Laser Hair Removal

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal relies on photothermolysis, where lasers emit concentrated light attracted to the melanin in hair follicles. The light penetrates the skin, targeting the melanin and damaging the follicles without harming surrounding tissue. By damaging the blood source of active follicles, future hair growth is inhibited.

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

Yes, laser hair removal is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner using FDA-approved equipment. However, like any cosmetic procedure, there are potential risks and side effects to be aware of. These may include temporary skin irritation, redness, or pigment changes, particularly in individuals with darker skin tones.

It's essential to undergo a thorough consultation before treatment to assess your suitability and discuss any potential concerns with your provider. Following pre- and post-treatment instructions can also help minimize risks and optimize results.

What laser do you use?

We utilize Lumenis' LightSheer diode technology. The Lumenis laser has been extensively validated in multiple clinical studies and peer-reviewed articles. This system utilizes high-power diode technology capable of delivering high fluence, along with ChillTip technology to soothe skin.

Does laser hair removal work on all hair types?

Red, white, grey, and blonde hairs, as well as very fine peach fuzz hair (vellus), typically do not respond to laser hair removal due to their lack of melanin. No laser currently exists to effectively treat these hairs, so we're transparent about the limitations and won't make unrealistic promises. Electrolysis is the best option for these hairs that laser can not treat.

What can I expect after my treatment?

After treatment, expect mild redness and swelling similar to goosebumps, indicating the hair follicles were affected. These effects typically subside within a few hours but may last up to 72 hours for sensitive skin. You can resume regular activities comfortably, applying ice to reduce swelling and mineral makeup for healing properties after an hour.

Avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks, high-energy exertion for 48 hours, and refrain from picking or exfoliating for a few days post-treatment.

For 2-3 weeks, expect stubble as hair sheds naturally; continue shaving and exfoliating to aid shedding.

Enjoy a few weeks of hair-free skin before the next hair cycle begins.

What body parts do you treat?

At Permanent Choice, we offer treatments for virtually all regions.

For safety, we avoid treating the orbital area of the eye, including the lower eyebrow, prioritizing your well-being at all times.

Do you treat men?

Yes, absolutely! At Permanent Choice, we provide laser hair removal treatments for both men and women. We understand that unwanted hair can affect individuals of all genders, and we're here to help everyone achieve their desired results.

Can I get laser hair removal over tattoos?

Laser hair removal over tattoos is not recommended, as the laser will affect the pigments in the tattoo, causing fading or removal of pigment from treated tattoos. Our technicians will not treat tattoos and will keep a 1-inch perimeter around your tattoos to ensure the safety of your tattoo and skin.


Is electrolysis permanent?

Yes, electrolysis offers a permanent solution and stands as the sole FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal.

How long will electrolysis take?

The duration of electrolysis treatment varies depending on the extent of hair removal needed and the patient's commitment to the recommended schedule.

On average clients can expect 20-60 minute sessions, weekly for 6 months - 2 years.

How does electrolysis work?

In electrolysis, an electrologist inserts a specialized probe into the hair follicle, applying electric current to generate heat and chemical reactions. This process effectively destroys the follicle's ability to produce hair, providing permanent hair removal results.

Does it hurt?

During electrolysis, some discomfort is expected, although everyone's tolerance varies. While you may experience discomfort during the treatment, many find it very tolerable.

Many clients utilize numbing cream to help manage pain.