The Bäre Facts
Laser hair removal might not be new, but it’s permanent and involves hot lasers—so the first time around is intimidating. Does it hurt? Will it leave you hair-free forever? Where should you go to get it—and when? If you want to be fuzz-free in time for summer, now’s the time to start, and to help you along your journey we’ve put together answers to the questions that we’re frequently asked:
What does the laser actually do?
It sends a concentrated beam of light into the pigment of the targeted hair, damaging the follicle and prohibiting future hair growth. Sounds scary but the procedure is very safe. The FDA approved the first hair-removing laser in 1995 and technology has advanced light-years since then. New machines can effectively remove hair with minimal pain and the newest technology, offered by Bare, works on all skin tones. Common areas to have treated are the legs, bikini area, underarms, and upper lip.
Does it hurt?
Sort of. It can feel like mild pinpricks or a rubber band being snapped against your skin, but most people find it tolerable. After the treatment apply aloe, or ice to soothe skin. The laser may leave the area pink (or similar), which should go away within an hour or two. If you can handle waxing, you can handle laser!
Will it work on me?
Not only does our laser work on fair skin, it also works on Mediterranean, Asian and African skin tones. It is the laser designed for our Hackney melting pot! Unfortunately, there is nothing that we can do for blonde, or grey hair; pregnant women and those on certain medications should avoid the procedure as well. We will offer you a free consultation and test patch to determine if laser will work for you.
How many visits will I need?
Every person is different, but you can expect to need between six treatments to get rid of most of the hair—the more hair you have, the more treatments you’ll need. We recommend having visits every four-to-six weeks, and while you don’t have to stay on schedule, it will help you get better results by hitting the hair in the growth cycles.
Do I have to prep?
Yes, but it’s easy! The hair follicle has to be intact for the laser to be effective, so no waxing anytime before, during, or after the treatments; sun exposure and sunless tanners are also off limits or you’ll risk skin discoloration. Prep the day before your session by shaving the area to be treated.
How much does it cost?
We offer treatments in simple mix and match packages or stand alone. Please see our price list.
Will it last forever?
It’s best to understand that laser is not an exact science, and while the results are permanent for the follicles properly damaged, we rarely destroy every hair. We usually succeed in 80 and 90 % of the hair to disappear forever but some individuals have varied amounts of hair grow in treated areas down the road. Regrowth years later, is usually new hair and not the follicles destroyed by the laser. It’s often from hormonal changes such as having a baby or just getting older.
What can I expect after?
Each session will leave the skin relatively hair-free for one to two months, with 20 to 25% of the hair permanently gone. So when it starts to grow back you’ll visit us again to kill another 20 to 25 %, and so on; the more sessions you have the more hair will disappear forever. You can shave throughout your treatments, but do not wax or use depilatory cream. We find by the third treatment, most of our patients are only shaving once every few weeks, and the hair growth is very stunted.
So is it worth it?
Our patients have told us many a time that they have traded in shaving and waxing for a few pinpricks, without regret. Furthermore, if you’re wavering on price it might be worth considering the comparative cost of shaving and waxing to laser over a lifetime…