How many treatments will I need?
Hair grows in continuous cycles. The anagen or growth phase of hair contains the largest amounts of melanin and this phase is the laser’s target. From scientific studies we understand that any area contains a maximum of 20-30% anagen hairs at one time. So, it is these hairs that are affected each treatment. Most clients will require a minimum of 3 treatments up to 6 sessions. Repeated sessions are necessary. FINER HAIR AND DARK SKINNED CLIENTS MAY REQUIRE 6-8. If you suffer from a hormone imbalance your treatments may be ongoing. (while the present hair follicles will be damaged permanently, due to the ongoing hormonal imbalance, new ones may arise) Every client’s expectations of hair loss are different. Some may be happy with 50-60% loss and may want to discontinue and other will want to continue until they reach their maximum loss of 70-95%. No one will ever be 100% hair free.
What areas can be treated?
All areas of the body except for the area around the eye.
Is the LIGHTSHEER diode FDA approved?
The laser was developed in 1994 and the first hair removal study began in July 1996. The FDA cleared this amazing device for treatments on December 1997. The FDA then granted it’s claim for permanent hair reduction in April 1999 after it demonstrated in a 3000 person study a better than 50% permanent hair loss after only 3 treatments.
Is hair reduction permanent?
Yes, in 90% of individuals. Treatments work the most successfully on hair that is light brown to black. Blond, grey and some reds do not have enough melanin for the laser to absorb. Most clients will lose 20-30% of hair volume with each treatment. The FDA defines performance as a hair that does not regrow after 2 cycles of growth. (hair regrows in cycles between 4-12 weeks depending on the body area)
Is there an age limit for treatments?
It is suggested that girls have gone through puberty. All ages can benefit as long as they understand the process and potential side effects.
How much will the treatment cost?
The cost will depend on the size of the area to be treated and the number of the treatments that will require achieving the desired effect. (eg. Small area such as lip could be approx $40 and full leg could be approx $285 per session)
Is this covered by my insurance?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures however a consultation with your company will give you more information.
Is there a guarantee that this will work?
Laser reduction works 90% of the time in most individuals. Unfortunately 10% of people may not respond at all. This cannot be determined until after 2 treatments. If you attend all sessions as suggested you should obtain 70-95% permanent hair reduction.
How does the laser work?
The laser targets the melanin (pigment located in the hair bulb and shaft). The laser light energy causes thermal damage to the follicle. The damage causes delayed re-growth and permanent destruction of the hairs in the anagen or growth phase.
Will tanning effect my treatment?
A tan is damage to the skin. When it is damaged it creates a “tan” or colour. This is “melanin” deposits in the skin. The laser is attracted to melanin. The technology in the LIGHTSHEER allows the skin to be cooled effectively to not traumatize the “tan” but the energy of the laser must be reduced to accommodate a tan. Therefore, the client may require more treatments than someone without a tan. To have a more effective and aggressive treatment it would be better to not have a tan.
How long do I have to wait in between treatments?
The general guideline is 4-6 weeks for the neck and above areas and 8-10 weeks for areas below the neck. (The growth cycle of facial hair is faster than on the body).
What can I do with the hair in between treatments?
You should not have much hair to manage. If you need to, shaving or trimming is recommended. (*no waxing or tweezing in between treatments).
Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?
Anyone who has hair that is light brown to black. The LIGHTSHEER’s patented chill tip. At 4 degrees C, allows clients with any skin colour to be treated safely.
Is it safe?
Yes. A laser is an intense source of light that produces heat – it’s target is melanin in the hair shaft. The wavelength of the LIGHTSHEER is attracted mostly to the melanin. The light is pulsed for a fraction of a second and the heat is then pulsed into the hair’s melanin. The patented CHILL TIP runs at 4 degrees C and protects the epidermis (outer portion of the skin).
How long will the treatment take?
This will depend on the size of the area being treated. It can take as short as 5 minutes to 2 hours. The first visit will take considerable longer if a consultation is needed. Consent forms will also need to be filled out.
What about ingrown hairs?
The laser will not create ingrown hairs. If you suffer from them the laser will produce an effective treatment to clear the ingrowns.
Can I wear makeup after my treatment?
Yes, as long as the skin is intact. If the skin is open anywhere you must use polysporin ointment on the open spots.
What should I do before my treatment?
Try to avoid sun exposure. Hair can be more aggressively treated without a fresh tan. Having hair is essential to having a successful treatment. You cannot wax, tweeze, thread, sugar or have electrolysis for 4 weeks before a treatment. The best way to manage hair before is to shave, trim, bleach or use cream depilatories. The day of your treatment the hair will need to have been freshly shaved. If you suffer from coldsores often and are having your lip area treated you will need to get a prescription for Acyclovir or Zovaris and take as directed by your technician. Usually it is 2 days before and 3 days after your treatment. Purchase with ALOE or VITAMIN E gel and keep them in your fridge ready to go for after your treatment.
What should I do after?
You will be given a post care treatment sheet. FOLLOWING THE SUGGESTIONS ON THE SHEET WILL ENSURE THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME.
Why the LIGHTSHEER DIODE LASER?
The LIGHTSHEER had numerous documented studies to demonstrate it’s efficiency. With it’s patented CHILL TIP and 800 nm wavelength and ability to have a variable pulse duration to affect hair the LIGHTSHEER diode is considered “gold standard” for hair lasers. For more information please visit LUMENIS website. (www.lumenis.com)
Does the treatment hurt?
No treatment to remove unwanted hair is completely painless. LIGHTSHEER has the patented chill tip and compression of the skin which reduces the discomfort. The darker the hair the more the client may feel the pulse of the laser. Clients that have previously waxed or had electrolysis usually find the treatments more tolerable. Most people describe the sensations as tingling or slightly stinging or like that of a runner band snap. The first treatment is usually the most uncomfortable. There are some options to make the treatments more comfortable. You can take whatever you normally take for a headache about ˝ hour before your treatment. (eg. Advil) Anbesol that’s used for toothaches can assist those having their upper lip treated. Another product that is very helpful to numb the area is called EMLA (topical anesthetic) which can be purchased at your local pharmacy. (Some health insurance companies will cover the cost). The hair needs to be shaved first and then a thick layer is applied which is covered with saran wrap and left on for 1 hour. For larger treatment areas, more than 1 tube will be needed.
What can I expect during the treatment?
The area will be cleaned. A touch up shave will be done if there is still hair visible. You will be asked to sign a consent. Gel is applied to the skin and the laser is compressed into the skin and the treatment begins. You should notice a distinguishable aroma of lasered hair. This is a good sign and the smell will not hurt you. The skin will be cleaned frequently and a cold pack will be applied.
IMPORTANT – after each treatment it can take up to 2 weeks for the lasered hair to fall out. So please be patient!