If you’ve never had laser hair removal treatments, but are considering them, you may be hesitant because a few “facts” about the process have scared you off. These “facts” may include things like tales of radiation destroying your organs, or new hairs sprouting uncontrollably. But it’s important to know the truth about laser hair removal, and which “facts” are actually myths.
The Myth #1: Laser Hair Removal is Permanent
The laser’s heat will zap hair follicles, which causes the hair to fall out in the following weeks. Hair will not grow back from these “zapped” follicles, however, new follicles can develop—and hair can grow from these. So, laser hair removal is permanent in that it causes hair to stop growing from follicles, but a touch up treatment may be required every few years. Despite this, laser hair removal is still considered the most long-lasting hair removal treatment available.
The Myth #2: Laser Hair Removal Causes Ingrown Hairs
This is so false that actually the opposite is true. Laser hair removal can be quite helpful in reducing ingrown hairs. It is an excellent treatment for ingrown hairs.
The Myth #3: Laser Hair Removal is Very Painful
This is one of the more common myths, as it seems to be the one that keeps the most people from trying laser hair removal. The truth is, this myth most likely originated from the days when laser hair removal was brand-new and more unpredictable. The lasers and technology have come a long way over the years. Most patients these days find laser hair removal to be very tolerable, or painless altogether. However, the amount of discomfort will depend on what area is being treated and your unique pain threshold. The “pain” is usually described as a continuous snap of a rubber hand on the skin, with some heat added. Keep in mind that these days, lasers have attached cooling devices, and numbing cream is also available if needed.
The Myth #4: Laser Hair Removal Can Be Completed in One Session
You may have heard that laser hair removal can be done completely in one session using “a really powerful laser.” False! This simply can’t be done—sorry. The hair removal laser is most effective at destroying hairs that are actively growing, which makes up about 25% of the total. It does not work as well on hairs that are currently not growing. Hair grows on a cycle of every five weeks. Therefore the laser hair treatments are scheduled about every 5 five weeks and about 25% of the hair follicles are destroyed at each treatment. This is why patients will need multiple treatments scheduled about five weeks apart.
The Myth #5: Laser Hair Removal Will Damage Your Skin
As long as you choose a licensed nurse or physician, like those at Fremont Laser & Skin Care for your laser hair removal treatments, this myth is false. Laser hair removal affects the hair follicles only—not the skin. Some patients may experience a little swelling or redness, but no true damage such as scarring will happen if done by a professional.
The Myth #6: Laser Hair Removal Can Damage Internal Organs
False. The laser used in laser hair removal treatments can only penetrate a few millimeters into the skin, and cannot cause any damage to the internal organs.
The Myth #7: Laser Hair Removal Exposes You to Radiation
Similar to concerns about the treatments damaging organs, the radiation myth has probably come from people simply hearing the word “laser.” Hair removal lasers aren’t in a dangerous radiation range—they operate on a safe (and approved) wavelength of light.
The Myth #8: Laser Hair Removal Causes More Hair to Grow
It may seem like this is happening, but it’s temporary. Once your laser hair removal session is over, new hair follicles may form, but the amount of hair will be significantly less compared to the time before the hair removal session. With the correct amount of treatments, all hairs in the treated area will be removed.
The Myth #9: Laser Hair Removal is Too Expensive
We won’t lie to you—laser hair removal treatments aren’t cheap. However, they aren’t “too” expensive, either. Most people react strongly because they look at the bulk cost for several treatments and see a pretty high number, but what’s important to understand is that laser hair removal treatments save you both money and time in the long run over waxing and such. Savings on shaving products, plus the buildup of time spent on getting rid of body hair, is well worth the cost to many.
Don’t let false myths stand in your way of laser hair removal, which is the perfect way to save yourself from the time-consuming and often-frustrating process of getting rid of your own body hair. To learn more or book an appointment with our certified laser hair removal professionals, please contact us today!
Laser hair removal seems like a dream—and for the majority of individuals, it is. The time saved by shaving, waxing, and using hair-removal creams is well worth a few treatments. Here are eight of the most common questions we hear from new clients about laser hair removal.
1. Does it hurt?
The answer to this really depends on a client’s pain threshold and the area that is being treated, but in general the feeling of laser hair removal is very tolerable—and many patients don’t really feel much of anything. When there is some feeling, it has been compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping on the skin. At Fremont Laser & Skin Care, we provide cooling devices and/or gels to keep our clients comfortable during treatments.
2. How long does it take?
It all depends on the size of the area. For a small area such as armpits (axilla) the process takes only a few minutes. For a large area such as the back or both legs the hair removal takes about 30 minutes.
3. Do I need a doctor’s approval?
You do not need a prescription from your doctor.
4. Is it permanent?
The energy from the laser destroys the hair follicle and in a few days the hair will fall out. With time some hair follicles may recover, and a touch up laser treatment may be required every few years.
The hair follicles on the face are difficult to completely destroy, and facial hair will often come back sooner.
5. Does it work for all Skin Colors or types and Hair Colors?
Laser hair removal works on nearly every color of skin. But it is important to use the correct laser for the color of skin. For example the Alexandrite laser works best on light colored skin, and the YAG laser works best on darker colored skin.
Lighter hair is more difficult to remove, so if you’re considering laser hair removal and your hair is blonde, gray, or fair red, be sure to double-check with a specialist about how many sessions you may need and other possible difficulties.
6. Can I get it anywhere on my body?
Pretty much everywhere except for hair around the eyes. We do not want to take any chance that the eyes will be injured.
7. Will it damage my skin?
Laser can cause damage, and that is why it is very important to choose a well trained and experienced nurse or doctor for your treatment. The staff at Fremont Laser & Skin Care have years of training and experience. Do your research and make sure you’re getting laser hair treatments from a professional. You may have a little swelling or redness, but no real damage should ever occur. Remember, the laser itself isn’t dangerous, but the person operating it can be. Make sure to use a licensed specialist.
8. Can I remove hair all in one fell swoop?
Sorry—but no. Beware of any laser hair removal provider that promises this. Even if they claim that they can remove all your hair in one go with a “special laser,” don’t believe them. The laser can only get rid of hairs that are actively growing, and your hair doesn’t all grow at once. Professionals recommend at least six sessions.
Have even more questions about laser hair removal? If so, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer them for you!
The Brazilian, a look many women want, but shy away from because of the fear of waxing such a sensitive area. A Brazilian look also comes with its fair share of upkeep since waxing hairs in the pubic area is the same as any other area – it eventually grows back, which often brings itchiness or a five o’clock shadow before your next waxing appointment. What is the ultimate solution to having the perfect, permanent Brazilian? Four words: Brazilian laser hair removal.
No more painful waxing “down there.” No more trying to reach hard-to-reach areas yourself. No more itchiness during regrowth and no more less-than-attractive pubic stubble. A Brazilian laser hair removal for the pubic area is no different than laser hair removal on other areas of the body, like your arms, legs and face. However, like other body areas, achieving hair-free results will take several appointments spaced approximately four to six weeks apart to accommodate hair follicles’ growing cycle. With each appointment though, hair in the pubic area becomes sparser as the laser destroys the hair follicles.
Is Brazilian Laser Hair Removal the Right Way to Go for You?
There are women for whom the Brazilian look will eventually pass, and there are those who can’t imagine going through life any other way. How you feel about the Brazilian will guide your decision on whether to invest in permanent results or to continue waxing. If you can’t image ever wearing a swimsuit or lingerie without a Brazilian, investing in laser hair removal might be the solution, and alternative, to waxing that you’ve always wished you always had.
And men, we’re talking to you, too. For the same reasons many men choose to get laser hair removal on their chests and backs, the same applies to the pubic region. If you’ve ever nicked an “un-nickable part” then laser hair removal in the pubic area is way to avoid the possibility or ever doing that again.
A fair share of athletes and bodybuilders come to Fremont Laser & Skin Care for laser hair removal in private regions so that they are always competition ready. However, don’t tan prior to your appointment because lasers target darker areas and a tan can throw off those targets.
In the end, Brazilian laser hair removal is a lifestyle and aesthetic choice, and one that is more common than you might think, and it is one of our most requested services. Whether you remove all pubic hair for a smooth, clean appearance or choose a version of it such as a Brazilian with stripe (all hair removed but leaving stripe of hair), Brazilian with triangle (all hair removed but leaving a triangle of hair) or a custom Brazilian with a design of your choice.
Brazilian laser hair removal is a safe, permanent way to get a smooth pubic area, free of the pain and irritation that comes from waxing. It gives you the confidence of never worrying about how you look “down there” or planning around your waxing appointments. Plus, you decide how much or how little of the hair is permanently removed from your genital region.
Schedule an appointment with us at Fremont Laser & Skin Care to learn more about the Brazilian laser hair removal, and say goodbye to waxing forever.
You’ve researched laser hair removal, weighed the pros and cons between shaving, waxing, and permanently removing body hair. And, here you are on the cusp of just going for it – laser hair removal – you’re going to be hair-free and never have to shave or wax last minute again. There’s one more thing you want to know before scheduling your appointment for laser hair removal at Fremont Laser & Skin Care, what does laser hair removal feel like?
Maybe it’s the word “laser” that we associate with the potential pain. Maybe we’ve seen too many movies associating lasers with weapons and death rays. The reality is that laser hair removal is tolerated extremely well. The newest generation of lasers for hair removal spray the skin with a liquid that freezes the skin just before the laser is fired. This accomplishes two things, first it minimizes any pain from the laser and two it protects the skin from damage. Patients will experience a quick zap. Some people describe the sensation like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Afterwards the skin will be warm and a little sensitive. You know your tolerance for pain. If a rubber band snap makes you cringe, then expect a little discomfort. If you tend to be more of a trooper, then you probably won’t be bothered at all.
While we’d love to say, “Don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing,” the reality is that people experience pain differently. What we can say is that the hair-free results of laser hair removal are worth it. For some, laser hair removal is a life-changing experience. If you want to make the jump and lose annoying hair once and for all, schedule an appointment with Fremont Laser & Skin Care. Our staff will even hold your hand if you’re the least bit nervous. But if you’re like most of our clients, you’ll be just fine and excited to get the hair-free areas you’ve always wanted.
As 2017 finds its self well into summer, more and more of us are going to the beach, pool parties, and on vacations. This means we’re seeing lots more skin. Because this time of year basically has a dress code of “swimsuit,” many women head to their Fremont Laser for laser hair removal. But did you know that just as many men go as women? Laser hair removal is not just for guys who want a David Beckham chest. Many men get laser hair removal treatments for their back, neck, stomach, nether-regions, and yes, their chest.
Here are a few things you may not know about laser hair removal for men.
1. Laser hair removal is less painful than waxing. Far less.
Remembers the scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin in which Steve Carrell is given a chest wax and screams through the whole thing. Laser hair removal is far, far from that. While it does give some patients a bit of discomfort, it’s fairly gentle and painless. Most men say that it feels like a rubber band snapping on their skin or a small bee sting, though intimate areas can be a bit more sensitive. It’s important to not wait too long between sessions—this will cut down on any pain. All patients, both men and women, agree that the very small amount of “pain” is worth it. Also, keep in mind that sessions are fairly quick!
2. Laser hair removal cuts down on body odor and itching.
Your excess body hair absorbs odors, and slows down the evaporation of sweat. This can cause you to smell “manly” or funky if you will. But by removing excess body hair, you’re also removing the source of some odor. Excess hair also can cause itching and irritation, especially during the summer months. But removing the hair—or even just thinning it—will get rid of that itchy feeling that occurs when you sweat.
3. You’ll need to shave before your laser hair removal session.
…As in, right before. You should shave the night before so that the laser can get to the hair follicle easily.
4. You can get laser hair removal performed anywhere on your body.
Some men want hair removed from their toes. Some want it removed from their throat. Some want it removed from their ears. Any hair on the body can be removed. But because the eyes are so sensitive to light, the hair around the eyes is not treated.
5. You shouldn’t tan before a laser hair removal session.
Melanin is the pigment that tans the skin and is produced when the is exposed to the sun. Melanin absorbs light energy. Because of this, tan skin is prone to being burned during laser hair removal. You should stay out of the sun for four weeks before laser treatment and two weeks after the treatment.
6. Laser hair removal is permanent after a few sessions.
For men with hairy backs or hairy chests that affect their self-confidence, laser hair removal is a miracle. Imagine, all that extra hair, gone for good! For most patients, it takes about 4-6 sessions to permanently get rid of all the unwanted hair. Some need less, and some need more, but that’s the average. How often you return for another session will depend on how fast your hair grows.
At Fremont Laser, our laser hair removal treatments are gentle and effective. We use FDA-approved Candela Lasers, which are renowned for being the best in the field for laser hair removal. If you’re in the Bay Area and are considering this quick and self-esteem-boosting treatment, call us at (510) 792-1589. We offer free consultations and hope to speak with you soon!
If you’ve never tried laser hair removal, first of all—why not? If unwanted body or facial hair bothers you, you’re missing out on a miracle. Secondly, if you’ve never tried it, you’re most likely interested in the prospect of permanently hair-free legs. No more razor burn or cuts, no more stubble, no more painful waxing or creams that only partially work. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Especially for the summertime? If you’re like many of Fremont Laser & Skin Care’s clients, it does.
Laser hair removal has some truly amazing benefits. Women who have chosen this treatment love it and sing its praises. But there may be quite a bit you don’t know about laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is gentler than waxing.
Waxing can be very painful, but the intensity of the laser can be adjusted depending on a patient’s skin sensitivity. Although the laser zaps are certainly noticeable, everyone agrees that it’s much less painful than waxing. You can use a numbing cream if you’re unsure.
Laser hair removal is more permanent than waxing.
After a patient’s first treatment, the hair on the surface falls off. The hair underneath will take 5-10 days to vacate the follicle. With each laser hair removal session, patients will notice less and less hair, and it will be finer. Most patients find that their hair is permanently removed in six treatments or less (although sometimes it takes more than eight treatments depending on your hair growth cycle).
Laser hair removal is best after puberty.
Laser hair removal isn’t recommended for anyone who may still be going through puberty, or the last stages of puberty. This is because during the teen years the body produces new hair and new follicles at a quicker pace, which means the treatment wouldn’t be as effective.
Laser hair removal is a (small) commitment.
Most patients need about 4-6 sessions of laser hair removal to achieve permanent results— although some require more than that, and some require less. The treatments are scheduled to match the hair growth cycle. Try not to miss appointments in order to get the best results.
Laser hair removal requires tan-free skin…and a shave.
Before your session, it’s important that you have shaved the area that’s being treated and that you haven’t been in a tanning bed or had sun exposure for a while. An unshaven area or sun exposure can cause a treatment to be less effective.
Laser hair removal is fast.
Treatments for laser hair removal typically take about 10 minutes to an hour, and can last longer if you’re having multiple areas treated. And the most popular areas to have treated? The arms, arm pits, bikini area, and legs.
Laser hair removal destroys hair follicles.
When the laser hits your skin, the pigment in your hair follicles will absorb the energy and are destroyed. Once a follicle is successfully destroyed, it won’t grow back.
At Fremont Laser, our laser hair removal treatments are gentle and effective. We use FDA-approved Candela lasers, which are known for being the best in the field for laser hair removal. If you’re in the Bay Area and are considering this quick and self-esteem-boosting treatment, call us at (510) 792-1589. We offer free consultations. Contact us today!
Have laser hair removal ideas been dancing in your head lately? If so, you’re not alone. Summertime is the most popular time of year for the treatment, what with all those beaches and swimming pools.
If you’ve never gotten laser hair removal before and you’re not quite sure what it entails, it’s a good idea to approach your specialist with some questions beforehand. Be sure to ask…
Is your particular laser(s) going to be good for my type of skin?
Different lasers target different things, so it’s smart to ask what type of laser will work best for your skin’s color, tone, oil levels and skin texture. Be sure to find the best laser for you.
Do you perform a lot of laser hair removal treatments?
The specialist you choose should routinely perform laser hair removal treatments. Don’t go with someone who doesn’t have much experience in the practice—get someone who is certified and knows what they’re doing.
What do I need to do to prepare before my session?
Whatever area is being treated should be clean and shaved. The more hair you have, the less effective the laser’s going to be. You also do not want the room to smell like burned hair. Stubble can cause some lasers to not work as well, but other types of lasers need a couple days’ growth, so be sure to ask your laser hair removal specialist before you do (or don’t do) anything.
Is there anyone who should avoid laser hair removal for medical reasons?
Women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating at the time shouldn’t get laser hair removal, but there may be other factors that you need to be aware of. Be sure to ask this important question to your specialist.
How many treatments will I need to get?
The typical number of treatment visits is 4-6, but it can be more or less than this, depending on your skin and hair type.
How long does the treatment last?
The average “lifespan” of a laser hair removal treatment is three years before you’ll be needing a touch-up treatment. Hair follicle life cycles come into play here.
Can I get laser hair removal if I have a tan?
Your laser hair removal specialist should not answer “yes” to this question. Tanned skin cannot safely or effectively receive laser hair removal treatment. It will either burn or not work at all.
Does laser hair removal treatment work for everyone?
Again, this is a great question for the specialist, since different lasers focus on different things. However, if you’re trying to get rid of blonde, light-colored, or gray hairs, be aware that these types of hair are pretty difficult to get rid of. Those lighter hairs have lighter hair follicles, which means the laser has a hard time picking them up and removing them.
If you’ve been seriously considering laser hair removal treatments, please feel free to contact us with your questions, or to schedule a consultation at Fremont Laser and Skin Care. Laser hair removal is one of our specialties, and we would love to hear from you!
When it comes to men and body hair, there are two schools of thought. On the one hand, a hairy chest is a sign of masculinity. This has generally been embraced by men with rugged, stocky statures. Throw in a beard and even a city guy can look like a mountain man. But for men who have lean bodies and athletic physiques, a hairy chest is almost like a blanket covering up their strength. Both schools of thought come down to personal preference. This hair or no hair debate has been debated for a long time in mainstream culture.
The shaved look became a hot topic in men’s circles during the 1970s, when seven-time Mr. Olympia, movie star, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger brought bodybuilding into the mainstream. He became a symbol of physical fitness, strength and virility. It was also quite noticeable that his Herculean body was hairless.
Back then, bodybuilders used razors and shaving cream or liquid hair removal products. The same was true for men who were into general fitness. In recent years, the hairless physique has been upwardly trending and here are a few reasons why laser hair removal makes joining this movement far easier than in the days of shaving or waxing.
If you’re pondering the use of laser hair removal, you probably have some questions. Here are a few things to know.
The days of hair removal being only for women are long gone. Today, men are enjoying the comfort of a hairless physique through laser treatments. You’ll look lean, more fit and your significant other may enjoy your soft-to-the-touch skin a little more, too.
Schedule a free consultation with Fremont Laser & Skin Care to learn more.
Self-confidence. Doing something for yourself. Part of your regular personal care routine. For a variety of reasons, women and a dramatically increasing number of men are using laser hair removal to eliminate unwanted hair from the face and body.
When’s the last time you caught a glimpse of your physical image in a full-length mirror? For most men body hair issues influence self-esteem, personal preference and confidence. Laser hair removal can improve how you feel about yourself, which is why more men are including hair removal from Fremont Laser & Skin Care as part of their grooming routine.
For years, hair removal for men was seen strictly as an athletic routine. Sports authorities agree having less hair on your body helps to increase performance in sports. Athletic speed is still a factor. However today, men’s body images are more socialized and women are more outspoken about it. These are two of the simplest reasons for why men are removing unwanted body hair.
Laser hair removal can completely remove or thin out particular areas where the hair tends to be dense. The back and shoulder areas can be thinned by blending the hair growth pattern to the upper arms. The process is customized for the person.
Facial hair growth patterns are as individual as the man. Depending on the hair’s density, laser treatments can improve the texture of your skin. The results are a younger and healthier appearance. Treatments also diminish five o’clock shadow. Some men have experienced fewer ingrown hairs making it easier to get a clean shave with fewer nicks. Don’t forget about the uni-brow. It’s now possible to remove the unwanted hair and shape both of your eyebrows.
It is true most men do worry about unwanted hair. Not paying attention to it doesn’t make it less noticeable. The advancements in personal care have made the treatments more available and comfortable. Make this the year you man-up and boost your self-confidence.
Technology has a solution for removing hair from all parts of your body. The treatment targets the hair root. This specialized process is the reason laser hair removal lasts longer compared to other hair removal options. The extension of time between treatments helps to maintain your physical appearance longer. The most commonly treated areas are men’s backs, shoulders, chests, beards and necklines.
Like everyone else, there are parts of your body you enjoy and parts you could do without. Laser hair removal isn’t just for women. It’s time to make an appointment or schedule your free consultation with Fremont Laser & Skin Care.
When considering the various methods or devices of hair removal available, it is tempting to go for the lower cost, easy-to-do home treatments. At-home devices have certainly come a long way since the days of electrolysis, but when you want to eliminate hair for good, nothing outperforms laser hair removal for permanent results.
What you need to know to make the right choice for you
Laser hair removal is performed by licensed and experienced medical spa staff. A professional will assess your skin and hair color first, then fine-tune their professional-grade hair removal laser to obtain the best and safest results possible.
At home, it’s just you, a hair removal device and a set of directions guiding you through the process. While this is a perfectly fine and preferred scenario for some, others desire a more expert approach.
At-home treatment devices
Many at-home treatment devices fall under the intense pulsed light (IPL) category. Most of them are not suitable for darker skin tones, but some have been developed with better technologies to make them safe even on dark skin. Only a few at-home diode laser devices are available and they designed for use on light skin tones.
Professional hair removal devices
At medical spas, the terms laser and IPL hair removal are often used interchangeably, although many practitioners prefer to use laser hair removal because they believe it does deliver superior results to IPL. With laser hair removal devices, even those with darker skin tones that generally don’t respond well to IPL achieve hair-free results.
Differences between at-home and medical spa hair removal devices
IPL machines are sold at major retailers to consumers. This makes them convenient for someone who wants to avoid an appointment with a medical practitioner for hair removal treatment, and perhaps the higher cost. Based on online device reviews, users report a less-than-satisfying experience. At-home device users can use them as a precursor to medical spa laser hair removal services. The results are convincing enough to make the leap to a medical spa for even smoother, hair-free areas.
At-home IPL devices are less painful, but much less successful in permanently removing hair from the body than medical-grade lasers. This is because medical lasers produce more power per pulse that causes more damage to hair follicles, preventing the growth of the hair forever, or preventing its re-growth for a very long time. Most medical lasers for hair removal are accompanied by special systems for cooling which help protect the tissues surrounding the hair follicles.
It is difficult to reach some areas of the body such as the back of your legs, your bottom, back and shoulders with an at-home hair removal device. This makes it hard to achieve total coverage of all the areas without asking a friend or partner for help. Plus, treatments take time and can be tedious, especially if you’re covering large areas or treating the whole body. But with medical spa hair removal devices, the trained operative easily covers your whole body as you sit or lie down relaxing. The treatments are fast can more easily cover larger areas at a time compared to smaller at-home devices.
You’ve made the decision to undergo hair removal. How you go about it is a personal choice, of course. Time, skill, cost and effectiveness are all aspects that factor into deciding which is right for you.
Schedule a complimentary consultation with Fremont Laser. Our staff will answer your questions, address your concerns and give you the information you need to make the right laser hair removal option for you. Call us at (510) 792-1579 or use our contact form.