Laser Hair Removal – Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

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Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal – Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

We’ll give you a hand in figuring out how to get rid of your facial hair for good with laser hair removal. Inquiring minds want to know:

Question:

How painful are the treatments?

Answer:

In order to achieve the best possible outcomes from your treatments, the laser technicians will adjust the laser settings specifically for you. The pain from the laser is comparable to getting pin-pricked in the skin during the first few treatments because the intensity is lower. Most people report that the pain is minimal and goes away soon after the laser pulse. The pain is like getting a rubber band snapped on your skin, and it gets worse as the treatment goes on. At I AM Medical Spas, we use a device called the Cartessa EVO Light, which continuously blows sub-zero air onto the treatment area to numb it before the pulse and cool it down afterward. We sell a numbing cream containing Lidocaine that can significantly lessen your sensitivity to pain if that is a major concern of yours.

Question:

How effective are the treatments?

Answer:

I AM Medical Spas uses an Italian-engineered laser. This laser is among the most cutting-edge available and works wonders on all skin tones and textures. It’s been verified safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration, meaning it can do away with hair for good. One treatment with one of these lasers can permanently reduce hair growth by 10-30%. Although these lasers are cutting-edge, they are ineffective on clients with lighter beards and mustaches. Facial hair clients with blonde, red, or gray hair may see a reduction in hair growth, but the reduction will likely not exceed 30%.

Question:

Can I expect these changes to last?

Answer:

Yes, I AM Medical Spas uses lasers to permanently remove unwanted facial hair by destroying the hair follicle and root, so you never have to worry about it growing back.

Question:

In advance of my treatments, what should I do?

Answer:

The best way to get ready for your treatments is to stay out of the sun for at least 7 days beforehand (wearing sunscreen and avoiding the sun as much as possible), to not engage in any strenuous physical activity for at least 2 hours prior to your appointments, and to check with your provider about any medications you may be taking to see if they can increase photosensitivity. View our pre- and post-treatment care instructions for a comprehensive rundown of what you can do to get ready for your procedures.

Question:

Will I need to shave prior to my appointment?

Answer:

Yes, you will need to shave your face before your laser treatment. We need the hair follicle and root to be intact so that the laser can destroy it, so no waxing, tweezing, or epilating before your treatment. Shaving is the only method that meets all of these criteria for removing facial hair and reduces the amount of hair that is above the skin, which greatly increases the risk of an adverse reaction. It’s a myth that shaving causes facial hair to regrow darker and thicker. Shaving cuts the hair in the middle, so when the rest of the hair grows out, it appears thicker because it is coming from the darker, more mature part of the hair follicle that was always there beneath the skin.

Question:

How long does the consultation typically last?

Answer:

The average time for a facial hair removal session is between 5 and 10 minutes, though this does vary from client to client.

Question:

What can I expect after my treatment?

Answer:

Most people will experience mild redness and swelling after treatment, much like the effects of a mild sunburn. This typically goes away within a few hours of treatment, but it can linger for up to 72 hours; topical creams like I AM Skincare’s restorative gel, aloe, calamine, or hydrocortisone can be applied to alleviate the discomfort. Facial hair typically begins to shed after a few days, though regular shavers may not even notice this because the hair is removed so frequently. Ingrown hairs can be avoided, and the shedding process sped up by exfoliating the area 12 hours or more after your appointment.

Question:

How do I get the most out of my treatment?

Answer:

The best way to get the most out of your laser treatments is to follow your laser technician’s pre- and post-care instructions, as well as any other specific instructions they may give you. Maintaining an open line of communication with your laser technician about how your body is responding to the treatments and how your facial hair growth is progressing will allow them to make informed decisions about how to adjust your settings and treatment intervals to maximize the effectiveness of your treatments.

Question:

What are the risks associated with the treatments?

Answer:

Although adverse reactions to laser hair removal are uncommon, they can lead to permanent skin discoloration if not addressed. If you experience any adverse reactions, including hyper-pigmentation, prolonged redness or swelling, a histamine reaction, or blistering, please contact us or come in to receive further instructions. The most common cause of these reactions is unreported sun exposure prior to appointments. If you are honest with your laser technician, you