Laser Hair Removal (all skin types)

 Now men and women alike are making unwanted facial and body hair a thing of the past – thanks to the Cutera CoolGlide Laser. No more painful waxing, electrolysis or razors! The CoolGlide laser delivers 21st century technology for treatment of this distressing problem. Cleared for permanent hair reduction, the CoolGlide laser can treat men and women of all skin types safely and effectively, year-round. Even patients with a suntan.

Before your appointment you MUST make sure you follow these instructions (otherwise our staff has the right to reschedule your appointment):

  1. You MUST shave the treatment area at least a day before your scheduled appointment (that includes your back, men!)
  2. For Females, please reschedule your appointment if you are on your menstrual cycle.
  3. No waxing, tweezing or hair removal creams at LEAST 3 weeks before your scheduled appointment!
  4. Please let the receptionist know if you are Fitz Patrick skin type 4-6 (see below)
  5. You must reschedule your appointment if you have any active skin infections, as treatments should not be given on areas with lesions or sores.
  6. You need to avoid extended sun exposure, tanning beds and self-tanners for at least two weeks before treatment.
Fitz Patrick Skin Scale
TYPE I: Highly sun-sensitive, always burns, never tans.
Example: Very pale Caucasian, freckles, or Albino
TYPE II: Very sun-sensitive, burns easily, tans minimally.
Example: Fair-skinned Caucasian
TYPE III: Sun-sensitive skin, sometimes burns, slowly tans to light brown.
Example: Darker Caucasian, European mix
TYPE IV: Minimally sun-sensitive, rarely burns, always tans to moderate brown.
Example: Mediterranean, European, Asian, Hispanic, Native American
TYPE V: Sun-insensitive skin, rarely burns, tans well.
Example: Hispanic, Afro-American, Middle Eastern
TYPE VI: Sun-insensitive, never burns, deeply pigmented.
Example: Afro-American, African, Middle Eastern

To get the best results with the smallest number of treatment sessions, please pay attention to the following guidelines as you work with us:

Avoid waxing / sugaring / plucking / EpiLady and electrolysis:  Because the energy from the CoolGlide™ laser and ProWave™ 770 seeks out and destroys ACTIVELY GROWING hair roots, it is important (if you want to get the best value from your treatment) NOT to wax / pluck / sugar / use EpiLady-type pluckers or have electrolysis for at least EIGHT WEEKS before treatment. These things temporarily remove the pigmented part of the hair follicle which the CoolGlide® and ProWave™ need to use as a target when they destroy the hair follicle.

Tanning should be avoided!  CoolGlide™ laser and ProWave™ 770 are the safest and most effective devices for ALL types of skin, even African American skin that cannot be safely treated with other hair removing lasers. Many Italian, Greek, and East Asian people have been successfully treated with the CoolGlide™ laser and ProWave™ 770.

However, the lighter your skin color at the time of treatment, the better the laser beam can get through the skin to the hair roots, where it is needed.  Please avoid tanning and stop using artificial “tanning” creams for six weeks before treatment, you will get the maximum possible benefit from each treatment session. People with very dark skin sometimes need one or two extra sessions to reach their desired degree of long-term hair reduction.  It is also a good idea to minimize tanning for a few weeks after laser treatment, to reduce the chance that your tan will be somewhat uneven.

Can I shave or clip the area in the area being treated?  Shaving or clipping the area to be treated is not a problem. In fact, we like the areas to be shaved the day of treatment or the day before. Some people find that the skin is less sensitive if it is shaved at least a few hours before treatment. Another advantage of shaving the area to be treated BEFORE you come in is that YOU can shape the area to be treated exactly the way YOU want it to be. This is of particular importance in areas like the sideburns, temples, and bikini line / bikini area.  Excess hair should be removed from the treatment area before CoolGlide™ laser or ProWave™ 770 treatment, because hair ABOVE the surface of the skin will simply absorb and waste laser energy and keep it from getting to the hair roots, where it is needed. er and ProWave™ 770.  Contrary to popular belief, shaving DOES NOT make hair grow back thicker, faster, darker or more profusely! So go ahead and shave before treatment, and between treatments!

Which hair colors respond best to treatment?  Because lasers and IPL devices target the PIGMENT in hair roots, they work best on black, brown or dark blond hair. Because hair which is naturally blonde, red or white does not have enough pigment in the roots, those hair colors cannot be treated with any type of laser or IPL device.

What is the aftercare for my laser hair removal treatment?  After treatment, the treated area may be red or swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shaven.