Everything you need to know about facial laser hair removal
We're here to help walk you through everything that you need to know about permanently removing your facial hair with laser hair removal.
Q: How bad do the treatments hurt?
A: Across your treatments, laser technicians will customize the laser settings for you to maximize your results.
In the early treatments, the intensity of the laser will be lower, so the pain will be almost non-existent; it feels similar to being pricked with a pin. The discomfort is generally very short lived, and disappears almost instantly after the pulse from the laser.
As the treatments progress, the intensity of the laser will increase, as will the discomfort; at its worst, the pain is comparable to getting snapped by a rubber band. Simplicity Laser has invested in devices called Zimmers, which continuously blow sub-zero air onto the treatment area, helping to numb the area before the pulse and cool the area after.
If pain is a major concern for you, we have numbing cream available for purchase which includes Lidocaine and helps to greatly reduce sensitivity.
Q: How effective are the treatments?
A: Simplicity Laser uses Candela Gentlemax Pro and Candela ND:Yag lasers depending on your skin type. These lasers are some of the best lasers on the market, and are extremely effective at treating all skin types and tones. They are FDA approved, and are capable of permanently removing unwanted hair.
Clients can see between 10-30% permanent reduction in hair growth per treatment with these lasers. Unfortunately, as advanced as these lasers are, they are not effective at treating clients with lighter facial hair. Clients who have blonde, red, or gray facial hair may be able to see some reduction in hair growth, but they are unlikely to see more than a 30% reduction in overall hair growth.
Q: Are the results permanent?
A: Yes, the lasers used by Simplicity Laser permanently remove unwanted facial hair by destroying the hair follicle and root to prevent regrowth.
Q: What should I do to prepare for my treatments?
A: The best ways to prepare for your treatments are to avoid sun exposure for 7 days before your treatment, which means wearing sunscreen, and avoiding the sun as best as you can; avoid any physical activity that increases body temperature for at least 2 hours before your appointments; and if you are on any prescription drugs, make sure that you contact your doctor to see if they can increase photosensitivity. For a complete list of everything you can do to prepare for your treatments, check out our pre- and post-care instructions.
Q: Do I have to shave my facial hair, and if I do, won't that make the hair grow in thicker and darker?
A: Unfortunately, yes you do need to shave your facial hair in preparation for your laser treatment. The reason for this is that we need for the hair follicle and root to be intact so that the laser can destroy it; which is why waxing, tweezing, and epilating are not allowed. We also want to minimize the amount of hair that is above the surface of the skin, because having hair above the skin greatly increases the chance of an adverse reaction, so shaving is the only option that fits all of these criteria for removing facial hair.
As for shaving making facial hair grow in thicker and darker, that is just a myth. People have the perception that the hair is growing in thicker because when you shave it cuts the hair off in the middle, so when the rest of the hair pushes out, it is the thicker, darker part of the hair follicle that already existed under the surface of your skin.
Q: How long does the appointment take?
A: Facial hair removal appointments take 5-10 minutes depending on the areas that you are treating.
Q: What happens after the treatment?
A: After the treatment, most people will experience slight redness and swelling similar to a mild sunburn. This generally subsides shortly after treatment, but can last up to 72 hours; topical creams such as Simplicity Laser's restorative gel, aloe, calamine or hydrocortisone may be applied to help reduce the inflammation.
After a few days, you may see the facial hair begin to fall out, or shed; if you shave regularly, you may not notice the actual shedding of the hair. Exfoliating the area 12 hours or more after your appointment can speed up the shedding process, and will help prevent ingrown hairs.
Q: What can I do to maximize the effectiveness of the treatments?
A: Following the pre- and post-care instructions, as well as any special instructions from your laser technician is the best way to maximize the results from your treatments.
Make sure that you keep an open dialogue with your laser technician of any updates on how your body is reacting to the treatments and your facial hair growth, as this information will help them to make the best decisions on how to adjust your settings and treatment intervals to make sure that all of your treatments are as effective as they can be.
Q: What are the potential side effects of the treatments?
A: Side effects are uncommon in laser hair removal treatments, but they can cause permanent discoloration of the skin if they are not treated properly. If you experience any side effects, such as hypo- or hyper-pigmentation, prolonged redness or
swelling, a histamine reaction, or blistering, you should call or come in for instructions on treatment.
The most common reason that people experience these side effects is if they have had sun exposure that they have failed to disclose before their appointments. Being completely honest with your laser technician severely decreases your chances of having an adverse reaction to the laser treatments.
This list covers many of the most common questions that people have when they are coming in for facial hair removal appointments. If you have any questions that were not featured on this list, call us at (800) 559-9138 or stop by one of our clinics and we can answer any other questions that you may have about laser facial hair removal, or laser hair removal in general.