This patient information is intended to supplement, not replace, consultation with your technician regarding laser or electrolysis hair removal. Please consult with our trained staff if you have additional questions that may not be covered.


What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a procedure which removes hair from the body utilizing a long pulse laser. This procedure has been in use since 1997. The treatment is performed by a specially-trained laser specialist or a doctor (depending on the clinic and state regulations) by pointing the laser device at shaved skin. Laser heat disables follicles from producing hair. Hair grows in cycles. Since various hairs will enter their growth cycle at different times, about 6-8 treatments at intervals of 8-12 weeks are necessary to disable most of the follicles in a given area.

Is it permanent?

Treatment results may vary among patients.  The FDA defines permanent hair reduction as the long term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime.

What does it feel like?

The laser treatment may feel like a mild sting for a fraction of a second.  It has a built in cooling tip that not only helps to protect the skin but also helps to minimize the discomfort.

How long do the treatments take?

An upper lip and chin can be done in 5 to 10 min. Underarms or bikini lines usually take 15 to 20 minutes.  Legs and backs take longer.  Very often, follow-up treatments are shorter because there is much less hair to treat.

How much treatments are necessary?

This is very important to understand.  Hair goes through 3 stages of development.  Typically in the anagen stage, the hair will respond more effectively to treatment.  At any given time, only one third of human hair is in the anagen stage.  For this reason, it is necessary to treat an area at least 3 times with the treatments spaced approximately 4-6 weeks (depending on which area being treated) apart in order to see the best and longest lasing results.  Darker hair will respond better, but both dark and light hair may need up to 6 treatments for maximum response and the best long term results.

Results – What should you expect?

There is often no immediate change.  Your skin may get slightly red or even develop a small crust that will peel.  The laser may leave small red marks on your skin.  The marks clear up in a few days.  The hair that has been destroyed will not start to fall out for 2-3 weeks.  Many times it will get darker and thicker just before it falls out.

What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is another form of permanent hair removal that has been around since 1835, by using a device called an epilator; every hair is individually treated according to its depth, thickness and direction of growth. A pre-sterilized, individual disposable probe (the size of your hair) is used only once for each patient, ensuring complete safety. The probe is inserted into the hair follicle, which is actually a natural opening on the skin.

There is a slight tingling, warm sensation as a very small amount of controlled electrical current (27.12MHz) cauterizes and destroys the dermal papilla (hair matrix that controls the development and growth of the hair). This causes the hair to become dislodged. A tweezer is then used to help the hair slide out effortlessly out of its follicle. There is no pulling sensation when the procedure is performed properly. The skin is not harmed in any way. The treated area may redden slightly or swelling may occur. These conditions usually disappear within 15 minutes to an hour. Tiny scabs may also appear on the body several days after treatment, and are a natural part of the healing process.

How often should electrolysis be done for best results?

Depending on each client’s case, treatment can be done once a week, or every 3 to 4 weeks.

The frequency depends on many factors, such as the area hair type and the client’s reaction to the treatment.

Is Electrolysis Permanent?

YES! Electrolysis is the only medically proven method of permanent hair removal and is FDA approved.

Does electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?

Immediately following treatment, there may be a temporary redness or tenderness, which varies with each individual. The latest technology has made electrolysis more comfortable and effective than ever before. Your electrologist will provide you with post treatment instructions and any personal attention you may need. You are assured of the best care from a skilled hair removal professional.