Four Key Questions Clients Ask About Laser Hair Removal


When deciding to have laser hair removal, it’s important for the client to pick the right practitioner for his or her treatment. At SkinSpirit, our practitioners are experts at performing laser hair removal, in fact it’s one of our top-selling treatments. Kavina Trujillo, an expert in laser hair removal at our University Village location, performed over 100 laser hair removal treatments in 2014! The most common areas of the body she performs laser hair removal on her clients are underarms, bikini, lip and legs.

We asked Kavina what kinds of questions her clients ask her the most when it comes to laser hair removal. Here are the four most common questions clients ask about laser hair removal:

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
KT: This is the question clients ask me the most. It’s also the hardest question to answer because the pain factor varies from person to person. Everyone’s pain tolerance is a little different. What may be uncomfortable for one person might not affect another. Some clients tell me their treatment feels like a gentle pinch or like the snap of a warm rubber band. It’s typical for clients to feel the warmth on their skin during their treatment, similar to a sunburn, only the warm feeling goes away almost instantly. I like to tell clients that they’ll feel something similar to a hot kiss with an afterglow.

Also, the pain factor will depend on the area of the body that’s being treated. Some areas of the body are more sensitive for clients than others. Some clients even say that one side of the body tends to be more sensitive than the other. Most clients do agree that waxing is far more painful than laser hair removal.

Clients complain more about the smell during their treatment then what they’re actually feeling. I’ve yet to find a client who enjoys the smell of hair burning. To me, it’s the smell of success! That means your treatment is working!

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
KT: Laser hair removal has been proven to be extremely effective. Hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997 and have been approved for “permanent hair reduction” in the United States by the FDA. According to the FDA, “permanent hair reduction” is defined as being the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment series.

Laser hair removal will permanently reduce body hair, but there’s no scientific proof that it can permanently remove ALL body hair. There’s no such thing as total hair removal. Clients should not expect to be 100% hairless with laser hair removal. Let’s face it–your body is a living, breathing organism. It’s natural for your body to want to continue making hair. This is why the results are referred to as “permanent hair reduction.”

How Long Do Results Last From Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
KT: The hair on our body grows in three stages: Anagen, Telogen and Catagen. Laser hair removal is most effective on the hairs in the early part of the Anagen stage, when the hair is actively growing. This is why it is so important to receive laser hair removal in a series of consecutive treatments, usually every 4 to 6 weeks.

Most clients report a significant reduction in the amount of body hair that grows back after receiving a series of laser hair removal treatments. The hair that does grow back tends to be sparse, fine and lighter in color. With laser hair removal, you’re reducing the amount of shaving you’ll need to do in the future, while reducing the quantity and thickness of the hair that grows back. Once a client has finished a complete series of laser hair removal treatments, they’ll typically need one or two maintenance sessions each year to maintain results.

When Is The Best Time Of The Year To Receive Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
KT: The ideal time of year to receive laser hair removal will be when the skin is least exposed to the sun. This tends to be in the fall for most clients, either two to four weeks after the skin has received any sort of sun exposure.

The ideal time of year for treatment will depend on many factors. First off, the client’s lifestyle – does the client spend a lot of time outdoors with their skin exposed? Secondly, it will depend on how tanned a client’s skin is. The darker the skin is, the less energy the laser will be able to use for a safe and effective treatment. With the reduction of energy of the laser, more sessions will be required in order to obtain a client’s desired results.

Another factor to take into consideration is the body area that’s being treated. For laser hair removal on the face, desired results typically require one session every 6 weeks. This treatment series can easily be completed within the fall/winter season. For laser hair removal in the neck to tummy area, desired results typically require one session every 8 to 10 weeks. For laser hair removal on areas below the tummy, desired results typically require one session every 15 weeks. For laser hair removal on the lower leg area, it can take more than a year for a client to achieve their desired results.

It’s important to note that the farther the body area is away from the face and heart, the longer the healing time is and the longer the hair growth cycle takes. This makes receiving laser hair removal treatments during the summer months more difficult because for optimal laser hair removal results, the skin can’t be exposed to the sun. This is why most clients don’t receive laser hair removal in the summertime, unless they don’t mind staying indoors and staying covered up.

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