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Laser Protocols

It is incredibly important for our guests to follow proper protocols and instructions pre and post laser treatments. 

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Indications

How to prep

Before undergoing laser hair removal treatment, there are several pre-treatment steps we recommend

Consultation

We can discuss your medical history, skin type, and any concerns you may have.

This consultation allows us to assess your suitability for treatment and tailor the approach to your specific needs

Avoid Sun Exposure

Stay out of the sun and avoid tanning beds for at least two weeks before your treatment

Sun exposure can increase the risk of complications and reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatment

Avoid Hair Removal Methods that Remove the Hair at the Root

Refrain from waxing, plucking, or electrolysis for 4-6 weeks before treatment

These methods remove the hair follicle, which is the target for laser hair removal

Shave the Treatment Area

Shave the treatment area the day before or the day of your appointment

This ensures that the laser energy is effectively targeted towards the hair follicle beneath the skin without interference from the hair above the surface

Avoid Certain Skin Care Products

Avoid using skin care products that may irritate the skin or make it more sensitive, such as exfoliating scrubs or products containing retinoids, for a few days before treatment

Avoid applying oils or lotions the day of treatment

Inform us 

Inform us of any changes in your medical history or medications since your initial consultation

Certain medications or medical conditions may affect your eligibility for treatment or require adjustments to the treatment plan

By following our pre-treatment guidelines, we can help ensure that your laser hair removal treatment is safe, effective, and delivers the best possible results.

What to expect

After laser hair removal treatment, it's common to experience some immediate and temporary side effects

 

Here's what you can typically expect in the days following a laser hair removal session

Redness and Swelling of the follicle

It's normal for the treated area to appear slightly red and swollen immediately after treatment. This is a natural response to the laser energy and usually subsides within a few hours to a few days

Sensitivity

The treated skin may feel sensitive to the touch, similar to a mild sunburn. This sensitivity typically resolves within minutes to a few days

Mild Discomfort

Some people may experience mild discomfort or a sensation of heat in the treated area immediately after treatment. This sensation usually fades quickly but can be relieved with cool compresses or gentle moisturizers

Temporary Changes in Hair Growth

In the days following treatment, you may notice that the treated hairs become darker and more visible as they are expelled from the follicles. This is a normal part of the hair shedding process and indicates that the treatment is working

Hair Shedding

Over the next few days to weeks, the treated hairs will gradually fall out as the hair follicles are destroyed by the laser energy. This shedding process can vary in duration and intensity depending on factors such as the treatment area and hair type

Delayed Hair Growth

After the initial shedding phase, you may experience a period of delayed hair regrowth. The treated hairs may take longer to grow back, and they may appear thinner and lighter in color

Pigmentation Changes

In some cases, temporary changes in skin pigmentation may occur, such as darkening or lightening of the skin in the treated area. These changes are usually mild and temporary but can be more pronounced in individuals with darker skin tones

It's important to note that individual experiences may vary,

Most people may experience more or fewer side effects than other

After care

After undergoing laser hair removal treatment, it's important to follow our post-treatment care instructions

Avoid Sun Exposure

Protect the treated area from sun exposure for at least a few weeks after treatment. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear protective clothing to prevent sunburn and minimize the risk of pigmentation changes

Avoid Heat and Sweating

Avoid super-hot showers, saunas, steam rooms, and intense exercise for a day or two after treatment

Moisturize

Keep the treated area moisturized to soothe the skin and promote healing. Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer or carrier oil daily

Avoid Irritants

Avoid using harsh skin care products, exfoliants, or products containing alcohol or fragrances on the treated area for a few days after treatment

Avoid Hair Removal Methods 

Refrain from waxing, plucking, or electrolysis in the treated area between sessions. These methods can disrupt the hair growth cycle and interfere with the effectiveness of the laser treatment

Be Gentle with the Skin

Be gentle when washing and drying the treated area to avoid irritation. Pat the skin dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing it

Avoid Scratching or Picking

Avoid scratching or picking at the treated area, as this can increase the risk of infection and interfere with the healing process

Follow Up as Recommended

Attend follow-up sessions as these appointments allow us to assess your progress, and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water + electrolytes to keep your skin hydrated and promote healing from within

Following our post-treatment guidelines can help ensure that your laser hair removal treatment is safe, effective, and delivers the best possible results.

Contraindications

Contraindications for our Candela laser hair removal typically include:

  1. Pregnancy: Laser treatments are generally not recommended during pregnancy due to potential risks to the fetus.

  2. Skin Conditions: Active skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or severe acne can be contraindications. The laser may exacerbate these conditions or cause discomfort.

  3. Tanned Skin: Laser hair removal is less effective and can cause complications on tanned or recently sun-exposed skin due to increased melanin levels. This includes self-tanners and tanning beds.

  4. Certain Medications: Some medications can make the skin more sensitive to light or increase the risk of complications. Consultation with a healthcare provider is essential to review any medications being taken.

  5. Recent Chemical Peels or Dermabrasion: Skin treatments that remove the outer layer of skin can increase sensitivity and the risk of adverse reactions to laser therapy.

  6. History of Keloid Scarring: Individuals with a history of keloid scarring may be at higher risk of developing keloids after laser treatment.

  7. Infections: Active infections in the treatment area may increase the risk of complications and should be resolved before undergoing laser hair removal.

  8. Certain Skin Types: While advancements in laser technology have made it possible to treat a wider range of skin types, individuals with very dark skin may be at higher risk of pigmentation changes or burns.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ's about laser hair removal

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles with concentrated light energy. The heat from the laser damages the follicles, inhibiting future hair growth

Is laser hair removal safe?

When performed by a trained and experienced practitioner, laser hair removal is safe. However, there are potential risks and side effects, such as skin irritation, pigmentation changes, and rarely, blistering or scarring

How many sessions are needed for laser hair removal?

The number of sessions needed varies depending on factors such as hair color, skin type, and treatment area. Typically, multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart are required to achieve optimal results 3-5 sessions generally 

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal can significantly reduce hair growth, but it's not always permanent. Some hair may eventually grow back, but it's usually finer and lighter in color. Some people grow new hair follicles as they age. Maintenance sessions may be needed to sustain results

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Laser hair removal may cause some discomfort, often described as a sensation of heat or snapping rubber bands against the skin. However, most people tolerate the treatment well due to our Dynamic Cooling System, as it minimizes discomfort excellently

Can laser hair removal be performed on all skin types?

Advances in laser technology have made it possible to treat a wider range of skin types safely. However, individuals with very dark skin may be at higher risk of pigmentation changes or burns and may require a specialized laser system like ours, in these cases we would do test spots to ensure safety during a consultation

Are there any side effects of laser hair removal?

Common side effects of laser hair removal include redness, swelling, and temporary discomfort in the treated area. More serious side effects, such as blistering or scarring, are rare but possible

Is there any downtime after laser hair removal?

There is typically no downtime after laser hair removal, and most people can resume their normal activities immediately after treatment. However, it's important to avoid sun exposure and certain skin care products that may irritate the skin

Can laser hair removal be performed on any body part?

Laser hair removal can be performed on most areas of the body, including the face, legs, arms, underarms, bikini area, and back. However, certain areas may be more sensitive or require special considerations

Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Good candidates for laser hair removal are typically individuals with darker hair and lighter skin, as the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicles. However, advances in technology have made it possible to treat a broader range of skin and hair types

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