Newsletter February 2009 – Laser Hair Removal

Questions for Your Laser Hair Removal Facility

Below is a list of questions we feel are important to ask to make sure that you have a good experience with laser hair removal.

How many laser hair removal treatments have you performed?

In California, there are no official regulations regarding laser hair removal training for nurses and physicians. For this reason, it’s possible that the person performing your laser hair removal treatment may not have any formal training with a laser. For this reason, it’s important to know how much experience your particular nurse or physician has before proceeding with laser hair removal. Laser hair removal practitioners with greater experience will generally provide treatments that will allow you to get quicker laser hair removal results because their experience allows them greater discretion when deciding on the starting energy for your laser hair removal treatments.

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Los Angeles laser hair removal before and after Pictures

What kind of laser is being used for my laser hair removal?

This is a very, very important question. Depending on your skin and hair type there are some lasers that will work better than others for laser hair removal and there are some lasers that don’t work at all. This can cause you to have a bad experience with laser hair removal. In situations when the wrong laser is used, it can lead to either very little hair being permanently removed or many more treatments than necessary with the right laser.

Laser Hair Removal Before and After Pictures

How many laser hair removal treatments will be required?

The number of laser hair removal treatments required is directly related to how good the practitioner is and how well suited the laser is for your skin and hair type (see points 1 and 2 above). If an experienced practitioner is using the correct laser for your skin type, normally excellent permanent laser hair removal results occur within 6-8 treatments.

What percentage of hair will I lose?

In our practice, we are able to achieve between 70% and 95% hair loss for our patients. The amount of hair loss depends on the type of hair (dark or light coarse or fine) and the hair that will disappear first are the coarsest, darkest most visible and problematic hairs. In most cases the ones that remain are the finer thinner hairs with little color. They is a very small percentage of the population (less than 5%) that do not fit into this category and they are non-responsive for unknown reasons.

How often do I go in for laser hair removal treatments?

The time between laser hair removal treatments varies between a 4 and 12 weeks with the average being 6-8 weeks. It depends on the area of the body being treated as each area has a different hair growth cycle.

How often do side effects occur?

At Celibre, we know that about 3 in every 1,000 laser treatments results in an unforeseen outcome. We do not know what the industry average is, but we do know that using the wrong laser and having an inexperienced practitioner can increase this rate.

At Celibre, we focus on patient education. We want our patients to understand and participate in the decisions that make up their care plan. To this end, our knowledgeable medical staff are here to help you weigh the benefits and risks of our Laser treatments.

Our team would be pleased to offer a complimentary consultation to address your skin care goals. A good starting place is to gather information and view before and after photos of Celibre patients in our photo gallery.

At Celibre, we stay at the forefront of research and best practices so that we may offer the most appropriate and effective injections and laser treatment plans for our valued patients. Please give us a call to learn more about laser treatments and injections.

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