About Laser Treatments
Are laser treatments safe?
Lasers hair removal treatments are extremely safe procedures and our professionals are certified laser specialists.
Can I tan before the laser treatment?
Patients should avoid exposure to tanning for at least 2 weeks prior to laser hair removal. Tanning immediately prior to treatment sessions may disrupt melanin regeneration, which may result in hyper or hypo pigmentation. The same can be said of UVA and the cosmetic tanning, whether in cream or spray booth. Any system that darkens/bronzes our skin hampers the laser hair removal treatment. Please avoid any tinted sunscreen, tanning products, or moisturizers.
Should I use any kind of product before the treatment?
For best results the skin should not be treated and must be completely clean without makeup, perfume deodorant, oil, lotions as well as tinted sunscreen and moisturizers before treatments.
Laser treatments can be a little irritating for some people and for others it will become uncomfortable. For this problem there is a solution in the form of a topical numbing cream. Apply the cream, 45– 60 minutes before the treatment so that it can take effect.
Should I avoid any kind of medicine?
Avoid any irritating medications or chemicals. Be certain that you are not on medications such as Tetracycline, Retin-A, Gold Therapy etc, at present or within the past 2 weeks. Be certain that you have not been on Accutane for the past 6 months. These medications, and several others, can make your skin susceptible to damage from the laser. If in doubt, please ask us for a list of the afore mentioned medications.
Can I expose myself to sunlight?
Patients should avoid exposure to sunlight by applying at least SPF 30 and protect the treated area from the sun for at least 2 weeks for various treatments and 3 months for tattoo removal. Tanning after treatment sessions may enhance melanin regeneration, which may result in hyper-pigmentation.
I am pregnant and/or breastfeeding. Can I still do a laser treatment?
We do not treat patients that are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or that are breastfeeding. Even though there are no known side effects to affect you or your baby it is best to wait until you are past these things.
Should I take any precautions before washing the treated area?
Due to skin sensitivity avoid washing the treated area with hot water for 24 hours. Avoid saunas and hot baths for 3 days. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle cleanser and wash cloth or loofah.
About Tattoo Removal
How does laser tattoo removal work?
The laser rays are directed to the tattooed area for a fraction of a second, targeting directly the tattoo ink, without damaging the outer skin layers. The laser breaks the ink into smaller parts, allowing your body’s defense cells to absorb it and expel it naturally.
Can colorful tattoos be removed?
Yes. Bare Body uses the latest laser technology and the newest techniques for our tattoo removal treatments. Some colors may require more tattoo removal treatments, but they can usually be removed. Schedule an free appointment to evaluate your tattoo with our experts.
Can I lighten my tattoo in order to cover it with another tattoo?
Yes. Tattoo artists advise many clients to lightening their tattoos before covering it up with another tattoo. This often allows wider range of choices for a new tattoo design, improving the final result.
Will my tattoo be gone after my first laser tattoo removal session?
No. There are several different factors that are involved in determining how many sessions will be required, but the average amount is 9 to 12 sessions.
How long does it take to heal?
Tattoos treated with laser techniques take 7 to 10 days to heal much like a tattoo. The treated area will be slightly raised and the area around it will look reddish and feel warm, like a sunburn.
Is it normal for the treated area to show any skin alterations?
The tattoo removal laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which usually lasts for several minutes. Many clients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 8-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur, and is temporary except in very rare cases. Healing is usually complete within 4 weeks, although this may vary.
Blistering is common and is likely to occur 8 hours after your treatment. Do not be alarmed. Blisters heal very well and are part of the normal healing process. They indicate your immune system is healing the area and beginning to remove the ink from your skin. It is natural for blisters to pop which helps the skin to heal faster in many cases. Continue to put antibiotic ointment over the blisters once they have popped for at least 24 hours.
What aftercare should I take?
You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take plain Tylenol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding).
Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment up to three times a day for 3 days while the area is healing and you should keep the area covered with a sterile dressing for those 3 days.
About Hair Removal
How does laser hair removal treatment work?
Lasers safely remove unwanted facial and body hair by selectively targeting melanin inside the hair follicle, sending heat at the root of the hair and destroying it without damaging the skin.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Most customers stated feeling no more than a slight stinging sensation as the laser pulses are applied. Some parts of the body tend to be more sensitive and, in these cases, a topical numbing cream should be applied before the treatment.
How should I proceed with the hair in the period prior to the treatment?
You must avoid waxing, plucking, depilatory products, threading or electrolysis of the hair for 3-6 weeks prior to treatment. The laser needs the hair at skin level in order to effectively destroy the hair follicle. This is mainly a precaution to ensure that the hair removal process is completed efficiently and correctly.
The area to be treated should be closely shaved prior to treatment either 1 day before treat or same day as treatment, ideally one day earlier to reduce skin sensitivity the day of the treatment. If too much hair is present on the skin surface during treatment the laser will target that existing hair as well as the follicle underneath the skin. When that happens the surface hair will be burned by the laser and subsequently patients’ skin can be burned too.
Is the hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal provides a permanent reduction of hair growth up to 90% after 6-8 sessions for up to 2 years, according to the FDA. This means that you shouldn’t expect to permanently remove every single hair from the targeted area; however, you can expect to remove the vast majority of it. Hence, the FDA’s use of the term “permanent hair reduction” rather than permanent hair removal. For the few cases that hair does grow back, the hair that grows is usually lighter and finer.
However new hair follicles will produce new hair due to unbalanced hormones caused by:
- PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome)
Is it normal for the treated area to show any skin alterations after the treatment?
The treated area may become pink, red, inflamed, or even blistered within 30 minutes and, in rare instances, last several hours to several days. Regular application of ice, cooling gels, hydrocortisone or Neosporin is important for relief. Do not wax, pluck, thread or use depilatories for the hair that grows back.