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LASER HAIR REMOVAL
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. How does laser hair removal work?
A. At Evanesque we use the GentleLASE® System. This laser uses a long pulse, high-energy alexandrite laser that emits a special frequency beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where the energy is absorbed. This laser energy is transformed into heat. Destroying the hair follicle while leaving the surrounding tissue intact.

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Q. Does laser hair removal hurt?
A. Most patients experience minimal discomfort due to our use of the GentleLASE® Dynamic Cooling Device(TM) in conjunction with the laser. This device sprays the upper layers of skin at the laser target area with a cooling burst of cryogen in the milliseconds before the discharge of the laser pulse to provide increased comfort. For our clients with an increased sensitivity to pain a topical anesthetic may be applied prior to treatment.

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Q. How long does laser hair removal take?
A. Most areas i.e. face underarms, bikini can be treated in about 10-15 minutes. Larger areas like the legs or back can take close to an hour. The GentleLase has the benefit of being the fastest laser which is something that all clients appreciate. We will treat you and get you back to your daily activities in a very short time.

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Q. How many treatments will I need?
A. This depends largely on your goals and a number of factors including age, skin color, hair color, hair density and hair texture. If your goal is reduction of visible hairs, it will take fewer treatments than would total removal in an area. Human hair grows in cycles. The laser hair removal process is only effective on hairs in the early growth stage when your hair has the most melanin (color). That being said, a package of six treatments for an area is our recommendation. Some people will require more, some less. Some people (not all) need or want touch-up treatments every year or so.

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Q. What will happen during the procedure?
A. Depending on the area being treated the procedure may vary, but overall the steps are the same. First, the patient and Evanesque staff will don protective eyewear. A small hand piece will be used, lightly touching the skin to deliver the laser light.

A brief spray of cryogen coolant on the skin will precedef each laser pulse. On your initial visit, your Evanesque hair removal professional will conduct a small test to determine the appropriate settings for your skin and hair type. When your procedure occurs, it will be much the same as the test. You will experience light touches of the hand piece and the cooling effects of Dynamic Cooling Device(TM) cryogen followed by the laser pulse.

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Q. What should I do immediately before each laser treatment?
A. Simply shave the area you plan to have treated, this allows the energy of the laser to focus on the hair below your skin and not waste energy above the skin. Our laser technicians will be able to see the hair they are treating even when freshly shaved. Do not pluck, wax or use depilatories for at least four weeks prior to your treatment.

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Q. What should I do before and after my Evanesque laser hair removal procedure?
A. You should avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks prior to and following each treatment, or until your Evanesque skin care consultant recommends it. You should also avoid other hair removal treatments, such as plucking or waxing, for four weeks prior to treatment. After your treatment it recommended to stay out of the sun until your skin calms down for a few days and avoid tanning activities until you have completed all of your treatments. We encourage everyone interested in laser hair removal to meet with the consultants at Evanesque to discuss their hair removal expectations and to plan a course of preparation for treatment that will maximize your results.

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Q. How will I look and feel after the procedure?
A. Most people leave our office and resume their daily activities. Typically the treatment area could be pink or red for an hour or so following the treatment. For some this can last from a few hours to a few days depending on the skin's sensitivity. Any discomfort can be relieved by the application of ice or cooling gels.

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Q. Will my insurance cover the cost of my laser hair removal?
A. Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. We advise that you contact your individual insurance carrier for more information.

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