Is It Permanent?
Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction, not permanent hair removal. It is not uncommon for patients to require maintenance treatments once a year, even after the area has been fully treated. The reason: The laser targets and destroys your current hair follicles, but new follicles can develop over time.
Does It Hurt?
The procedure can hurt —but not a lot. It’s universally described as a rubber band snapping against your skin. But it only stings for a millisecond—the time it takes for the laser to target your hair follicle and zap it away (of course, this means that it will sting for each hair follicle zapped). While your skin may be a little red and puffy after the procedure, you shouldn’t feel any pain in the area by the time you leave the spa.
Will It Work on My Skin Type and Hair Color?
Laser hair removal works on almost every skin type—from very light-skinned people (or what’s known as Type I on the Fitzpatrick scale, a skin-typing test) all the way up to Type V or even VI (which is dark skin).
Blonde, gray, or light red hair is difficult to treat, but Bella uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to remove lighter hair.
How Long Does It Take?
The actual procedure time depends on the area being treated. Each hair follicle is zapped in a millisecond, so a small area (such as the armpits) will take less than five minutes to complete, while a larger area (such as the legs) might take a half hour.