Laser Hair Removal FAQ’s By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

Laser Hair Removal (LHR) is rapidly becoming more and more popular as a preferred method of hair removal.  Let’s face it, the less upkeep we ladies can have the better, right? Here are some of the key LHR benefits my clients rave about:

 

  • Cost effective

There is an initial cost up front, but over time, you will save on razors, creams and ongoing expensive regular procedures.

  • Time saving

Imagine no more daily shaving!

  • Eliminates ingrown hairs

Unlike waxing, threading and epilating, you will not have to put up with painful and unsightly ingrown hairs. Neither will you have to tolerate razor burns or irritation.

  • No waiting for hair growth

(Don’t you hate waiting for your hair to be a 1/4’’ before you can have a wax treatment?)

  • Precise

Laser hair removal specifically targets hairs right down at the follicle.

 

How it works: The laser projects a pulse of light into the follicles of dark hair.  This destroys or damages the hair and the root.  Because the hair grows in three cycles (Anagen, Catagen and Telogen) multiple treatments as well as maintenance treatments are required to obtain premium results.

 

Q:  Am I a candidate for LHR?

A:  Depending on the area of the body and the color of the hair the answer is usually YES.  The darker and thicker the hair the better the results will be.  If the hair is grey, white, blonde or in the Vellus phase (peach fuzz) the treatment will be ineffective.

Q:  How many treatments will I need?  How long does a treatment take?

A:  Every person’s body is different; we at the Couri Center offer treatments in a series of 6, 4-6 weeks apart.  A treatment session ranges from 15-60 minutes, depending on the area treated.

Q:  Is LHR painful?

A:  In my experience, most patients do well with the level of discomfort.  The pulse of light is similar to a warm rubber band snap.  After the treatment, ice is applied and the discomfort subsides rather quickly.

Q:  What are the common LHR side effects?

A: While a few of my patients have experienced the below side effects, they generally subside within 24-48 hours.

  • Redness/Swelling
  • Itching/Dryness
  • Folliculitis (Inflamed follicles, which may appear as red or white bumps)

 

If you would like to know more about LHR please call the Couri Center at 309-692-6838 for a FREE consultation: laser hair removal.  I look forward to treating you!

 

To Healthy Skin,

Leslie A. Gilstrap, LE