Laser Hair Removal Description and Conditions

The purpose of this procedure is for gradual and cumulative hair reduction over several sessions and may not produce total permanent hair removal.  Alternative methods are electrolysis, other laser-assisted hair removal technologies, various topical therapies and shaving. The goal of Laser Hair Removal, as in any cosmetic procedure, is improvement, not perfection. There is no guarantee that the expected or anticipated results from the treatments will be achieved. For best results, multiple treatments are needed. More treatments may be needed depending on skin type, previous methods of hair removal and hair color.  Tweezing, waxing, threading, and bleaching treatment areas must be avoided. Hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, menopause, and other endocrine conditions can affect the treatment outcomes. This treatment may not be performed for anyone who the following contraindications pertain to:

  • Pregnancy and nursing
  • Accutane (must discontinue use of product 6 months before beginning treatment)
  • Waxing and plucking must discontinue 6 weeks before beginning treatment
  • Epilepsy or those who have a history of seizures
  • Diabetes (no treatment below the ankles and no shaving)
  • Poorly controlled Diabetes
  • Current (active) skin cancer within one year or pre-malignant moles in the treatment area. A medical clearance letter is required.
  • Active sores or rash (psoriasis, eczema) in the area to be treated
  • Skin disorder such as keloids or abnormal wound healing
  • History of melanoma, active or inactive anywhere on the body
  • Recent (within 3 months) surgery, laser resurfacing or deep chemical peels in treatment area
  • Severe medical disorders such as poorly controlled heart conditions
  • Chemo or radiation therapy (letter of clearance from your physician is required)
  • Pacemaker, internal defibrillator and any internal electrical devices
  • Any internal metal device, i.e. surgical screws, pins, plates, or implants, in the area to be treated (no treatment if any device is superficially in the body area to be treated)
  • Aids, HIV positive or use of immunosuppressive drugs (a letter of clearance from your physician is required)
  • Multiple sclerosis ( a letter of clearance from your physician is required with conformation that the area to be treat is not numb)
  • Immune disorders such as: Scleroderma, Lupus, Porphyria, Sarcoidosis, and others
  • Under the age of 13
  • Treatment over numbness of any body part
  • Treatment over moles or lesion of any kind
  • Treatment over tattoos, port wine stains, under the eyebrows, or any orifice
  • Use of photosensitive medications may cause increased sensitivity to the devices
  • Bleeding problems or use of blood thinners
  • History of disease stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex in the treatment area. You may treat this area only following a prophylactic regime.

Tanning over the course of treatments in not recommended and can cause a number of complications. Scheduled treatment may be postponed if patient is tanned. Tanning and sun exposure should be avoided 4 weeks before and 1 week after each treatment. Sunblock with SPF 30 or higher should be used on treated area during the course of laser treatments.  It is the patient’s responsibility to inform the treatment provider if skin is darker that when treatment was first started as well as any medical or prescription changes during the course of treatments. Improper post treatment care may increase the chances of any complications.

Laser Hair Removal can permanently reduce the numbers of hairs growing in the treated areas. Any remaining hair in general will be thinner and more easily treated by alternative methods. The risks of this procedure include scarring, drug reaction or interactions or unforeseen complications. There is also a risk of mismatch in the color or the texture of the skin, temporary redness, hive-like reaction or bruising, brownish skin discoloration, activation of fever blisters (herpes), temporary increased susceptibility to sunburn and persistent pinkness for months.  There is a possibility that this procedure will be unsuccessful, need to be treated, or may require additional treatment of complications. Tattooed “Permanent” make up in the area to be treated with laser hair removal may darken and there may be lightening of decorative tattoos. Photographs may be taken for the purpose of recording treatments and may be used for documentation of progress in medical records.

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