FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTION: How does laser hair removal work?
ANSWER: In laser hair removal, the target is the melanin pigment contained within the hair shaft. The laser emits gentle energy that passes through the skin to the hair follicle/shaft. This energy is then absorbed into the hair follicle to reduce its blood supply and gradually reducing the follicle, but leaving the surrounding skin unaffected.
QUESTION: Is it safe?
ANSWER: Laser hair removal has no recovery time and can be performed any time of the day. You can return to your regular routine immediately following treatment.
QUESTION: How many treatments will I need?
ANSWER: The number of treatments you require for optimal long-term benefits will depend on the area you wish to have treated, the hair density and your hair growth cycle. Many factors influence the growth cycle. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism all play a part in your hair’s locations, thickness and resilience. Laser slows the growing capacity of the follicles in the growth cycle at the time of the treatment. Since some hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after your treatment, repeat sessions will be necessary.
QUESTION: What precautions must be taken prior to and while receiving laser treatment?
ANSWER: You must avoid waxing, tweezing and electrolysis for 4-6 weeks before treatment. We also recommend that you avoid the sun for a few weeks prior to treatment.
QUESTION: Am I a candidate?
ANSWER: The Candela Gentle Max is able to perform hair removal on both clients with fair and dark colored skin as well as light and dark colored hair, to exclude gray and white hairs.
Does it hurt?
Laser causes minimal discomfort. The degree of discomfort varies with each person and depends on your pain threshold. Most people say it feels similar to the snap of a rubber band. When compared to waxing, it is said to have little discomfort. Light redness or localized swelling can occasionally occur, but this usually subsides within 24 hours after treatment. A topical numbing cream can be used, if needed.