What is laser hair removal?
The first thing to know is that laser hair removal is a misnomer. It should actually be called laser hair reduction. The treatments don’t make fewer hairs grow; they just make the hairs that are there much finer and thinner.
So why does it look like the hair is gone? Go ahead and reach up and run your hand over your cheek for me. Feel any fuzz? Not much, right? Your cheeks actually have the highest density of hair on your body, but the hair is so fine you can barely see it . This is what laser hair removal does- it makes the hair so fine you no longer notice it.
Can anyone have laser hair removal?
Well, it depends on your, and on your hair.
- The laser energy target the pigment in hair. The energy is absorbed by the hair follicle, damaging it so that it grows in more finely next time. If hair has little (blonde) or no pigment (gray hair) then the laser doesn’t have anything to target. So laser hair treatments work best on darker hair.
- Hormones also affect hair growth. If you had laser hair removal as a teenager, you might notice some of the hair has come back. This is because your hormones were still adjusting. Laser hair removal doesn’t work on pregnant women for the same reason- their hormones are causing hair growth that makes laser hair removal fighting an uphill battle. It’s much easier to wait until after pregnancy, when hormones (and hair growth) return to normal.
- Skin color, however, does not matter. We have different types of lasers that will work on skin of every color.
Does laser hair removal work anywhere?
- Almost. Surprisingly, laser hair removal doesn’t work well on the eyebrows. Most body areas require anywhere from 3-6 treatments to achieve hair reduction, because the hair is in different phases of the growth cycle, and the laser energy is absorbed best by the actively growing hairs. Usually 3-6 treatments will cover all the different phases… except in the eyebrows. They are in so many different phases that it’s pretty much impossible to treat this area effectively with laser.
- But we can still get rid of the hair! Electrolysis* uses an electrical current applied directly to the hair follicle using a very tiny needle to accomplish what the laser can do over a much broader area. Compared to laser hair removal, electrolysis works on hair in more phases of the growth cycle because the current is directly applied to the hair follicle. So electrolysis works well on the eyebrows, on blonde or gray hair, and also on any stray hairs that laser hair removal may miss.
Our Fee Schedule
Electrolysis Fee Schedule*
|Treatment Area||Initial Treatment
(Package of 6)**
|Lip and chin||$850||$100|
|Lip, chin and cheeks||$1350||$140|
|Neck (front or back)||$700||$75|
|Arms – full||$2200||$200|
|Arms – half||$1150||$100|
|Back – lower or flanks||$1500||$160|
|Back – full||$2700||$250|
|Abdomen or chest||$1300||$125|
|Buttocks – full||$1150||$125|
|Legs – full||$2800||$225|
|Legs – half||$1500||$150|
*** We ask that you pay for the first 3 treatments up front as it takes a minimum of 3 treatments to see a result. After that you may pay as you go.