Hair Removal FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about Laser Hair Removal from the Skinsational Laser Center.

FAQs about Laser Hair Removal

Can blonde or red-hair be laser removed?
Even the fairest of blondes or red-hair may have enough pigment in their hair for the laser to work. Still, we prefer to see these patients for a free consultation. If we don’t think you are a good candidate, we will tell you right away so that you don’t waste your money. One thing is certain, if you have very light hair, it is important that your skin be very light to get the best results. We strongly recommend that you DO NOT USE TANNING BEDS, SPRAY-ON TANS OR SELF TANNERS while undergoing laser hair removal treatment!
 
Can I pluck or wax my hair in-between treatments?
No. Plucking or waxing pulls the hair out of the follicle and may disrupt the growth cycle. Shaving is permitted, and we will explain to you how to shave-safe, in order to help prevent razor bumps and side-effects.
 
Does it hurt?
Only 10% of our patients use topical anesthetic creams/ointments during laser hair removal. We use an exclusively compounded topical anesthetic. We recommend that this medication only be used on a few areas at time due to potential toxicity issues associated with large doses of lidocaine. We will apply it to the areas about 30 minutes prior to your treatment, so you will be require to arrive earlier.
 
How about contra-indications for Laser Hair removal?
Active oral or genital herpes infection are a temporary contra-indication for the procedure. Once it has healed, treatment can be done. In case you have such conditions, we advised you to take prophylactic anti-viral medication prior to the procedure to help prevent an outbreak. Such medications are named Valtrex, Famvir or Zovirax. Please let us know if you have ever had any cold-sores or lip-sores.



Pregnancy is not a contra-indication for cosmetic Laser therapy, as the amount of energy employed is not harmful to the pregnancy. There is good evidence about it. We advise, however, to stop the treatment as soon as you find yourself pregnant and to restart it 8 weeks postpartum.



Eyebrows should be treated very carefully, or not treated, since there is a possibility of visual disturbances. Unibrows, however, may be treated.

 
How about medications I might be taking?
We need to know if you are taking Tetracycline, Accutane, Hydroquinone, Retinoic Acid or Gold injections, as these medications might increase your sensitivity to the Laser.
 
How many treatments do I need?
How many treatment you need will depend on your number of growth cycles and how hair-free you wish to be. Because a hair follicle can only be destroyed in an ” active growth ” cycle, your treatments have to be timed accordingly, usually 6 weeks apart approximately. Certain areas of faster hair growth, such as the face, can be treated every 4-5 weeks.The average clinic offers six treatments, 6 weeks apart. However, there is current observational and expert opinion that at least 7 treatments may be needed to get you the best results. We offer 9 sessions in our treatments for Laser Hair removal for the same price as 6, simply because our goal is to achieve excellent results for you.
 
I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Will Laser Hair Removal work for me?
Yes, and it works quite well. PCOS patients are women who have a “hormone issue” that results in a male pattern of hair growth. This is often both a physical and emotional issue for these patients many of who are on medical therapy. Pills will not make a noticeable difference in your hair growth but lasers will get reduction of anywhere from 60-80%. Our goal is to reduce the maintenance that you have to do substantially and reduce the growth of unwanted facial hair tremendously. We tell all of our PCOS patients to expect to do touch up sessions anywhere from 2-3x/year after completing a package. The results in the PCOS patients are some of the most rewarding to us. These women also have increased hair growth on other body parts including the back, buttocks, neck and more and we can treat these areas as well.
 
I’ve heard that I can dye my hair darker to help the laser be more effective. Is this true?
At the most recent Society for Lasers and Medicine meeting, the overwhelming consensus was that this technology is extremely labor intensive and does not work. We do not use these products, but will continue to monitor the situation.
 
Is it safe?
The beauty of our technology is that it effectively destroys the hair itself without harming the surrounding skin. You may be a little red afterward, but that typically goes away in a matter of hours. As with all medical procedures there is a slight degree of risk, and we will discuss this with you thoroughly when you come in for your consultation.
 
What about side-effects?
While side-effects are rare, some patients may have a swollen appearance to the follicles for a few minutes after treatment. This usually resolves before the patient leaves the treatment room. Because the Laser generates heat within the follicle, there is a risk of a small water blister. Local pigmentation may develop, which is usually responsive to topic creams, and it resolves with any problems. Please inform us, as soon as possible, of any problems.
 
What is the cost?
Skinsational Laser Center offers you our guaranteed best price in Rhode Island for Laser Hair Removal. If you can show us a serious proposed treatment offer with the same quality of treatment and for the same areas of the body, we will beat that price by $50!
 
When can I resume my normal activities after laser hair removal?
Immediately! :-)
 
When will I notice the results?
Approximately three weeks after your first treatment, you will see the initial results. It is very pleasing. However, you need to remember that we recommend a series of eight treatment, approximately six weeks apart, for the best results. Remember, your body tends to make hair again.
 
Which ethnicities have you treated?
Here are some of the homes of origin of people we have treated: Greece, Armenia, India, Mexico, Spain, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Brazil, Canada, Soviet Union, Barbados, Italy, France, England, Panama, Guatemala, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, China, Africa, Laos, Thailand, Portugal, Ireland, Argentina and more. If you don’t see your country of origin here, we probably just missed it!
 
Why choose our laser systems over other laser hair removal systems?
Our Laser technology is considered the gold standard in the laser industry because of its long history of safety and effectiveness on all skin types. It can rapidly treat large areas without the limitations of older technologies; the system’s longer wavelength allows it to be used safely and effectively on patients with light or dark skin as well as tanned skin.
Our EXPERIENCE is probably the most important issue when you consider options. It's your health! We are experienced and can offer you realistic outcomes, in the utmost safest possible way.