FAQ

Any medical laser procedure can be a bit intimidating at first. Learn more about Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ here, so you’ll feel completely comfortable with the procedure.

Laser Hair Removal

What's your cancellation policy?


As of January 1st, 2018, there will be a 50% late cancellation fee for anyone who cancels less than 24 hours prior to their appointment.




Do I need to do anything special prior to my initial visit?


Just for your INITIAL visit, please fill out the online New Client Registration Form. Please fill out the form found on our home page. Due to Coronavirus guidelines, we also require you to fill out the COVID-19 Acknowledgement Form




How much does it cost?


For “Pain-Free, Hair-Free” treatment costs please reference the Treatment section on this site. Please schedule an appointment at our office and ask for a quotation. Compared with a lifetime of shaving, waxing or plucking, Pain-Free, Hair-Free can be a worthwhile investment in both time and money-savings.




How do I know it won’t hurt?


Most people find Pain-Free, Hair-Free very comfortable. While pain tolerance is subjective, many patients often describe the sensation as soothing as a “hot stone massage.” If you find it otherwise, talk with your doctor or laser technician.




Do I need to plan for time off, for the treatments?


No. Pain-Free, Hair-Free requires no “down time” or recovery time. You can have a treatment and return to work or school immediately.




Will my hair ever grow back?


The short answer is no. Once the hair follicle is damaged, it cannot grow new hair. However, there are invariably a few hair follicles that manage to partially escape the laser during each treatment. Some of these follicles may be only stunned and will need to be retreated.




Is it safe?


Hair removal is one of the aesthetic medical industry’s most well-known and researched uses of lasers. Pain-Free, Hair-Free‘s Soprano®XL laser has provided permanent hair reduction for thousands of patients worldwide, safely and successfully since it was cleared by the FDA in 2005.




How many treatments will it take?


That's a very hard question to answer. And if someone answers it with a very short, easy answer spitting out one number they are not truthful. Laser hair removal is a process. We are slowly damaging the follicles so that hopefully, well in most situations, the follicles will get damaged enough that they are not able to produce a viable hair at some point. Learn more in our BLOG.




How far apart are the treatments?


For most people the treatments for the face are every 5 weeks and every 6 weeks for all other body parts. You will go through the entire cycle which is the hair being damaged with the treatment.




Why is the Alma laser system "virtually pain free"?


The Alma system is a diode laser The rapid pulse, constant motion with the low fluency diode laser represents an advance in safety, efficiently and tolerability of laser hair removal treatment. During the treatment you will first feel the very cold tip which feels like an ice cube- this coolness protects the skin and makes the treatment very comfortable.




Can you laser over a tattoo?


No, you cannot laser over a tattoo. The laser will explode the ink and burn the skin. An some people do not like their tattoo and ask that I do laser over it to get rid of it but we cannot do that. We will burn your skin. Please advice your laser technician on any non visible tattoos.




How dark can your skin be to laser with the Alma system?


The Alma laser is FDA approved for all skin types. The only issue that we have when lasering dark skin is when the skin in a particular area is very dark where it is hard to distinguish between the skin and the hair. The laser is looking for melanin and if the skin is just as dark as the hair then the laser has a hard time picking up the hair.




Can you laser Blonde or Gray hairs?


Every laser is attracted to one thing. With laser hair removal the laser is attracted to pigment (or melanin). Gray hair has zero pigment, blonde having very little. Most blondes have very light hair on their face, arms and legs but for many their bikini and underarm hairs have more pigment. As long as the hair looks a little darker there is a good chance that we will be able to laser them.





Skin Rejuvenation

Why consider IPL Treatments?


IPL help with pigmented lesions such as dark spots, freckles, melanoma, sun spots and age spots. The treatment helps with lessening meaningful, hemoglobin, and oxyhemoglobin.




What is Alma Harmony Lite Dye-VL treatment?


Dye-VLtechnology (dye pulsed light) harnesses light energy from a very precise narrow band spectrum. It is as effective as a laser treatment with the safety, versatility and cast of pulsed light.




Benefits of MicroNeedling?


Micro needling is used to treat and improve conditions like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, skin texture, pore size, brown spots, stretch marks, and pigment issues.




What is MicroNeedling?


The procedure uses a pen with fine needles that puncture the skin and create a controlled skin injury in order to rejuvenate the skin. The idea is that the damage caused by the needles encourages your body to send healing agents (elastin and collagen) to the area to repair them. By making tiny columns of drama in the dermis the body is forced to make new collagen to fill them in and heal them. The new collage makes the skin look and feel slicker, tighter, and more youthful.




MicroNeedling Pre-Treatments


The procedure uses a pen with fine needles that puncture the skin and create a controlled skin injury in order to rejuvenate the skin. The idea is that the damage caused by the needles encourages your body to send healing agents (elastin and collagen) to the area to repair them. By making tiny columns of drama in the dermis the body is forced to make new collagen to fill them in and heal them. The new collage makes the skin look and feel slicker, tighter, and more youthful.




MicroNeedling Post Treatment.


Your face (or other area that you are treating) will be red after the treatment. You may feel slight discomfort the first 12 hours or so- very similar to if you have a sunburn. By the next morning most people only have slight redness left similar to having a slight sunburn. Any areas that we treat deeper- like fine lines, neck lines, acne scars- you ma have some red ness that lasts for a few days. The second day we recommend applying some topical serums or creams with active ingredients that will now easily penetrate deep not the skin. By making tiny channels in the skin with the procedure the products can go deeper into the skin which is very beneficial. The skin may be slightly irritated with the products but well worth the small amount of discomfort.




How many treatments are needed for MicroNeedling?


Micro needling is typically performed in a series of four to six sessions spaced about a month apart. You will get results after one but doing a series will only increase the results. Especially for working with acne scars and stretch marks more then one treatment is definitely needed to get optimal results.




What is the cost of MicroNeedling?


The price for micro needling at PBL is $250 for the full face. If you add the neck area the cost is $50 more as is the décolleté. Other areas must be evaluated for pricing.




What are the benefits of Plasma Pen Services?


The Plasma Pen is a non-invasive skin lifting, skin tightening and rejuvenation device used to treat wrinkles and sagging, dull skin. The Plasma Pen is a FDA approved device used to perform fibroblast therapy, a technique used to stimulate production of collagen in the skin. The pen significantly tightens, lifts, resurfaces and regenerates practically any area of the skin.




What do I need to do prior to Plasma Pen Treatments?


Ideally you want be on a good skin regiment before the treatment. Ideally you want to use a retinol and hydroquinone products for 4-6 weeks before your treatment. 3-4 days before your treatment stop using the retinol.




What are post treatment consideration for Plasma Pen Therapy?


Post treatment use the silver healing gel. Do not use the same day as the treatment but you can start the next day. The gel will help to keep the wounds dry and also aid in healing. Us the gel until the scabs are all gone. The area will be itchy but do not scratch or pick at the scabs- I will cause scarring. If the scabs feel itchy apply the gel. You can continue to apply the gel with clean hands throughout the day.




What is the Opus Plasma?


Opus Plasma is considered an energy-based devices. It works by creating targeted areas of trauma in the skin and stimulating a wound-healing response, which in turn yields an improvement in tone and texture. Like many modern energy-based devices, the Opus Plasma is a micro-ablative, fractional technology. This means that it treats only tiny portions (fractions, as it were) of the skin in order to control tissue damage and minimize healing time.




How does the Opus Plasma work?


The metal pins of the Opus Plasma device are charged with radiofrequency energy. It’s this energy that reacts with atmospheric pressure in order to create the plasma that “injures” the skin—but it also has an added benefit. While the plasma works more superficially, the radiofrequency energy creates heat in the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and, ultimately, helping tighten the skin.




Who are the best candidates for an Opus Plasma treatment?


Opus Plasma is a good choice for those looking to smooth textural issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. It also is best in treating skin elasticity and sagging.




How long does an Opus Plasma treatment take?


The initial step is to apply a topical numbing cream. It takes about 15 mins to treat an entire face area for typical individual.




What is downtime after treatment?


For 24-48hrs the skin may be slightly swollen and irritated. Some flaking may occur after a few days but should be cleared up within a week.