The Laser Center FAQ



Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions



Is laser hair removal permanent?

Yes it is! The hair that is treated during a laser removal session is dead, and will not grow back. New technology is capable of producing 80-90 percent or better permanent reduction on any skin type, and regardless of gender. It is common to need maintenance sessions infrequently (such as annually), as previously dormant follicles become active.


How many treatments will i need?

6-8 treatments is average, but every person is different, and every body part responds at it's own rate. Personal expectations play a role in number of sessions needed. Some people just want more sparse growth, some want as much hair removed as possible.


How long do I wait between treatments? How do I know when to come back in?

Facial and neck areas, underarms, and bikini are most effective spaced 4-6 weeks apart, back, chest and abdomen 6-8 week intervals, and legs, feet, and arms 8-10 weeks. After 50% or more of your hair has been removed, you can schedule your sessions within 7-10 days after the appearance of new stubble.


Will I have hair between sessions?

The treated area will be cleared of most of the present hair during the treatment, while most of the remainder will shed two weeks post treatment. Depending on the area treated, most will remain smooth and hair free for a few weeks between treatments.


When will I see results?

You will see results with your first session! The hair growth will be less, and the hairs finer and weaker. The follicles will be less visible with each session, and the results will become more and more impressive with each treatment.


What are the risks or possible side effects?

With the right machine, and sufficient skill of the technician, you will not experience any damage to your skin. All the possibilities are short term reactions such as a redness and follicular edema (which is a temporary swelling of the hair root sac with a similar overall appearance as goosebumps). These may take a few minutes to several hours to fade away. Most people can get treated during their lunch time and there will be no visible indications of a treatment when they return to their office.


Does laser hair removal hurt?

If you have tried any hair removal solution such as waxing, tweezing or electrolysis, along with any type of other laser and flash-lamp equipment, you will be surprised at how painless our current, new Candela lasers are. Each of the methods mentioned above is more painful than a laser hair removal session with the Gentlemax Pro. There is some slight discomfort associated with it, though most people tolerate it easily.


Is laser hair removal for everyone?

Laser hair removal will NOT work on white, grey, light red or light blond hair follicles. Also people who are experiencing PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) may experience poor results unless they receive medical support along with the laser treatment.


I have ingrown hairs. Will laser help?

Absolutely. Even after one treatment you will notice that most of your ingrowns will be terminated. Within few weeks, the area will be smooth and the color of your skin will return to your original skin color.


What should I do before/after laser hair removal?

Your hair needs to be as short as possible for this treatment to be effective. Therefore we do recommend you to shave at least a day or two before. Since we will cover the entire area in each of your sessions (except for clean-up sessions) we do not actually need to see the hair. Shaving it removes the surface debris and allows the laser beam to penetrate and kill the root as it should.

After the treatments we advise you to treat your skin gently for the next 24 hours. Taking showers with boiling hot water, sweating excessively, rough exfoliating or products that contain a lot of chemical ingredients should be avoided since they can cause itchy, sensitive skin. After this period of time you can return to your daily habits with little to no issue.


What about tanning? I keep hearing it's bad for you to do when receiving laser hair removal.

A lot of people think tanning is dangerous combined with laser because the darker your skin, the riskier the treatment. This is completely false. We treat African American skin types every day, so dark skin is really not the issue here. The real problem is that tanning is a process that causes a lot of heat to accumulate on your skin. Laser, even though you won't feel it that way, is a source of heat as well. Therefore, you must space out tanning and laser sessions to avoid the overheating of your skin. In other words, tanning and laser CAN BE compatible as long as you make sure there is enough time between them (usually 2-4 weeks).




Toenail Fungus Treatment Frequently Asked Questions



How does the treatment work?

The laser penetrates the toenail and vaporizes the fungus embedded in the nail plate and nail bed where toenail fungus exists. The laser is set to specifically target the cells responsible for the infection.


Are the laser treatments for fingernail and toenail fungus painful?

The laser will have no effect on healthy tissue, it will only target the infected areas. A person undergoing these treatments should experience no discomfort.


How long does the treatment take?

It takes under 30 minutes to treat all toes.


Is this treatment safe?

Very safe! There are no known side effects, injuries, or adverse reactions for this treatment.


How soon will I see improvement on my nails after my treatment?

On average a healthy toenail will replace itself every 6-9 months through natural growth. Healthy new growth will be visible within the first three months as the new nail replaces the old.


Do I need to use some type of medication during this treatment?

No medication is necessary during this treatment. As always, consult your doctor with any questions.



Laser Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions



HOW DOES TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?

The skin has three layers: the epidermis or outer layer, the dermis or middle layer and the hypodermis or bottom layer. When you receive a tattoo, the ink is placed in the dermis. Lasers send energy through the epidermis with enough energy and heat to fragment or break up the ink in the dermis.


THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

When the ink breaks in small enough particles, it is able to penetrate through the hypodermis. Once through the hypoderm's, it is seen by your body as a foreign object. Macrophages, large cells that remove foreign bodies, encapsulate the Ink and it is eliminated from the body by the lymphatic system. The healthier your immune system, the better the results. Studies have shown that those who exercise regularly and drink large amounts of water see a more positive result Those who smoke or ingest other toxins tend to need more treatments over a longer period of time.


WHEN ASSESSING THE REMOVAL PROCESS, WHAT ARE THE FACTORS?

There are a number of factors that will determine the duration and ultimate result of the procedure. These include:

  • The size of the tattoo
  • The location of the tattoo
  • The depth of the ink
  • The density of the Ink
  • The colors of the tattoo
  • The type of ink
  • The health of your immune system


HOW LONG WILL EACH SESSION OF TREATMENT TAKE?

The removal process is actually very fast, but the time of each session will ultimately be determined on the size of the tattoo being removed. Very large tattoos will be removed in sections, with time in between sessions, to allow the body to eliminate the ink most efficiently.


HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

On average, it takes 12-15 sessions to remove a tattoo. However, this is only an average and it may be more or it may be less, depending on the tattoo and your body. As stated above, the healthier you are (drinking water and exercising, abstain from smoking), the more likely you are to get a good result in a shorter period of time.


WHICH COLORS FADE THE FASTEST?

Black does seem to fade the fastest and is the first color we target with the laser. That being said, there are some times when the black also includes greens and purples to make the color richer (we won't know this until we begin the process of removing the black). In general, colored tattoos take more treatments than a tattoo which contains only black.


WILL IT GO AWAY 100%?

There are over 250 different types of tattoo inks, none of which are regulated by the FDA. In addition, everybody's immune system is different. In many cases we can remove a tattoo 100% (though this is not guaranteed). If, for whatever reason it cannot be 100% removed, it will fade. At this point, you could get another tattoo placed over the faded tattoo or use makeup to cover it up.


DOES IT HURT?

Yes. Everyone has a different pain tolerance but it does hurt more than getting the original tattoo. We will ice you before and after to help with the pain.


HOW DO I CARE FOR IT AFTER?

For some time after the session, the area may feel as if it is sunburned. Ice, on and off, can help with this discomfort. You will be given a full set of after-care instructions when your session is complete.


CAN YOU REMOVE A PORTION OF MY TATTOO?

Yes. We can cover any areas you wish to keep, only removing what you want removed.


WILL I SEE A DIFFERENCE AFTER MY FIRST TREATMENT?

It takes about 2 weeks for the body to absorb the ink. Some people see some difference after the first session, though many do not. It will be working, however it may take a few sessions to start seeing the results.


HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WAIT BETWEEN EACH TREATMENTS?

We recommend 4-6 weeks. This will allow your body to absorb and eliminate the ink and your skin to rest before the next treatment.


WHAT IF I AM TAN?

We know being tan looks great, but if the area around your tattoo is tan, you run the risk of hypo (too little) or hyper (too much) pigmentation. If you come In tan, you may be asked to wait until your tan has faded before we will do the procedure.