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FAQ for Laser Hair Removal in St. Louis

Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal at The Lifestyle Center

Is laser hair removal permanent? The lasers used at The Lifestyle Center are the safest, most effective hair removal systems for “permanent  hair reduction.” The "Gold Standard" for laser hair removal remains the 810 diode laser. At The Lifestyle Center we use the Inmode Diolaze 810 nm system. Due to the supercooling of the Diolaze system these treatments can be completed safely and with virtually no discomfort.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for laser hair removal? The lasers used for hair reduction all target the pigment in hair follicles. For this reason, blonde, white, grey, and red hair do not respond well to laser hair removal. Also, the coarser the hair follicles are, the more energy is absorbed and the more favorable the destruction of the hair follicle. Pigmented, fine hair follicles may not respond adequately to laser hair reduction therapy.

How do I prepare for my laser hair removal treatment session? The area to be treated should be clean and smoothly shaved. Do not apply topical sun screens to the area prior to treatment. Avoid plucking, waxing or the use of topical depilatories for four weeks prior to your treatment. Once you have begun your treatment  series, you should not pluck, wax or use topical depilatories. You should also avoid significant sun exposure for several weeks prior to your treatment.

Will I get effective results if I have tanned or dark skin? Lighter skin with dark, coarse hair follicles will yield the best results. It is more difficult to obtain optimal results when the skin is tanned and/or If you have very fine hair follicles. 

How do I get started with laser hair removal? You begin by scheduling your free consultation. We will explain, in more detail, how the laser works, what to expect during and after the treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We are able to perform the treatments the same day if scheduled in advance. Otherwise, we are able to treat most clients within a few days.

How many treatments will I need? Typically, it requires 6-10 treatments to optimally treat the follicles in a given area. With darker skin, more treatments may be necessary. The treatment process is fully explained during your personal consultation which typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

When will I notice results? It can take 3 to 4 weeks to see the full effect from each laser hair removal treatment as the follicles are shed. Most clients begin to notice a significant reduction in hair density after 3 to 4 treatments. Laser hair removal will typically destroy 60 to 90% of the follicles with the remaining follicles being finer and less pigmented. A small percentage of people (3-10%) will not respond to laser reduction treatments. For this reason, we do not sell large expensive packages.

What is the cost for laser hair removal? Prices begin as low as $236 for a package of 6 treatments. Under our Pay-As-You-Go Program treatments start as low as $59/treatment. Your cost will depend on the area you are wanting treated. Over the past years, several large laser hair removal providers have gone out of business with little or no warning. For their clients who had purchased large expensive packages, there was no recourse for obtaining a refund. One of these centers was the largest laser hair removal provider in the St Louis area at the time they shut down. Please feel free to contact us at 314-863-5556 if you are interested in an area that is not listed on our web site or to schedule your personal consultation at our conveniently located center in Clayton, just west of downtown St Louis, MO.