An Esthetician Answers: 3 Most Common Laser Hair Removal Questions May 25 2016
Oksana Egelova, Laser Director, Tres Belle Spa
on Laser Hair Removal
Since 2004, Oksana Egelova has been Tres Belle Spa's Laser Director. She is the leading expert and NYC go-to in her field. Here, she answers the 3 most common laser hair removal questions she hears on a daily basis.
Q: Does laser hair removal hurt?
A: It is a bit uncomfortable in sensitive areas but it's over by the time you can even process it. It feels like a super-quick zap or snap of a rubber band. My clients find that it doesn't "hurt" it's just a different experience and after the first session they're used to it. Anyone who has been waxed will likely find this much more comfortable, and twice as fast. Note: we do not recommend numbing cream. It’s just not that uncomfortable that you would need it. Trust us, we are big babies when it comes to pain but, don’t tell.
Q: Can those with brown and black skin have laser hair removal?
A: Yes. Based on my 12 years as a laser hair removal expert, I have treated hundreds of brown skin clients safely and effectively. You might recognize Tres Belle Spa clients Claire Sulmers and DJ Tara, who agreed to be quoted and noted. Clients with what is referred to as *Fitzpatrick 5 or 6 skin colors must always receive a test patch prior to treatment. Be wary if this is not offered to you. The light and heat from the laser is used differently on each Fitzpatrick skin-type. I make this fail proof by using a hand-piece attachment to our laser that is only for skin types 5 and 6.
Q: Does laser hair removal work on blonde or grey hair?
A: Not really. Many laser companies out there claim that they have the technology to make this happen. In over a decade of providing laser hair removal, I have not found this to be so. The laser works by targeting the dark pigment of the hair that's in the follicle. Lighter hair pigment is almost impossible for the laser to find. This treatment works best on dark hair.
*The Fitzpatrick scale (also Fitzpatrick skin typing test; or Fitzpatrick phototypingscale) is a numerical classification schema for human skin color. It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard dermatologist, as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light.
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