Thank you for choosing us as your laser hair removal provider! Our technicians are expertly trained skincare specialists, so you have absolutely nothing to worry about as long as you honestly answer your medical history questionnaire the day of your treatment. The following is information you need to read and closely adhere to prior to your treatment.
• You are not eligible for laser hair removal if you are currently taking antibiotics.
• You must be off of antibiotics for 7 days before we can start treatment.
• You must shave the area one day prior to your treatment
Prior to Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment
Avoid tanning and using sunless tanners for ONE to TWO WEEKS to prepare for laser hair removal. The skin should be as light as possible at the time of treatment. We will NOT treat sunburned or recently exposed skin. ALSO, you will need to remove all jewelry BEFORE your appointment, BEFORE entering the treatment room. Reflective surfaces are not allowed around the laser. You will not have time to remove your makeup or your jewelry at the spa, please ensure this is done before entering the spa for your appointment.
Make sure your skin is clean and free of cosmetics, deoderants, lotions, oils or creams of ANY KIND. If you have used ANY type of Hair Removal Product, Creams, Bleaches, Nair, etc…YOU SHOULD NOT get your hair treated today. These products WILL CAUSE A PAINFUL REACTION with the laser!
• If you have been treated for ANY type of cancer, you are NOT eligible for laser hair removal.
• You may not receive laser hair removal if you are being treated for Acne or are on any type of tetracycline.
• St. John's Wort should also be avoided.
• Avoid the use of any Retinol products for TWO WEEKS prior to your session!
• Please see the contraindications list to ensure you are a candidate for this procedure.
• Refrain from plucking or waxing for at least 2-4 weeks prior to undergoing laser hair removal.
• Shaving is fine.
• DO NOT USE Deoderant the day of your laser treatment.
Arrival & Cancellation Policy
Please arrive 10-15 Minutes Prior to your appointment time. You will need enough time to fill out a Medical History and Laser Consent Form! If you are on time for your appointment, you will be considered late and the appt will be forfeited. Any appt missed will result in a session removed from your package. Laser appointments are scheduled back to back without breaks, it is not likely that we will be able to fit you in. If you need to cancel or reschedule your laser appointment, you must give 48 hours notice or the appointment will be deducted from your package.
The Day of Your Appointment
Wear clothing that will leave the treated area exposed or is loose fitting. The treated area may have a soothing topical cream applied that you don't want to get on clothing. Tight or abrasive clothing will feel uncomfortable if the skin is sensitive after treatment. If you're doing a Brazilian and don't want to remove all of your hair, then shave off everything that you want to get rid of and leave the hair you want to keep. That way our laser techs will know exactly what you want!
What You Can Expect Prior to laser hair removal, you'll be fitted with special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. The esthetician will apply a topical cooling gel to your skin to reduce any discomfort during treatment. DO NOT EVER apply any type of topical anesthetic or numbing cream on your own. The esthetician will press a hand-held laser instrument to your skin. A cooling device on the tip of the instrument and a cool gel is used to protect your skin. When the esthetician activates the laser, the laser beam will pass through your skin to the tiny follicles where hair growth originates. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. You may feel a warm sensation or maybe even as if a hair or two has been plucked, however pain is subjective.
After the Procedure:
You may notice redness and swelling for the first few hours after laser hair removal. A stinging sensation could possibly linger for a day or two, sometimes feeling like a slight sunburn. The affected skin may also become slightly crusty. While you are healing from laser hair removal, wash your skin gently with soap and water to keep it cleansed. Avoid picking at or vigorously scrubbing the affected skin; be gentle with the area. It's also very important to avoid sun exposure – both natural and tanning beds for at least one week after treatment.
After 1 week, use strong sunscreen whenever you can. Re-schedule your next laser appointment 6-8 weeks out.
Here is our comprehensive Laser Hair Removal Orientation
Well if you're reading this far then you are definitely interested in learning more about what you can expect from your laser hair removal session. Indulgences offers the Soprano XL Laser as featured on the View & the Doctors. The Soprano XL is the latest advancement in laser technology and it allows a person to rid themselves of the unwanted, unsightly hair in such a way that it is virtually painless, safe, effective and long lasting. There is no comparison between this laser and other laser hair removal technology that many of our competitors are using! We bought the Maserati of lasers!!!
Now, when it comes to killing hair and stopping hair growth you need heat! In fact the heat has to penetrate all layers of the epidermis and get into the dermal layer of the skin. Why? Because the hair follicle resides in the dermal layer of your skin. And it's the follicle that actually produces the hair. Each follicle can produce a few hairs or hundreds of hairs depending on their location on your body.
So how do we get enough heat to the follicle in order to destroy it, thereby preventing more hair production?
Well the laser machines originally made to accomplish this task would pulse a high amount of energy in a single pulse. You would move the laser hand piece between each pulse until the entire area to be treated had been covered. The problem with these high energy pulses was that they hurt…and they hurt a lot depending on the area being treated. No more of that intense rubber band snapping sensation on the skin. We can now help you get rid of your unwanted hair simply, safely and effectively without all the oohs and ouches! Once a follicle is dead, it is dead; that means no more hair growth.
So why do you need more than one treatment?
Well the hair follicles have growth cycles, and the follicle must be in the anagen phase of its growth cycle in order for it to be killed. Not all follicles will be in the same phase of the cycle at the same time, therefore resulting in the need for multiple treatments.
Some clients need up to 12 sessions to reduce hair growth 80-90%. Due to individual hormonal issues, some clients may require ongoing treatments.
Any persistent or subsequent hair growth will be hair that is much finer in texture and much less dense in growth and can be addressed with "touch-up" treatments. Hormonal changes can prompt changes in hair growth. So ladies, if you change birth control pills or if you start taking hormonal replacement medications, or if you're starting menopause you may notice more hair growth and hair growth in areas that you haven't seen it before. Just be aware of that.
If you're thinking of starting laser hair removal treatments, here are some things to keep in mind:
If you've been on the medication Accutane, you must be off of the drug for at least 12 months before starting treatment. Accutane makes your skin extremely photosensitive and undergoing laser treatments will put you at a much higher risk for blisters and/or burns. We don't want to burn anyone! If you've been off of Accutane for 12 months or longer, it is safe for you to have laser treatments.
If you are taking Antibiotics:
Certain antibiotics also make your skin much more light sensitive, so if you are on antibiotics or start taking antibiotics while getting your treatments we will need to delay further treatment until the drugs are out of your system. Typically 7-10 days after you've taken your last dose, it is safe to resume your laser treatments. The risks of receiving treatment while on antibiotics are increased chance for burns or blisters.
If you are Pregnant:
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant you are not a candidate for laser hair removal. You will be riding a hormonal roller coaster, some women have problems with thinning hair while pregnant, some have much more aggressive hair growth while pregnant. The bottom line is enjoy being pregnant, have your baby, let your hormones get back to normal and then give us a call.
The best candidates for hair removal are those people with dark hair and light skin. The light energy from the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the hair and the hair shaft acts as a conducting rod which transmits the heat down to the follicle. Get enough heat down there and that follicle is kaput!
The darker hair absorbs the heat better than lighter hair. Fairer skin doesn't attract the light, so essentially all of the laser energy goes to the dark pigment in the hair. This is the best case scenario. Lighter hair will still respond well, but it does have less pigment and so the heat transmission is less effective. If you have lighter hair, you will likely need more than 6 sessions. Darker skin tends to absorb some of the laser energy, so it steals away heat from the hair itself. This also makes the transmission of heat less efficient, but you still achieve your goal of stopping the unwanted hair growth. Again, you may need more than 6 sessions.
Gray hair…here's the bad news. No laser has shown to be effective for treating gray hair! Why? Because there is no pigment in the gray hair, so it's as though there is no hair at all as far as the laser is concerned. Now we have had some clients that have sworn that we helped rid them of their gray hair, but it is something that happens so unpredictably that we would not make you any promises if your hair was gray. There is a very good chance that you would see no change in your unwanted hair growth. Why waste the money? Typically treatments are spaced about 4-8 weeks apart depending on several factors, like the area being treated as well as how rapidly the hair growth resumes. You can shave the hair all you want in between treatments, but you can NOT wax, pluck or tweeze. We need the hair in order to transmit the heat to the follicle. When you wax, pluck or tweeze you are pulling the hair right out of the follicle and we've lost our means to transfer the heat to the follicle, thereby killing it. We hope this information has been helpful. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask them during your pre-treatment consultation.