I have been performing laser and electrolysis hair removal in New York for seven years now but have just now moved my practice to VS1 salon in Long Island. Most of the people who want to do hair removal generally ask the same questions and Aprill has been kind enough to give me the opportunity to answer some of them for you.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate?
Electrolysis can be done on anyone regardless of their skin tone or the thickness or color of the hairs. In a nutshell, if you have hair that you want to get rid of, electrolysis is definitely a good option.
Laser on the other hand, works best on people who have dark, thick hairs and light skin. However, people who have darker skin such as Middle Easterners and Indians will also see results. If your hairs are thin, light in color or sparse then you should stay away from this method of hair removal.
I have thin, light or sparse hair. Why should I avoid laser?
If you have active hair follicles and they are thin, light or sparse, then it’s very well possible that you will grow out more hairs that are thicker and darker in color if you treat those hairs. Unfortunately it’s just the way it works so be sure to avoid the laser treatments so that you can avoid a lot of frustration down the road.
What are the chances of success?
Although electrolysis takes longer to show results, you are guaranteed to see 100% hair removal if you go for regular treatments. Regular meaning once every week or two weeks, not once a month or four times a year. Remember, the shorter the hairs, the weaker they are and the faster they will die.
Laser companies guarantee 30- to 70% of hair reduction. Some people may see more but it depends on their coloring.
How many treatments will I need?
Unfortunately it’s impossible to tell how many electrolysis treatments you will need because everyone is different. The more you’ve threaded, waxed or shaved the stronger the root will be and the more treatments you will need.
In general you will need seven treatments to get results. If you have dark or sensitive skin and the power has to be decreased you may need one or two extras but never more than that. If the technician tells you to keep coming in so that it works and you’ve gone twenty times, you’re being ripped off.
Will the hairs grow back?
Hairs that are removed by electrolysis will never grow back. If you have some hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, etc.) and you suddenly see hairs, they are not the same ones. These new hairs have sprouted from a neighboring hair follicle that has never been worked on before.
When you have finished your laser treatments, the hairs should be made inactive for about two years. After that timeframe some of the hairs will grow back but they will be thinner and there will be fewer of them. In order to keep up the results, you simply have to get one treatment every year to deactivate them again.
What do I do with the hairs that didn’t disappear after my laser sessions?
You can remove any leftover hairs with electrolysis. They will be a little weaker so the process won’t be as time consuming.
Can these treatments be done during the summer?
Electrolysis can be done year round.
It’s best to do laser when your skin is at its lightest so that you get the best possible results. If you don’t see the light of day during the summer, then go ahead and keep your appointments. However, if you’re a sun worshiper then stop all of your treatments for the time being and continue them again in late September when your tan has faded.
Do they hurt?
In both cases it totally depends on a few things:
Your pain threshold- If you’re sensitive in general then it will hurt.
The area being worked on- The bikini area is painful for most people (is it any wonder?) but most people are ok with other areas.
Your age- While it’s great to be young, the younger you are the more you’ll feel the treatments. As you get older it gets easier.
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