How long will it take? It really depends on the area of the body being treated. A session may range from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. A small area like the upper lip may only take a few minutes. A larger area, such as the back or legs, may require closer to an hour.
How many treatments will I need? We typically recommend a series of 8 treatments for optimal results. The laser tends to treat hair follicles that are in an active growth phase, so more than one treatment is required to disable hair follicles that enter this growth phase later.
What happens during the procedure? Laser light will be delivered through a hand held instrument attached to a laser console. You will be provided with sterilized goggles to wear to protect your eyes from accidental exposure to laser light. You also may notice an odor of singed hair throughout your treatment. This is perfectly normal; in fact, it’s a good sign that the laser is being effective.
How does it feel? Laser treatment itself may cause a slight tingling sensation. Most patients tolerate the procedure very well. Be sure to communicate your comfort level to the nurse treating you so that you can work together to meet your individual needs.
What should I expect post-treatment? The appearance of the treated area immediately after the laser session will vary depending on the extent of treatment and skin type. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling, which disappear in a short time. Most people return to normal activity right away. We recommend that you refrain from sun exposure (outside or in a tanning bed) for a week after being treated.
How does laser hair removal work? Our system emits near-infrared laser light that is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle. The laser is pulsed, or turned on, for only a fraction of a second. The duration of each pulse is just long enough to damage the follicle, while our system's unique, patented contact-cooling handpiece, the ChillTip, helps protect the skin by conductive cooling during the laser energy delivery.