Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal

Treatment will take place in the Delete salon. Our Laser Technician will use a small hand piece to deliver an intense, but gentle burst of energy onto targeted areas of the skin. Therapeutic heat will safely and effectively remove unwanted hair. A treatment may take as little as a few minutes, to as long as an hour, depending on the size of your treatment area and the condition being treated.

Hair removal patients should avoid plucking, electrolysis, or waxing for six weeks prior to treatment. If you have a history of herpes simplex virus, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. Skin should be clean-shaven and thoroughly cleansed, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics, or self-tanning products before laser treatment. Do not expose the intended treatment area to sunlight, or tanning booth light prior to, or immediately after treatment.

Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves quickly. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. GentleMAX Pro has a dynamic built-in cooling to deliver a far more comfortable treatment than other hair removal lasers.

The number of Gentle Hair Removal sessions is determined by your skin type, hair color, hair thickness, and amount of hormonal growth. Efficacy of individual treatment sessions are impacted by the severity of the condition being treated. The GentleMAX Pro delivers a far more effective result than an IPL hair removal treatment.

Multiple treatments are required to achieve the full hair removal effect. That’s because hair grows in three stages:

  • Anagen (the growth stage). Hair is thickest and darkest, so laser treatments are most effective.
  • Catagen (the transitional stage). The hair begins to loosen from its follicle.
  • Telogen (the shedding stage). The hair falls out to make room for new growth.

The hairs on your body are not always at the same stage, so you’ll need to undergo a few treatments, an average of six weeks apart, to catch them all in the growth stage.

Yes! Other laser hair removal treatments don’t cater to all skin types, but there’s a Gentle Hair Removal treatment that’s right for you, no matter what your skin tone. Check out the infographic below to learn what your skin type is, and talk to your practitioner about which Gentle treatment is right for you.

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After, the treated area may feel like a sunburn. A cool compress or gel pack may be applied for comfort following your treatment. Any redness or swelling should resolve within a few hours.

After your laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions.

Permanent side effects are rare and may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation (browning of the skin), hypopigmentation (lighting of the skin), blistering, and purpura (a laser bruise) in the treated area, these usually do not last more than a few days. Delete practitioners minimize complications at all cost. Be sure to discuss potential side effects with your practitioner.

After your laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleaners. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions.

Cost depends on the size of the area and condition being treated. Discuss your personal goals and a cost saving Delete Elite membership with your practitioner to learn more.

Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Consult your insurance carrier for conclusive information.

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