Laser Hair Removal Pittsburgh – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the process of laser hair removal like?
A: Patients come in, meet with Marissa Casoli, our PA-C, and discuss with her the areas they would like treated. The patient and Marissa then don goggles to protect their eyes from the laser light. The laser is then methodically applied to the desired treatment area. Generally, our patients say that the lasers are significantly less painful than waxing. They also report that the feel of the laser treatments is akin to a light snap from a rubber band. Following each treatment, the hair in the treated area will fall out, and the space will remain bare for a couple of weeks. Each time, the hair will grow back more and more finely and sparsely. After 4-6 effective treatments (depending on the coarseness of the hair, you should expect 90-98% permanent removal. Factors that determine the effectiveness of treatment include genetics, the area to be treated, and the frequency of treatments.
Q: Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
A: Most likely yes. Laser hair removal works best on people with dark hair and light skin, however, our lasers are the latest in technology and work well with most skin/hair types. Marissa will discuss this with you during your consultation.
Q: How does laser hair removal work?
A: Laser hair removal works by sending a targeted pulse laser light directly into your hair
follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment in your hair and converted into heat, permanently disabling your hair follicle from growing new hair. Laser can improve the cosmetics of the area while also reducing irritation of the hair follicle. Laser is also particularly effective in the bikini/lower leg area given the coarseness of the hair (thicker, coarser hair absorbs more of the laser’s energy).
Generally, our clients say that the laser experience is significantly less painful than waxing. They also report that the feel of the laser treatments is akin to a light snap from a
rubber band. Topical anesthesia may also be an option for laser treatment, further reducing any discomfort.
Q: How should I prepare for the treatment? Should I shave?
A: The main thing you should do is avoid sun exposure in the weeks leading up to the treatment. Sun results in skin damage, and damaged skin may react badly to our lasers, resulting in undesirable pigmentation. You are encouraged to shave the air on the areas you want treated before coming into the office.