General Laser Treatment FAQs
HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
The laser emits a beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle. The energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, and then transformed into heat to destroy the follicle.
IS IT PERMANENT?
It is permanent reduction. The FDA has approved the lasers used at Mestiza Laser Clinic for safe and permanent hair reduction. Once a hair follicle has been destroyed, it will only regenerate in rare instances. There is no laser hair removal that guarantees the hair is gone forever, but there is a 70% to 90% reduction after 6 to 9 sessions is completed.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Short-term side effects may include a slight reddening of the skin or local swelling which typically lasts less than an hour or two, although infrequently last a few days. Most clients resume normal activity after their treatments. Occasionally, a slight rash may occur that may last from a few hours to a couple of days. In very rare instances, some blistering and discoloration of the skin may occur which are usually only temporary.
WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
The ideal candidate has dark hair and light skin. Dark hairs absorb more of the laser light and lighter skin allows more transmission of the laser light into the follicle. We do safely treat darker skin tones and tanned skin. However, the treatments are most effective when you are your natural skin tone. Non-pigmented hair does not respond to the laser treatments (grey and blond hair). You are not a candidate if you are pregnant or if you are taking antibiotics.
IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL EXPENSIVE?
Not at all. Your initial consultation is FREE. Our very competitive treatment prices depend on the body part being treated. We do offer payment plans and we are the most affordable price in laser hair removal in New York.
CAN YOU DO LASER HAIR REMOVAL ANYWHERE ON THE BODY?
We can do laser hair removal just about anywhere on the body. The most common areas for women are the upper lip, chin, underarms, bikini line, legs, and arms. Men desire hair removal on the back, shoulders, chest, and abdomen. We can treat any area with the exception of the areas around the eyes and eyebrow.
WHY DOES IT TAKE MORE THAN ONE TREATMENT?
Hair grows in cycles. The laser only eliminates the hair follicle that is in the active stage of growth at the time of treatment. The hairs that return are those that were not in the active stage of growth at the time of treatment. They can appear lighter in color and finer in texture. You will see some results after just one treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
Because the laser can only permanently eliminate the hair follicle in the active growth cycle and not all hairs are in this part of the cycle at any one time, most clients require 6-8 treatments to achieve permanent reduction of hair depending on the person and the body part. Fewer treatments are needed if your goal is to reduce the number of hair as well as the coarseness of the remaining hair. The treatment of a women’s face will usually require 6-8 visits.
IS THE LASER TREATMENT PAINFUL?
Not at all. We are one the few companies that offers pain-free, laser hair removal. We use the Inova Lasers and Alma brands which are the only pain-free laser hair removal in the market. Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. Most clients tolerate the treatments very well.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Mestiza Laser Clinic uses new laser technology that is of high speed. Brazilian styles for just one area can be treated in around 5 minutes. Full body can usually take 45 minutes, so patients can be treated even on their lunch time.
WHAT ARE THE PRE-TREATMENT RESTRICTIONS?
All clients considering laser hair removal should avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for several weeks prior to treatment. The hair on the area to be treated should be shaved within 24 hours prior to treatment to be most effective. For optimum results, avoid tweezing or waxing the hairs for a minimum of two weeks prior to the treatment. The use of sunless tanning cream (“fake tan”) should be ceased 5 days prior to your treatment. The use of antibiotics should be discontinued at least one week prior to treatment. Pregnant women should consult with their physicians beforehand.
WHAT TYPE OF LASERS DO YOU USE FOR YOUR HAIR REMOVAL PROCEDURE?
At Mestiza Laser Clinic we do use high speed pain free laser for all skin types; including Inova, Alma Soprano XL, Alma Ice, Alma lite.