Patients should clip or shave the area they wish to treat but under no circumstances should they continue to pluck or wax the hair they want to have treated.

What is the average number of treatments needed?
4-6 treatments with a waiting period of 4 to 12 weeks between treatments. The waiting period between treatments will be different depending upon the body area being treated. This will be determined during the consult visit. Hair responds best to laser treatment during the early anagen (growth) phase. All of the hair is never in the growth phase at the same time. Hair in the catagen (regression) phase or the telogen (resting) phase is not thought to be effected by treatment. For these reasons, it always takes multiple treatments to successfully treat all unwanted hair.
Other Issues: It is best for first time patients to stop treating their hair by any method (shaving, clipping, etc.) at least 2 days before their consultation visit. It’s important for the doctor to see the area(s) of concern.

For all other questions, call (716) 66 LASER in Jamestown to make a free consultation appointment.