How does laser hair removal work?
The simple answer is that lasers emit a pulse of light, which is absorbed by the pigmentation and blood vessels of the hair follicle. When that light is absorbed by the hair follicle, it is converted to heat, which then destroys the follicle. When the hair follicle is destroyed, it is unable to re-grow hair. Because of the unique properties of each laser wavelength, the tissue surrounding the hair follicle is left untouched, leaving you simply smooth.
Why do I need so many/multiple treatments?
Hair follicles transition through active and dormant stages. With each treatment, we will cover the entire skin surface, but only those follicles that are “active” will be impacted. When a follicle is dormant, the laser light cannot be absorbed, and the follicle is left undamaged. Only about 10% of your hair is actively growing at any given time, so multiple treatments are necessary to ensure that we treat every single hair follicle.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Absolutely! Simplicity’s lasers are FDA approved for all areas of the body and all skin types. All Simplicity Laser technicians are laser certified and receive on-going training. Quality control and re-training is a priority at Simplicity.
Are there any side effects from laser hair removal?
When performed by trained and experienced practitioners, side effects from laser hair removal are uncommon. Potential reactions include hyper-pigmentation (darkening of skin) or a histamine reaction (allergic reaction to the heat). Both conditions are temporary and can easily be treated with topical creams.
Should I be worried about radiation?
No way! There are two types of radiation: non-ionizing radiation and ionizing radiation. Hair removal lasers produce non-ionizing radiation, which is simply the radiation of light, and is FDA approved for your skin. Ionizing radiation, which is not produced by hair removal lasers, represents x-rays, ultra-violet, and nuclear radiation and is a completely different type of radiation.