Laser Hair Removal: How Does It Work?

by | Nov 10, 2022 | Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal: How Does It Work?

The fall brings cooler temperatures, pumpkin-spice everything, and cozy sweaters. But do you know what else is perfect for the fall and winter months? Laser hair removal. 

It’s the best time to get it done. Why? Laser hair removal uses heat to destroy the hair follicle. Due to the powerful heat used, it’s ideal to do this treatment during cooler temperatures when you’re less likely to be out in the sun (UV exposure), which minimizes unwanted side effects. 

Let’s dive into the entire process so you know what to expect and how to get started so you can have silky, smooth skin in time for spring. 

What does the laser do?

Laser hair removal uses laser light energy with a specific wavelength. During treatment, lasers emit energy in the form of light on the skin. The melanin in the hair absorbs this energy and converts it into heat, destroying the hair follicles to prevent or stop future growth.

SplendorX laser hair removal machine

Why do we use SplendorX?

At Complexions Med Spa, we use top-of-the-line technology called SplendorX by Lumenis. The technology blends Alexandrite and Nd:YAG wavelengths for a treatment personalized to your skin, making it fast, effective, and comfortable.

Additionally, the SplendorX has a unique square laser that safely covers every inch of the treatment area. As a result, it can cover large areas of the body, such as the back, in less time than other lasers on the market. Ultimately, this technology means you will have fast appointment times and need fewer treatments.

Click to watch this video to see it in action.

What are the treatment areas for laser hair removal?

The beauty of laser hair removal is that it is entirely customizable. If you want to reduce the hair, we can do that. If you want to remove the hair, we can do that too. Treatment areas include Abs, Arms, Back, Bikini / Brazilian, Chest, Face, Feet, Hands, Legs, Neck/Beard Line, and Shoulders. Check out our spa menu for a full breakdown of each treatment area and the cost.

man's chest laser hair removal

What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

There are so many benefits of laser hair removal; however, you get even more depending on the technology used. With SplendorX by Lumenis the benefits include:

  • It saves time, money, and effort
  • Quick appointment times
  • Long-lasting results
  • Eliminates ingrown hairs
  • Boosts confidence
  • Completely Customizable
  • Works with thick or fine hair
  • Great for light and dark skin tones

If you want your hair removal routine to become more low maintenance, this procedure may be for you.

Is it painful?

Removing body hair is rarely painless; however, the SplendorX has unique features to make it less painful and more comfortable than other lasers on the market.

Specifically, SplendorX has a unique Dual Cooling System to make the treatment more comfortable while protecting your skinThis technology combines Cryo-Touch and Cryo-Air. The cryo tip delivers cold air over the laser beam, which actively removes heat from tissue. This technology will reduce any pain and discomfort during your session. Each individual tolerates pain differently, so discuss any discomfort during your session with your aesthetician.

laser hair removal sessions

How many sessions will it take? 

The number of laser hair removal sessions you might need will vary. Depending on the area of the body, it can take 6-8 appointments minimum. It may be more or less depending on your goals and skin type. All laser hair removal patients must schedule a free consultation before any treatments occur.

What to expect during the procedure?

The technician will provide special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. Once ready, they’ll press the hand-held laser to your skin and talk you through each step as they go.

During the procedure, you might feel a slight zap of discomfort. The heat from the laser may feel like a pinprick; however, the Cryo Air and a Cryo Touch tip protect your skin, making it more comfortable and less painful.

Additionally, a built-in smoke evacuator and HEPA filter provide a smoke-free environment that can result from burnt hair.

What to expect after the procedure?

How the area will look right after treatment varies from person to person. Depending on your skin, you might notice some redness or swelling around the hair follicles after your procedure. To reduce any discomfort, apply ice to the treated area.

After laser hair removal and between scheduled treatments, avoid sunlight (including tanning beds) and follow the post-procedure directions provided by your technician to prevent any adverse reactions.

What are the risks?

SplendorX treatments are generally suitable for everyone. It’s great for all body areas and types of hair. However, laser removal may not be right for everyone and does carry some risks.

Laser hair removal isn’t suitable if you have an active infection or inflammation such as viral, fungal, or bacterial diseases. Also, if you have active cold sores, open wounds, or abrasions in the treatment area, you will not be able to have this procedure.

Risks may include changes to skin pigmentation and texture. Ultimately, the chances of side effects vary with skin type and hair color. Side effects can increase if you avoid the detailed pre- and post-instructions your technician provides at your consult.

sliky smooth skin from laser hair removal

What results can I expect?

Lasers are effective when hair is at an early growth stage. However, because not all hairs will be at the same stage at the same time, you’ll need multiple sessions to reduce or permanently remove any unwanted hair. Your technician will estimate the sessions required for your goals during your consult.

Hairs do not fall out immediately. Instead, they shed over days to weeks. At first, this may look like continued hair growth. However, when hair grows back, it’s usually finer and lighter in color. That’s why repeated treatments are generally necessary to achieve the desired results.

How much does laser hair removal cost?

Laser hair removal costs vary depending on the treatment area. And fair warning, you’ll need multiple sessions to achieve your desired look.

Laser hair removal is a process, so purchasing a package will save you money in the long run. Any remaining funds can go toward another service if you have unused sessions.

Click here to check out our spa menu for the cost breakout per treatment area. 

How do I get started?

We require every patient to schedule a consultation to determine if this is an appropriate option for you. During your consult, your laser hair removal technician will:

  • Examine your medical history, including medication use, history of skin disorders, scarring or tattoos, and past hair removal procedures.
  • Discuss what to expect before, during, and after the procedure – paying particular attention to guidelines for sun protection.
  • Review risks, including what SplendorX can and can’t do.
  • Determine your treatment plan, including the number of sessions and out-of-pocket costs. We have packages available for maximum savings.

Contact us at 918-214-8686 to get your laser hair removal process started. You’ll have silky, smooth skin in time for spring and summer.


















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