Blue Water Spa technicians are the leaders in Laser Hair Removal in the Long Island Metro area. We have dedicated countless hours to perfecting the art of Laser Hair Removal, so you can trust us for your hair removal needs.
What to Expect During and After Treatment
It’s comforting to know what you’ll experience during and after your laser hair treatment sessions. At Blue Water Spa on Long Island, we ensure that each and every treatment is tailored to your needs, with a collective 16 years of laser hair removal expertise, Our goal is to give you the best treatment possible.
During laser hair removal, you’ll wear goggles so your eyes won’t be exposed to light from the laser. At first, you will likely feel a stinging sensation, indicating that the laser has been activated. The treatment involves a series of impulses that cause prickling and a slight burning sensation. Your clinician may also apply a topical anesthetic to the area being treated to minimize discomfort, but most people can tolerate the procedure without it. Some people have likened the feeling to that of a rubber band snapping against your skin. You might also detect the smell of singed hair, which is nothing to worry about.
The procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on the work you are having done. The smaller the area, the less time is involved, whereas a larger area, such as the back, may require several hours. After laser hair removal, you may experience brief swelling and redness. Some people feel stinging and you may also experience a slight crusting of the skin. If the latter occurs, petroleum jelly (Vaseline) should be used to moisten the affected area. Typically, most people don’t have much redness at all. Don’t expect, however, that all the hair will fall out right away — it may take as along as two weeks after treatment.
For the most part, you can return to your normal routine immediately, though you should avoid direct sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen with a high SPF. Some doctors also advise that you avoid exercise and strenuous activity for the first 24 hours so as not to perspire and cause increased irritation. You should continue to avoid direct sun exposure and tanning booths for several weeks after treatment. Be careful when touching the treated areas: don’t wax or pluck hairs, pick at the skin, or rub or scrub it. A gentle washing with soap and water is perfectly fine.
How do I know if I'm a good candidate for laser hair removal?
All skin colors can be safely treated with the Cynosure, Apogee Elite Laser System. If you are concerned about unwanted hair, and that hair has color, you are probably a good candidate for laser hair removal. Gray, white, and blonde hair has no pigment, or color, and so it is not treatable with laser. Don't be fooled by companies claiming to be able to “dye” the hair.
What type of laser is used?
The laser used is the Apogee Elite by Cynosure, winner of the 2005 Aesthetic Trends & Technologies Award for Most Diverse Hair Removal Laser for All Skin Types. The scientific principle behind this laser is called Thermokinetic Selectivity ™ (TKS ™), a gentler, safer and faster solution to the problem of unwanted hair.
Laser therapy (with TKS ™) is a thoroughly tested, clinically-proven method of hair removal. TKS ™ makes it possible for laser energy to “select” only hair follicles, while sparing surrounding skin from damage. This brings the cosmetic results you want with the clinical results you need.
Treatment is relatively quick, and removes unwanted body and facial hair without damaging the surrounding skin. Men and women who want to rediscover the ease, beauty and confidence of hair-free skin can now have the attractive appearance they've always wanted.
How does laser compare with other hair removal methods?
Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams are all temporary methods that must be repeated frequently. Laser hair removal offers permanent hair reduction for lasting results. In the long run, Laser is more cost effective than any of the above options.
How does laser compare with Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the oldest method of permanent hair removal or reduction. It is a great option for those with blonde, gray, or white hair, as laser is not an option for those people. Electrolysis is also a very tedious and slow process. It involves inserting a tiny needle into each and every hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge, then tweezing the hair out. It will take years to destroy with electrolysis, what laser can destroy in a few months. Because of that fact, laser is much more cost effective than electrolysis.
Is the treatment uncomfortable?
Most people tolerate laser treatments without any problem. Though laser hair removal is not completely without discomfort, it really depends on a number of different factors. The area being treated, the texture and color of the hair, and each person’s individual tolerance level are all factors. If you do find it too uncomfortable, there are many ways to alleviate the discomfort. Topical numbing creams and/or Ibuprophen are both very effective.
How many treatment will I need?
Lasers work by disabling hair follicles while they are in their active growth stage. Because hair grows in cycles and not all hair follicles are actively growing at any given time, it takes a series of treatments to destroy the follicles. The average number of treatments for most parts of the body is 4 – 6. Facial hair tends to be more resistant so you should expect it to take 7 - 10 treatments, or more, in that area.
For optimum results, please follow the instructions below.
Stop waxing, tweezing, using depilatories, and electrolysis 1-2 weeks prior to your laser treatment.
Shave the area to be treated prior to your laser treatment.
Sunscreen - It is recommended that you protect the treatment site by using a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 35 that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Apply daily to exposed areas before going outside. You should avoid sunbathing, self tanning creams, or tanning beds 1-2 weeks prior to your treatment. Though the laser can safely treat tanned skin, if you have a sunburn, you will not be treated.
Topical Anesthetics - You can get LMX at your pharmacy. It does not require a prescription. We also carry LMX cream in our office. (Note: It may not be an item the pharmacy keeps in stock and will need to be ordered).
To use: One hour prior to your treatment shave the area to be treated and then apply a thick coat of LMX to the entire area and cover it with plastic wrap. We will remove the wrap and cream before your treatment. Oral Medications -
Many people find taking Ibuprofen 1/2 hour before their treatment helpful.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
Most patients experience little or no post treatment complications; however, the following reactions, although unexpected, may be possible.
Excessive swelling - this may be caused due to over icing or an allergic reaction. This is a temporary reaction and should subside within 1-2 days. Benadryl may be effective in relieving swelling.
Crusting/Scabbing - a very light and superficial scabbing may occur in the treated area. This may be similar to a curling iron burn. DO NOT PICK! This will usually heal in as little as 1-2 days.
Bruising - SLIGHT bruising may occur in the treated area and usually recedes in a few days.
Blistering - in rare cases a blister may occur in the treated area. It is very important to keep the area clean. Wash and apply a topical antibiotic ointment twice a day. As with any break in the skin, do not pick or touch the area to avoid infection.
The lasered area should be treated very gently. It is common to experience swelling and redness at the treatment site.
Please read and follow these instructions carefully
Avoid the following:
• Direct exposure to sunlight until any signs of redness or irritation has subsided for at least a week. Always wear sunscreen with a SPF of at least 35 that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Completely cover any areas that have a crust present.
• Trauma such as scratching, picking, or rubbing the treated area.
• Exfoliation creams for two weeks; creams that contain Retin-A, Renova, AHA’s or Glycolic Acid.
• Pools, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms or Jacuzzis for 2-3 days.
To ease discomfort:
• You may apply cold compresses or ice packs to the treated area.
• You may take a non-aspirin pain reliever
• You may apply a hydrocortisone 1% cream twice a day, for 2-3 days, as needed for redness, irritation, or swelling
• You may apply aloe or lavender oil for irritation
Shedding of Hair -
It takes 2-3 weeks for the hair to push its way out of the follicle. Once all the irritation is gone, you may use an exfoliate such as a loofa sponge, grains, or wash cloth to expedite the process. Antibiotic Creams - You should apply antibiotic cream to any blisters or broken skin twice daily until healed.