Updated: Jan 25, 2020
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
The Diolaze system is unique in that it combines power, speed and cooling to provide a fast, effective and comfortable laser hair removal experience.
Will hair bumps and razor bumps be gone?
This is one of the great beneficial side effects of laser hair removal. Reduction of hair bumps and ingrown hairs will be markedly noticeable even after your first session. We have seen this on all body parts including face, neck, bikini line, legs, backs and underarms.
Can blonde, gray or light hair be removed?
Yes! Lighter hair is very difficult for the laser to treat because the pigment in the hair is what attracts the laser beam in order to destroy the hair growth. Red hair cannot normally be treated - but can be considered if the hair shaft contains brown pigment. It’s about the treatment area hair - not the hair on your head! Dark haired clients with fair skin are the easiest clients to treat, but don’t make that decision yourself - leave it to an expert - Book a free consultation to see if you are a good candidate.
Can I be tanned, use a tanning bed or spray on tan while I’m having laser sessions?
We understand that many people use self-tanners and spray tanners, however we cannot treat you with a laser while it is on your skin. When scheduling your laser hair removal treatments please be sure that you have allowed enough time for all of the artificial tanner to be gone from your skin. You are able to use self-tanners/spray tan immediately following your laser hair removal treatment
Tanned skin, whether from being outside or using a tanning bed is different because the skin is actually tanned darker than usual. For the safest results, we need you to be as close to your natural color as possible. Tanning is not allowed for two weeks before the treatment or two weeks after having laser hair removal.
Can I continue to wax or pluck when I’ve started laser treatments?
Waxing and tweezing must be avoided for six weeks before treatment. Shaving is permitted and actually encouraged before treatment.
Can I treat my eyebrows?
It is dangerous to treat close to the eye with the diode laser. If it’s not safe - we won’t do it - laser hair removal is contraindicated within one inch of the orbit of the eye! It’s ok to wax or pluck there, don’t you think?
When can I resume my normal activities after laser hair removal?
You may apply makeup and return to social activities immediately after treatment.
Which ethnicities can you treat with this system?
Most — our DiolazeXL laser is different devices - don’t rely on what your neighbours experience was. Our technology is more
Support than others and newer! Not all devices work the same. Book your free consultation appointment we will determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
I’ve been shopping around for laser hair removal and have been told so many things. How do I select the right place?
We boast professional experience at Awad Medical. Cathy Awad is a well qualified Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience. As in medicine, we look to evidence and research to support a plan of care - even for our laser device. Our device, by InMode is the only device on the market that has published research about their technology.
What type of results should I expect?
Elimination of unwanted hair, by permanently destroying the root of the hair follicles. Prevention of future hair growth with several treatments, as directed upon consultation. Be wax, tweezer, razor and cream free! Have smooth skin, razor bumps or ingrown hairs!
I am a person of color and have heard I should not have laser treatments because of the risk of burning or scarring of the skin. Is this true?
While this once was the case, we’re happy to report that using new laser technology has yielded a safe experience for clients with darker skin types. Uniquely designed lasers protect the skin while achieving excellent hair removal results. And, as we reduce the hair growth, we even can reduce the pigmentation changes (caused by ingrown hairs) that commonly arise in people of color. The pigmentation on the skin that is caused by ingrown hairs will be markedly reduced after laser hair removal.
Regarding pregnancy and nursing can I still consider laser hair removal?
We do not to treat pregnant patients. Should you become pregnant during laser hair removal sessions, we simply finish your package after you deliver. Lactation (nursing) is not an absolute contraindication.
Are all medications safe during laser treatments?
We screen all of our patients to be certain they are not taking certain medication, or have certain medical conditions. You are in good hands with a Nurse Practitioner providing you an assessment. Accutane within 6 months is a contraindication, as well some other medications. Be sure to report all medications and supplements during your assessment - we strive to deliver safe, effective results.
Is herpes an issue during laser hair removal?
We suggest our patients with a history of genital herpes, who are treating their bikini area, take Valtrex to prevent an outbreak. There seems to be a slightly increased incidence of herpes outbreaks in patients with a history of genital herpes. Similarly, for patients with a history of frequent fever blisters on their lips, who are having treatment on the lip or chin, we recommend the same antiviral preventative measures. Cathy Awad is a Nurse Practitioner and will prescribe this for you, if needed, based on your consultation.
I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) will laser hair removal work for me?
Yes, and it works quite well. PCOS patients are women who have a “hormonal issue” that results in a male pattern of hair growth. Laser hair removal will get reduction of anywhere from 60-80% of hair growth. Our goal is to reduce the maintenance that you have to do substantially, and reduce the growth of unwanted facial hair tremendously. We tell all of our PCOS patients to expect to do touch up sessions anywhere from two to three times per year after completing a package. These women also have increased hair growth on other body parts including the back, buttocks, neck and more and we can treat these areas as well.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
This is one of the most exciting facts about the Diolaze system. The laser head is designed to provide pre, during and post treatment cooling to the skin to provide a painless treatment. In the rare event that a client is sensitive to the treatment, we do have a numbing cream that may be applied to the skin before treatment, barring any allergies to the medication. This may be discussed during your consultation.
How soon should I expect to see results?
Usually you will see results within two to three weeks after your first session. Many of our patients see a big difference after their first session with some reporting a 50% reduction in hair, but experience has taught us that they will see regrowth in the first few sessions, which gradually reduces and no growth after 6 sessions. We offer free touch ups for 1 year after a treatment for those pesky hairs - if it occurs!