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3 Hair Myths Are Exposed By Dr. Oz

3 Hair Myths Are Exposed By Dr. Oz

 

On a recent Dr. Oz show 3 hair myths were exposed and the truth was revealed which showed that unwanted body hair can be safely and painlessly be removed permanently with the Candela GentleLase Laser which is the same piece of equipment utilized by Laser Affair. (A retail cost of $100,000+.). This is one of the main attributes that sets Laser Affair apart from the others, ensuring optimal end results.

You can watch the Dr. Oz segment by visiting http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/hair-myths-exposed.

Questions You Should Ask During Your Consultation

Questions You Should Ask During Your Consultation

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Part One: About the Equipment

 

Equipment

What type of laser will be used?

**No matter how well trained the technician; the equipment used determines the majority of the efficacy and safety!!

What is the brand name /manufacturer, type and wavelength of the laser?

Laser Affair Equipment:

Brand/Manufacturer:       Candela Corporation. USA
Type:                                        Alexandrite / FDA approved, Class IV medical device.
Wavelength:                          755nm

 

Knowing this enables you to compare “apples to apples” should you choose to shop around. You can also search the internet for additional information concerning the laser.

The type of laser and wavelength determines the “target” for the laser.  The most common laser targets for cosmetic procedures are water, melanin (color), and hemoglobin. The most effective target for hair reduction is melanin in the hair.

Is this the safest and most effective equipment available for my hair and skin type?

The 755nm Alexandrite laser utilized at Laser Affair precisely targets the melanin (color) in the hair shaft, inflicting injury to the cells lining the hair follicle, inhibiting future growth, while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Candela’s Alexandrite is considered the gold standard amongst the industry as the most effective laser for hair reduction for light to medium skin types. For those with darker skin types, the 1064 ND:Yag is a safer laser.

Some facilities put a “private label” on their laser.  Insist on knowing the laser manufacturer and wavelength. Be aware if this information is unknown. Run as fast as you can if the technician doesn’t know. (A good test of their knowledge)

** Although some lasers can safely treat all skin types, this does not ensure you will achieve maximum results; therefore, it is imperative to be assessed by our Laser Specialist.

Is the equipment used a “true laser” or an IPL?

**Beware!

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is NOT a laser at all. Although filters may be used with an IPL in attempt to focus the energy and mimic the “direct beam” of a true laser. IPL’s are not capable of this. Therefore, efficacy and safety may be compromised. While IPLs can be effective for some cosmetic procedures, experience supports the more powerful, better focused, direct beam of energy, recognized from a “true laser”   as not only safer, but  substantially more effective for hair reduction.

Is it necessary to apply a cold messy gel prior to treatment?

No. As a rule this is a condition of being treated on an IPL device. (But not always).

 

Part Two: General Information

General Information

Is it guaranteed?

When treated by a skilled technician on the appropriate laser, most clients recognize 70%-98% permanent reduction; however no one can predict the exact amount or guarantee that other factors such as hormonal changes and medical considerations will not affect future growth.

If you are offered a guarantee, be sure to read the fine print!

 Usually a guarantee is merely a promise for a few additional treatments.  Consider the integrity of the facility if this was not thoroughly explained up front. 

The goal is not to have endless treatments, but to reach your individual, optimal, results with the minimal treatments necessary.

How do you ensure my comfort during the treatment?

Our laser is equipped with DCD (Dynamic Cooling Device). This is a cooling mist of cryogen that is sprayed milliseconds prior to the laser pulse, ensuring client comfort and epidermal safety.

What steps are taken to ensure my privacy?

The treatment room door will be locked and a privacy curtain is in place. It is an unacceptable, although common industry practice, for outside technicians to open the door and walk in during your private treatment. This will never happen at Laser Affair! Ask to see the treatment room and check this out yourself.

Laser Affair is HIPAA compliant. Your affiliation will not be discussed without your written permission.

Does white, gray or blond hair respond to laser treatments?

Unfortunately not much! Some claim this is possible, and occasionally you may see some reduction, but beware of this promise. It is best to treat any remaining white, gray, or blond hair with electrolysis.

Do I have to purchase the entire package or can I purchase one treatment at a time?

Although multiple treatments are required, reputable establishments should allow you to purchase just one treatment at a time and not require you to purchase multiple treatments in advance.

If I purchase the entire package and find I do not need all the treatments, what happens to my remaining sessions?

Being multiple treatments are required, most facilities, as Laser Affair, will offer a reduced price should you choose to purchase a “package” of treatments. Being price is determined by the particular area being treated, most facilities lock you into using these sessions in the agreed upon area only. At Laser Affair, we will allow you to use any un-needed pre-paid treatments as maintenance, or you may apply this to another area of similar size.

What are the exact parameters of the treatment area? What if I need a few pulses outside the agreed upon area?

Make sure there are no misconceptions of the agreed upon treatment area. At Laser Affair, as most facilities, these areas are very specifically defined. Should you need additional attention outside this agreed upon area, Laser Affair allows you to purchase additional laser pulses without committing to an entire area.

Female Clients: What happens if I become pregnant during the course of my treatments?

Although it is safe to treat pregnant women, we prefer to wait until your post-partum checkup to proceed. Since treatments are timed to target the periods where hair growth is active, it may be necessary to redo some of previous treatments. No charge of course!

How much does it cost?

A fair price is based on the value of services received. Being thoroughly informed will enable you to determine what is best for you.

At Laser Affair, we are so confident in the value of our services we designed this questionnaire for you to compare should you choose to do so. We are very passionate about our profession and welcome any additional questions. Our reputation is founded on the fact that services will only be offered following a thorough explanation, with honest ethical and realistic expectations. If we cannot safely and effectively treat you, we will gladly discuss your options and steer you in a safe direction. We value our clients and your satisfaction is our number one goal. Come experience the difference!

 

At Laser Affair, we are so confident in the value of our services we designed this questionnaire for you to compare should you choose to do so. We are very passionate about our profession and welcome any additional questions. Our reputation is founded on the fact that services will only be offered following a thorough explanation, with honest ethical and realistic expectations. If we cannot safely and effectively treat you, we will gladly discuss your options and steer you in a safe direction. We value our clients and your satisfaction is our number one goal. Come experience the difference!

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Hair Removal Fact or Fiction

Waxing is the most performed, non-surgical, cosmetic treatment for men and women.

Fiction: Laser hair removal is the most performed non-surgical cosmetic treatment for men and women in the under 35 age group. For all age groups, it is second only to Botox.

 hair removal

 

If I shave my hair it will grow back thicker.

Fiction:  This is impossible as the hair shaft itself is dead. The shaft contains no blood supply or living material. When you pinch or break your hair there is no pain or blood. It may sound gross, but hair is merely waste product composed mainly of keratin, melanin, and dead cells that are extruded via the hair follicle. Numerous studies going all the way back to the 1920s prove that shaving has absolutely no effect whatsoever on your hair growth.

When shaved the hair may appear thicker because it is all the same length, blunt at the ends, and inflexible when short.

Possibly some believe this myth because when they first started shaving they were going through puberty, menopause, or other hormonal changes. Hence the new growth and the reason they needed to start shaving in the first place. Hair growth is rapid and begins to darken and become coarser during this stage. This is true whether you shave or not. Remember, the hair shaft itself is dead material. Only the follicle wall that produces the hair is living.

If this myth were true, inevitably everyone who shaves on a regular basis would eventually be covered in pencil-thick hair sprouting out of their bodies from every place they shave.

 

Plucking or waxing could cause my hair to grow in stronger and darker.

Fact: Pulling out the hair before it is ready to shed actually damages the hair follicle where the hair is produced. When the follicle is damaged, the body tries to heal itself by sending an increased blood supply to the injured area. This can lead to the follicle becoming deeper and stronger; therefore the hair becomes thicker and darker. It is like continuing to punch someone, sometimes it knocks them down for good, and sometimes it makes them fight back even stronger. Have you ever noticed when someone has a cast removed after several weeks their hair is darker and longer? The heat and friction from the cast has increased the blood supply to the hair follicles causing this reaction. The hair usually returns to its normal state as the irritation is minimal and the follicle has not enough time for a permanent change.


Plucking or waxing can eventually lead to permanent hair loss.

Fact: Pulling out the hair before it is ready to shed actually damages the hair follicle. Even if the body is attempting to heal itself with an increased blood supply, it sometimes cannot overcome the damage, and the follicle can become severely damaged (lighter, thinner, hair), or die altogether (no hair).

 

If I continue to pluck my peach fuzz, it could grow in stronger and darker. Then I could have laser hair removal and it would be gone forever.

Fact: However, I certainly do not recommend it! If one could be certain all the hairs would grow in thick and black, then that theory would be fine. However, some hairs may only have small amounts of pigment, that the laser could not treat and then you could be stuck with long, light brown, or gray, hairs instead. Not good!


Laser hair removal can cost less than shaving.

Fact: Over a lifetime, laser hair removal can cost less than shaving.

Most will spend over $10,000 on shaving during their lifetime.

Conservatively…consider you spend $80 per year on razors and shaving gels, 5 minutes every other day shaving, assuming you time is worth $20.00 per hour, add the after lotions, ingrown hair ointment, not to mention the cost of embarrassment from ingrown hairs and razor rash, and you are way over $10,000.

Don’t even consider your waxing bill. It’s scary!

If you are going to spend the money anyway, why not enjoy your life hair-free, care free and well groomed?

 

Home devices such as the Tria and can remove hair.

Fact: After a couple of sessions you should detect noticeable hair reduction. Continue to use the home device every 2-4 weeks and the hair shouldn’t return. Cease using it and within a few weeks, the hair will certainly grow back. Keep in mind, professional lasers are powered by 220V whereas systems like the TRIA run on a small battery.

 

Some Lasers can get rid of blond, white and gray hairs?

Fiction: In the past you may have heard this claim. However, depending on what one considers gray or blond, these hairs may actually be light black or light brown and contain pigment. Being most hair removal lasers target the pigment in the hair follicle, these lighter colored hairs may respond to laser treatment, but with increased difficulty. Several lawsuits have been filed against companies claiming their lasers can removal white, blond and gray hairs.


While having laser treatments it is safe to use a tanning bed or a self-tanning lotion as opposed to lying in the sun.

Fiction: Color is color! Most hair removal lasers are attracted to pigment, and do not differentiate between pigment in the hair, skin, lotion, or even clothing. The goal is to focus the laser energy beneath the skin, avoiding the epidermis where adverse reactions could occur.

 

If I want a tan; it’s OK to use a self-tanning lotion after my laser treatment.

Fact:  During your treatment the laser energy is absorbed and dissipates immediately.  As long as your skin has resolved from the treatment, it is perfectly fine to apply tanning lotions or spray tan.

 

An IPL is a type of laser.

Fiction: IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is not a laser at all. While IPLs can be effective for some cosmetic procedures, research supports the more powerful, yet safer use of a true laser such as an Alexandrite or ND:Yag for hair removal.

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