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Frequently Asked Questions for Laser Hair Removal

How does the Palomar Pulsed Light System Technology work?

Palomar Systems use specialized hand pieces which filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments such as hair reduction, sunspot removal, age spots and photofacial rejuvenation.

How is Palomar pulsed light different from a laser?

Pulsed light systems and lasers are very similar, but Palomar Pulsed Light Systems use a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wider area of skin and allows faster coverage of the skin and quicker treatments as a result.

What body areas can I treat?

Any area, except around the eyes. The upper lip, face, neck, underarms, bikini line, legs, chest and back can all be treated.

What are treatments like?

Your treatment technician will move the hand piece over your skin, sending a gentle beam of light through your skin. A flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin will tell you when the hand piece is being pulsed.

What should I expect after treatment?

Immediately after treatment you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts 2 – 4 hours and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs.

The treated hair will continue to appear for 7 – 30 days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin.

At any given time some of your hair is in a downturn phase of active growth. Therefore, as the hair cycle evolves, you will need more than one treatment to affect the growth of all your unwanted hair.

Typically, several treatments will be necessary to achieve permanent hair reduction.

How long does it take?

Thanks to its advanced technology, Palomar's Pulsed Light Systems work several times faster than other light-based hair removal systems. A woman's legs or a man's back can be treated in under thirty minutes, and smaller areas such as the underarms, upper lip or bikini line can be treated in even less time.