Laser Hair Removal Facts

What is it?

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure that uses a laser – an intense, pulsating beam of light – to remove unwanted hair. Here at Moxie, we use the Alma Soprano Ice, a virtually pain-free laser!

During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair. Laser hair removal provides permanent hair reduction, up to 95% in treated areas. It typically takes six to twelve laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Periodic maintenance treatments might be needed as well.

Why it’s done

Laser hair removal is used to reduce unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, back, stomach, neck, shoulders, chest, underarms, upper lip, chin and bikini line and/or full Brazilian. However, it’s possible to treat unwanted hair on nearly any area – except the eyelid or surrounding area. Hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. For example, laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair because the laser beam targets the pigment in the hair. However, advances in technology have made laser hair removal an option for people who have darker skin.

Side effects

Redness may occur, but dissipates within a couple of hours. This is common. There is no down time. You can have laser service done on your lunch break, and no one will be the wiser.

Pigment changes – laser hair removal may darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily, if you have been in the sun or tanning 5-10 days prior to your treatment. Let your esthetician know so she can assess your skin prior to lasering sun-affected areas. Skin lightening primarily affects those who have darker skin and that have been in the sun recently.

How to prepare

Review your medical history, including medication use.

Stay out of the sun. A tan increases the risk of side effects, such as skin lightening. If you have a tan, either from sun exposure or sunless tanning products, wait until the tan fades completely before undergoing laser hair removal.

Avoid plucking, waxing and electrolysis. These hair removal methods can disturb the hair follicle and interfere with laser hair removal. Shaving is required, however, since it preserves the hair shaft and follicle.

After the procedure

Some clients may notice redness for the first 1-3 hours after laser hair removal. After laser hair removal, avoid sun exposure – both natural sunlight and tanning beds for 24-48 hours.  You might also prepare yourself for possible hair shedding in the first few days and weeks after treatment. This can sometimes be mistaken for hair regrowth, though it is really the hair that the laser affected falling out. This is good! This is what we like to see.


Results of laser hair removal vary greatly from person to person, and might depend on what area of the body or face is treated.  For best results, you might need 6-12 treatments spaced around four to six weeks apart. We do not like you to spread your sessions out past 6 weeks as it takes us out of your growth cycle and can inhibit progress. Being consistent is key in successful laser hair removal.

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2 Responses to “Laser Hair Removal Facts”

  1. Ronica Kirwin

    Hi Faylinn,

    Why don’t we schedule you for a complimentary consultation where we can talk one on one about your medical history, and see if you are a candidate for laser. If so, we can do a test patch and set you up to start your treatments right away.
    Please give us a call at 303-232-2116 to get you scheduled!
    Thanks so much!

  2. Faylinn

    I really despise shaving my legs and so I have been seriously considering getting laser hair removal. I think that I want to go through with the procedure next month and so I really appreciate what you have to say about preparing for it by staying out of the sun and avoiding plucking. However, how can my medical history and medical use affect me while undergoing hair removal?

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