How does Laser Hair Removal work?

A laser delivers high-energy light that targets pigment inside the hair follicle and destroys the follicle, which stops the hair from growing. The type of laser your medical aesthetician will use depends upon your skin type and hair color. While a single laser hair removal treatment can reduce the thickness and density of hair, 4 to 8 sessions are typically needed to significantly reduce hair. After we have successfully reduced your unwanted hair, you might want to return once or twice yearly to target hair that has grown from newly active follicles.

***Laser hair removal is less effective for hair colors that don’t absorb light well: gray, red, blond and white.

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Preparation for and recovering from Laser Hair Removal

For at least 2 weeks before your treatment, do not bleach or pluck the hair you want removed. No self tanning or sunbathing at least 1-2 weeks before your treatment. Treament may not be done if you have been recently exposed to the sun. If you have genital herpes or cold sores, please take your medications before treatment. Shave 24 to 48 hours before every treatment, but be sure to leave a stubble (short, stiff, bristle hairs) in the area you would like treated. Electric trimmers are recommended.

After treatment, you should apply a cold compress to help reduce redness and inflammation. To give your hair follicles time to heal properly, you should avoid makeup, moisturizers and creams, perfumes and shaving for 2 to 3 days. For best results, you should not tweeze, pluck, wax, or have electrolysis on the laser-treated area. You can return to shaving after several days and once your follicles have healed.*

Once you have healed, be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 whenever you are outside to avoid pigmentation issues. You also can gently exfoliate the treated areas with a loofah sponge or washcloth to help turn over new skin cells and reveal your beautiful, smooth, hair-free skin!*

Small Areas:

  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Feet
  • Hands
  • Navel
  • Sideburns
  • Ears

Medium Areas:

  • Cheeks
  • Axilla (armpits)
  • Bikini (partial)
  • Buttocks
  • Inner Thighs
  • Neck (back)
  • Neck (front)
  • Shoulders
  • Abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • Lower arms

Large Areas:

  • Full Back
  • Chest
  • Lower Legs
  • Upper Legs
  • Full arms
  • Full bikini

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What equipment do you use?

Forever Bare BBL from Sciton is a revolutionary technology in hair removal. Traditionally, hair removal devices apply all of their energy to any given area all at once. By sending multiple lower fluence pulses at a high repetition rate, Forever Bare BBL provides a treatment that is safe, fast, efficacious, and comfortable. The motion BBL technology allows for extremely even heating of hair follicles and minimizes missed areas that occur with traditional hair removal devices.

For Most Skin Types

By increasing the temperature of the follicle to therapeutic levels gradually and keeping the skin protected with cooling, Forever Bare BBL can effectively treat up to skin type V.

Safety

By providing energy in multiple bursts instead of all at once, Forever Bare BBL keeps the skin protected and progressively raises the follicle temperature to the therapeutic level for hair removal.

What areas can be treated?

Any area of your body can be treated.  The most common areas are the face, under arms, arms, legs, bikini area, chest, shoulders and back.

How does BBL Hair Removal treatments feel?

Treatments are gentle, non-invasive and safe.  A cooling system soothes the skin, so the treatment is delivered with minimal or no discomfort.  Personal sensitivity varies from patient to patient.

How many treatments will I need?

Most areas require 4-8 sessions applied at 4-5 week intervals to achieve optimal benefit.  Long-term results depend on multiple factors such as hair thickness, the area treated and the hair’s growth cycle.  Hair grows in three stages: anagen, catagen and telogen.  Hair removal technologies can only treat hairs in the anagen phase, also known as the active growth phase.  Since not all hairs are in the same growth stage at the same time, multiple treatments are necessary to target all hairs in the treatment site.

How long does a BBL Hair Removal treatment take?

Treatment time will vary depending upon the size of the area treated and you hair and skin type.  Typically, an upper lip only takes about one minute while a large area such as your back can take half an hour.

How long will it take to recover?

BBL Hair Removal in a non-invasive, gentle procedure with virtually no downtime.  In most cases, you can resume your normal daily activities immediately.

What happens after the treatment?

Immediately following your treatment, you may experience some redness that should go away within a few hours.  A few days to a week after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair.  Most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your BBL Hair Removal treatment and are not growing.

What aftercare will I need?

Minimal aftercare is needed.  Keep the treated area clean, use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 when outdoors and follow provider’s instructions.

How much does laser hair removal cost?

Laser Hair Removal cost varies depending on treatment area. The specific cost will be provided to you at the time of the consultation.

What are the side effects of laser hair removal?

  • Skin Redness And Irritation

Redness and skin irritation are very common in laser hair removal. They are even more common if you are getting it done on a relatively sensitive area of your body. You might notice redness and minor skin irritation along with swelling. These effects are similar to the ones you usually notice after waxing or any other type of hair removal procedure. The irritation goes away within an hour of the procedure. You can apply an ice pack to speed up the recovery.

Crusting

Some people may experience skin crusting in the affected area. This is typically a minor issue but can be inconvenient.

Crusting can sometimes lead to scabbing or scarring. By taking care of the treated area after laser removal, such as by using a moisturizer, a person may prevent any lasting issues from this treatment.

  • Change In Skin Pigments

You may also notice changes in your skin tone after the procedure. If you have a light skin tone, you might notice dark spots on your skin. If you have a dark complexion, you might notice lighter spots on your skin. These changes are temporary.

Rare Side Effects Of Laser Hair Removal

  • Change in skin texture: This is a possibility if you got tanned recently.
  • Scarring: If you tend to get scars easily, you might also experience scarring from laser hair removal.
  • Excessive hair growth: This is extremely rare, but there is a possibility that you might experience excessive hair growth in the treated area.
  • Blisters: You might get blisters if you expose your skin to the sun too soon after the procedure.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

While laser hair removal doesn’t get rid of hair forever, it does drastically reduce hair growth—to the point that you can stop shaving altogether. You might want to return once or twice yearly to target hair that has grown from newly active follicles.

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