The BriskNPosh's laser hair removal therapists are answering customers questions with recommendations and guides on the many questions about laser hair removal.
What is considered a “good candidate” for laser hair removal?
Anyone can do the Laser Hair Removal, with some exceptions. People with different types of skin and hair have different results. Some people become completely hair free, while others, need to do more sessions, or will have a reduced amount of hair moving forward. You should not be discouraged. Should you still have some hair left, the hair will be lighter, and it will be easier to maintain after your sessions.
Is laser hair removal dangerous?
No. From all the other “laser treatments”, Laser hair removal is the safest because the laser does not affect your internal organs. The light of the laser only goes as deep as the epidermis, which is the first layer of the skin.
Why laser hair removal?
After your sessions are completed, you get to enjoy a maintenance free hair experience.
How often should we do laser hair removal?
When it comes to the lower and upper body, it is recommended that a service is done every 5-6 weeks for best results. If you are doing a face laser, it is recommended to come every 4 weeks for best results. It usually takes about 6 sessions for the body and 10 sessions for the face. Touch ups are on a case by case scenario and should be spoken about with your therapist.
Can I do laser hair removal if I am pregnant?
No. Doing laser hair removal can result in risking the pregnancy or birth complications, even though the laser does not go past the epidermis.
How often are touch ups needed?
After completing your recommended sessions, it is best practice to do touch up session in 9 months to 2 years. It is recommended that at least 3 more sessions are done every 7-8 weeks.
Is it safe to do laser in the summer?
We can only speak on from experience with the machine that we use, Alma Soprano Ice. If you are getting treatments from this machine, we can say it is safe to do laser in the summer, with some precautions. It is best practice to stay out of the sun 3 days before and 3 days after your session and use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.
Is laser hair removal painful?
The Alma Soprano Ice Laser Machine is virtually painless and does not use any analgesics. We use a cooling medical gel to protect the area that is being treated from the heat of the light. During your treatment, the only thing you might feel is slight warmth, which can be avoided by requesting the therapist to reapply new gel.
What results you can expect from your sessions?
If you complete your 6 sessions on the upper and lower body, you can expect 60% and 80% hair reduction (depending on your skin and hair type). To achieve complete hair removal, you have to get at least 3 more touch up sessions. For face laser, after completing 10 sessions, you can see 60% to 70% reduction. If you want to be completely hairless, it is recommended that you do at least 4-5 more sessions.
Is the Alma Soprano Ice Laser Machine approved by the FDA?
Yes, the Alma Soprano ICE Laser machine has been cleared for use by the FDA. It is said that the machine is safe to provide treatment all year round.
How old do you have to be to do laser?
Ideally, it is recommended to start laser after the Age of 22 because you will see faster and more results. However, you can start as early as 16 with parental consent. If you are from the ages of 16-22 you will most likely need more sessions because your homrones are still active.
When do I have to shave for my laser session?
It’s recommended to shave 24 hours prior to your laser appointment to avoid any sensitivity. Usually when shaving, even when being very careful you get micro scratches on the surface of the skin which can cause you to feel a slight discomfort during your laser session.
How can I get the most benefits out of my laser sessions?
- Prior to signing up for a laser package we provide a free laser consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for laser.
- Staying on time with your laser appointments, recommended 5-6 weeks in between sessions gives you the optimal results.
- Shave 24 hour prior to your laser appointment to avoid any sensitivity.
- No waxing or tweezing in between sessions because this removes the hair follicle which is necessary for laser.
- We don’t recommend shaving for at least a week after your laser session because this allows your hair to grow and fall out on its own.
What body area can't be lasered?
The only area on the body that can’t be lasered is the eyebrow with the exception of in between the brows. The laser light is for a targeted area but also spreads to the surrounding area. That being said if you do laser underneath the brow it’ll affect your eyelashes.
Does laser hair removal effective on any type of skin?
Anyone can do laser hair removal, with some exceptions. People with different types of skin and hair have different results. Some people become completely hair free, while others, need to do more sessions, or will have a reduced amount of hair moving forward. You should not be discouraged. Should you still have some hair left, the hair will be lighter, and it will be easier to maintain after your sessions.
Do i need consultation or patch test?
To see if laser is the best option for you, schedule a 15-minute Laser Patch Test (LPT) free of charge. During your next hair removal appointment for any part of the body, your therapist will use our standard laser on a section of skin in the same area. This way, you can gauge your body’s reaction before scheduling a session. During your consultation, discuss with your therapist if you're currently taking any medication.
What to avoid before first session?
Avoid tweezing, waxing and bleaching your hair for 6 weeks prior to your appointment. Tweezing or waxing the hair from the root will decrease the effectiveness of your laser treatment.
Why should I shave before service?
In fact laser targets the root of the hair, called the follicle, not the hair above the skin's surface, so the root must be present for your laser to work the best. So shave the day before your laser session. Here at BriskNposh Therapist can offer a dry shave, with a disposable razor, at customers request.
What else should I do before session?
Take a shower right before your laser treatment to remove any dirt and oil from the skin. Avoid using any skincare products on the treatment area as this can prevent the laser from accessing the hair follicle.
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the process of inserting an epilator device into the skin. It uses shortwave radio frequencies in hair follicles to stop new hair from growing.
What is Laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a technique that uses multiple wavelengths that targets the collagen surrounding the hair shaft, shrinking the follicle to stop growth.
Laser vs Electrolysis
- Laser is less painful than electrolysis.
- Electrolysis requires a session once a week or biweekly. With Laser, you are only required to come in every 4-6 weeks.
- Laser can cover a larger area in one session whereas electrolysis is recommended to do smaller areas per session.
- Electrolysis can remove red or gray hair while laser works best on darker hair colors (contrast between skin & hair).
- Laser doesn’t have any down time and electrolysis may have about a week's down time.
Is laser hair removal effective on all hair types?
Laser hair removal is most effective when there’s a big contrast between the skin and hair. Thus meaning it’s not really effective on light blonde, ginger, or gray hair.
Are there any skin conditions that you wouldn’t recommend doing laser hair removal on?
Yes, laser hair removal isn’t recommended if you have vitiligo, bad eczema, psoriasis, or broken skin (cuts/abrasions).
Is it safe to use my normal skin care products after a laser hair removal session?
For the first 24 hours it isn’t recommended to put anything on the treated area, including fragrant creams/lotions or body oils.
Ready to show off all year around?
With Alma Soprano Ice laser hair removal machine it is:
- Laser is less painful than electrolysis.
- Virtually painless
- Proven safety record
- Effective almost on all skin colors
- Can be done on tanned skin