FAQ’s – Laser Hair Removal
What is involved in the laser hair removal process?
The laser hair removal process works by sending a beam of laser light to a group of hair follicles with enough power to disable or destroy the root while not harming the surrounding skin. The laser beam finds the hair follicles by targeting melanin (the substance that gives skin and hair color). Laser treatments work best on dark, coarse hair; however, are also effective on light to medium brown hair as long as there is some pigment. It is important to note that laser treatments will not be effective with white, gray, red or blond hair.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Contrary to statements made by those unfamiliar with this technology, when laser hair removal is properly performed, it is effective for the vast majority of candidates. The small percent who will not respond to laser treatments are primarily limited to those with blond, white, gray or red hair. The latest in laser technology is capable of 80-99% permanent reduction for ALL skin types, male and female, and for ALL body areas and facial areas. The number of sessions needed to achieve these results can vary from person to person depending on many factors such as age, skin type, amount of hair, hair color, hair texture, etc. Industry experts recommend five to seven sessions; and at Satin Med Spa, we offer packages of seven sessions backed by our Satin Smooth Guarantee* to achieve the best results.
How many sessions do I need for permanent hair removal?
It depends on several factors: thick hairs respond better than thin hair, darker hair responds faster than the lighter ones. Seven sessions of laser treatment for dark thick hair should result in as much as 95% of hair reduction. For example, on the bikini area, hair will respond to seven sessions of laser hair removal with up to 99% hair reduction. Lighter and finer hair on bikini area may have only about 60% reduction in growth after seven sessions of laser treatment. Underarms, chest and upper arms typically produce about 85-90% of hair growth reduction with seven sessions. The male back and female face are more challenging and can take a few additional treatments. Of course results can vary from person to person and you could get better results than others.
How do I know when to come for my next treatment?
The average time between treatment sessions is six to eight weeks to allow for new hair follicles to cycle into the active growth phase. Appointments should be scheduled within two (2) weeks of seeing new hair growth.
How do I know if laser hair removal treatments are working for me?
You will see results after the VERY FIRST treatment! You will have fewer hairs and they will be finer and weaker. Your skin will be smoother and your hair pores less visible. The results will become more impressive with each successive treatment.
How long do I wait between each session?
- Facial Hair: Typically, facial treatments are scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart. This is usually when you start to see new hair growth.
- Lower Legs: Legs are one of the best areas for laser hair removal. The initial treatments are scheduled 6 weeks apart and then may be spaced 8 to 10 weeks apart depending on the individual.
- Male Back and Chest: Initial treatments are generally scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart and usually after four treatments, treatments will be scheduled 8 to 10 weeks apart.
- Underarms and Bikini: These areas typically have the best results because the hair tends to be darker and coarser. Treatments are typically scheduled 6 weeks apart.
Will I have hair between the sessions? How will I look?
The treated area will be cleared of the majority of visible hair during the treatment. Remaining treated hair will shed in approximately two weeks. Depending on the area, the skin will remain clear and smooth for 4 to 6 weeks before seeing new hair growth. When repeating the sessions on schedule, the area will remain hair free throughout the entire program. Your skin will look and feel completely clear and smooth.
What are the risks or possible side effects?
Immediately following a laser treatment, clients should experience reddened and puffy skin. This is called “follicular edema” and resembles goose bumps. It feels somewhat like a mild sunburn. This usually dissipates within a few minutes to a few hours. In the hands of an experienced medical provider using the right equipment, patients will not experience any damage to their skin. Many patients schedule treatments during their lunch break and return to their offices with no visible indications.
Is laser hair removal for everyone?
Laser hair removal will not work on white, gray, red or light blond hair. I have a hormonal problem. Would laser work for me? Females who are experiencing PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) can expect to experience great results from laser treatments. These female clients can achieve excellent results over the entire body, but to remain hair free on the face, maintenance treatments will most likely be needed throughout life due the hormonal changes that may activate new hair follicles.
I have light skin and dark hair. How fast can I get the rid of my hair?
While light skin and dark hair is the ideal candidate for laser hair removal, in general, multiple treatment sessions are necessary to obtain optimal results. This is due, in large part, to the fact that laser hair removal is most effective on hair which is in the anagen hair growth phase. Hair grows in cycles and not all of the hairs are in anagen at any given time.
Can I achieve finer, less dense hair in some areas rather than full removal if I want?
Yes, absolutely. We can customize treatments according to your needs and expectations. You can thin and reduce the amount of your hair in any area while still leaving a certain amount in the area as desired.
I have ingrown hairs on my face, legs, bikini, back…will laser treatments help?
Yes, absolutely! Even after one treatment you will notice that most ingrown hairs will be gone. Within a few weeks to a few months, any scarring and pigmentation caused by ingrown hair follicles will improve and the skin will have a vastly improved appearance overall. The bumps will reduce dramatically, the area will be smoother and the color of the skin will become more even.
What is the cost of laser hair removal?
Prices are based on the area being treated by a per session price or by a package of seven sessions. Since most people do need at least five sessions, buying a package will be the most cost effective option. However, even our single treatment prices are very competitive. Multiple area and multiple treatment discounts are also available and can be discussed during the complimentary consultation.
I am a dark skinned African American. Can I get laser hair treatment?
Yes, absolutely. Most dark skin types, especially African Americans, believe they are not good candidates for laser hair removal treatments. While this may have been true in the past — not today. Our laser technology has treated literally thousands of African American patients over the years with incredible and permanent results.
My skin is pigmented and the color is uneven. The surface of my skin is bumpy and irritated. Is laser hair removal good for this?
Yes, absolutely! In fact, if you are prone to having ingrown hairs, the only solution is laser hair removal to achieve beautifully, smooth skin completion for LIFE. We have extensive experience treating even the most challenging cases of severe neck and facial ingrown hairs, also known as chronic folliculitis with great success. Laser treatments will allow your pigmented skin to begin healing after the first treatment and your skin tone and color will become even within a few months.
I’m concerned about what to do between treatments. I am used to tweezing or bleaching and I understand this isn’t allowed. On the other hand, the end result of being hair-free is very promising. Has anyone done their face? What results did they have?
Do not tweeze, bleach or wax for at least two weeks before treatment. Shaving is completely safe. You will not grow more hair if you shave. In any event, if you are worried about shaving, you are getting laser hair removal treatments so that the hair will be all gone! It is best to shave within 24 hours before each treatment. After treatment, when the reduced hair growth begins to return, you can safely shave the area. The hair will shed within two weeks and your skin will be be hair free for as much as four to six weeks prior to your next recommended session.
I have a peach fuzz on my face or other parts of my body. Can I get treatment?
Peach fuzz hair will not respond to laser treatments. If you are not sure whether you are a good candidate for the area you would like to have treated, schedule a complimentary consultation and we will evaluate the area for you. We will always give you an honest opinion so you will have realistic expectations.
FAQ’s – Botox & Dermal Fillers
What is Botox® and can it help reduce the lines and wrinkles on my face?
Botox® is a natural, purified protein isolated from the Clostridium Botulinum Bacterium through a highly refined, patented process. Upon injection, this safe and effective protein relaxes muscles, allowing the overlying skin to look smoother.
How do Botox injections work?
As time passes we develop expression lines (dynamic wrinkles) as a result of muscle activity such as frowning, and smile lines. When Botox® is injected directly into the muscles; it blocks the transmission of nerve impulses, thus reducing the activity of the muscles that causes those persistent lines to form.
This will take 2-3 days to start working and the maximum effects will be seen after ten days. Once the muscle is fully relaxed, there is significant improvement in the wrinkles and those that are mild to moderate in depth may even disappear. Botox® treatments usually last four to six months, however individual response will vary.
What is a Dermal Filler?
Dermal Fillers are used to smooth away lines and replace volume loss. At Satin Med Spa, we use a full range of the latest cutting edge products and technology when doing dermal filler treatments. Many dermal fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in the skin and body which diminishes as part of the aging process, causing dry, loose skin and reduced fullness of the face. The most common areas to treat with dermal fillers are the “nose to mouth grooves” (nasolabial folds), frown lines, as well as to fill and plump the lips.
How do Dermal Fillers work?
Dermal Fillers are injected under the skin to instantly restore volume. It is a smooth consistency gel that flows easily into the skin for a natural look and feel. The area will be numbed with a blocking agent. The skin will be properly cleansed and the gel will be injected. The results are immediate and depending on the type of filler used, such as Juvederm or Radiesse, the results can last up to twelve months; with Voluma, as long as two years.
What is a Lip Enhancement and how does it work?
As part of the natural aging process we tend to lose volume in the lips, particularly the upper lip. Lip enhancement with dermal fillers is used to increase the volume and fullness of thin-looking lips and to help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Before the gel is injected, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the area. Due to the anatomy of the lips, swelling following treatment can sometimes be significant and take up to seven days to diminish. After treatment a cool pack will be placed over the lips for comfort and to reduce swelling. During this time the lips may appear slightly uneven and the final result should not be judged for a full week.
How long do lip enhancement results last?
Lip enhancement results are immediate and can last as long as twelve months. However, results will vary for each individual and typically will last longer with successive treatments.
FAQ’s – Laser Vein Removal & Sclerotherapy
How are leg veins removed?
The laser used at Satin Med Spa is the most advanced laser for the treatment of leg veins. Depending on the severity of the veins, three to four treatments may be needed to achieve a treatment goal. Laser vein removal treatments take about 20 minutes. There is some discomfort during the procedure but this usually dissipates by the time the patient leaves the clinic. Patients can return to normal activity right after treatment. For larger veins, over 3mm, other forms of therapy are indicated. For tiny veins that are unable to be treated with sclerotherapy, laser treatment is the best option.
With laser treatment, a laser is directed onto the skin over your spider veins. Laser energy causes your spider veins to coagulate and shrink. Laser therapy is most effective for small and medium size spider veins. Large spider veins are best treated with sclerotherapy. You are likely to experience mild discomfort similar to having a small rubber band snapping against your skin.
Immediately following treatment, spider veins will be darker and more visible. Over two to six weeks, your spider veins usually fade. After each treatment, you will see improvement in the appearance of the area treated. For optimal results, an average of three treatments will be required at three month intervals between sessions. Combination therapy can be considered and beneficial if you have a combination of small, medium and large spider veins. You may wish to start with sclerotherapy, because sometimes all veins will be improved after injecting the larger ones. This may reduce the number of veins that need to be treated by laser and minimize your overall cost.
What is Sclerotherapy and what does it involve?
Sclerotherapy involves injections of a specialized sclerosing agent which collapses the veins and allows them to fade away. It normally takes a series of treatments spaced about four to six weeks apart to achieve optimal results. It is possible for additional veins to develop over time and thus the need for maintenance treatments may be needed.
A typical sclerotherapy session takes about 30 minutes during which time a series of injections are made into the unwanted veins. After treatment, tight fitting support hose is recommended to be worn for a period of time. Walking is encouraged in the post operative period. It is common for the treatment area to look worse before it improves, with some bruising and brown discoloration for a period of time. Once the compression dressings are removed, you will notice bruising and reddish areas at the injection sites. The bruises will diminish within a month. In some cases, there may be some residual brownish pigmentation which may take up to a year to completely fade.