Permanently Remove Unwanted Hair with Laser Hair Removal

If you are tired of spending your time and money shaving, laser hair removal could be the shortcut your routine needs.

Whether you’d like lasting hair removal on your legs, arms, bikini line or one of many other areas where laser hair removal can be applied, the aesthetic experts at Quintessa are ready to create a treatment plan customized for your individual needs.

Before you begin laser hair removal treatment, make sure you select a qualified technician working under the supervision of a doctor or plastic surgeon. Certified, trained, and experienced technicians will provide the highest quality, longest-lasting, and safest treatment available. At Quintessa, this convenient procedure can often be completed in one day and recovery time is minimal. We also have five convenient locations in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Plan your procedure

Type of Procedure Nonsurgical
Recover Time 1 day
Procedure Time ½ hour to 1 hour, depending on areas treated
Recovery Information Out-patient,

WHy laser hair removal is worth it

Are you tired of picking up a razor and shaving your legs, underarms and other areas of your body every 2-3 days?

If you’ve simply had enough of this tedious routine, laser hair removal offers a much more permanent solution that'll have you feeling more confident and comfortable. With little to no recovery time, you won't need to take time off from your busy schedule to undergo laser hair removal.

The treatment often works best on darker hair, but the technology can adjust to a wide range of hair types and skin tones. Most laser hair removal systems on the market have the ability to target the patient's specific pigmentation in the hair, and with that, we can also target the specific pigmentation in the patient's skin when done carefully.

Popular laser hair removal Treatment Areas

Laser hair removal can treat many areas of the body. If you are looking to permanently reduce hair growth in any of the following areas, treatment from Quintessa is for you:

Upper Body

Lower Body

  • Unibrow
  • Cheeks
  • Ears
  • Upper Lip
  • Beard
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Chest/Breasts (Areolas & Nipples)
  • Underarms
  • Forearms
  • Hands
  • Bikini (Brazillian)
  • Buttocks
  • Upper Thigh
  • Inner Thigh
  • Feet

While laser hair removal can be done on most areas of the body, we typically try to avoid areas that are too close to the eyes (with the exception of the unibrow). If there's an area of the body you'd like to treat that you don't see in the table above, please contact us and we can help you determine if laser hair removal is a safe option for your specific needs.

how do you prepare for laser hair removal?

There a few things you should do (and not do) before your laser hair removal treatment. Here are some general ways you can prepare yourself for the most effective results.

PICK THE RIGHT TECHNICIAN

Make sure that you select a trained and qualified laser hair removal technician. It is strongly suggested that you pick a technician working under the supervision of doctor or plastic surgeon. At Quintessa, we ensure all laser hair removal treatments are conducted in a safe and clean environment. Also, make sure your technician is certified and has extensive experience with laser hair removal prior to your first treatment.

Shave Before Your Consultation

It is recommended that you do not wax or pluck hair for at least a month or longer before laser hair removal treatment. Due to the fact that laser hair removal is often performed in a series of 6 to 8 treatments, patients should not wax, pluck or tweeze any of their hairs during this entire time period. These activities damage the hair follicles, making it harder for the laser to destroy these follicles completely and efficiently. 

However, we often do recommend shaving beforehand. Shaving will reduce the amount of existing hair while leaving the follicle intact and exposing it for optimal removal. That said, we typically recommend that you do not shave the same day as your appointment so you do not experience any redness or abrasion.

Test a small Area First

We also strongly recommend testing a small area first before starting a complete laser hair removal treatment. Ask your technician to test the laser on a small, discreet area before continuing. This way you’ll have an idea what the laser feels like and you’ll know how your skin and hair will react to the treatment. If the laser is too uncomfortable, you can decide not to proceed and consider alternative options. 

Avoid the Sun

Sun exposure (including tanning) prior to treatment can put you at a greater risk for side effects, most notably, unwanted changes to the pigment of your skin.

Check your medicine cabinet

First, contact the professional that is going to be performing the laser hair removal to assure that you are not on any medications that are photosensitizing. These are medications that you would have been cautioned to not use if you were going to be out in the sun or when they prescribe them, they would recommend that you minimize your sun exposure and wear sunblock daily to prevent any sort of skin irritation secondary to the medication.

Recovery

In most cases, laser hair removal treatment only takes approximately 5-10 minutes to perform. You will be able to return to your normal activities very quickly following treatment. However, you should keep the treated area covered while it heals and limit your time in the sun. We also recommend wearing sunscreen when outdoors, especially on the healed, treated areas. For sufficient hair reduction, a series of laser hair treatments must be performed approximately 1 to 2 months apart so we can successfully catch the hairs in their growth phase and provide excellent hair reduction long term.

While laser hair removal with Quintessa is extremely safe overall, one of the most common side effects we see is simply sensitivity of the skin in the area where the treatment was performed. Some patients may also get small bumps on the skin where the hair follicle has been injured and has caused some swelling. But this sensitivity and bumpiness typically subsides within the first 48 to 72 hours.

How soon after laser hair removal can I resume normal activity, like going to the beach or pool?

There should not be any risk of infection from laser hair removal. But you do want to be very careful with sun exposure due to the fact that if you do get sun exposure, and cause some pigmentation of the skin, then your next laser hair removal session will most likely not be as effective. This is because the pigment in your skin is going to compete for the energy of the laser along with the pigment of your hair. That is why we always recommend patients avoid sun exposure during their hair removal session so that we do not have to make adjustments to the laser and we can maximize their outcome.

How much does laser hair removal cost?

Start your Quintessa story with a personalized consultation today and learn exactly how much a laser hair removal treatment will cost for your unique procedure. In addition, we can help you determine if you make an ideal candidate for laser hair removal as treatment is not for everyone. For example, laser hair removal is not recommended for pregnant women, people with diabetes or people with skin issues (such as keloids) skin cancer or an active infection.

We would love to help you get started! Book a a consult today and our licensed medical staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have as you consider treatment.

how to prevent and treat hyperpigmentation after laser hair removal

If a patient experiences hyperpigmentation after laser hair removal, we can provide several recommendations to remedy this. First and foremost, proper sun protection is an absolute necessity. Second, we typically put patients on a skincare product that contains hydroquinone as this will help prevent further pigmentation and allow the current pigmentation to subside faster. Furthermore, we will frequently recommend treatments with broadband light therapy which can target the pigment and make the pigment go away much faster.

Ultimately, a consultation with an experienced professional is recommended. Contact us today to learn more.

Hair Removal FAQ's

Are some hair removal devices better than others?

Yes, we think some devices are better in that they are fast, effective, and provide a nearly pain-free experience. Devices in health care providers' offices are also more powerful than devices you would use at home. You can read more in our blog.

Are freckles sensitive to the light from hair removal devices?

Depending on the light frequency, it is possible for freckles to turn darker. You can read more in our blog about Freckles and Laser Hair Removal.

Ready to say goodbye to razors, creams, and waxes?