Q. How does laser hair removal work?
A. A laser is a beam of light that creates heat with pigment, which is the color in our skin and hair. The darker and thicker the hair is, the better the laser works. The heat disables the hair follicle, which causes hair growth to stop. It then disconnects from the hair bulb, which causes that particular hair to be pushed up to the surface on it's own quicker than normal. This can cause hair growth spurt in some areas, which is normal. The hair will eventually fall out of the follicle, which can take up to two to three weeks after treatment.
Our hair grows in three different stages: anagen, telogen, and catagen. Laser hair removal is only effective on the hair growing in the anagen stage; therefore, it is normal to see the hair growing back in patches after treatment.
Q. How do I prepare for my treatment?
A. Be sure to shave the area being treated the day of your treatment. Also, be sure to stay out of direct sunlight for at least three to four weeks before and after treatment. Do not wax, pluck, thread, or use chemicals to remove hair. Shaving is the only method allowed. Please be sure to let us know of any medical changes.
Q. What can I expect after my treatment?
A. Everyone responds differently, and laser hair removal is not down to an exact science. Some may not notice a difference until the third or fourth treatment when patchiness and thinning of the hair become the most noticeable. In some cases, the hair may lighten. Additionally, you may experience mild to moderate redness and itchiness; this can be treated with aloe and hydrocortisone cream (found at any drugstore or retailer).
Q. What type of lasers are used, and can they treat all skin types?
A. We use the best lasers on the market. We use the Lumenis Diode laser, as well as the Candela Gentle YAG laser. The Lumenis is specifically made just for hair removal and can treat all skin types safely. The Candela Gentle YAG's biggest advantage is that it works on all types of skin for laser hair removal, as well as skin tightening, but, works particularly well on darker skin types. This is something other lasers cannot achieve.
Q. Can you treat light or grey hairs?
A. While we can treat dark brown and black hairs, unfortunately, the lasers cannot treat white, grey, blonde, strawberry blonde, red, or light brown hairs.
Q. How many treatments are needed?
A. Laser hair removal is not down to an exact science, and everyone responds differently. Some factors include the color and thickness of hair, skin type, and the area being treated. It could be as little as six treatments or up to 12 or more treatments.
Q. Who performs laser hair removal at SEDA?
A. All laser hair removal treatments are performed by one of SEDA's well-trained laser practitioners, certified by the State of Georgia Medical Composite Board. Our laser practitioners are extensively trained and are compliant with the State of Georgia training and certifications before being permitted to perform any laser treatments.
Q. Is laser hair removal painful?
A. It feels very similar to a rubber band snap.
Q. Is laser hair removal permanent?
A. It is permanent hair reduction.
Q. Will it work with ingrown hairs?