LASER HAIR REDUCTION INFORMED CONSENT
- LHR is a non-invasive laser treatment designed to remove unwanted hair. The laser device works by emitting pulses of light energy that penetrate the skin and destroy hair follicles while the device’s hand piece cools the surrounding skin.
- Because the laser needs to fill the hair follicle to work effectively, it is important not to wax, tweeze, have electrolysis procedures or pluck hair for 2-4 weeks prior to the procedure.
- You will be required to wear protective eyewear during the procedure. You may feel a slight burning, stinging or pinching sensation during the procedure. It generally takes 10 to 21 days after the procedure for the treated hair to fall out.
- Treatment of dark course hair generally achieves the best results while removal of light fine hair generally requires additional treatments which may or may not be successful.
- Results may also vary depending on individual skin type, hormonal levels and hereditary influences. Therefore, some patients may experience partial results and some may notice no improvement at all. Future hormonal changes may cause additional hair growth. LHR procedure generally involves a series of treatments.
- Ideal (light skin/dark hair) candidates can usually achieve 65%-95% reduction with a series of 6 treatments. Thicker skinned areas such as men’s backs, faces or neck usually require more than 6 sessions and usually achieve only partial reduction or hair thinning
Not Good Candidates
- Pregnant, nursing or plan to become pregnant while undergoing LHR treatments.
- Individuals who have used Accutane within the past six months or who used any medications requiring limited exposure to sunlight.
- Individuals with tanned skin are advised to delay LHR procedure, as sun exposure 2 weeks prior to treatment may reduce effectiveness of the laser. The laser may not be effective on blond or gray hair.
- It is important to shave the area prior to treatment session. We do not provide shaving services as you must do this yourself prior to the treatment.
- Please inform us if you have an allergy to Aloe.
Risks and Complications
- Temporary reddening, burning, swelling, bruising, blistering, scarring, activation of cold sores. Please inform us if you have ever had a problem with cold sores.
- Folliculitis, which is an infection of the hair follicle, which may take several days to resolve.
- Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) or hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), which rare may take several months to fully resolve.
- Crusting or blistering of the area exposed to laser, which is rare and which may take several days to heal.
- As with all LHR procedures, some re-growth of hair may occur after treatment sessions are completed.
Post Care Procedure
- Laser-treated areas should not be exposed to sun or tanning beds. If outside, use protective sunscreen
- Please call your doctor promptly if complications develop after the procedure.
- Not adhering to the post treatment skin care instructions may increase the risk of complications.
By signing below you demonstrate you understand the nature of the procedure, the possible complications, and the proper post-treatment care. You also authorize MedSpa at Villagio to perform LHR on you.