What options are out there for Laser Hair Removal?
There are a couple options, both of which rely on heated lights: Laser beam or intense pulsed light (IPL). Lasers are focused beams, whereas IPL uses interspersed flashes- IPL is not a laser. While we have both, we favor our diode laser for superior results.
How many visits will I need?
While one visit will result in some hair removal, it takes from 6-12 visits spread 3 weeks to 6 weeks apart to effectively reduce as much as 70-80% of the hair. Hair grows in cycles and the hairs in growth phase responds best. Skin with more pigmentation tends to respond slower than adjacent lighter areas. After each session, you will see less and less hair regrowth and fewer ingrowns!
Is everyone a good candidate?
Lasers work best on people with pale skin and dark hair (like me!), but these days there are even options for women with dark skin and light hair. Keep in mind dark skin may require 2-3 more sessions.
Are the results guaranteed?
Never trust a company that guarantees hair removal. While it's impossible to predict how quickly hairs will disappear, we will coach you on ways to ensure the most optimal results for you. Best practice includes regular follow up, avoidance of sun, use of self tanners and other pigment enhancers, and no plucking or waxing during treatment. A consultation in person is the best way to get an estimation of the time, number of treatments and cost.
How much does it cost?
It depends. Laser hair removal isn't cheap. It can range from $75-$1000 per session but with a pre-purchased packages we discount as much as 20-30%. Again, it takes on average 6 sessions to get rid of up to 80% of hair. Look at your skin and imagine what 80% less hair woud be...not too bad!
Most patients will find themselves returning 2-3 times a year for touch-ups at about $75-$150 a session.