Question: Are there any guarantees with laser hair removal? Is it possible for me to still have hair after several sessions?
Answer: We personally do not do guarantees since for the most part the guarantee is simply a retreatment of the area in the future and we price our laser hair removal so that you get the best value for your money and any touch ups in the future would be at a reduced cost. You do, however, need six to eight treatments for adequate laser hair removal and if you are consistent with the timing of these you should get excellent results that are permanent.
Question : Can laser hair removal be used for thick body hair? I am male, 41 years old, and have a very hairy upper back. Would I need to shave my back prior to treatments?
Answer : Yes, laser hair removal is very successful at treating thick body hair including hair in the upper back. We do need to shave or clip the hair down to the level of the skin prior to the treatment, but after the treatment the hair shaft itself typically falls out and we then re-treat six to eight weeks later as new hair is growing in. A total of six to eight treatment sessions are necessary for adequate hair reduction.
Question : I would like my pubic hair removed using laser hair removal. I read online that 4-6 treatments are necessary. Is this correct? How long is each session? Do the treatments cause any tenderness in the area?
Answer : Pubic hair can certainly be treated with laser hair removal, but typically we are looking at a good six to eight treatments to give adequate reduction where patients are satisfied with their results and even then most patients are going to need touch ups every six months to a year. Depending on the surface area, the treatment sessions can be as little as 15 minutes and you will have some tenderness in the area for a day or two.
Question: Is it possible to get scarring when getting laser hair removal? I want to remove hair on my face and neck. I have lots of hairs that have escaped the hairline and are intent on growing down on my forehead. I have hair that is growing from my sideburns onto my cheeks. And I have long fine hairs that grow on the front of my neck around my Adam’s apple. I would love to have all of this wayward hair removed permanently but will not undergo laser hair removal if there is the possibility of scarring.
Answer: Overall, laser hair removal is extremely safe and effective and the risks of scarring are exceptionally remote. Realize, however, that if any device in a medical spa is used inappropriately there is a risk for scarring due to overaggressive treatment. As long as the device is used appropriately, you should be able to safely and effectively get a significant amount of hair reduction without significant concern for any untoward injury let alone scarring.
Question: I am female with a heavy beard on the underside of my chin going down into my neck. Shaving there gives me terrible rashes and many ingrown hairs. It is always irritated and uncomfortable. Would laser hair removal be able to get those ingrown hairs?
Answer: You sound like an excellent candidate for laser hair removal assuming that the hair that you are describing is dark in color. Overall, laser hair removal is extremely effective as long as the patient sticks to the schedule of seeing us every four weeks for treatment. It takes six to eight treatments depending on your skin color, but the results are an extremely significant permanent reduction in the number of hairs in that area and this will therefore decrease if not eliminate your episodes of getting ingrown hairs.
Question: Will laser hair removal on the upper lip and chin result in the skin remaining red the next day? I have scheduled an appointment for this treatment but now I have a really crucial meeting the next day. Would it be wise for me to reschedule my appointment?
Answer: It is very unlikely that any residual redness would remain a day after laser hair removal. Usually there is a slight pinkness to the skin immediately following the treatment but even by that evening the pinkness is usually gone and certainly by the next day I would not expect you to have any visible side effects of the treatment.
Question: Can laser hair removal be used on older men for the removal of nose hairs? My wife is at me all the time to remove this hair but plucking it hurts terribly.
Answer: Laser hair removal really cannot be used for nose hairs since the nose hairs originate on the inside of the nostril, and we do not have a small enough head on the laser to actually insert this inside of the nostril to treat those hairs. I would, therefore, recommend trimming these hairs with a nose trimmer as opposed to plucking them since that will greatly reduce if not eliminate any discomfort and it will significantly reduce or virtually eliminate any risk of getting follicular inflammation due to the plucking. If you have hairs outside the nostril area then laser hair removal may be able to be performed, but I would recommend that you come in for a complimentary consultation.
Question: I’ve done a lot of research on laser hair removal but no one has said anything about the side effects. What are some of the main side effects of a laser hair removal treatment?
Answer: The most common side effect of laser hair removal treatment is simply sensitivity of the skin in the area where the treatment was performed. You can also get small bumps on the skin where the hair follicle has been injured and has caused some swelling, and this sensitivity and bumpiness typically subside within the first 48 to 72 hours. I think patients are slightly sensitive to the sun as well and we also recommend sun protection due to the fact that we do not want anyone to have a tan prior to a laser hair removal treatment since that will increase the skin’s sensitivity to the laser energy. Overall though, when performed with experienced hands, laser hair removal is extremely safe and effective.
Question: I am female, 33 years old, and have hairy forearms. I removed the hair using abrasive pads once but the hair has come back even thicker and actually longer. After laser hair removal treatment, is the skin more sensitive to the sun? If so, I just have to plan the procedure some other time after vacation.
Answer: Hair removal lasers can definitely be used on the forearms and it will make you slightly more sensitive to the sun for a couple of reasons. Initially, the skin is slightly irritated from the actual laser treatment and you need to allow a few days for this to normalize. Secondly, with reduced hair the skin of the forearm is actually exposed to the sun more intensely than when it has the actual hair protecting it. Ultimately, at the Quintessa Aesthetic Center, we always recommend patients wear a good sunblock anyway. So after the first few days have allowed the skin to normalize, you simply protect the skin with sunblock and you should be fine on your vacation.
Question: I am a 24-year-old male with fairly dense back hair. I find it quite unappealing. How many treatments will I need to undergo for complete removal of this hair?
Answer: Laser hair removal is extremely successful at removing dark, dense hair in a permanent fashion, but we certainly can never guarantee that 100% of the hairs will be gone forever and in fact we expect that a small percentage of the hairs will be stubborn and remain despite multiple treatments. With that being said, at the very least you need six to eight laser hair removal treatments spaced six to eight weeks apart to adequately reduce the number of hairs on a man’s back. The reduction can be quite astonishing and the remaining hairs are typically thinner, lighter, and shorter than they had been in the past.