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Laser Hair Removal FAQs

How safe is it?
The Light-Sheer system we use is a 1064 nanometer (nm) laser and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use on all skin types. It is completely safe and highly effective. The greatest concern about laser treatment has always been discomfort or damage from its heat, but the SheerLight’s chill plate feature and deep penetration overcome this.

How does it work?
Energy from the laser beam destroys hair follicles under the surface of the skin; the hairs either dissolve or fall away after a short time. Because the laser beam is larger than any one follicle, many hairs can be treated at once.

How many treatments will I need?
That depends on many factors: how dense your hair is, your skin type, the area being treated and the way your hair typically grows. Between four and eight treatments is common, administered every seven to 14 weeks depending on your specific requirements.

Once I’ve been treated, will the hair ever grow back?
Lasers remove hair permanently, but at the time of treatment you may have dormant hairs that do grow later on. (The laser treats only hairs in active growth phases.) That said, lasers tend to slow dormant hair growth in treated follicles, and make the hairs thinner and lighter than before. Each treatment reduces the amount of hair by 15 – 25 percent. Hair will still grow for approximately two weeks and then begin to shed. Within a month or so, any re-growth that might occur is likely to begin.

What makes the Sheer Light laser system different?
Our system uses the deepest-penetrating wavelength of laser to reach hair roots as much as 4-6 mm below the skin surface. Its 1064-nanometer wavelength can treat safely and effectively all people, even those with tanned, very dark or black skin. It also allows us to change the settings in a finely controlled way to treat hair different thicknesses. Its special chill plate feature soothes the skin.

What can I do to make my laser treatment more effective?
First, don’t wax, sugar or pluck—anything that pulls hair out from the root. The laser needs an actively growing hair root to enter the follicle. Second, avoid tanning. While it’s perfectly safe to have a tan and be laser-treated, the lighter your skin at treatment time, the more effective it will be. Finally, make sure you stick to your treatment schedule.