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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) About Pure Essence Laser Clinic and Our Offered Services

When can laser not be done?

  • if you are pregnant
  • if you are on a medication called Accutane
  • if you make keloids
  • if you have recently waxed, tweezed or had electrolysis within the last 4 weeks
  • used with caution if you suffer from cold sores or genital herpes

How much will treatments cost?

The cost will depend on the size of the area to be treated and the number of treatments that will be needed. Over time laser has proven to be less costly then the ongoing methods such as waxing, shaving and electrolysis. You will be given a written quote for the area you are interested in.

Is this covered by my insurance?

Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. However, consult your insurance company for more information.

Is there a guarantee that this will work?

Laser reduction works 90% of the time for most individuals. Unfortunately 10% of people may not respond at all. This can not be determined until after 2 treatments. If you attend all sessions as suggested you should obtain 70-95% permanent hair reduction. The only 100% guarantee in life is death and taxes.

How does the laser work?

The laser targets the melanin, the pigment located in the hair bulb and shaft. The laser light energy causes thermal damage to the follicle. The damage causes delayed regrowth and permanent destruction of the hairs in anagen (growth phase).

Will tanning effect my treatment?

A tan is damage to the skin. When it is damaged it creates “tan” or colour. This is “melanin” deposits in the skin. The laser is attracted to melanin. The technology in the Lightsheer allows the skin to be cooled effectively to not traumatize the “tan” but the energy of the laser must be reduced to accommodate a tan. Therefore, the client may require more treatments then someone without a tan. To have more effective and aggressive treatment, it is better to not have a tan.

How long do I wait between treatments?

Waiting time will vary between individuals. The general guideline is 4-6 weeks for neck and above areas and 8-12 weeks for areas below the neck.

What can I do with the hair in between treatments?

You should not have much hair to manage. If you need to, shaving or trimming is the most effective way to maintain between treatments.

 Who is a candidate for laser hair treatments?

Anyone who has hair that is light brown to black in colour. The Lightsheer, with it’s patented chill tip at 4 degrees Celcius, allows clients with any skin colour to be treated safely and effectively.

How many treatments will I need?

Hair grows in continuous cycles. The anagen or growth phase of hair contains the largest amounts of melanin and this phase is the laser’s target. From scientific studies, we understand that any area contains a maximum of 20-30% anagen hairs at one time. So, these anagen hairs are affected each treatment. Most clients will require a minimum of 3 treatments, up to six sessions. Repeated sessions are necessary. Finer hair and dark skin clients may require 6-8 treatments. If you suffer from a hormone imbalance your treatments may be ongoing. To have effective treatments, it is imperative that they be sequenced. Every clients expectations of hair loss are different. Some may be happy with 50-60% loss and may want to discontinue, and others will want to continue until they reach their maximum loss of 70-95%. Nobody will ever be 100% hair free.

What areas can be treated?

All areas of the body, except for the area around the eye.

Is the Lightsheer Diode FDA Approved?

The laser was developed in 1994 and the first hair removal study began in July 1996. The FDA cleared the device for treatments in December 1997. The FDA then granted it’s claim for permanent hair reduction in April 1999 after it demonstrated in a 3000 person study a better then 50% permanent hair loss after only 3 treatments.

Is hair reduction permanent?

Yes, in 90% of individuals. Treatments work the most successfully on hair that is light brown to black. Blond, grey and some reds do not have enough melanin for the laser to absorb. Most clients will lose 20-30% of hair volume with each treatment. The FDA defines permanence as a hair that does not regrow after 2 cycles of growth. Hair regrows in cycles between 4-12 weeks depending on the body area. There have now been reports of increased hair growth for females who have hair treated on their face. This accounts for 10% of the population.

Is there an age limit for treatments?

It is suggested that girls have gone through puberty. All ages can benefit as long as they understand the process and potential side effects.

Is it safe?

Yes. A laser is an intense source of light that produces heat. It’s target is melanin in the hair shaft. The wavelength of the Lightsheer is attracted mostly to melanin. The light is pulsed for a fraction of a second and the heat is then pulsed into the hair’s melanin. The patented chill tip runs at 4 degrees celcius and protects the epidermis (the outer portion of the skin).

How long will treatment take?

This will depend on the size of the area being treatment. Treatments can be as short as 5 minutes to as long as 2 hours. Our skilled technician will inform you of the time required.

What about ingrown hairs?

The laser will not create ingrown hairs. If you suffer from them, the laser will produce an effective treatment to clear them.

Can I wear make up?

Yes, as long as the skin in intact. If the skin is open anywhere you must use polysporin ointment on the open spots.

How are appointments booked?

Visit our Contact Us Page to get in touch to schedule an appointment. For all first time customers, please note that a $30 consultation is mandatory – your consultation will cover the pros and cons of laser hair removal, an assessment, and a patch test.

Can I cancel my appointment?

Of course you can – please contact us to notify us of any cancellations.

If you have any additional comments, questions or concerns, please contact Pure Essence Laser Clinic for assistance!