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The Elite Laser FAQ

I spoke with my primary care doctor about laser hair removal and he said that i might have an in between skin type on the fitzpatrick skin chart. does this mean laser hair removal won’t work for me?

No, this just means that you may need to have test spots done with different types of lasers to determine whether or not your skin will be able to handle a more powerful setting. Only the correct laser at the right setting will work to permanently reduce your hair.

It’s been about three weeks after my first laser hair treatment and i noticed there are small black dots where the hair used to be. is this normal?

Yes, this is nothing to worry about. Often referred to as “pepper-spots,” these small black dots remain in the hair follicle and will shed with time. You may exfoliate to try and have them shed quicker, or wait for them to be eliminated at your next treatment session.

How quickly after my first treatment will i be able to see an improvement?

Treatments are performed once every four to five weeks, four to six time in a row. The results are progressive and hair grows back slower and finer with each treatment.

Is there anything i should do before and after my laser hair removal treatments to protect myself from side effects?

Always shave the morning before a treatment and use cool packs or aloe vera gel to help soothe the skin afterwards.

How long would it take to treat both of my underarms with the elite? how about my legs?

The small area of treatment for both underarms only takes about five minutes to complete. Full leg treatments take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

I have really hairy arms and legs for a guy, but i still would like a little hair. is there a way to minimize the amount of hair i have while still keeping hair in these places?

Yes there is a way to simply minimize the amount of hair by administering fewer treatments. The goal here is to give an even minimization of hair without patches or bald spots. This is achieved by overlapping the entire area properly so as to not miss spots.

Are there any side effects caused by using the elite laser?

Temporary side effects include itching, redness and follicular swelling that may last up to three days, and a tingling or numbing sensation. It is rare to experience crusting or the forming of scabs, bruising, or a skin color or pigment change. These are temporary and you should consult your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.

Do laser hair removal treatments with the elite laser hurt?

An anesthetic cream is administered before treatments, so the time flies by painlessly.

How does the elite work to remove hair?

The Elite uses two wavelengths, the 755-nm Alexandrite and the 1064-nm Nd: YAG laser, so the appropriate laser can be used for any hair or skin type. It is also effective in treating veins in the face and leg and benign epidermal pigmented lesions. It removes hair on a patch of skin about the size of a quarter in one pulse.

Does laser hair removal really work, permanently?

A study has shown that when laser hair removal treatments are performed monthly, with four to six sessions, there is greater than 90 percent permanent hair reduction. So yes, laser hair removal really removes hair permanently and it’s safe for all skin types.

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