May 03, 2018

Summer and Laser Hair Removal

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

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.

 

Sun Exposure

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

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.

 

Be Honest with your Technician

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.

January 10, 2018

Skincare and Laser Hair Removal

Skincare and Laser Hair Removal

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.

Moisturizing

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

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.

Sunblock

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.

Spray Tans and Sunless Tanning Products

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.

December 11, 2017

Beginner's Guide to Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal: we all have questions about it. How much does it cost? Does it hurt? How does it work? Is it effective? Is it worth it? This blog answers those same questions and introduces you to the world of laser hair removal.

Cost

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.


Pain

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.


Pre- and Post-Treatment Care

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.  


Common Myths

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.

Is Laser Hair Removal Effective?

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.

May 18, 2017

What do laser treatments feel like?

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 Candela GentleYag laserprovide 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. 

Laser Hair Removal TreatmentWe 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.

March 17, 2017

Your Moisturizer Needs a Wingman

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!

March 10, 2017

How do hair cycles work?

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. 

Anagen

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.)

Catagen

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.

Catagen hair phase

Telogen

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. 

Telogen hair 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. 

February 13, 2017

Am I eligible for laser hair removal?

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. 

January 11, 2017

The science of laser hair removal

 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.

Hair Follicle

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.

December 14, 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas - December Promos

With the holidays approaching rapidly, it’s hard to figure out what to give everyone. You want to show your appreciation and love, but what can you get that will show all of that? Why not get the gift that keeps on giving? Laser hair removal is the gift that everyone will love. And with some of the greatest deals around, you can be the greatest gift giver, without breaking the bank! These deals won't be around forever, so call today!

Small Area Membership:

  • $7 a month
  • 18 months
  • Any small area: underarms, upper lip, bikini line, chin, etc.
  • Limit one per person

Simple Choice Membership:

  • $79 a month
  • 18 months
  • Any three areas of your choice

Full Body Membership:

  • $99 a month
  • 24 months
  • Unlimited choice of areas to treat

If laser hair removal doesn’t seem like the right choice, we have amazing skin care bundles that everyone will appreciate. These make AMAZING stocking stuffers. These Skinceuticals brand bundles include:

  • Three medical grade products tailored to either anti-aging or hyperpigmentation
  • A relaxing, corrective facial
  • A make-up bag
  • 1 product sample
  • The value ranges from $169-$235 and we are offering $100 off retail!

Last but not least, stick with the old tried and true gift of the season... gift cards! They can be purchased on our website for those last minute gifts ;)

November 01, 2016

How to prevent laser hair removal incidents

As far as medical procedures go, laser hair removal is extremely safe. Less than one tenth of one percent of laser hair removal treatments result in an incident. However, because laser hair removal is a medical procedure, sometimes incidents happen. 

There is so much each customer can do to ensure both safe, incident-free treatments as well as amazing results. Here are a few tips.

1. Follow the Pre-Treatment Instructions

Pre-treatment instructions aren't just suggestions; they are requirements put in place to help your treatments be as safe as possible. Do not come into your treatment with recent sun exposure, unshaven areas, or if you've recently been on antibiotics. A full list of the pre-treatment instructions can be found here. These instructions are also emailed to you before each appointment. 

2. Follow the Post-Treatment Instructions

Imagine if after a major surgery, your doctor told you it was crucial to avoid heavy physical activity for a week. You would be careful to skip the gym that week, right? It is exactly the same with laser hair removal. Avoid extended UV exposure, working out immediately before and/or after treatment, and chemical treatments. A full list of post-treatment instructions can be found here

3. Be Honest with your Laser Technician

We get it, you are busy and sometimes rescheduling your appointment can be difficult on your schedule. You may be tempted to not tell your laser technician about an antibiotic you are taking or recent sun exposure you've had. When you aren't honest with your laser technician, you are putting yourself at risk for an incident. It is not worth the risk. Be honest with your laser technician and they will be happy to reschedule your appointment at your earliest convenience. 

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