Blog: Removing Facial Hair With Lasers
Author: Michelle Roediger
- Owner of Baire Body - 6/20/16
Want a face free of fuzz? Tired
of wallowing in your whiskers? Facial hair can be a pain. Unlike
hair elsewhere, fur on the face cannot be concealed with clothing.
Using make-up or shaving repeatedly can be time-consuming and money-consuming.
So... keep away from the tweezers and the wax kit. Put away those
Without a doubt, laser hair removal is one of
the best paths to permanent hair reduction for your face. Having
been on the market since the mid-90s, laser hair removal is one of
the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the US.
most common methods of hair removal for facial hair are IPL/traditional
lasers and electrolysis. Electrolysis is often preferred for small
areas if you’re battling white or grey hairs, or if you have dark
skin. Nonetheless, laser has a number of benefits by comparison with
electrolysis for the face.
For one, laser is faster: Each pulse of
the laser only takes a fraction of a section and can treat many hairs
in one burst. An area roughly the size of a quarter can be treated
in a second. A small area like the upper lip could be treated in
under a minute. By contrast, electrolysis treats a single follicle
at a time, destroying each one permanently.
Electrolysis is often
rather painful, too. IPL and some new traditional lasers have become
comfortable ways to get rid of that hair for good. The sensations
have been described anywhere from a stinging rubber band or a tingling
heat flash, down to completely painless.
So, does laser hair removal
actually work on the face?
Yes, it can be just as effective as it
is in other areas of the body. But, it may take longer for the same
results. Most people need between eight and twelve treatments to
achieve long-term hair reduction. And the face is a very hormonal
area. So, while some clients can be done in as little as six treatments,
most people need many more treatments in this area. Many clients
need between ten and fifteen or more treatments. Facial hair removal
in men often takes a lot longer than for women. A wait of three to
eight weeks between sessions is recommended depending on the area
being treated, stage of the process, skin color, coarseness of hair
Side effects are minimal, including itching, pink skin,
redness, swelling around the treatment area. These typically last
no more than two or three days. Your face could look a little reddened
for a few days after treatment. Not too much that make-up couldn't
conceal it, though. It's recommended that you wear sunscreen daily
to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the skin that underwent
The most common challenges come with dealing with
growth between visits. Shedding of the treated hair typically takes
between two and three weeks. Clients can shave between treatments,
but must avoid tampering with the follicles of these hairs, for example,
through plucking or tweezing- as this can interfere with the treatment
regime. Treatment could also activate dormant hair follicles. This
can be stressful to see more hair arrive after a treatment, but it’s
actually a great benefit! You’re then able to treat hairs that may
not have activated for a few years, due to hormonal changes that
come with age.
More serious and more rare side effects include acne,
burning of the skin, scarring, swelling and skin discoloration. Most
commonly, these effects come from clients not following the requirements
for treatment, improper training of technician for assessment and
treatment application, poorly maintained machines, incorrect settings.
In any case, permanent scarring or changes to skin color are very
rare. With proper procedures at a qualified hair removal center,
these risks are minimized.
Pain is usually minimal to non-existent-
though this differs from patient to patient. To reduce pain and minimize
side effects, practitioners often use forms of coolant on the face
such as cryogen spray of forced cool air, gels or icepacks. Mild,
over-the-counter numbing creams or pain relievers are sometimes used
for application. You need to check with your provider to ensure that
medications aren’t photosensitive. Strong numbing creams can be dangerous
in combination with laser treatment, even fatal.
The results from
facial hair removal are invaluable. Yes, you get rid of the hair.
You no longer have to spend hours each week dealing with the unwanted
hair. You stop spending money on razors, bleach, or temporary hair
removal services. But, the greatest benefit is the confidence that
comes from the smooth skin. No longer worrying about your co-worker
seeing lip hair, your new boyfriend getting a whisker scratch, or
deleting pictures that have a face shadow. That is truly priceless.
So what are you waiting for?
No more razor. Try laser..
Author: Michelle Roediger - Owner of Baire Body
Blog: Does Laser Hair Removal Really Work?
answer is yes, it works! When you are looking for permanent hair removal,
there are several options. And all these options can bring great relief!
If you choose the right option for your goals, hair type and skin type,
your hair removal treatment can eliminate 80-90% of the hair for good.
After successful treatment, you can live day to day without worrying
about unwanted hair.
Let’s explore the options and what
permanent hair removal really means. There is only one process that
the FDA has cleared for the term “permanent hair removal;” That’s
electrolysis. With the process of electrolysis, each hair follicle
is individually targeted and treated with a needle by a technician
until the hair no longer returns. This can be extremely painful,
expensive, and time consuming. Therefore, it’s really only recommended
for people with certain skin and hair types (red, blonde, white or
grey hair or dark skin) that are targeting very small areas.
types of treatment are actually considered “permanent hair reduction,”
because 80-90% of the hair can be eliminated for good. After completing
treatment, you may need touch-ups one or two times a year. You’ll
be targeting any remaining stubborn hairs, hairs that were not in
the key treatment phase at any time that you had previously had treatment,
and hairs that are new due to hormonal and other body changes that
occur with time. Options for permanent hair reduction include traditional
lasers, IPL lasers, medications, and enzyme or topical treatments.
Laser treatments are the most common and generally provide the fastest
What factors affect treatment results?
While hair removal
may seem like a simple process, there are a lot of factors that affect
your individual results. Keep in mind that the body is very complicated,
and the most experienced doctors often disagree on the right approach
and expected results for the same patient in any field. And there’s
no way to prove if one or another was right! The body is a beautiful
and amazing mystery. But, fortunately, there are basics that we all
know and can agree upon for treatment of hair removal!
Here’s a list
of just some of the factors that could affect your personal hair
• Machine type
• Machine calibration/maintenance
• Skin type, including color, reaction
to sun and heat
• Hair color, density and thickness
• Body’s production of hair and growth cycle timing
Hair location on the body
• Diet & Stress
• Sun exposure
• Technician performance
We recognize that there are a lot of factors inside that
body that are out of our control, but there are many more that we
can control. We’d like to share some tips that you can follow to
help ensure the best treatment for you.
First, you want to evaluate
your goals and commitment to the process. If your goal is to get
rid of the hair good, then you will need to be committed to the process
for at least one year. Ask yourself if you can minimize sun exposure
and follow the rest of the treatment requirements for the next year.
You will need to do treatments every 3-6 weeks, depending on the
area and your personal hair growth.
Next, choose the right location
for your needs. You want to find a place that will evaluate you personally
for treatment, focusing on what treatment and settings you need for
your specific skin type and hair type. Any reputable place should
offer a free assessment and test patch. This not only helps with
safety, but also with improving effectiveness. It will help them
find the best setting for your skin and hair type, instead of relying
on the general standard settings.
Don’t hesitate to ask them how
often their machines are maintained or calibrated, how much experience
and training their specialists have, and what procedures they employ
to improve safety and effectiveness. You should feel comfortable
asking questions. Quality providers recognize the benefit of having
educated and informed clients.
Finally, follow the recommendations
for best treatment. Your provider should give you a list of steps
to prepare for each visit and what to do in between visits. For example,
the only hair removal you should do between visits is shaving. Definitely
no waxing or threading. You also want to keep your skin as healthy
as possible – lots of water, minimal sun exposure, healthy diet.
The healthier the skin, the safer and more effective the hair removal
What results can I really expect from laser hair removal
For enzyme treatments, traditional laser, and IPL laser
hair removal you should start to see results after 5 or 6 treatments.
Although you may see the hair growth slow down as early as your first
treatment. Your true results after each treatment are actually seen
several months later. You can see the growth process for a few of
the common treatment areas below. Only about 20-30% of hair is in
the Anagen Phase (or ideal treatment phase) at any given time.
% of Actively Growing Body Hair (Anagen Phase)
Duration of active growth period (Anagen phase)
16 weeks (4 mos)
16 weeks (4 mos)
13 weeks (3-4 mos)
16 weeks (4 mos)
we think about a treatment on the legs. It could take 6 months for
one set of treated hairs to be expected to come back around. That’s
when we’ll be seeing the true effectiveness of the first legs treatment!
hair removal provider should be giving you feedback and realistic
expectations throughout your treatment. We tell clients to expect
8-12 treatments, or at least a year of treatment. We’ve seen some
clients with hormonal areas need 15 treatments. We’ve had other clients
only need 6 treatments and walk out completely smooth! Each person
is different, and each area of the body is different.
Keep on your
schedule, follow your recommendations, and you could be living carefree
for next year’s beach season. Onward – to a smoother future!
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Blog: How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
Author: Michelle Roediger - Owner of Baire Body - 12/22/15
It’s hard to say what exactly
to expect for the cost of laser hair removal. Each person is different,
and even each area of the body on the same person is different. So
how could anyone say specifically how much it will cost for you to
get rid of your unwanted hair? On the same body, lower arms could
be done within 6 visits, but the chin area could need twice as many.
What we can do is share with you realistic expectations and averages
for laser hair removal cost in NYC.
The cost of laser or IPL treatments
can also vary greatly from one location to another. This is due
to many variables, including the cost of onsite medical oversight,
original cost of the machines, client expectations or marketing techniques,
to name a few. You also need to consider other financial aspects
of the cost; will you be paying for a package all up front or will
you pay a monthly payment?
If you search, you can find Groupon
type deals for as low as $15 for a really small area. These locations
usually focus on quantity, getting as many clients in the door as
possible. Conversely, you may also find that a single session for
an extra large area can run as much $750 or more at a doctor’s office.
The cost of laser hair removal in NYC will run the gamut between
the two. Looking at the middle ground, your Brazilian laser hair
removal cost range should reasonably be between $850 and $2000 at
a reputable location.
At Baire, we have two payment options for
IPL laser hair removal. You can choose to pay $145 per session for
a Brazilian treatment. Or you can join our more popular option,
membership, and save a lot of money over the course of treatment.
After the initial sign-up fee, you pay a monthly membership of $25
to have access to special $75 pricing per visit for Brazilian.
general, clients need between 8 and 12 visits. Some places will
advertise that you only need 6 treatments. This is not a statement
that anyone can stand behind. First, most people need more than
6. Secondly, there is no magic number of treatments for all body
types or problem areas. It’s not something that you can predict
before starting treatment. The hormonal areas tend to take longer.
These include face, back, underarms and bikini or Brazilian area.
The cost of hair removal may vary widely per person.
it this way, you can talk with several doctors and find that they
will recommend different approaches to an ailment like acne. But,
even if they all agree on the recommended type of treatment, they
still can’t say exactly how long one would need to apply a medication,
or how many treatments would be needed. They recommend an approach
and then have you return to check your progress. The same is true
for hair removal! There is so much involved in the production of
your body hair, and respectively, the permanent removal or reduction
The Brazilian area is very hormonal, so the range of number
of visits will be wider, differing more between people. But, if
we use an estimated 10 visits over a 1-year period, you would pay
$1050. Again, some clients may need more or less, depending on their
growth cycles, hormones, and other variables.
Using the general
ranges of average treatment times, here are the approximate costs
of laser hair removal in some of the most popular areas. Please
keep in mind that these will vary for you, and should only be used
as a guide in creating your treatment plan. When considering how
much is the cost of laser hair removal, remember that when you choose
treat several areas at one time, you will be able to save more money.
We included an average timeframe for most clients as well:
$1100 - $1500
* Full Back (10-15 treatments) $2290
* Lower arms & hands (6-10 treatments) $720 - $960
(6-15 treatments) $570 - $1050
* Full Legs (6-10 treatments) $1440 - $1960
If you reach out to the business directly to ask about special
offers, they’ll usually tell you where to find them or give you their
current special promotions. At Baire, we post our best specials
for existing clients on our Facebook page. You can find last-minute
Flash Sales, seasonal sales, and ongoing promotions. Most laser
hair removal locations offer an amazing referral program, too. If
you’re on a budget, take some time to learn about all the special
offerings to find the best match for your hair removal goals. When
you plan to do more areas at the same time, you can save more money.
is the TRUE cost (or savings) of doing laser hair removal?
stick with the Brazilian area as our example. Most people wax this
area every 4 weeks. At a cost of approximately $55 per visit, this
is $715 per year. If that money had been spent on getting rid of
the hair for good, you would start saving in less than two years
and for the rest of your life! In the first 10 years, you’ll save
What’s more, you’ll get to save on the cost of the
time spent treating the area and the worries about ingrowns, rashes
and forgetting to shave. Waking up with smooth skin and a year round
bikini body, gives you a sense of relief that is priceless.
there anything else to consider with the cost of laser or IPL laser
You want to check with the business to see if they
have any other associated costs. Some places will recommend or require
a special treatment gel. These are usually high-end products that
will help with the healing of the skin from each treatment and soothing
the skin for comfort. Some treatments may take longer to get IPL
or laser hair removal versus wax. Full back area usually takes less
time to wax than to get laser hair removal. But don’t forget, eventually
you’ll get to stop going in for regular treatments! Most of the
costs are short term and pay off with the results of permanent hair
Just remember, if an offer is too to be true, it often
may be! There are plenty of places that use old machines, don’t
properly train their staff, won’t schedule the proper amount of time
for treatment, or run their machines on low settings to get more
treatments out of their clients. They plan on a quantity versus
quality approach to getting clients in the door. If you want great
results, the cheapest option is usually not the best.
On the other
hand, just because a treatment is priced high, doesn’t make it safe
or effective. There are plenty of medical and non-medical professionals
that are willing to sacrifice your service to make an extra dollar.
If you’re not comfortable with the center or the people at the center
offering you treatment, go somewhere else. Your beautiful body is
worth some extra time to find the place that makes you feel comfortable.
– to a smoother future!
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