LASER HAIR REMOVAL
We are known for our skills when it comes to permanent hair reduction, and no matter your skin type, we’ve got a laser that can treat you. Our offices use all Syneron Candela & Lutronic machines, and our nurses are extensively trained by our laser educator and owner, Barbara Prete.
WHAT IS IT?
Laser Hair Removal is the process of removing unwanted hair by means of exposure to laser light which destroys the hair follicle. At AAC, we utilize the Gentlemax Pro– a dual platform laser from Syneron Candela that encompasses both the 755 nm Alexandrite laser and the 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser, allowing us to treat all skin types. Most recently, we also carry the Clarity II from Lutronic, which is an extremely similar dual platform laser that allows us to treat clients even faster!
Treatment is done by guiding a laser over treatment areas with a small handpiece. Each laser pulse is preceded with a short pulse of cooling spray. Some patients may feel slight discomfort with each pulse– like a hot rubber band snapping the skin, but this decreases with each session as the hair is removed.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Permanent hair reduction is achieved through a series of consistent treatments, every 4-8 weeks depending on the area of the body. Most clients need an average of 9-12 treatments, though it is dependent on the individual. More treatments may be needed for hormonal areas or if a hormone disorder is present.
Multiple treatments are necessary as it is most effective when hairs are in the active growth phase. We like to estimate that each time we see you, there are probably about 10% of hairs in the growth cycle.
HOW CAN I PREPARE?
Avoid plucking, waxing, or electrolysis* for a minimum of 3-4 weeks prior to treating as we need the hair follicle intact. Hair should be removed by shaving the night prior to avoid irritation. The area being treated should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment. Antibiotics should be avoided within 7-10 days of treatment.
Patients can purchase a topical anesthetic prior to treatment if they deem it necessary, but it must be purchased in advance and applied 45 minutes prior to treatment. Most clients find treatment tolerable without numbing. We recommend trying one session, and if you still feel you need a little something to take the edge off, then purchase a bottle in office so you're prepared for your next treatment.
Please remember to fill out your new client forms prior to arriving at the office!
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
We offer new clients an introductory price for their first package. After that, all our existing clients can take advantage of our promotions offered four times per year. Each promotion runs for a month long, and clients can pick up treatment packages for a discounted price.
Other payment options include a la carte pricing, where you may pay per treatment, or our maintenance single treatment pricing once you’ve had nine treatments on one area.
*Electrolysis is the only permanent hair reduction option for clients with red, white, gray or blonde hair.