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Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

Not as much as you might think. Some clients compare it to being snapped with a rubber band or being pinched. At American Laser Skincare, we’ve performed more than 10 million total treatments nationwide, so we know how to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Our laser hair removal system uses a combination of energy and heat to destroy follicles without harming the skin around them. After a series of sessions, you’ll experience permanent hair reduction. Laser hair removal is a faster, gentler way to remove unwanted hair, with great results. Laser hair removal applies precisely controlled pulses of energy (electrical and light, with cooling), reaching into the hair follicles that lie beneath the skin. The energy heats the hair, right down to the bottom of the root, destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin. Depending which area(s) you decide to treat, you’ll always be ready to slip into a swimsuit, won’t have to think about razor burn or irritation, and will stop worrying about unsightly ingrown hairs.

How long does laser hair removal take?

It’s different for everyone. You have millions of hair follicles in your body, all of which cycle through different phases. Laser hair removal can only treat a certain percentage of those follicles at a time (those that are in the active phase), so it must be done in phases—at varied intervals. No two people are the same, so your treatment plan will be tailored specifically to you. From experience, we recommend at least six laser hair removal sessions four to eight weeks apart.

How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?

Our laser hair removal technology destroys hairs that are in the active growth phase, so repeat treatments will be needed to target hair that was not affected at the time of previous laser hair removal treatments. Normally six laser hair removal treatments are recommended to get the optimum results.

Is laser hair removal suitable for everyone?

Just about everybody. At American Laser Skincare, we customize your laser hair removal treatment to exactly match your hair and skin color and type. As long as there is some color in your hair (even blond hair has enough color), then our laser hair removal system can be effective.

What are the side effects of laser hair removal?

The energies used by American Laser Skincare (electrical and light) are commonly used in a range of medical and cosmetic procedures proven to be safe. Most people experience no side effects at all, though few exhibit some short-term local reddening of the surrounding skin. You can return to your regular activities immediately after laser hair removal treatment, although it is important to keep the skin protected from exposure to direct sunlight for a short period of time.

What does laser hair removal feel like?

Because laser light produces heat, you will feel a tingling sensation during your treatment. Some people describe it as being snapped with a rubber band. Others say it feels like a warm pinch—the response is as individual as the treatment. How much discomfort you may feel can be affected by type, thickness and density of your hair, as well as the area being treated. If you do experience discomfort our experienced technicians are trained to respond and adjust treatment as needed. In most cases, the sensation goes away almost immediately.

What does laser hair removal feel like?

Each pulse, which lasts less than a second, produces a slight tingling feeling. In particularly sensitive areas, such as the upper lip, it may feel like a quick, light pinch.

What results can I expect from laser hair removal?

At the end of the laser hair removal treatment program, you can expect your skin to remain smooth.


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