Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal

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Laser Hair Removal

While laser hair removal is a relatively safe procedure, it is important that our patients stay well informed prior, during and after they are treated. There are many questions to be asked before committing. Here you will find a list of our most frequently asked questions along with detailed answers straight from our office. Although we have provided frequent questions, we are always available to answer any questions that re not listed here. Please fill out the contact form on the right, or call us at 716-688-0020 for further information. We proudly provide laser hair removal to Buffalo & all of WNY! For more information on our laser hair removal procedure, click here.

Is this permanent hair removal?
It is a permanent reduction of hair growth, 70-80% reduction with maintenance treatments twice a year or until patient is pleased with results.
Does it work on grey hair?
No, the laser is attracted to melanin (pigment). Melanin is found in skin and hair. Grey, blonde, and red hair have none to very little melanin, therefore it is not effective to treat these types.
What if I color my grey hair, will it work then?
Unfortunately, even if grey hair is colored the follicle is still grey, therefore the laser will be unable to destroy it.
Are there any preparations necessary before treatment?
Avoid acne products: cleansers, exfoliants, anti-aging products, topicals for three days prior to treatment and for three days following treatment. No visible tan. Patients that have tan skin will not be able to have treatment. The sun must be avoided for at least one month prior to treatment. Self tanners must also be avoided.
How will I look after treatment?
May have redness, sensitivity, small bumps resembling shave bumps, which all resolve quickly.
Can I use makeup afterwards?
May use moisturizer and makeup about an hour after treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Most require 6-12 treatments for permanent reduction.
How much does it cost?
Depends on size of surface area being treated.
How far apart are treatments?
Treatments for hair removal should be 4-6 weeks apart for most effective response.
Can I go out into the sun?
Patient cannot expose areas to be treated for a minimum of one week. Patient should have NO VISIBLE TAN LINES and should not expose treated area to sun for at least two weeks post treatment. Recently treated areas may burn. Should refrain from sun exposure until treatment is completed in order to continue monthly appointments.
What if I stop during summer months?
Recommended to have at least six consecutive treatments in order to cause accumulative damage to follicles to diminish growth. Long term results are best when treatments are done consecutively, but if the skin gets tan, treatment MUST be discontinued. Treatment can resume once the tan is gone and additional treatments may be needed moving forward.
What if I get sun exposure during treatment?
Sun exposure, tanning booths, and self tanning products will allow energy of laser to target skin more than hair causing pigment changes, blisters or burns, possibly scarring.

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