|Hair Removal Laser FAQs|
|By David F. Jaffe
INFORMATION FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL
This information is intended to
supplement, not replace, consultation with Dr. Jaffe or his associates regarding
laser hair removal. Please consult with Dr. Jaffe or his staff if you have
additional questions, or if you have questions that may not be covered in this
Hair removal works best when there is color in the hair. People
with light hair may see only moderate improvement and may need a greater number
of treatment sessions. Dark hair responds best and white hair does not respond
Q: Is it permanent?
Treatment results may vary among
patients. CoolGlide is cleared by the FDA for Permanent Hair Reduction. The FDA
defines permanent hair reduction as the long term, stable reduction in the
number of hairs re-growing after a treatment series.
Q: What does it feel
The laser treatment may feel like a mild sting for a fraction of a
second. It has a built-in cooling tip that not only helps to protect the skin
but also helps to minimize the discomfort.
Q: How long do the treatments
An upper lip and chin can be done in 5 to 10 minutes. Underarms or
bikini lines usually take 15 to 20 minutes. Legs and backs take longer. Very
often, follow-up treatments are shorter (and less expensive) because there is
much less hair to treat.
Q: How many treatments are
This is very important to understand. Hair goes through 3
stages of development. Typically in the anagen stage, the hair will respond more
effectively to treatment. At any given time, only one third of human hair is in
the anagen stage. For this reason, it is necessary to treat an area at least 3
times with the treatments spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart in order to see
the best and longest lasting results. Darker hair will respond better, but both
dark and light hair may need up to 5 treatments for maximum response and the
best long-term results.
Q: Results — What should you expect?
is often no immediate change. Your skin may get slightly red or even develop a
small crust that will peel. The laser may leave small red marks on your skin.
The marks clear up in a few days. The hair that has been destroyed will not
start to fall out for 2-3 weeks. Many times it will appear darker and thicker
just before it falls out. Don’t worry if you do not see an obvious change
immediately after your first treatment.