Laser FAQ

What areas can laser hair removal treat?

The Vectus® Laser can remove hair from many areas including  the face, back, chest, arm, underarm, bikini, and legs.

Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?

The Vectus® Laser can be safely used on all skin types from very light skin to very dark skin. It is best if the hair is black or brown, however, your provider will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors.

Can the laser get rid of all of my unwanted hair?

Since our hair grows in different phases it’s not possible for any laser treatment to achieve 100% hair removal, but it is possible to significantly reduce the number of growing hairs by as much as 85%. Multiple treatments can be administered for maximum results.

Is hair removal permanent?

Hair removal is permanent.  Hair follicles in the anagen phase, or growth phase, are targeted by the laser. After treatment, those follicles are permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can  produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.

Can anyone have this treatment?

Laser hair removal is effective on individuals with dark hair anywhere on their face or body.  Individuals with very light or gray hair are not ideal candidates.  Any skin color can be treated, as the laser is effective on light and dark skin types. Speak with one of our provider to discuss if you are a good candidate.

What does the treatment feel like?

Most people feel only a slight “snap” like a rubber band at the treatment site during the procedure. You will also feel cooling on your skin as the handpiece guides over the treatment area.

How many treatments will I need?

Since your hair grows in three stages, several treatments are needed to affect all of the unwanted hair.  The number of treatments can vary between individuals, depending on the amount of hair, the area to be treated, skin color, hair color and hair coarseness.

Typically 4 – 6 treatments are needed but this will depend on a number of factors. One of our providers can give you a more specific treatment plan during your consultation.

How far apart are treatment sessions?

It depends on which area is getting treated. In general, face, underarms, arms, and bikini are approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Back, chest, and legs are approximately 8-10 weeks apart.

How much does the treatment cost?

Treatment costs vary depending on the size of the area to be treated.

How does the laser work?

The laser emits powerful light energy that targets and heats hair follicles.  After treatment, the follicles are permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.

Can I shave in between laser hair removal sessions?

Yes. In fact, the area needs to be freshly shaved before your treatment session. However, you should not wax or pluck the hair between treatment sessions.

How quickly will I recover?

You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor redness and/or swelling immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2-24 hours. We will discuss any other possible side effects and the necessary posttreatment care with you during the consultation.