Laser hair removal is a leading-edge technique for permanently removing unwanted body and facial hair. The Grace Clinic is pleased to offer this treatment for men and women desiring to improve their appearance, save time and eliminate worries about the smoothness of their skin. To learn more about laser hair removal at Dr. Douglas Grace’s cosmetic surgery offices, please explore the questions and answers below.
1. Is laser hair removal permanent?
When done properly, laser hair removal produces permanent results in about 80-90% of patients. This means that hair will never grow back. In addition, some patients with difficult-to-treat hair find that they can achieve excellent results by receiving follow-up treatments once or twice a year.
2. Is laser hair removal painful?
No. Laser hair removal does not harm the skin, and it does not cause pain. The modern laser used at The Grace Clinic delivers highly targeted energy only to the hair follicles while simultaneously cooling the surrounding skin. To further improve patient comfort, we apply an anesthetic gel to the treatment area. As a result, most of our laser hair removal patients experience only mild pressure during treatment.
3. How many treatments will I need?
The laser targets the dark pigment found in the hair follicles. The laser energy is absorbed by the follicles and converted into heat, which permanently damages the follicle. However, the laser effectively destroys only those hairs that are in the active growth phase. Because individual hair grows at different rates, several treatments are necessary to successfully destroy all hair follicles. Most of our patients need 4–7 treatment sessions, spaced about 3–6 weeks apart.
4. When will I see results?
Immediately after the treatment, your hair will look about the same. Over the next 7–30 days, the damaged hair follicles will expel the last remnants of the weakened hair. Thus, you will see hairless skin in a few weeks.
5. Can I shave or wax between laser treatments?
Yes. You do not have to let your hair grow in between treatments, unless your laser hair removal technician recommends otherwise.
6. How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost depends on the area treated and the number of treatments. In general, it ranges from $75.00 for a single upper lip treatment to $2,500.00 for a full leg package of 6 treatments.**
7. Is laser hair removal safe for the face?
Yes, laser hair removal is generally safe for the face because it does not damage skin cells. Many of our female patients have successfully got rid of embarrassing hair on the chin and upper lip, and many male patients have successfully removed excessive hair growth from the upper face.
8. Is laser hair removal safe for the bikini area?
Yes. In fact, laser hair removal is commonly used for the bikini area because is produces permanent results and is not painful like waxing. In fact, laser hair removal can be used on any area of the body, including legs, belly, chest and back.
9. I have very light / very dark skin. Can I use laser hair removal?
People with very light skin are usually good candidates for laser hair removal, especially if they have darker hair. People with very dark skin tones require extra caution when performing laser hair removal. This is because the darker pigment in their skin is more susceptible to the laser wavelength used to treat hair follicles. Similarly, if you have a deep tan you might require extra caution. Talk with our highly experienced laser hair removal technician to determine whether laser hair removal is safe for you.
10. Can laser hair removal be used for very dark, coarse hair?
Yes. In fact, a combination of dark, coarse hair and lighter skin tones is ideal for laser hair removal. Blonde, gray and red hair are more difficult to remove because they have little pigment in them.
11. Who will perform my laser hair removal procedure?
At The Grace Clinic, all laser hair removal procedures are performed by fully trained, highly experienced, dedicated laser hair removal technicians. They have treated thousands of patients and have an excellent track record of delivering outstanding results.
12. How does laser hair removal compare to electrolysis?
Both laser hair removal and electrolysis are effective at permanently removing unwanted hair. However, laser hair removal is much more efficient for large areas (such as legs, chest and back) because it treats many hairs at a time. Electrolysis, on the other hand, only treats one hair at a time and is therefore appropriate for small areas. This difference also makes electrolysis very expensive for larger body areas.
13. Are there any side effects?
Laser hair removal normally does not produce any side effects. However, some patients experience minor swelling, redness and light burning sensation immediately after treatment. These side effects can be alleviated by using ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications.
14. What are the possible complications of laser hair removal?
In very rare cases, laser energy can cause burns similar to a bad sunburn, blisters and scabs. Other possible complications include infection and changes in skin color (lighter or darker patches of skin). However, the vast majority of laser hair removal patients experience no complications and are highly satisfied with their results.
15. Who should not pursue laser hair removal?
People suffering from serious skin conditions, such as psoriasis or dermatitis, are usually not candidates for laser hair removal. In addition, pregnant women and people who have a pacemaker should not pursue this procedure. Individuals who take certain medications, such as Accutane and Retin-A, are also not candidates.
At The Grace Clinic, patients can choose from a vast array of laser procedures, such as laser hair removal, laser acne treatment, Profractional and laser micro peels. In addition, Dr. Douglas Grace has helped numerous photofacial patients achieve a renewed and youthful appearance.
** Prices are subject to change