What is Omnilux Medical LED therapy

Omnilux Medical LED uses a combination of pure, visible red and infra redlight to stimulate the deeper skin tissue, leading to a softening of fine lines, improved skin tone and super smooth skin.

How does it work?

Omnilux Medical LED light therapy works with the body's own natural processes to counteract the effects of ageing. The different lights target specific cells, which are responsible for the synthesis and repair of the skins supportive structure.

What will I see?

In an independent study over 80% of subjects reported a softening of fine lines after treatment and 75% reported improvement in skin softness and smoothness. 

Is it safe?

The scientifically designed light source does not have harmful UVA or UVB. You will experience a feeling of relaxation and well-being during and after the treatment. The treatment is not painful, there are no injections involved and there's no patient downtime. Studies have shown that the majority of clients find the treatment relaxing

How many treatments are needed? 

This depends upon your individual treatment regime. Your health profesional will advise you on how many treatments may be suitable for your particular needs.

How long will the treatment take? 

Your first treatment will take 45 minutes, allowing for your initial consultation. Ongoing treatments will typically be 30-minute appointments, during which the light is administered for 20 minutes.

How long does it take to recover? 

There is no need for recovery time, and makeup can be re-applied immediately after treatment.

Will the results be seen straight away?

This depends upon the treatment options used. The initial effects you will see are a clearer, brighter and smoother complexion. After the course of treatments have finished you will still see an improvement in tone, clarity and skin smoothness. You will also see softening of your fine lines and wrinkles.

How long will the results last?

This will vary according to skin type and lifestyle and whether you have combined Omnilux with other treatments. However, when you have completed your course, it is usually recommended that you have one maintenance treatment on a 4-6 week basis, as this will prolong the results.

Who is Omnilux light therapy suitable for?

This is a very effective treatment for both men and women of any age. It is non-invasive and easy to perform.

AuthorOscar Bueno

How Much Does Botox Cost?

Some Botox providers price their product by area treated, others by volume, others by units. The most reliable method is by units. Ask your provider "how many units are you placing in each of the specific areas". Patients can expect to pay a range of $200 - $500 depending on the number of units used. 

How long does it take for Botox and Dysport to kick in?

Most patients will begin to see gradual effect within 3-4 days. Patients should wait at least 14 days for the full effects. The treatment of Botox or Dysport does not immediately kick in and does not immediately wear off. Although the effects may last 3 months, it will gradually start to wear off. Patients are recommended to come in before the 3 month mark to avoid the treatment wearing off completely.  

How long does Botox and Dysport last? 

Most patients will see their results last about 3 months. Very few patient will experience results that last 1-2 months and some patients will see results lasting much more. It is important to remember that this is a medication that interacts with each patient different. Therefore, the results can vary. 

How many units of Botox and Dysport will patients need for frown lines? 

The units of Botox and Dysport will be different from patient to patient. However, based on previous patients, you can expect to receiving the following units: 

  • Botox: 15 - 25 units
  • Dysport: 45 - 60 units

What areas can Botox and Dysport be injected? 

Botox Cosmetic and Dysport can be administered on forehead wrinkles, crow's feet lines around the eyes, and the "11 lines" between the eyebrows. Other advanced areas are the following: 

  • "Bunny lines" on the sides of the nose
  •  Nasal flare reduction
  • Corners of the mouth
  • Jawline
  • Eyebrows

Can Botox and Dysport be injected under the eye? 

Yes. An advanced healthcare professional is able to administer Botox and Dysport under the eye to help with the tissue that folds to create "gummy" bears under the eye. 

Are there ways to avoid Botox side effects?

Side effects like bruising and bleeding can be avoided with ice. To avoid eye lid drooping and over treatment, it is important that patient ask questions about technique, dilution, and experience. All these factors can cause variability in treatment results. 

Who is qualified to perform Botox and Dysport treatments?

The regulations on who can perform Botox and Dysport can vary from state to state. In the state of Arizona, authorized injectors are Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and MDs.  

How many units of Botox or Dysport will I need to treat crow's feet? 

The units of Botox and Dysport will be different from patient to patient. However, based on previous patients, you can expect to receiving the following units: 

  • Botox: 22 - 28 units
  • Dysport: 66 - 70 units

Are there any Botox alternatives? 

The alternatives to Botox include the same medication but have a different brand name. Some of the most common ones are Dysport and Xeomin. There are differences in dosing but the medication is the same. 

How many units of Botox and Dysport to treat horizontal forehead lines? 

The units of Botox and Dysport will be different from patient to patient. However, based on previous patients, you can expect to receiving the following units: 

  • Botox: 15 units
  • Dysport: 40 units

Can you exercise after receiving Botox and Dysport treatments? 

The best recommendation is to avoid exercising for at least 4 hours. It is also important to avoid massaging the area that was injected to avoid any medication migration. 

Does Botox Cosmetic or Dysport spread from the site of injection?

The spread of Botox Cosmetic or Dysport medication after treatment can be affected by the amount of medication used and also the volume. Medication typically does not disperse or travel very far from the injection site.

AuthorOscar Bueno

What is the Nd:Yag?

The M22 Nd:YAG laser helps wrinkles, scars, and skin discolorations by resurfacing the skin. This laser can be used to treat or fade away spider veins, and red capillary veins. resurfaces your skin to remove moderate facial wrinkles, surface scars, or splotchy skin discolorations. The Nd: YAG laser is considered "non-ablative", which means that is does not cut the top layer of the skin. When the laser is pulsing, called "Q-switched," the laser blasts the damaged or unwanted tissue away. 

What is the recovery time with the Nd:Yag laser treatment? 

Recovery from a Nd:Yag laser treatment is uneventful. Patients can expect to feel like they have a sunburn. We recommend topical lubricants and topical steroidal creams to help with the healing process. 

What are the risks of excessive sun exposure after laser? 

Exposing the skin to excessive sun after a laser treatment is not a good idea and we recommend against it. If it is not possible, minimise your sun exposure by applying sunscreen and also shading your face or areas that you have recently treated with a laser. Some of the risks of excessive sun after a laser treatment are poor healing, hyperpigmentation, and possibly scarring. 

What kind of downtime should I expect?

When treating enlarged veins with the Nd:Yag laser, patients will experience mild swelling and possibly some bruising that will last about 2 weeks. If the Nd:Yag is used for non-ablative skin rejuvenation, then the downtime is very minimal. 

What are the potential side effects of Nd:Yag on face for redness?

When treating for redness (e.g. rosacea), there is the possibility of bruising and blistering. If the optimal settings are used, these risks can be minimal. 

How much does the Nd:Yag laser cost?

The cost of these laser treatments depend son the facility, the laser, and the condition that is being treated. Single sessions range from $150 - $500. Most patients will need a serious of treatment. Therefore, the final cost can be $500 - $2000 for the fill series. 

Nd:Yag for broken capillaries. Can there be scarring?

This is always a possibility of scarring with lasers. Most healthcare professionals will start with very conservative settings on your first treatment. This is to prevent any adverse reactions. It is better to be safe when starting treatments. 

Can broken capillaries and spider veins around the nose be treated? 

Yes. Laser technology in its current state is very effective at treating these kind of conditions. It is effective, quick and relatively less painful than the injections used in the past. Patient do have to consider spider veins versus varicose veins. Large varicose veins are usually treated with surgical procedures and then followed up with lasers. 

Which is best, laser or sclerotherapy for veins?

Using sclerotherapy is one of the best ways to get rid of most leg veins. However, small veins that are not accessible for a sclerotherapy injection may have to undergo laser treatments to erase them.  The laser may not be able to treat all the veins but patients may see a significant reduction. 

What are the side effects for M22: Advanced IPL side effects

It is common for patients to feel heat and burning immediately after having an IPL treatment. This heat will go away after a few hours. Any dark spots will become darker, will then crust, and will eventually fall off.  The dark spots will fade by may not completely erase the first time. To continue fading them away, patient are recommended a series of treatments.  

How long between IPL treatments?

Health care professionals typically recommend IPL treatments every 4 to 6 weeks while treating existing browns and reds.  After the initial series of treatment, patient are also recommended to receive maintenance treatments every 6 - 12 months. 

Are there treatment alternatives to IPL?

Yes. Some other alternatives include skin care products, prescription products, and also chemical peels. Although these can be effective, the results may take longer to achieve. Furthermore, patient that would like to try alternatives must observe a high level compliance and consistency. 

When does peeling start after receiving an IPL treatment? 

When patients receive IPL treatments for sun damage, they will typically experience pigment flake rather than peel.  This can happen a few days and even a few weeks after the treatment. Peeling is not an expected side effect after an IPL treatment. The only "peeling" would be the crusting and falling off of dark spots.  

IPL Vs. photofacial: what's the difference?

The IPL is a light based device. A photofacial is a type of treatment. A photofacial is one with an IPL device. The term photofacial is very generic and is why there exists some confusion. It is important to note that photofacial is one treatment among many that can be treated with an IPL device. 

How much does a photofacial cost?

The photofacial cost can range anywhere from $130 - $600 per session. The costs can be influenced by the facility, the clinician, and also the treatment protocol. Most patients will need several treatment in order to achieve the desired results. It is important to consider these series in the final cost and expectations. 

How many IPL sessions do patients need to see results?

With the optimal setting, most patients will see some improvement after the first treatment. The number of sessions required will highly depend on level of sun damage and also skin type. Skin types that are darker will have lower setting to avoid any burns. 

The majority of patients will see positive outcomes with 3-4 sessions. Re-treatment will also depend on patient sun protection practice. If a patient like to sun tan and does little to protect themselves, then they will need treatment much more frequently. 

Hyperpigmentation looks worse after photofacial?

If a patient experiences a worsening of hyperpigmentation after numerous treatments, we highly recommend that they stop treatments. The hyperpigmentation might be melasma. Many patients mistakenly think that melasma is sun damage. Melasma does get worse with IPL treatments. 

Risk of scarring from IPL after scabs fall Off?

Some of the common effects of an IPL treatment are crusting, flaking and inflammation (reddish/pinkish skin). Patients can apply a variety of topical skin care products that can reduce inflammation. It is extremely important that patients use sunscreen afterwards to protect from  hyperpigmentation.

How long after Botox Cosmetic or Dysport should I wait to get a photofacial?

The light from the IPL device does not penetrate through the skin. Patients can receive Botox Cosmetic or Dysport treatments 24 hours apart. 

Recurring brown spots after Photofacial treatments

Patients that have brown spots will most always reoccur. The are likely to come back because the skin cells in the area are permanently damaged and will turn brown. Once a successful IPL treatment is given, patients must make an effort to protect themselves from the sun to minimize this reaction. Most health care professionals will recommend not only a series of IPL treatments, but also maintenance treatments. 

How come I didn't see any results after 1 treatment?

One session is sometimes not enough to see any results. We recommend patients to go through a series before determining it the treatments were effective. Patient must also remember that healthcare professionals will usually use low settings during the first treatment to determine skin reactions. Because there is a danger of burning, it is better to start off slow and ramping up the setting as the treatment progress. 

Can patients receive a photofacial while breastfeeding?

A photofacial treatment uses visible light and will have direct effect on breastfeeding. However, it is common to use a topical anesthetic before the treatment. This topical anesthetic can be absorbed by the skin in small amount. Therefore, many healthcare professionals recommend to hold off on receiving a photofacial treatment.

What is the recovery time for a IPL: Photofacial treatment?

This treatment has no downtime. Patients will experience some possible scabbing and crusting of the dark spots. 

Can a patient use IPL to treatment melasma?

Melasma, depending on the depth, can be treated with IPL. However, a careful treatment protocol must be used because the melasma may get worse if treated incorrectly. We recommend to first treat the areas with Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, and Retin-A for 6-8 weeks.  If this is successful, we recommend to continue with laser treatments or peel treatments. 

Should I watch our for sun exposure after photofacial treatments?

Patient are strongly recommended to use sunscreen after receiving and IPL treatment. A patients skin can be more sensitive during the laser treatments. Patients commonly go on vacation where they will be exposed to excessive sun rays.  Patient should not only protect themselves, but they may want to hold off on laser treatments until after the trip. 

I have hypopigmentation. How long will it take for it to come back to normal? 

Hypopigmentation is when the skin loses its color. IPL cannot treat this discoloration. The hypopigmented area may come back to normal after 6-8 months. 

AuthorOscar Bueno

Are there any negative side effects I should worry about?

Very rarely will a patient experience any negative side effects, even with aggressive treatments. Typical side effects are redness and inflammation for 2-4 days.  Microneedling is a excellent treatment for patients looking for texture and scar improvement. 

What is microneedling? 

Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, stimulates the production of collagen by creating small injuries in the epidermis and dermis. These micro-injuries produce a cascading effect that results in tissue rebuilding. 

Can I do microneedling at home?

At home microneedling can be a great tool to use at home. However, the biggest results will come from the surgical dermarollers that are only found at specific healthcare facilities. At home microneedling devices typically do not go very deep and do not require any anesthetic as they are not very painful.

Can I use microneedling for neck?

Yes. Many patients like to treat the neck at the same time as the face. Since patients are already in the appointment, adding the neck is an easy progression. The depth of the treatment is lower as the skin on the neck is much more sensitive. 

How long do the effects of collagen induction therapy Last? How often should I receive these treatments? 

Most healthcare facilities recommend 4-6 treatments every 6 weeks.  After the initial frequency of treatment, your healthcare provider may recommend maintenance treatments. The frequency of the maintenance treatment depends at what rate your skin is being broken down through the natural aging process. Collagen induction therapy does not stop aging, but it can help slow it down. 

Can micro needling be done if I have received fillers?

Yes. Patients may receive microneedling treatments after doing fillers if the treatment is spaced out enough. Most clinicians will recommend to wait at least 3 weeks after receiving filler to receive a microneedling treatment.

Is microneedling more effective when combined with PRP? 

Many health providers have seen overall improvements in acne scarring when combing microneedling and PRP.  These results are usually because the patient has had a serious of those treatments or a combination of microneedling, PRP, and lasers. PRP treatment are still relatively new and although the data is promising, it is not enough to gain wide acceptance as an effective treatment. 

Can microneedling scar my face if done too aggressively? 

Create scars with the microneedling treatment is rare but it is a possibility if the clinician is not properly trained or if the clinician performs the treatment to aggressively. However, most of the complications (which are rare) come from applying serums and substances to the open wounds during the procedure. 

What is the best filler for wrinkles? 

For "marionette lines," Juvederm Ultra Plus or Restylane work well. These fillers give lasting results and support. These products can give a natural result by blending the filler throughout these areas. 

Lip lines can be filled with a thinner filler like Juvederm and SILK. These fillers give not only a fill but a shape to the lips. it is important that fillers be used conservatively because overdone lips may lead to poor results. Some patients are afraid of having too much filler. However, most health professionals can deliver natural results. 

Can I resume normal routines after Botox, Dysport, Restylane, and Juvederm? 

Most patients can resume full activities following injections of Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm. Patients are instructed to avoid  rubbing the injected area for a day (just to be extra cautious.) What is the best filler for eye wrinkles?

What is the best filler for lip augmentation?

The optimal fillers for lip are going to be fillers that minimise the possibility of  bumps or nodules Hyaluronic acid-based fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are ideal for lips because they are soft and provide a very natural result. 

Is exercise risky after a filler injection?

It is unusual for a filler like Restylane and Juvederm to move from its location because of exercise. The more common side effect is the excessive or additional bruising and bleeding within 1-2 days. 

Are there permanent lip fillers? If so, what are my options?

Artecol and other silicone injections are products available outside the U.S.  and are not FDA approved. Some products available in the U.S. is ArteFill and are similar.  This type of filler is used for filling deeper static facial creases. They are not recommended for the lips.  Permanent lips fillers tend to have more risk and therefore most health professionals will advise against them. 

How long do different fillers last? 

Fillers may last between 6 months to a year. Some of the variables that patients should considered are the following: 

  1. Amount injected.
  2. Area injected. Some areas absorb the filler at a much faster rate. 
  3. Frequency of injections. 

How much filler is in one syringe?

The volumes of each filler is preset in a sterile syringe.  They are as follows:

  • Juvederm: 0.8 cc
  • Radiesse: 1.3 cc
  • Restylane: 1.0 cc

If I don't like my filler, can I get rid of it? 

There are several options to remove fillers:

1. Hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm,Restylane for example) can be dissolved with hyaluronidase

2. Fillers that are more permanent like collagen fillers usually resolve with time but if they may need to be excised

3. Permanent fillers will have to be excised

4. Some fillers such as sculptra  respond to steroid injections. 

Of note, fillers near the lower eyelid can sometimes be removed without a scar through an approach through the inside of the eye. 

Anytime a patient has an adverse outcome from a filler, I would first give it some time before performing surgery

What is the average cost for filler injections? 

The average cost of dermafillers can vary from patient to patient. Some variables that affect price are age, area injected, and the goal of the patient. It is important to consider that most health care professionals will inject throughout several appointments. Your first appointment might use one syringe a second or third syringe can be applied throughout other appointments. 

Patient should expect to spend anywhere between $500 - $2000 for a full and optimal treatment. 

What is the recovery from a filler, botox and/or dysport treatment? 

These treatments use needles and are piercing the skin, therefore, there will be a risk of bruising and swelling. We recommend patients to not move around the medication in the area that was injected. Most patients will be able to return to their daily activities. We recommend to schedule filler treatments when there is enough time to rest just in case there is excessive bruising. 

What kind of pain should I expect during my treatment? 

There should little or no pain following injection of hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm. Heavier fillers, like Lyft and Voluma can cause more swelling, so patients should not schedule critical events right after getting filler. 

There should be no pain beside a pin prick when receiving Botox or Dysport. Most health professionals use a very tiny needle that minimizes the discomfort. 

What are my options if I want to reverse the dermafiller treatment? 

Reversing a filler like Juvederm and Restylane is typically straight forward. Most health professionals will use Hyaluronidase for the reversal. Using this substance may at times be unpredictable. Therefore, reversing or dissolving the Juvederm or Restylane is best done in stages. When the substance is injected to the treated area, the filler may blend or dissolve within 24 hours. 

Can I get a Juvederm or Restylane treatment if I am sick? 

The answer to this depends on the health professional and also the severity of the sickness. We recommend to contact your provider to discuss the options. 

What's the Best Laser Hair Removal Machine?

The answer to this question most certainly depends on your skin type and also the health care professional that is providing the treatment. The same laser hair removal equipment might have vastly different results if the health care professionals using the equipment are not versed in laser safety and effective settings. One thing that is important to keep in mind when choosing a laser is that we are talking about types of laser and brands of lasers in this discussion. The Lumenis Lightsheer is an excellent Diode laser. The Cynosure Apogee is an excellent alexandrite laser and the Sciton Profile is an excellent long pulsed Nd:Yg laser. We recommend to do a bit of research about your health care provider and also do not be afraid to ask about settings or experience of your provider.  

Finally, we highly recommend that the laser equipment that you seek out be cleared by the FDA. There are providers out in the market that are rendering laser hair removal services with unregulated laser equipment that patients should be careful about. 

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

There are many variables that determine the end cost of laser hair removal. These include number of sessions, equipment used, color of hair, and pricing policies of the facility. One thing is for certain, you will need multiple treatments, usually between 5-8 depending on area and length of growth cycle.  Small areas like the underarms and chin can be very affordable. Other areas like full legs can get quite pricey. We have seen sessions go for as little as $30 and go for as much as $500. Again, because of the variety in lasers, facilities, and providers, it is best to ask questions about settings, laser equipment, and frequency before making the commitment. This will help you as a patient be informed about the expectations. Not every patient will see the same results or will need the same medical service protocol. 

Laser Hair Removal Side Effects and Risks?

All laser treatments have an element of risk. An experienced health care provider will determine if you're a good candidate and will use the best laser settings appropriate for your skin. Even with the best preparation, skill and experience, there is always a chance of burning, hyper or hypo-pigmentation, blistering, scarring and in rare cases, growth of hair in the treated area. The following are some of the risks associated with laser hair removal. 

  • DISCOMFORT – Some discomfort may be experienced during laser treatment.
  • WOUND HEALING – Laser Surgery can result in swelling, blistering, crusting, or flaking of the treated areas, which may require one to three weeks to heal. Once the surface has healed, it may be pink or sensitive to the sun for an additional two to four weeks, or longer in some patients.
  • BRUISING/SWELLING/INFECTION – With some lasers, bruising of the treated area may occur. Additionally, there may be some swelling noted. Finally, skin infection is a possibility although rare, whenever a skin procedure is performed.
  • PIGMENT CHANGES (Skin Color) – During the healing process, there is a slight possibility that the treated area can become either lighter or darker in color compared to the surrounding skin. This is usually temporary, but, on a rare occasion, it may be permanent.
  • SCARRING – Scarring is a rare occurrence, but it is a possibility when the skin’s surface is disrupted. To minimize the changes of scarring, it is IMPORTANT that you follow all post-treatment instructions carefully.
  • EYE EXPOSURE – Protective eyewear (shields) will be provided. It is important to keep these shields on at all times during the treatment in order to protect your eyes from accidental laser exposure.  

Length of Time Between Laser Hair Treatments

Laser hair removal can be a very effective procedure, but because it is a medical service, there exists quite a bit of variability. The goal of the laser treatment is to treat hair that is in the anagen phase. Although we would like all the hair to be in the anagen phase, this will be unlikely Only about 10-20% of hair is in the active growing phase. This means that your session will only effectively treat 20%.  This leaves the matter of when the frequency should be. This can vary and your health professional will have a recommendation based on your hair growth. From experience, this can range from 4 weeks all the way up to 10 weeks. 

How Much Hair Should Fall Out After Session of Laser Hair Removal (Bikini)?

The amount of hair that falls out at each session of laser hair removal can vary. Hairs grow in 3 different phases, and laser hair removal is effective against hairs in the growing phase. If the hairs are in the correct phase, they should be permanently reduced. Some hairs can be ejected from the follicle immediately, while some can continue to grow and fall out over the next few weeks. We usually recommend neck and face treatments to be done every 4 weeks and any body area below the neck every 6 weeks so that the hairs will hopefully be in the correct phase for laser hair reduction. Some treatments will yield a lot of hair removal while others will result in very little hair removal. It just depends on the phase of growth. 

Does Shaving Make Your Hair Grow Back Thicker and Faster?

Shaving has earned this mythical reputation because natural hair left alone has a soft tip and has been exposed to light for a while, making it potentially lighter in color. Newly grown shaving stubble has a blunt end from the previous shave, and is just emerging into the light of day so it is as dark as it will ever be.

When to Stop Shaving Before Laser Hair Removal?

It is best to shave the day before or the day of your treatment. Use a fresh razor with shaving cream to avoid razor burn. Shaving during your appointment can lead to cuts and razor irritation due to a dry shave, and is not recommended.

Laser Hair Removal Vs. Electrolysis - Which is Best?

  • Laser hair removal is not permanent. Electrolysis can be permanent.
  • Laser hair removal covers large areas much quicker. Electrolysis treats one follicle at a time.
  • Laser hair removal only works for dark hairs. Electrolysis is color blind.
  • Laser hair removal requires multiple treatment spaced apart by 4 weeks. Electrolysis kills the hair follicle upon treatment once.
  • Both have the potential to scar.

Waxing and Plucking After Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

It is safe to use any type of hair removal, waxing plucking etc. any time 5 days or more after the laser treatment. The worry is any redness or irritation directly related to the laser treatment itself. Remember if you plan on having more laser treatments do not pluck or wax for several weeks before the treatment as you want the hair in the follicle to be treated. Shaving or cutting with a scissors is fine.

Will Vaginal Laser Hair Removal Cause Redness, Swelling, Bumps and Itching?

Yes, you can have itchiness and swelling the first few treatments. It is very common to have redness as a side effect. Patients can use aloe vera to soothe it and take down the inflammation. Shaving will irritate the area as with continued laser treatments you get.

How Long Should I Stay out of the Sun After Laser Hair Removal?

After laser hair removal, it is usually recommended to avoid sun exposure for at least 7-10 days. This will reduce the chance of complications. Sun avoidance and sunblock use are recommended in general while doing laser hair removal treatments to minimize the risk of side effects such as burns and pigment changes because tanned skin can be more prone to complications with laser hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal on 15-16 Year Old: Any Risks?

Laser Hair Removal has the same risks for teenagers as it does for adults over 18 years old.  With a parental consent,  teens can be treated for unwanted hair  with safe lasers and professionals trained with the technology.The importance of sun avoidance and sunscreens is imperative to prevent skin discolorations and burns before and after laser treatments. 

What Should Be Done Between Hair Removal Treatments?

With continued treatments, most patients do not have to worry about excess hair growth between treatments. However, if you do need to remove hair, it is imperative not to wax or tweeze. The laser energy targets the hair root, and waxing and tweezing eliminate the root. It is fine, however, to shave between treatments. In fact, if your hair is long, shaving before a treatment can allow for a more effective treatment.

How Many Sessions in Average Are Needed to Stop Body Hair Growth?

On average, it takes 5-8 treatment sessions to achieve permanent hair reduction.  The frequency of sessions depends on the body area treated.

Is It Safe to Laser the Bikini Area?

It is safe and very common place to have laser hair removal in the bikini area as well as other areas of your upper and lower legs. It is best to avoid the sun immediately before and after treatment, however.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Laser hair removal is sometimes over promised as being "permanent" and that "you will never have to shave, wax, tweez, etc." ever again - it's just not possible. Single hairs may be permanently removed if the follicle is destroyed. That single follicle will not regrow. However, the best you can expect from laser hair removal treatments is 70% - 80% of the hairs to be totally removed. The remaining hairs should be more fine, thin, and lighter in color. Additionally, over time, your body will develop new hair follicles, so new hair growth will occur. This is why it's recommended that after the initial 6 treatments, you undergo maintenance treatments every 4-6 months so that new hairs are targeted. So to answer your question briefly - yes, SINGLE hairs are permanently removed. 100% total removal of all hairs is impossible.

How common do burns happen because of laser hair removal? 

Burns are always a risk that is inherent when using lasers. If the laser health professional, settings, and appropriate protocols are followed, burns are a rare occurrence. Burns typically happen when setting are too high relative to the skin type. Patients with darker skin are more prone to burns during treatment. However, health professionals will typically render a test spot prior to a full treatment. If the test spot burns, then the treatment may not be rendered. 

After my laser hair removal treatment, I got a skin reaction that look like burns. 

If you think you may have been burned by the laser, we highly recommend to schedule a follow up within 24-48 hours. Most facilities will perform follow ups at no cost. We also recommend that photos be taken to document the treated areas. Photos are good because the symptoms may disappear by the time the follow up occurs. 

Patients may sometimes experience a form of folliculitis. This can appear as white heads, blisters, and inflammation around the hair follicle. 

I did not feel any pain or discomfort during my treatment, did it work?

Pain and discomfort is very typical of a laser hair removal treatment. It should feel like a ribber band snap along with some heat. The lighter the hair or less the hair, the less the pain may be. Some providers may use ice packs, cold air, or numbing agents to minimize the discomfort. We recommend to mention this to your health professional as the energy may be to low for your skin type. 

Does laser hair removal help get rid of strawberry legs?

Yes. Laser hair removal may help reduce the size of the pore by eliminating the hair follicle.

I received laser hair removal on my beard a few years ago. My beard is now patchy. Is there anything I can do to regrow my beard? 

Unfortunately, it can be challenging to regrow hair to the density it was once before your laser hair removal sessions. In order regrow your hair, you may need to visit a hair restoration expert. 

AuthorOscar Bueno