Which works better, electrolysis or laser hair removal?
That depends on the hair we're treating. Electrolysis is best for lighter, finer hairs, shaping the eyebrows and clearing peach fuzz. It's great for small areas and very effective on gray hairs or hairs with little or no pigment.
Laser is quicker and more effective on dark, coarse hairs, hairs that have been plucked, waxed, shaved or trimmed. Large areas such as the face, legs, underarms and bikini, as well as coarse areas like back, chest and arms. Often we use a combination of both. We feel they compliment each other, working together to provide permanent results.
My friend has been having electrolysis for years, why is that?
Hair removal is addictive! Everyone has unwanted hair on their body somewhere. Most of our clients achieve their results quickly and move on to new areas. Also, our hormones and stress levels are always changing and these changes can trigger new hair growth. Additionally, clients may only come once or twice per year as part of a maintenance routine.
Is electrolysis/laser painful?
While everyone has their own pain tolerance, some areas are more sensitive than others. Most clients build up a tolerance after the first few treatments. Clients can take an ibuprofen an hour prior to their appointment to help with any mild discomfort. We also offer effective topical anesthetics for you to purchase and apply prior to your appointment.
What areas do men have treated?
The most common areas for men having laser are on their backs, chests, shoulders and the back of the neck, where the barber shaves. Other popular areas for men include nose and ears, center of their eyebrows and upper cheeks. Some men seek one or two treatments on hands, arms or legs. While most clients desire complete removal, many simply want the hair thinned out and less noticeable, which requires just a couple of treatments.
How often will I need treatments?
Typically, electrolysis treatments are scheduled at 3-5 week intervals, depending on the growth cycle the hair is treated in. Laser treatments usually start at a 6 week intervals. Your particular schedule will be based on your present hair growth cycle as well as other factors. These are only approximations and may vary.
How long does the hair have to be?
Laser clients are asked to thoroughly shave the area prior to each laser treatment. For electrolysis, the hair only needs to be long enough to grasp with our tweezer-like forceps. You may bleach or trim the hairs in between electrolysis treatments, however it's best not to remove the hair or root with temporary methods such as waxing, threading or using depilatories.
What should I expect after a laser treatment?
Following your laser treatments, you may return to your normal activities. The skin's immediate reaction will appear pink to red with a bit of inflammation. This may last anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours. For the next day or so it may feel like a mild sunburn. Aloe vera gel is recommended to help soothe the treated area. After 2-4 weeks, the dead hairs will begin to shed from the skin. During this period you may use a loofah to help exfoliate the treated hairs or shave if necessary. Within a few weeks of the hairs shedding, your new finer hairs may begin to grow and it will be time for your next treatment.
I have hairs stuck under my skin, can you remove them?
Ingrown hairs can develop from shaving, waxing or tweezing the hairs. They can be safely eliminated by permanently removing the hairs with laser or electrolysis.