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Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal

What is laser hair removal and how does it work?

In its simplest forms, the goal of laser hair removal is to selectively heat a target (hair) to the point of destruction without damaging the surrounding tissue (skin). Lasers work by delivering an intense beam of light that is absorbed by the skin. This light is converted to heat and is absorbed by the hair follicles, while leaving the skin unaffected, By repetitively hitting the hair follicles over a course of several treatments, typically 6-12, around 80% of the follicles will be disabled to the point that they can no longer produce hairs.


Does it hurt?

Some clients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves in several seconds and is minimized by the short burst of cold air that the laser emits. Pain threshold, as many other biological responses, varies immensely from individual to individual.


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% of anagen hairs at one time, thus, these anagen hairs are affected each treatment. Most clients will require a minimum of three treatments. Repeated sessions are necessary. Finer hair and dark skin clients may require 6-8 treatments. If you suffer from a hormone imbalance your treatments may be ongoing. To have effective treatments it is imperative that they be sequenced.  Every client's expectations of hair loss are different. Some may be happy with 50-60% loss and may want to discontinue and others will want to continue until they reach their maximum loss of 80-95%.


Why do I need more than one treatment?

The reason a series of 6-12 treatments is necessary for efficient hair removal is due to the three phases of hair growth. At any one time, hair on the face or body will have hair at all three phases simultaneously. The laser used for hair removal only works on hairs that are in Anagen phase, since it's the phase of active hair growth, in which the hair contains an abundance of melanin to attract the laser.

By hitting the Anagen phase of hair growth consistently 6-12 times with treatments 4-12 weeks apart, we will be successful in weakening 80% of hair follicles to the point of making them inactive, or incapable of produce hair. The remaining 20 or so percent will become lighter in color and much finer.


How long will my treatment be?

Larger areas such as arms, back, chest, legs, will take 1 hour or less to treat. Smaller areas such as the face, chin, lip, neck, bikini line willbody hair take 15-30 minutes or less to treat. Clients often come in during their lunch breaks for a treatment, and are able to comfortably go right back to work once the treatment is done.


What side effects should I expect following my treatment?

Immediately following a laser treatment, clients may experience redness, bumpiness and warmth on the skin (skin to the sensation of having a strong sunburn). This reaction is absolutely normal ans is termed follicular edema. This is desired end-point of a laser hair removal section. This effect disappears in a few minutes to up to 8 or 12 hours, depending on the person.


Is it safe?

Yes, laser and light based treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. TLC Laser Spa provides all clients with special goggles that produce the eyes from the laser light. TLC Laser Spa does not treat with active infections: clients who are currently taking Accutane, some antibiotics, some antidepressants and other medications that could induce photosensitive. TLC Laser Spa strongly counsels its clientele to abstain from UV exposure and self/spray tanning. When UV exposure is avoidable, Times Square strongly advises clients to use a high-spf sunblock and apply it often.


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