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. Most people compare it to the pain of 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 Gentlemax Pro and Candela ND:Yag lasers for all of our clients. These two lasers are unparalleled in the results and comfort that they are able to deliver our clients, which is why they use them across all of our clinics.
Another investment that Simplicity Laser has made for the comfort of our clients is a machine known as a 'Zimmer'. These machines are specially designed to deliver cool air to the surface of your skin, helping to decrease skin sensitivity before the pulse and then also calming the surface of the skin after the pulse has been delivered.
The last line of comfort products that Simplicity Laser employs is the products that we offer. We offer only the best products to help protect and repair your skin. The best products to help with the pain of laser are our restorative gel and numbing cream.
The numbing cream uses 4% lidocaine to help desensitize the area that will be treated. The best use of this is to apply it roughly 30 minutes before your appointment and then sit back and enjoy the soothing sensation of not being in pain.
The restorative gel is best used post-treatment. It helps to soothe the skin immediately, and begins the process of repairing your skin after the treatments. 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 usual 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. That's right. Just two drops of this miracle potion 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 hydrating. Problem solved.
I love mixing using Hydrating B5 Gel with EltaMD UV Daily in the winter (when my skin is a bit drier) and with EltaMD UV Clear in the summer (when my 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!
Ever wonder why you need to wait in-between each laser hair removal appointment? The answer is in the hair cycles. Learn about your hair cycles in this blog post.
Everybody has three different stages of hair growth. The Anagen phase is the active growth phase. This is the phase where laser hair removal is effective. Only 20 percent of hair is active during one Anagen growth phase, hence why multiples 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 percent 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, your technicians with customize your treatment intervals to target your unique hair cycle duration, so your treatments are happening during the Anagen phase (when laser hair removal is effective). This allows you to have 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 7 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 14 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|
|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 they 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, I will explain the why behind each of these questions so that you can make an informed decision before purchasing 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 roughly 10-12 treatments on average to fully remove the hair from an area, and each area has a treatment interval that falls somewhere between 4-10 weeks depending on the area. Depending on what you're treating, it could take 18-24 months before you get rid of everything.
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 2 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, it damages the hair, and can cause temporary shedding and removal, but it can't give you permanent results.
Hopefully this article gave you a little more insight into the world of laser hair removal and increased your understanding of exactly how it works.
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!
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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:
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 ;)
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 couple of tips.
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.
Imagine if after a major surgery, your doctor told you it was crucial you 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 after treatment, and chemical treatments. A full list of post-treatment instructions can be found here.
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.
Between boots, apple picking, and pumpkin spice everything, fall is the best. If you are considering throwing away your razor for hibernation season and growing a nice furry coat on your legs, think again. You might be bulking up on clothing, but fall is the best time to start laser hair removal.
Starting Now Means You'll Be Ready For Swimsuit Season
If you start now, you will have 9-10 months of treatments done by the time you dust off your trusty bikini for the summer. You might not be completely hair-free, but you'll be over halfway, and definitely have awesome results to show for it. Don't start thinking about swimsuit season in May; start now so you can feel confident and smooth next summer.
Sunny Days Are A Thing Of The Past
Whether you are mourning the passing of summer or are itching to break out your stash of trendy scarves, you can celebrate your season-long hiatus from the sun. Sun exposure and laser hair removal don't mix well, so you can spend the fall and winter getting laser hair removal treatments without constantly worrying about accidentally getting tan or burned.
Winter Clothes Hide Hair Growth
Once you start laser hair removal, your hair growths back in patchier and patchier. If these patches of hair bother you during the laser hair removal process, you can easily hide it behind cute sweaters and long pants.
Fall sport season has arrived! As athletes begin training, they are busier than ever. From the practices to the games, sports are time consuming. For sports such as swimming, dancing, cycling, gymnastics, and body building, being hair free is a necessity. But where's the time to shave?
We've all had it happen; life gets crazy and we have so much to do that we forget to shave. We show up to practice, not realizing our error until it's too late. Sports uniforms can be revealing, leaving your mistake hard to hide. It's embarrassing, it's uncomfortable, and it's the last thing you want to worry about it.
Body hair removal in sports is more than just for the visual impact. Not having body hair can make you more aerodynamic and help athletes achieve a faster personal time. Several studies have proved this, especially in cycling and swimming.
Laser hair removal is the perfect solution for athletes who want to spend more time training and less time shaving. After just 18 months of treatments, most clients are hair free and never have to worry about shaving before practice again. It will shave off valuable time so athletes can spend time doing what they are passionate about.
College is the time to experiment and find yourself. It's a time when all of the rules go out the window, and you get to start making your own decisions. One of the best decisions you can make during your formative years is to start getting laser hair removal.
Here's a list of our top 5 reasons to get started in college:
You don't have gray hair... Yet.
Laser hair removal technology has come a long way over the last couple of years, but we are still unable to treat grey hair. Most people think that they won't ever go grey, but studies show that most women start growing grey hair in their early 30's. That makes college the ideal time to get this taken care of, before you can't anymore.
You're dating around.
College is the time when you're most likely to be seen with the least amount of clothes. Because of this, the perfect time to get laser is during the time when the largest number of people will appreciate it.
You don't have time to shave, you don't have money to wax.
College is a crazy time. You've got to juggle classes, jobs, homework, and some semblance of a social life all at once. Because of this, it's hard to find the time and energy to shave all of the different areas of your body. And waxing is just way too expensive on a college budget. Luckily, laser hair removal has actually become more affordable than waxing, faster than shaving, and on top of all of that, it's permanent.
It's the time to flaunt.
You're young, you're hot, and you want the world to know it. Like I said, college is the time when the most people will see you with the least amount of clothes. Make the most of this time by getting laser so that you don't have to worry about the possibility of missing a spot or cutting yourself.
You get more value the earlier you start.
Since laser hair removal is permanent, the earlier you start, the more value it has for you. If you get rid of all of your hair when you're 20, you get to enjoy not having to shave for roughly the next 60 years. That is an amazing investment if you ask me.
So there are our top reasons to get started in college. If that didn't convince you though, you can get 15% off your total purchase on our website by using the code STUDENT.