Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the best way to permanently reduce unwanted hair.* At Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, our lasers are approved by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. We are pioneers in the field of laser hair removal, bringing it to the Treasure Valley (Eagle and Boise, ID) in 1999.

We have done thousands of treatments since then, giving us an edge over other competitors. We have the experience and track record to know how to help you remove your unwanted hair! We have treated a wide variety of clients, including those with darker skin.*

How does it work?

Laser hair removal is based on selective damage to hair follicles while leaving the skin undamaged. During the process of laser hair removal, light is absorbed by melanin in the hair shaft and hair follicle and is converted into heat energy, thereby raising the hair temperature. When the temperature is high enough, irreversible damage occurs to the hair structures and thus growth of the hair is prevented.

The laser works by disabling hairs that are in their active growth cycle at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter their growth cycle at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the follicles in a given area.

Who can be treated with laser hair removal?

Claims that lasers can treat ALL skin type(s), including tanned skin, are not entirely accurate. To treat tanned skin, all lasers to date must reduce the energy level to avoid damaging the skin. We discourage tanning before treatment to make your treatment safer and more effective.

We have been successful in treating Hispanic, Basque, and lighter African-American skin within the Treasure Valley. Depending on the degree of pigmentation, we will begin treatments at a more conservative level and increase the energy level as tolerated. We have the option to increase the cryogen spray to better protect the skin.

Lighter pigmented hair is not as responsive to long term removal. All current technology for hair removal has higher success with darker hair.

What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?

We have extremely great results of facial laser hair removal, but hair can be removed on any area of the body including your legs, back, neck, under arms, hands, arms, inside the ears, inside the nose, and even pubic and anal areas. We avoid the area underneath the eyebrows to prevent any possible damage to the eyes.

How to prepare for laser hair removal:

  • Stay out of the sun - It helps the laser wavelength direct the optimal amount of energy onto the hair if the hair color and skin color are quite different. Our lasers can remove hair on different skin tones, but it is most effective when there is contrast. So, we ask our patients to not tan or darken their skin for at least one month prior to their appointment.
  • No plucking - Don’t wax or pluck your unwanted hair for 4-6 weeks prior to your appointment. This step ensures that the hair is actively anchored in the hair follicles. You can still shave, as that doesn’t have an effect on the hair follicles.

Shave the night before - Finally, the night before your treatment closely shave the area with the unwanted hair (again, this leaves plenty of hair shaft down in the follicle to absorb the laser energy).

Laser Hair Removal FAQs

  • What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
  • The primary benefit of laser hair removal is it results in permanent hair removal and hair reduction. Some of our staff haven’t had to shave in 11 years. Throw your razors away!

  • Is laser hair removal safe? What are the risks of laser hair removal?
  • Our laser is built in such a way that it’s virtually impossible to permanently damage skin. Safety parameters are set so that the machine cannot use energy levels that would be harmful. We wear protective laser goggles during treatment to protect the eyes.

    Laser hair removal has been performed millions of times around the globe and it is a safe and very effective procedure. That said, there are dangers of burns and hyperpigmentation if inexperienced, untrained practitioners perform laser hair removal. At Silk Touch, we’ve performed thousands of laser hair removal treatments and have a mile-long list of satisfied patients.

    Generally, any side effects are minor and last just a day or two. You may have some redness across the treatment areas, slight swelling, and some minor discomfort.

  • Is laser hair removal painful?
  • At Silk Touch, we go out of our way to keep you comfortable during your laser hair removal sessions. Some patients prefer to have topical numbing cream with lidocaine applied prior to their session, especially if they are having hair removed on a very sensitive area. Other patients don’t request numbing cream and they equate the feeling when the laser pulses are delivered to that of the skin being snapped with a small rubber band. Our lasers have a cooling function immediately after the laser energy is pulsed for further patient comfort.

  • What can I expect after my laser hair removal session?
  • When you return home after your session at Silk Touch, your hair will still be there and your skin will be slightly red. This can seem disappointing — after all, your results with waxing and the like provide instant results. But the vehicle for the unwanted hair growth is now damaged or destroyed. Without the follicle to anchor them, the hairs will begin to fall out over the following days. You need to be patient and not pluck or scrub the hairs to accelerate their falling out. Let them do it on their timeframe.

    After a few days, it will look like there is new hair growing on the treatment areas. This can be even more disconcerting, but don’t worry. This is a sign that the laser energy was successful in zapping the follicles. Hair that was down below the skin in the follicles is being pushed out and shed.

    Remember, not all of the hair in the treatment area will fall out. The hair that was in the growth phase will, but other hairs that weren’t will still be there. Usually the affected hair will be about 20 percent of the total during that session. That’s why multiple sessions are necessary — to catch more and more hair in the growth phase.

  • How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
  • 6-10 treatments on average are needed. All of the technology used in laser hair removal work on the same basic principle: They all target the melanin in the hair that is in its growth cycle. Only a certain percentage of your hair is in its growth cycle at any given time, thus, multiple treatments are needed. 

    The number of treatments varies with each person based on their hair growth pattern and their skin type. We recommend our patients wait 4-8 weeks between treatments depending on the area of the body that is being treated.

  • Is laser hair removal permanent?
  • The hair follicles that are destroyed during treatment are permanently disabled. Through the natural process of aging and hormonal changes, previously quiescent follicles may be recruited. We provide economical treatments if future touch ups are needed.

    No laser can claim to permanently remove all hair. Our personal experience has shown between 85-90% of all our clients have achieved their desired hair loss.*

  • How long does the laser hair removal treatment take?
  • One treatment session can take anywhere from a few minutes to 1 hour depending on the site of treatment. For example, your lips or chin can take less than 5 minutes, while your back or legs can take up to an hour.

Silk Touch Offers

  • Complimentary Consultations
  • Evaluation and Review by a physician
  • Supervised treatments by highly trained licensed aestheticians who are laser certified.
  • Proven Laser Hair Removal technology! Best lasers on the market!

Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa proudly provides patients from Boise, Eagle and Meridian, ID with laser hair removal. Click here to learn more about laser hair removal frequently asked questions. Contact us at 208-939-3110 or fill out a Contact Form here to schedule an appointment today!

I would like to thank Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser, & Lipo and their wonderful staff. I had been receiving treatments at Ideal Image for over a year and was not completely happy with their service, or their prices. A friend of mine from work went to Silk Touch and met with Deloria, and insisted that I set up an appointment with her as soon as possible. I was completely impressed with the friendly staff, the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, and the very affordable prices. Deloria has been absolutely great to work with, and I really appreciate her professionalism. I would highly recommend Silk Touch to anyone who wants to receive excellent service at fabulous prices!*

Kris, 05.16.2011

*Procedure results are typical and may vary

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