Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions
Do your lasers treat all types/colors of hair?
Thanks to the technology at New Life Laser, almost everybody is a great candidate. We can treat all skin colors and hair types. However, it is less effective on clients with red, blonde or grey body hair.
How long does a laser hair removal session take?
Your appointment time will depend on the areas that you are having treated, but all body areas can be completed in 30 to 40 minutes. Because there is no down time, you can easily get your treatment on your lunch break and return to work immediately. We take care to make sure that we give you a thorough treatment, and that you get in and out of our clinic as efficiently as possible so you can get back to your busy schedule.
How many treatments do I need to have to get the result I want?
The average number of treatments needed to achieve the full effect varies greatly from person to person, and also varies between body parts. Many clients will end up needing approximately 8-12 treatments to accomplish permanent results. Only New Life Laser offers you a straightforward plan that doesn’t leave you wondering how much you’ll have to pay for “touch-ups.”
How does laser hair removal work?
The simple answer is that lasers emit a pulse of light, which is absorbed by the pigmentation and blood vessels of the hair follicle. When that light is absorbed by the hair follicle, it is converted to heat, which then destroys the follicle. When the hair follicle is destroyed, it is unable to re-grow hair. Because of the unique properties of each laser wavelength, the tissue surrounding the hair follicle is left untouched leaving you smooth.
What types of lasers do you use?
We use a Cynosure Apogee Elite dual wavelength laser using a combination of Diode, ND:YAG, and Alexandrite laser technologies. New Life Laser ensures a safe, fast, and effective treatment.
Why do I need multiple treatments?
Hair follicles transition through active and dormant stages. With each treatment, we will cover the entire skin surface, but only those follicles that are “active” will be impacted. When a follicle is dormant, the laser light cannot be absorbed, and the follicle is left undamaged. Only about 30-50% of your hair is actively growing at any given time, so multiple treatments are necessary to ensure that we treat every single hair follicle.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Yes, it is permanent. Most can expect to achieve 80-90% permanent hair reduction. Hair removal is less effective on red, blonde or grey hair. Also, hormonal changes can potentially cause re-growth.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Absolutely! New Life Laser lasers are FDA approved for all areas of the body and all skin types. All New Life Laser technicians are laser certified and receive on-going training. Quality control and re-training are top priorities.
Are there any side effects from laser hair removal?
When performed by trained and experienced practitioners, side effects are uncommon. Potential reactions include hyper- pigmentation (darkening of skin) or a histamine reaction (allergic reaction to the heat). Both conditions are temporary and can easily be treated with topical creams.
What body areas can be treated?
At New Life Laser, we can treat anybody area for both men and women. The most popular areas for women include upper lip, underarms, bikini line, and legs. The most popular areas for men include the back of the neck, back, chest, and abdomen.
Who will perform my treatment?
A certified New Life Laser technician will perform each treatment.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Most people tolerate it very well. Many customers have compared it to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Our laser has a cooling stream of air that is generated that helps to ease discomfort. Compared to waxing the treatment has very little discomfort. However, everyone’s pain tolerance is different.
Should I be worried about radiation?
No. There are two basic types of radiation, (1) Non-ionizing radiation, and (2) Ionizing radiation. Hair removal lasers produce non-ionizing radiation, which is simply the radiation of light, and is FDA approved for your skin. Ionizing radiation, which represents x-rays, ultra-violet, and nuclear radiation is a completely different type of radiation and is not produced by hair removal lasers.
What should I expect after my treatment?
After the treatment, the treated area may be red or pink and feel similar to a sunburn. These reactions will resolve within 24 hours.
Can I get treated if I am pregnant?
No, it is New Life Laser’s policy not to treat women who are pregnant. If you become pregnant, we will simply put your payment on hold, or reimburse you until you are ready to begin treatments again.
Is there an age limit on who can be treated?
New Life Laser will treat anyone 18 years old or older.
How many treatments will I need & how far apart are they scheduled?
Most patients need at least 6-8 effective treatments spaced 4-8 weeks apart. Because hair grows in cycles, several sessions are necessary to affect all hair on any given area. Due to the length of hair growth cycles, treatments are usually needed once every 4-8 weeks. Hair cycle length varies depending on body part. Face usually requires more frequent treatments (about 4 weeks apart) whereas legs and back need less frequent treatments (closer to 8 weeks apart).