You already know that shaving, waxing, and plucking requires a lot of time and money for you to have the smooth skin you want. If you are considering laser hair removal, or are currently being treated, it's smart to know what to do in order to achieve permanent hair removal. We have a few tips for you so you can see the best results in your laser hair removal experience.
Significant results can be seen after a few laser treatments, but it will require several treatments to complete the process. The treatment program lasts for 18 months. This is because our body hair goes through three growth stages: the anagen, catagen, and telogen hair cycles. Each interval duration is unique to the specific area being treated. Lasers are effective in destroying the hair follicle only in the anagen phase, or when your hair is actively growing. In order to treat every hair and guarantee effective permanent hair removal, you’ll need to have multiple treatments done. Depending on the area, you will have treatment from four to eight weeks apart. The time between appointments will give the hair enough time to transition to the active growth phase for hair removal lasers to target them effectively.
Depending on the area, appointments range from 5 to 25 minutes. Make sure to attend every appointment! We know life is busy and it's easy to forget about your appointments because you have already seen significant hair reduction. But it is extremely important to show up to all your treatments if you want to see the best permanent hair removal results.
You probably already know this, but it’s always a good reminder. You need to shave the area you are treating 24 hours prior to your appointment. This allows the laser to effectively target and destroy the hair follicle.
Sunblock is your best friend! By using the correct sunblock, it minimizes the risk of interrupting your treatment program. Being outside in the sun doesn't make a recipe for success when it comes to laser hair removal. Be sure to use a mineral sunblock that contains zinc oxide; it gives you stronger coverage and protects your skin longer from the sun’s damaging rays. If you are sunburned or tanning within 14 days of your treatment, your technician will be unable to treat you due to safety. The additional energy from the laser can put you at risk for an adverse reaction. Wearing sunblock daily can prevent many of the adverse reactions that can come from sun exposure combined with laser hair removal. Check out our Elta MD sunblocks in our clinics or online for great protection.
Simplicity Laser is committed to clinical excellence and providing superior value to clients. Certified, experienced technicians use state of the art laser technology that provides comfortable and effective treatment for permanent hair removal results. Simplicity is also the most affordable option in the industry while providing superior services for your hair removal needs. If you’re ready to never shave or wax your unwanted hair again, then start laser hair removal treatments today with one of our introductory packages!
Summer is one of the trickiest times for laser hair removal. With the heat comes poolside tanning and beach-time sunburns, which don’t exactly make a recipe for success when it comes to laser hair removal. If you are getting laser hair removal over the summer, avoid disrupting your treatment intervals by taking care of your skin and avoiding extensive sun exposure. Telling your technician about your recent sun exposure helps you stay on your intervals while also keeping your skin healthy and safe
Sunblock is your best friend during the summer (and anytime for that matter!). Be sure to use a mineral sunblock that contains zinc oxide; it gives you stronger coverage and protects your skin longer from the sun’s damaging rays. If you are sunburned or tanned when you come in for your treatment, your technician is unable to treat you due to the safety concern. This is because the added heat from the laser can damage your already sun-damaged skin. Wearing sunblock daily can prevent many of the adverse reactions that can come from sun exposure combined with laser hair removal. Check out our Elta MD sunblocks in our clinics or online for great protection.
Extended sun exposure throws off your treatment intervals, resulting in less-effective results. Whether you are in the sun for 20 minutes or two hours, the UV rays can cause damage to your skin that does not combine well with laser treatments. Adverse reactions can include burns and hyperpigmentation. This is why it’s essential to wear sunblock when you are outside, even for a quick car ride to the store. Prevent throwing your intervals off by avoiding extensive sun exposure and by wearing sunblock everyday.
Sunless tanning products can also have a negative effect on your treatments. The various chemicals in sunless tanning products, such as lotions or spray tans, cause adverse reactions when combined with the laser heat. Be honest with your technician about the products you are using and when you last used them.
Though it may be tempting to lie about your recent sun exposure to your technician in order to stay on your treatment intervals, you are ultimately doing more damage to yourself than helping. As stated before, adverse reactions can occur if there is recent sun exposure or chemicals on your skin that the technician does not know about. If treated with the laser, adverse reactions more than likely will occur. Help us help you get the results you want by being honest and up front with your technician about sun exposure and other products you use during the summer.
Taking extra care of your skin during laser hair removal is the key to seeing great results throughout the process. It may not seem like it, but proper skincare directly affects the results you see from your treatments. Improper skincare regimens can lead to adverse reactions and undesired results.
While laser doesn’t damage the skin, it is important to help soothe it post-treatment. Moisturizing is essential before and after treatments to keep your skin healthy. It is common to see red bumps post-treatment, but moisturizing can help soothe and repair it quicker so you can get back to your daily routine. We offer a Restorative Gel that is specifically designed to repair and soothe your skin faster than normal moisturizer. It calms the common reactions you see after getting treated.
Exfoliating your skin removes the dead skin cells that pile up and cover your pores, which prevent new, healthy skin cells from growing. When you don’t exfoliate, it often results in bumps on the skin’s surface. During laser hair removal, the dead skin cells prevent the hair from shedding and make the overall process less effective. These dead skin cells can also create a barrier for the laser, making the impact often ineffective. Exfoliating one to two times weekly, especially on the treatment area, will help you get the results you’re looking for.
During laser hair removal, the sun is not your friend. Using sunblock daily – even during the winter – will prevent any adverse reactions from occurring. Extended sun exposure can heat your skin to a point that the laser will only overheat your body, resulting in adverse reactions. We know staying out of the sun isn’t realistic, but sunblock can prevent sunburns and tans that otherwise cannot be treated over during laser. Simply, we want you to get the best results possible, and that means not overheating your body and avoiding adverse reactions.
Beware of sunless tanning products and spray tans while getting laser hair removal. The chemicals in these products do not mix well with laser hair removal and can result in burns and/or discoloration. Be honest with your technician about using these products as treating you too early will result in adverse reactions.
By following the guidelines given here along with the pre- and post-treatment care instructions from the website, you will see the maximum results you’re looking for from your laser hair removal treatments.
When you hear the phrase “Laser Hair Removal” you don’t think ‘cheap;’ you think ‘expensive.’ This is the case for most laser companies, but not for Simplicity Laser. We offer affordable packages and memberships that won’t suck your wallet dry. This is what makes Simplicity different: we try to save you time and money. We are always offering great deals and giveaways on our website and social media sites like Instagram. Check out your options here and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more insider deals.
The pain and discomfort are what worry most clients. Being in a room with a stranger using a laser on you does not sound pleasant. Here at Simplicity Laser we try to make the experience as comfortable as possible. We offer a numbing cream to maximize your comfort, which is recommended especially as treatments progress. Some compare the pain to a rubber band snapping on the skin. Though everyone’s pain tolerance is different, it is generally manageable and worth losing the painful ingrown hairs or getting cut while shaving.
This is one of the most important steps in getting laser hair removal that most don’t consider. It is very important to keep your skin as healthy and safe as possible during your treatments in order to prevent adverse reactions.
Before you go in for your treatment, the treatment area must be clean-shaven. A close shave allows the laser to closely target the hair follicle underneath the skin, not above it.
Be sure to use Simplicity’s Restorative Gel before and after treatment. It hydrates, soothes, and repairs the skin post-treatment, allowing you to get the results you’re looking for. (Use on sunburns, blemishes, and minor cuts and scrapes as well to help the healing process!)
Wearing sunscreen is a must when getting laser hair removal. Be sure to wear a mineral sunscreen that contains zinc oxide to protect your skin from sun damage. During laser treatments, your skin is very sensitive to the sun and heat. Even slight sun exposure can knock you off your proper treatment intervals (we want to avoid adverse reactions the best we can, even if that means rescheduling your treatment). By doing all of those things, you will be sure to have a great experience with maximum results.
Myth: Laser hair removal causes skin damage.
Fact: Laser hair removal does not cause any damage to the skin, just the hair follicle. The laser destroys the follicle, preventing hair from growing back. It may leave the skin a little red and puffy for a few minutes, but that goes away. It is 100% safe when you follow all the pre- and post-treatment care instructions.
Myth: Laser hair removal works on every hair color.
Fact: True, we can treat all hair colors, but it doesn’t mean the treatments will produce effective results, especially on lighter hair colors (blonde, red, gray, white). The laser only targets the dark pigment (melanin) in the hair. The most effective results are seen on dark hair.
Myth: Laser hair removal is a one-treatment process.
Fact: When you sign up to get laser, you should expect multiple treatments to get the maximum results you’re looking for. The average client requires 18 months to reach their clinical end point. Why? The hair growth cycles are different on every part of your body. The laser is only effective on the follicles that are in the active growth cycle. We track your cycles and get you on the correct intervals so each treatment occurs during those active growth phases. There is no set expectation to what results you will see and when since everyone is unique and responds differently to treatments.
Myth: Laser hair removal is time consuming.
Fact: Your time is valuable, and that’s why our goal is to save you time! The average appointment takes only 15-20 minutes (slightly more if you come in to treat your full body). Our laser technicians are highly trained to get you in and out while still doing a thorough job.
Following the pre- and post-treatment instructions from your laser tech will help you see optimum results. This means going to your appointments on the correct intervals clean-shaven each time, avoiding sun exposure, notifying your technician of any medications you are taking, wearing sunscreen, and using Restorative Gel, among other things. By doing this, you will be sure to have a positive experience with laser hair removal.
A lot of people wonder what it's like to get laser hair removal. Does it hurt? How bad is it? What can be done to minimize the pain? Hopefully this blog post can answer a few of these questions for you.
Laser hair removal can be somewhat painful; however, everyone's pain tolerance is different. Most people compare it to being snapped by a rubber band. There are a few things that we do here at Simplicity Laser to help make sure that your treatments are as comfortable as possible.
The first thing that we use to help minimize the pain of laser hair removal is top-of-the-line lasers. By using the latest and greatest lasers on the market, we are able to provide a much more comfortable experience for our clients. We currently utilize the Candela ND:Yag and Alexandrite lasers for all of our clients. These two lasers are unparalleled in the results and comfort that they deliver our clients, which is why we use them in all of our clinics.
Another investment that Simplicity Laser has made for the comfort of our clients is a machine known as the Zimmer. These machines are specially designed to deliver cool air to the surface of your skin, helping to decrease skin sensitivity and calm the surface before and after the pulse.
We also offer a line of the best products designed to increase comfort and protect and repair your skin after treatment. These products include our Restorative Gel and Desensitizing Gel, specially formulated for our Simplicity clinics.
The Desensitizing Gel contains 4% lidocaine to help numb the area that will be treated. Applying it 30 minutes before your appointment will give you the best results.
The restorative gel is best used post-treatment. It helps to soothe the skin immediately and begins the process of repairing your skin post-treatment. It is an incredible asset that can help reduce inflammation, redness, and tenderness while also making sure that your skin is ready for your next laser hair removal treatment.
It's time to talk about everyone's favorite product: Hydrating B5 Gel from SkinCeuticals. It has wingman powers over your normal moisturizer.
It can be everything you've ever needed
Not wanting to flirt with other moisturizers? Use Hydrating B5 Gel as a stand-alone moisturizer. Just two drops and you've got yourself a smooth, hydrating moisturizer. For those who feel like other moisturizers leave them looking greasy, this is a great replacement. No grease or shine after using this product!
It can elevate your current moisturizer
Need something to make your usual moisturizer make you look even better? Using Hydrating B5 Gel in conjunction with your current facial moisturizer leaves your skin extra soft, supple, and smooth. The extra hydration will have your skin thanking you. Don't be afraid to mix it with other moisturizers.
It's great for acne
Wanting to get rid of persistent acne? Hydrating B5 Gel is a great moisturizer because it doesn't clog your pores while providing optimal hydration. Problem solved!
Try blending Hydrating B5 Gel with EltaMD UV Daily in the winter (when your skin is a bit drier) and with EltaMD UV Clear in the summer (when your skin is oilier and doesn't need the extra hydration, but needs an acne fighting boost). Tell us how you are using Hydrating B5 Gel as your skin's wingman!
Have you ever wondered why you need to wait so long in between each laser hair removal appointment? The answer is in the hair cycles. Learn about your hair cycles and treatment intervals for laser hair removal here.
Everybody has three different stages of hair growth. The Anagen phase is the active growth phase. This is the only phase where laser hair removal is effective. Only 20% of hair is actively growing during one Anagen growth phase, hence why multiple treatments are necessary for laser hair removal to be effective for long-term results. The phase can last 3-4 months on the body and 5-7 years on the head. (This is why you can't grow long, head-type hairs on your arms or legs.)
The second phase is the Catagen phase, which is the shedding phase. Laser hair removal is not effective during this phase. This phase usually lasts around three weeks.
The last phase is the Telogen phase, or the dormant phase. Up to 80% of hair can be in the Telogen phase at any time. Laser hair removal is not effective during this phase.
Durations in each cycle are highly unique to each person and body area. At Simplicity Laser, your technicians will customize your treatment intervals to target your unique hair cycle duration to assure that your treatments are happening during the Anagen phase (when laser hair removal is most effective). This allows you to get the best results in the shortest amount of time.
Have you ever wondered if laser hair removal is for you? Or are you already being treated and wondering about preparing for your next appointment? Here is a great table to help you know when you can start your next treatment.
|Procedure/Condition||Laser Hair Removal Treatment|
|Blonde/gray/red/white hair||Light hair clients can expect up to 20% hair reduction, not recommended|
|Prolonged sun exposure||Wait at least 7 days for treatment|
|Sunburn||Wait at least 14 days for treatment, longer if still peeling|
|Self tanners||Wait at least 14 days for treatment|
|Chemical peel||Wait at least 14 days for treatment, longer if still peeling|
|Tanning bed use||Wait at least 14 days for treatment, longer if burned|
|Anti-aging laser treatments||Wait at least 30 days for treatment, longer if still peeling or irritated|
|Epilepsy||We cannot treat clients with epilepsy|
|Retin A's/Retinoids/Retinol||Wait at least 7 days for treatment, longer if still peeling|
|Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxyl||Wait at least 7 days from last dose|
|Hyroquinone and Kojic Acid||Wait at least 7 days from last dose|
|Abnormal lesions, moles, or spots||We need doctor approval before treatment|
|Active cold sores||We cannot treat clients with active cold sores|
|Accutane or similar products||Wait at least 6 months from last dose|
|Botox or dermal fillers||Wait at least 14 days before and after injection if you are getting treated in the same place as your fillers|
|Waxing/tweezing/chemical epilation||Wait at least 3 weeks since last done|
|Pregnancy||We cannot treat pregnant clients|
|Radiation/chemotherapy||We cannot treat until off radiation for at least 6 months to one year|
|Autoimmune disease/disorders||We can treat clients anytime with these diseases|
|Pacemakers||We need doctor approval before treatment|
|Tattoos||We cannot treat over your tattoo or within one inch of your tattoo on all sides|
If you have any other questions or concerns, you can always call Simplicity and we can help you figure out when you can be treated.
How does laser hair removal work? Why does it take so long to get the results you want? Why does it matter what type of laser you use?
These are all very common questions for people looking into laser hair removal. In this article, we will explain the why behind each of these questions so that you can make an informed decision before investing in laser hair removal.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal permanently removes hair by destroying the root of the hair follicles. We destroy the follicles by using pulses of light designed to heat the hair follicle to the point that it dies. We use specific wavelengths of light that target pigment, so the skin remains undamaged but the follicle is destroyed. This is why laser is most effective on dark hair.
Why does it take so long to get results?
It takes the average client 18 months to two years to reach their clinical end point. Each area has a treatment interval that falls somewhere between 4-10 weeks depending on the area.
This is because laser treatments are only effective on hair follicles that are in their active growth cycle. At any given time, roughly 10% of your hair is actually in the growth phase. During the other times, the hair is migrating through the skin before finally shedding completely. It takes a few weeks for each of these phases to pass, and that is why we only treat on specific intervals. You could get treated once a day for two months, but you would probably only see results from 1-2 of those treatments.
Why does it matter what type of laser you use?
There are lots of different 'lasers' on the market. Many of these 'lasers' are not actually lasers at all, but rather IPL machines (Intense Pulsed Light). The issue with using an IPL versus a real laser is that the IPL doesn't destroy the follicle but rather damages the hair and can cause temporary shedding and removal, but it can't give you permanent results.