laser hair removal faq

frequently asked questions

The Lumenis Lightsheer Diode, considered the gold standard for laser hair removal, is used at Laser Nurse. The Lightsheer Diode is extremely safe and effective on most skin types.

By targeting the pigment in the hair, the laser destroys the actual hair follicle, preventing hair regrowth. Each pulse of the laser works on many hairs at once unlike electrolysis which targets individual hairs.

Most people experience an 80-90% permanent removal of the hair. A small amount of regrowth of fine hair can be expected. Laser treatments will also greatly reduce ingrown hairs and improve smoothness of the skin.

Because of the hair growth cycles, a series of 5-7 treatments is usually needed to achieve optimal results.

Most areas require treatments every 6-8 weeks. Facial areas usually need treatments every 4 weeks. In between treatments, you should not have any hair growth.

Treatments feel similar to a rubberband snap. Although usually not needed, a topical anesthetic cream may be used.

Usually the skin will have a very mild redness lasting a couple of hours or less. Very heavy growth areas could have redness/irritation up to a few days.

For smaller areas like the underarms or bikini, treatments take about 15 minutes. For larger areas like the back hair or full legs, treatments can take 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

The type of laser used for hair removal targets only the hair follicle. The surrounding area is left unaffected by the laser. All treatments are performed by an experienced Registered Nurse with 20 years of experience.

Treatments cannot be performed on pregnant women or anyone who has taken Accutane in the last six months. And because the laser targets pigment, treatments are not effective on light brown, blond, or gray hair.