Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted facial and body hair can be a source of frustration and embarrassment for both men and women.  Shaving and waxing may provide temporary relief, but too soon the hair will return.  Laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure designed to remove unwanted hair from virtually anywhere on the face and body.

Who Can Benefit from Laser Hair Removal:

Men or women frustrated by with the appearance of hair on their face, neck, or body, may benefit from laser hair removal.  For laser hair removal to be effective the hair must have pigment for the laser to target, therefore, grey, blonde and red hair is not effectively treated with lasers.

For effective temporary removal of grey, blonde and red hair is SUGARING is a great option.

Can Sun Tanned Skin be Treated for Laser Hair Removal:

Sun exposed skin may not be treated with lasers. The risk of blistering, hyper or hypopigmentation is significantly increased if the area to be treated has been sun exposed within six weeks prior to treatment or six weeks after treatment. It’s important to inform your technician if you’ve had any sun exposure in the area to be treated.

Laser Hair Removal:

Renew Esthetics and Med Spa uses advanced hair removal systems that are gentle to the skin and highly effective, allowing you to shave both prior and between treatments.  Even though the procedure isn’t painless, guests who have had laser hair removal at other facilities have reported that our system is much more comfortable and effective than what they’ve experienced elsewhere. A laser hair removal session will normally take 60 minutes or less, depending on the size of the area being treated. 

Typically, on the body, 8 to 10 (up to 12 on darker skin tones) successive treatments are required for optimal results. Facial hair usually requires 12 to 16 successive treatments. Possibly more on darker skin tones. Each session should be spaced about 4 to 8 weeks apart, depending on the area of body being treated.  Since only the hair in the active growth phase is affected by the laser, the repeat treatments are necessary to reach maximum reduction.

 Laser Hair Removal at a Glance:

  • Hair on the face and body has three growth stages: 
  • Anagen – growth
  • Catagen – transition
  • Telogen – resting phase
  • The Individual hairs are growing at different rates, and are in multiple phases, at all times.
  • The energy generated from a laser treatment will travel down the hair, damaging the follicle and permanently preventing further hair growth.
  • Only hair in the Anagen (active growth) phase is affected by the laser treatment. 
  • Multiple (8-16 depending on area and skin tone) appropriately spaced treatments are required to effectively reduce all the hair in a targeted area.

Laser Hair Removal Recovery:

Typically, there is no downtime after a laser hair removal session. With a few exceptions, you’re able to return to normal activities following treatment. Initially, the treated area may have mild redness and slight inflammation around the follicles, but this will diminish over the first couple of hours. On rare occasions, a temporary histamine-type reaction may occur but will subside within a few days. Results will begin to show in one to two weeks, as the treated hair begins to fall out.

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Laser Hair Removal FAQ:

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure designed to permanently reduce unwanted facial and body hair. Each pulse delivers highly concentrated energy into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the energy weakening each treated follicle. After the appropriate number of subsequent treatments, the follicle is permanently damaged, and the hair doesn’t grow back.

What areas can be treated with Laser Hair Removal?

Any external area of the body, large or small, can be effectively treated with this procedure.  The most commonly treated areas are the legs, bikini, underarms, chest, face, neck, and back. If the hair has pigment, it can usually be successfully reduced with laser hair removal.

How is Laser Hair Removal performed?

Laser hair removal treatments are performed using a 755 nm to 1064 nm laser, depending on your skin type. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. The technician delivers pulses over the treatment area, a quick burst of energy will be emitted and absorbed by the hair follicle, interrupting the growth cycle.

How long does the Laser Hair Removal session last?

Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in minutes, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.  

How many treatments are required?

For the body, it takes between 8 and 10 (possibly up to 12 with darker skin tones) treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart depending on the part of the body being treated for long-term hair reduction. For the face, it takes between 10 and 16 (possibly more for darker skin tones) spaced 4 weeks apart. 

Why is more than one Laser Hair Removal treatment required?

Human hair goes through three growth phases: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen.  Individual hairs will be in a combination of these phases at any one time.  Only hair in the Anagen (growing) phase will be affected by the laser treatment.  Therefore, multiple sessions are required to thoroughly address all the hair follicles in an area.

Am I a good candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

With a few exceptions, most people who are not pregnant or tan are good candidates for laser hair removal.  The best way to find out if laser hair removal is a good option for you is to come in for a free consultation to discuss your personal situation.   

 Is a Laser Hair Removal treatment painful?

The treatment is relatively quick and very well tolerated.  The laser has a cooling system, to continually sooth the surface of the skin during the treatment. While a laser hair removal procedure is not considered painful, and no anesthesia is required, you will feel a quick snapping sensation with each pulse of the laser.

What can I expect from a Laser Hair Removal recovery period?

You may experience mild redness in the treatment area but are able to return immediately to your normal routine, after a laser hair removal treatment.  Before and after the procedure, you may shave the area as always.  After approximately two weeks the treated hair will fall out. After each treatment, the hair grows back finer until, upon completion of treatment, most of the pigmented hair stops growing back completely.  

Are the results from Laser Hair Removal permanent?

Yes, the laser hair removal process will result in a permanent reduction of pigmented hair by approximately 70 to 100 percent within the treated area. 

I’ve had treatments at other facilities and it didn’t work, will yours work for me?

If you are a candidate for laser hair removal there’s a very good chance you will have success with our lasers. We have successfully treated many guests that have had completed a full series of treatments elsewhere, but most of the hair grew back. 

What are the possible risks from Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is low risk if you choose a reputable facility to perform your procedure. Potential side effects are skin irritation, blistering, or pigment changes, although these complications are rare the likelihood is increased on sun-exposed skin. Side effects are reduced by being candid with your technician regarding conditions, medications, and sun exposure.

How much will Laser Hair Removal cost?

The cost of Laser Hair Removal will depend on the area being treated and the number of sessions required.  The Lip can cost $60-$75/treatment; while larger areas like the legs or back will cost $270-$550 per session. 

Can I finance my Laser Hair Removal procedure?

Yes, financing is available through Care Credit and Green Sky Financing.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Eliminate plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That's because the laser targets the hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. Shaving is fine.

You must avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes complications after treatment more likely.

Shave about two to four days before your appointment. Show up for your session with clean skin free of makeup, lotion sunscreen, etc. in the area being treated.

For bikini and Brazilian sessions wear comfortable cotton panties, not lace as the hairs will be singed and can stick to the lace and be uncomfortable.