Laser Hair Removal

Forget painful hair removal – It no longer has to be painful! At Elude, you can have pain-free hair removal with the Soprano™ XL laser, on any part of the body no matter what your age, sex, or skin type! The laser light safely and gently passes through your skin directly into the hair follicle destroying the cells so they can no longer produce hair. Eliminate unwanted hair without the time, hassle, or pain!

What laser does Elude use for Laser Hair Removal?

Our practice uses one of the most advanced laser hair removal systems called the Soprano™ XL by Alma Lasers. The Soprano™ XL is a diode laser that integrates a sophisticated cooling system with the advanced In-Motion™ technology. Previous laser technology emits laser light using a painful pulse method. By contrast, the Soprano™ XL technology emits a constant application of light, meaning a quick and efficient treatment.

Furthermore, the superior cooling head that is used means there is only a warming sensation during your procedure as opposed to pain and that “rubber band snapping” feeling you would receive from traditional laser technology. With the Soprano™ XL, treatment is completely comfortable and no numbing cream is required.

Is Laser Hair Removal safe?

As laser hair removal only uses a beam of light to treat your hair, it is a non-invasive procedure which is perfectly safe. Furthermore, the Soprano™ XL is approved by the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) and thousands of patients worldwide have been treated safely and effectively with this laser. Because the Soprano™ XL utilizes In-Motion™ technology and low-heat settings, it’s able to provide a level of safety unlike any other laser hair removal procedure.

Who can get Laser Hair Removal?

With the Soprano™ XL, almost everyone can enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal, however, the overall effectiveness of laser hair removal is dependent on a combination of your hair and skin color. Since the beam of light is attracted to the pigment in your hair, the general rule of thumb is that your hair must be darker than your skin. This unfortunately means that the laser beam will not be able to treat “peach fuzz”, light blonde, red, grey or white hair, as there is not sufficient pigment in these hair colors. Similarly, if your skin color is darker than your hair, the laser will not be able to identify the pigment in your hair color.

Additionally, if you regularly tan, you should discontinue all tanning activities for at least 1 week prior to treatment to avoid an increased risk of skin pigmentation.

In order for the laser to target your unwanted hair, it is important that you have hair in your follicle. Some hair removal methods, such as waxing, plucking, and threading, completely remove the hair from your follicle. You should refrain from these hair removal methods at least 4 weeks prior to your treatment in order to ensure you have experienced adequate hair regrowth. It is recommended to only shave before and during your treatment series, as shaving does not remove the hair from your follicle.

What areas can be treated with Laser Hair Removal?

Any area of the body where you have unwanted hair may be treated. The most popular body areas for laser hair removal include underarms, legs, arms, bikini, back, chest, face and neck.

Why do I need several Laser Hair Removal treatments?

Each of your hair follicles individually goes through 3 growth phases at different times. Since the laser’s beam is attracted to the pigment in your hair, laser hair removal only works when your hair is in the “active” growth phase. Any follicle that does not contain hair (whether it’s from waxing, plucking, or simply because the hair is currently in a different growth phase) will not be destroyed. To make sure that full results are achieved, several treatments are required in order to give your hair follicles time to cycle through all the growth phases.

How many Laser Hair Removal 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 will see a noticeable reduction in the number of hairs that regrow in the treatment area. On average, most people will require a minimum of 6-8 treatments, but if you have dark and/or tanned skin, you will require additional treatments. Also, fine hair and treatments to your unwanted facial hair usually require 10 or more treatments.

The timing between your treatments is also critical for optimal results, as the laser is only able to treat your hair that is actively growing. Dormant hair follicles will grow new hair in cycles, which will need to be treated as they sprout. For facial and neck treatments, you should schedule your laser hair removal treatments every 4-6 weeks. For laser hair removal on any body part below your neck, treatments should be scheduled between 6-8 weeks apart.

After your course of laser treatments, you can expect a reduction in the number of your regrowing hairs by more than 80%, six months after your last treatment. You should maintain your results with touch-up treatments once or twice a year.

Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?

To date, there is no laser equipment that will permanently remove all of your unwanted hair. It is important to note that some of your hair will grow back; however, it will be a reduced amount, finer version or combination of both. After each laser hair removal treatment, you will have a hair-free period. As your treatments progress, your hair-free period will be longer and longer. Once you have finished your series of treatments, the hair-free period is noticeably longer, lasting for several months or up to a year. To maintain your results and lengthen your hair-free period, we recommend touch-up treatments every 6-12 months.

What should I do to prepare for my Laser Hair Removal treatment?

Many people mistakenly think they need to grow their hair out in order to undergo laser hair removal. This is a misconception and, in fact, your hair should be shaved on the day before or the day of your treatment. This helps make the procedure as effective and safe as possible. Waxing, plucking, and threading; however, should be avoided for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment. This is because these hair removal methods (i.e. waxing, plucking, and threading) remove the hair completely from your follicle and make it impossible for the laser to destroy your follicle. Shaving, on the other hand, is fine and actually encouraged.

Additionally, please review the pre-treatment guidelines for a complete list of recommended preparations for your laser hair removal treatment.

What should I expect during my complimentary Laser Hair Removal consultation?

Prior to any laser treatment, you will receive a complimentary consultation to assess your treatment goals, answer all of your questions and determine if you can successfully be treated for laser hair removal. After reviewing your medical history, the medical practitioner will advise you on approximately how many treatments will be needed to achieve your desired goal. For your convenience, we can perform your complimentary consultation and laser hair removal treatment during the same appointment.

What should I expect during my Laser Hair Removal treatment?

Just before your treatment, the medical practitioner will provide you with protective eyewear and apply a cool gel to the area to be treated. The handpiece will be gently placed over a small section of the treatment area, and the laser light will be flashed through the handpiece. The medical practitioner will continue to pass the handpiece over small sections of your skin in a paintbrush like motion until the desired area has been treated in its entirety.

Unlike laser hair removal treatments using older technology, laser hair removal with the Soprano™ XL laser flashes a continuous light, as oppose to the “pulse” method, which can be painful and time-consuming. With the continuous light and paintbrush motion, we are able to pass over the treatment area several times to ensure that there are no missed spots.

Many patients describe laser hair removal with the Soprano™ XL laser as a soothing “hot stone massage.” During your treatment you will experience only a warming sensation, whereas with older technology you would feel a painful “rubber band snapping” feeling.

Watch the video below and see how your laser hair removal treatment will work with the Soprano™ XL laser:

 

How long does a Laser Hair Removal treatment take?

On average a laser hair removal treatment will take 10 to 15 minutes on a small body parts, such as the upper lip, underarms, and bikini. For areas, such as full arms, chest, and half legs, the treatment will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Full legs, full back, and other larger sized body parts will take 1 to 1.5 hours.

What should I expect after my Laser Hair Removal treatment?

For laser hair removal treatments to the body, most patients will not experience any color or texture change in the skin. For laser hair removal treatments on the face, some patients may see some temporary mild redness at the treatment area, which may last up to 2 hours or longer. If you have particularly thick or coarse hair, you may also notice that some or all of your hair follicles are slightly raised and/or swollen. This is a normal reaction and usually subsides within a few hours.

After your treatment, you will also notice that the hair remains in your skin. This is because the procedure does not actually extract the hairs. Rather, it kills them at the root and it can take some time for your body to go through the natural process of pushing the dead hair out of the follicle. While your body is pushing out your dead hair follicles, it may appear as if your hair is growing. This is not the case, as the hair is being gradually pushed up through the surface of your skin until it naturally falls out. You should not attempt to pull out the hairs or try to help them fall out in any way.

Once the dead hair has fallen out of the follicle, you will experience a hair-free period.  After your first treatment, the hair-free period will be brief, however, after each subsequent treatment; your hair-free period will be longer and longer. When you have completed your treatment series, approximately 60%- 80% of hair will not grow back. The remaining 20%-40% of your hair will grow back, thinner and sometimes lighter after an extended hair-free period. After undergoing multiple treatments, some patients experience hair-free periods for several months and up to many years.

Pre-Treatment Instructions:

  • Shave any present hair from the area being treated on the day of or the day before treatment.
  • Discontinue waxing, plucking and threading at least 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
  • As always, you should protect your skin with sunscreen at least 30 SPF or higher.
  • Do not tan the area to be treated for at least 1 week prior to your treatment.
  • Discontinue the use of self-tanners at least 1 week prior to treatment.
  • Stop all Retin-A, Retinal, Renova, glycolics, and exfoliants 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • If you have a history of oral herpes, you must pre-treat with an anti-viral 3 days prior to treatment.
  • Wash the area to be treated, making sure to remove makeup, creams and lotions. Do not apply any creams, lotions, or other products to the areas being treated.

Post-Treatment Instructions:

  • Avoid direct sun exposure for 1 week after your treatment. Avoid tanning beds throughout your course of treatments. Use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher at all times throughout the treatment when going outside.
  • Treat your skin gently – do not scrub, scratch or pick at the treated area.
  • When washing the treated area, use a gentle, mild soap and tepid water for the next 2-3 days. Do not use a washcloth or loofah on the treated area and pat skin dry.
  • Mineral makeup may be applied immediately after facial treatments. Since the skin is sensitive during this period, take special care while removing makeup to avoid damaging the skin and risking infection.
  • Shaving may be resumed 72 hours after treatment.
  • Avoid tweezing, waxing, bleaching or chemical peels during the course of the treatment. Do not use any irritants such as Retin-A, Benzoyl Peroxide or astringents.
  • Apply aloe vera or hydrocortisone cream to treatment areas to ease temporary discomfort. Ice packs may also be used if swelling occurs.
  • If a blister develops, contact your physician.

Treatment Follow Up Instructions:

  • Schedule follow up laser treatments every 4-6 weeks for face and neck treatment areas or every 6-8 weeks for treatments to body parts below the neck.
  • Consistent follow up treatments will produce the best results.