Effective hair removal via laser requires 6-8 sessions. Why so many? Only about 30% of our hair is in “growth phase” at any given time. Because the laser only treats those “active” hairs, only 30% of hair is treated at a time. Only the visible hair can be treated with the laser at each session. After 6-8 treatments, most of the hair in the treated area has been eliminated. There is no 100% guarantee and every patient is different. We will carefully note your progression and let you know if you need fewer or more treatments for full clearance.
Not at all. In fact, the treatment is best done on shaved skin. We advise that you not pluck, wax, bleach or use a depilatory (i.e., Nair) on your skin for six weeks prior to your treatment.
Yes! You must avoid sun exposure and spray tanning for 1 month before your hair removal treatment. The reason: Tan skin requires lower laser settings, which can reduce the effectiveness.
Individuals who tend to develop oral cold sores (Herpes simplex type 1), are often given a prescription for Valtrex or similar anti-vital drug, to avoid an outbreak that may be indirectly caused by laser treatments on the face. This is generally only an issue for patients undergoing laser skin rejuvenation, not laser hair removal. If you have any concerns about this issue, talk to Dr. Elluru when you schedule your appointment.
On the day of your laser hair removal appointment, don’t use lotions, makeup or deodorant on any areas that to be treated. If you’re coming from work, you can wash off those items before the treatment. You can apply makeup immediately after your treatment, if you wish. Just be careful not to irritate your lasered skin when you remove the makeup later.
If you use Retin-A, hydroquinone and/or Retinol products, they should be discontinued 3 days prior to treatment. Depending on your skin sensitivity, you can resume their use about 3-5 days after your laser hair removal treatment.
Although laser hair removal isn’t painful, there is a bit of discomfort during the treatment itself, and minor swelling and redness in the treated area after the procedure. The swelling usually goes away within a few hours, and the redness may linger for 2-3 days. The treated area may feel a bit like a sunburn for a few hours. Applying ice packs and/or aloe vera gel can minimize both swelling and redness, and cool your skin. Most patients do not develop blisters. However, if you have very sensitive skin and you notice any blisters, notify us immediately.
During the course of your 6-8 treatments, we advise that you avoid direct sun exposure on the treated skin. Don’t scratch or pick at the skin or use any hair removal products like depilatories, waxes or electrolysis. Doing so irritates the hair follicles. You can shave between treatments, however.
To lessen the risk of irritating your tender underarm skin, use baby powder (cornstarch) under your arms for the first 24 hours after each treatment instead of applying deodorant.
About 1-2 weeks after treatment, you’ll notice the hair in the treated area(s) starting to shed. Just wash or wipe the area with a Loofah, sponge or wet washcloth, but don’t rub too hard, as it will irritate your skin. You will see new hair growth in the treated area(s) in about 3 weeks post-treatment. Again, it’s OK to shave this new hair, but do not use depilatories, waxes or electrolysis.
For facial hair removal, schedule your appointments at 4-week intervals. For body areas, schedule every 6 weeks. Please note that varying from the schedule will affect your results. Laser Hair Removal is an excellent option if you have unwanted facial or body hair. Call our office and schedule an appointment with us to discuss laser hair removal.
Dr. Elluru and his staff were extremely kind and knowledgeable. I had initially chose him because I am African American and I wanted a surgeon that was familiar with ethnic nose jobs. Dr. Elluru took his time answer all of my questions and he made me feel as though I didn’t need any surgery. I still plan on having the rhinoplasty in the near future, but it really touch my heart that his staff were so caring. I would recommend him to any of my friends/loved ones!
The surgery met my expectations.
Dr. Elluru is super laid back and easy to talk to.
Just a very friendly staff and knowledgeable.
Dr Elluru was easy to work with. He explained the procedure in detail and would not have done any procedure if I was not a good candidate.
Felt very comfortable from the moment I walked in and during my consultation. Warm welcoming entrance really made me feel not judged and understood.
Felt comfortable no pressure.
Felt comfortable no pressure.
Dr. Elleru was amazing. He spoke kindly and obviously cares for his patients. He answered all of my questions thoroughly and I look forward to having him perform the surgery.
The doctor was very pleasant. He explained all the procedures. The consultation started on time and was quick.