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Laser Hair Removal
Frequently Asked Questions
Please review these frequently asked questions regarding Laser Hair Removal.
For any additional questions or concerns, we recommend booking a complimentary Laser Consultation, or contact our Front Desk, and we will connect with you within 48 hours.
Is it painful?
Alma Laser’s Super Hair Removal (SHR) method, which is the only clinically proven method of laser hair removal that is virtually painless. The unique heating and energy delivery method effectively targets the hair follicle while preventing injury and pain to the surrounding tissue. At the same time, integrated ICETM tech cools the skin surface, preventing superficial burns and the sensation of pain.
Is it safe?
Absolutely. Soprano’s SHR method has been proven in multiple clinical studies as the safest method of laser hair removal for all skin types. With SHR, hair follicles are damaged not by a single pulse of high energy which can injure the skin, but by repetitive short energy pulses. These pulses produce heat build-up which gradually raises the temperature of the dermis to the level needed for preventing hair growth, while minimizing the risk of burns.
We also make sure that your eyes are protected with laser safety goggles.
Is it safe for dark skin types?
Effective for all skin, dark or fair. But as with all lasers, it's most effective when the hairs are darker and thicker — the light targets darker and thicker hair more easily than fine hair.
How do I prepare for my treatment?
Before your first session, it is important for you to avoid waxing or tweezing for six weeks. During this time, shaving is fine.
If you have been tanning, and or currently on antibiotics, please wait two weeks before your laser treatment. Please make sure you have completed your consultation and physician sign-off.
Please shave the area no more than 24 hours prior to your laser appointment. You’ll want to use a new razor to keep the area as clean as possible. Providing a smooth area for the laser to glide over will give you the best results possible.
What do I need to do after a treatment?
To avoid possible side effects, all patients need to protect their skin from the sun. After laser hair removal, you should:
Avoid direct sunlight from hitting your treated skin.
Not use a tanning bed, sun lamp, or any other indoor tanning equipment.
Follow your dermatologist’s after-care instructions.
You will see some redness and swelling after treatment. This often looks like a mild sunburn. Applying a cool compress can help reduce your discomfort.
For a full list of Post-Care instructions, make sure to download our Laser Hair Removal Pre & Post Care.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
While laser hair removal cannot guarantee permanent removal (only electrolysis is FDA-approved for permanent hair removal), it will drastically reduce hair growth—to the point that you can stop shaving altogether. most clients who complete their full packages enter into the Maintenance Period and only have to come in once every 3-6 months for a touch up. Some clients may only come in once a year, as individual results do vary.
How long is each appointment?
The actual procedure time depends on the area being treated. A small area may be up to 15 minutes, and an extra large area up to an hour or more.
Is there downtime?
No, laser hair removal generally does not require any real downtime. Immediately after having laser hair removal, your treated skin will be red and swollen. Despite this, most people return to their everyday activities.
How many treatments will I need?
There are a number of factors that can affect the success of a series of hair removal treatments, but generally, after each treatment, you’ll see a noticeable, permanent reduction in the number of hairs that regrow in the treatment area. Typically, it will require a minimum of 8 (or more) to permanently reduce the number of regrowing hairs by more than 80%, six months after the last treatment.
What if I have excessive hair growth?
While the vast majority of patients achieve outstanding results from laser hair removal, people with excessive hair growth particularly in unusual areas may want to explore any possible underlying medical conditions prior to receiving laser hair removal.