Is Laser Hair Removal Safe For All Skin Tones?

You would be shocked by just how often we receive this question and by how many clients never thought that Laser Hair Removal was even an option for them. The long and and sometimes complicated answer is yes, it is safe for almost all skin types and tones so long as you are doing your research and making sure you find the right combination of Laser and Provider.

Read on to find out more about our lasers and the providers that allow us to treat such a variety of skin types as well as some questions to ask if you can’t see us here in Chicago!

 

Skin Type IV Laser Hair Removal

 

When it comes to hair removal there are so many different methods available to you.  So often women of color think that Laser Hair Removal is simply not an option for them or that the risks of burning, which can be higher for darker skin tones, outweigh the benefits of the kind of smooth skin that only Laser Hair Removal can provide. We are here to dispel the myth that Laser Hair Removal is only for those with light skin and dark hair, that in fact Laser Hair Removal is a great option for women of all skin tones! Here is a guide to asking the right questions to make sure that you find the right fit for your skin type.

What is your skin type?

Many Medspas, Lapiel included, use a handy guide called the Fitzpatrick Scale to set the guidelines for how they treat people of all skin tones. It is important to know where you skin falls on this scale and be able to ask whether or not the provider has successfully treated women with your skin type in the past. It is also important to answer your questionaires as honestly as possible, many women may come in thinking they are are a Skin Type III or IV when in reality they may be closer to a I or II.

Chicago Skin Types

We recently read an article on Refinery 29 that further dispels the idea that Laser Hair Removal is not for women of color.

“What’s even more frustrating is that women who have darker complexions, particularly those from African and Caribbean backgrounds, make the best candidates for laser hair removal, for several reasons. Firstly, their hair density is often greater than in other racial groups, and “the larger the hair follicle, the more a receptive target it is for treatment,” adds Dr. Maria Gonzalez, a dermatologist from the Royal Gwent Hospital. Moreover, their skin type doesn’t fare well with other types of hair removal: waxing, epilation and shaving can cause ongoing skin damage in ways that don’t affect lighter skin tones as much.”

What Lasers Can Be Used on Darker Skin Types?

Not all lasers are created equal. It is very important to make sure that you are choosing the right laser for your skin type.The most common laser used to treat darker skin types is the Nd:YAG laser. This particular Laser uses a wavelength that absorbs a very low amount of melanin in the skin, so there is little risk of hyperpigmentation or scarring, which is ideal for people of color.

 

Candela GentleMax Chicago

 

The GentleMAX by Candela is the Gold Standard for Laser Hair Removal in all Fitzpatrick skin types. Our providers have used this technology to safely and effectively treat our clients for over 14 years.

Who is doing the Laser Hair Removal?

Perhaps the most important part of the entire Hair Removal process is making sure you do your homework when it comes to selecting the right place to be treated. Here at Lapiel our treatments are performed exclusively by trained Nurses to ensure the safest possible outcome. You want to be sure that the person operating the laser has successfully worked with your skin type and knows what the proper settings should be. Don’t be shy, you should feel comfortable enough with your provider to ask any and all questions regarding your treatment.

 

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2017-12-01T00:19:04+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Laser Hair Removal|

Fall Laser Specials Are Here!

Goodbye Razor! Hello Laser!

Check out our Fall Laser Specials and get a jump start on the smooth skin you’ve always wanted! Make this the year you say good bye to unwanted hair and sun damage when finally start that area(s) you’ve been thinking about. Save 10% off any new area and 15% when you start two or more new areas from not until November 11th.

Offer valid for both new and existing clients on both Laser Hair Removal and Laser Skin Rejuvenation Treatments! Now is the time to take advantage of these amazing Fall Laser Specials!

 

See how switching to Laser Hair Removal can save you time and money when it comes to getting rid of all your pesky hair problems!

 

 

Time: The average woman spends two entire months of her life shaving and waxing?! Think of all you could do with the time and energy you currently spend removing unwanted hair the old fashioned way!

Money: American women spend $33,000 shaving and waxing! We recently had a client come in and report spending about $9,100 (without tip!) waxing her Bikini area for 15 years– one year, 7 treatments and $1,194 later she is ready for the beach and no longer struggles with ingrown hair or monthly trips to the waxing salon!

Freedom: Imagine always being ready to go and never having to worry about shaving your legs or waxing your bikini area? Sounds great doesn’t it? Switching to Laser Hair Removal can not only save you time and money, but it can give you the confidence to say yes to that impromptu beach trip, stop worrying about stubble, and be ready for whatever adventure comes your way!

Start this fall and be ready for a hair free spring! Take advantage of this rare Laser special and finally start the area you’ve been thinking about. Summer you will be glad you did!

 

 

 

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2017-10-18T23:09:08+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Laser Hair Removal, Specials|

Getting Married? We’ve Got Your Beauty Timeline!

You’re engaged! While I’m sure you’ve thought about the big things like venue, caterers and flowers, most people don’t start thinking about their bridal beauty services until its too late! Here is a simple guide for brides AND grooms to help plan for some of our most popular pre-wedding services, along with the best times to start thinking about them. Schedule a free consultation and let us help you look your best on your big day!

Laser Hair Removal— 12 Months

No one wants to deal with plucking, waxing, shaving or tweezing leading up to their big day! Whether it’s a strapless dress or a beachside honeymoon you’re planning for, you should consider booking your first laser appointment about a year before your wedding day. Most areas require 6-8 sessions and are booked every 5-6 weeks. What this means is that entire process, from start to finish can take up to a year to complete. After just one treatment we’re sure you’ll wish you’d started years ago! Get ready show off smooth, bump free skin in time for your wedding.

Botox – 6 Months

When you look back at your wedding photos, the only thing that should look dated is your dress! More and more brides are looking to kick their beauty regimen up a notch in preparation for the big day. In some cases this means adding Botox to their to-do list. If you choose to go this route, we recommend doing two rounds before the wedding day with your first visit scheduled at least six months prior to ensure you are happy with your results. Your second visit should be scheduled 1 month before the wedding so that you are looking your absolute best on your wedding day.

Skin Care— 3-6 Months

We always want picture perfect skin, but its extra important on the day all cameras are pointed your way. We offer a myriad of options when it comes to Skin Care for both brides and grooms. Some of our most popular? Silkpeel Dermalinfusion and Glytone Chemical Peels. A step beyond the traditional facial, these game-changing treatments can handle anything from acne to hyperpigmentation. The only catch is you may need a few treatments, which is why we recommend giving yourself a few months to get your skin where you’d like to be. Take advantage of our free consultations and outline your goals with our Esthetician who can put together a treatment plan for you!

Latisse—3 Months

Forget the false lashes and grow your own darker, thicker, longer lashes with Latisse! Full results take 16 weeks so make sure to pick up a box at least three months before your wedding and get ready to bat those lashes in every photo!

See what other Beauty Appointments The Knot suggests booking before your wedding HERE

We cannot wait to help you get ready for your big day!

Any questions? Feel free to give us a call (773)248-4247 or email us info@lapiellaser.com

2017-08-21T23:05:45+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Botox, Laser Hair Removal, Skin Care, Wedding|