Laser Hair Removal, your Questions Answered

Are you one of the many who are tired of shaving, waxing, and plucking unwanted hairs away? Have you considered laser hair removal in Clarkston, MI but think it might be painful or too expensive? Finally, the answers to you questions are here. This short article will answer all of your questions and help you decide whether or not laser hair removal is for you.

What kind of laser do you use?

We are happy to announce that we are the only practice that utilizes Lumenis Lightsheer Duet for laser hair removal in our Clarkston practice. It is one of the fastest products in the industry for laser hair removal. This is because it is capable of treating larger areas than other lasers.

How long does it take?

The amount of time it takes per appointment will vary depending on your individual needs and the area that needs to be treated. If you are in need of having an area such as your back or legs treated, it can take up to twenty minutes to complete.

Can the treatment be done in one appointment?

It is unlikely that the entire area will be hair free in one appointment.  This will depend on the volume of hair to be removed, the area, as well as your individual hair growth cycle.

Does it hurt?

Because the Lightsheer Duet utilizes vacuum suction in conjunction with the laser, there is very little discomfort because your skin will pick up on the vacuum sensation more than the laser. This means no numbing gels or local anesthetics are used.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are very rare and usually minimal if they do occur. Some of the side effects you could experience are:

  • Swelling – you may experience some swelling after the procedure. This can usually be reduced with over the counter anti-inflammatory medications and cold packs.
  • Bruising – there is a slight chance that you may bruise although it is not common. If you do happen to bruise, it will generally clear up within a week.
  • Crust or blistering – You may develop blisters or a slight crust; these shouldn’t result in scarring and should be treated like a sunburn or blister.
  • Change in pigment – It is possible to experience a temporary change in the pigment of treated areas. These will usually heal just fine and return to normal. It is advised that you avoid sun exposure to the area for one month after the treatment.
  • Scarring – this is a very rare side effect and usually occurs with darker skin tones. To avoid scarring make sure to follow all post-procedure care instructions.
  • Pain – you may experience a slight burning sensation for up to an hour after the procedure is done, but you should have no lasting pain.

Who performs the treatment?

All treatments and procedures in our office are performed by one of our health care professionals. Many of our treatments are performed by Dr. Wendy McFalda herself.

Is there anything I should do before treatment?

There is very little you need to do to prepare for laser hair removal. However, you may want to take over the counter anti-inflammatory medication to reduce post-procedure swelling and discomfort. In addition, you should avoid tanning for at least six weeks before your treatment. If you take any medications that may cause sensitivity to light, you should inform us before the treatment. Lastly, if you have a history of recurrent herpes, keloid scarring, connective tissue disorders, or any bleeding disorders, please inform us before the treatment.

Is there any downtime?

Other than staying out of the sun, there isn’t any real downtime with this procedure. You should be able to return to your normal activities immediately after it is complete.

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