Frequently asked questions

Laser Hair Removal Permanent Hair Reduction

Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles then absord the light, which in turn destroys the follicle leaving the skin smooth and hair-free.
During laser hair removal, patients report a snapping feeling. For the most part, the ice that comes out while the laser is on will cover the laser sensation. A small number of patients report minor itching, redness or swelling in the treatment area that subsides within a few days.
Theoretically, damage to the hair follicle can remove unwanted hair permanently, but because of the nature of hair and the many factors that influence the growth of hair, the results vary from client to client. The effect of repeated treatments is cumulative, with 90 percent of clients experience permanent hair loss.
Compare to any other hair removal treatment, (i.e. waxing, plucking…) laser hair removal treatment may have less side effects. The precise laser parameters used for each laser hair removal system was carefully defined by studying the anatomy of the hair follicle and precisely matching the color of laser light and the pulse duration to the size, depth, and location of the hair follicle. This research has resulted in a safe technique that effectively reduces the risk of scarring and most other complications following treatment.
In fact, laser therapy uses an intense beam of light to remove unwanted hair in a process called photothermolysis. The heat of the laser is absorbed by pigment or melanin in the hair root, causing damage to the follicle, which stops future hair growth. The higher amount of melanin or the darker the hair, the more the light is absorbed and the more effective the hair removal. In another word, the laser picks up the contrast between the hair follicle and the skin pigment. People with light hair (i.e. blond, grey), the hair to skin pigmentation difference is much less, so the laser will be less effective. However, Bared Monkey offers the latest hair removal technology, our Alma Soprano Diode laser is specifically designed for use on light AND dark skin tones, so limitations are minimal. Prior to the treatment, we will evaluate your skin type and adjust the settings base on your hair and skin color to ensure the optimum results.
Permanent hair reduction. 90 percent of clients experience permanent hair loss within 6-9 sessions. The hair growing cycle occurs in phases and varies from person to person. For some individuals, several treatments may be necessary to disable hair follicles that subsequently enter the growth phase. Each client will be advised as to the approximate number of treatments before the procedure.
Side effects are not common. Mild redness, slight scabbing, and irritation may occur around the treated area, but will disappear rapidly or within several days following the procedure. In rare cases, the treated skin may become mildly lighter or darker. Our experienced laser specialists will inform you of which course of treatment is best for you during the first visit.

IPL/Photofacial Treatments Color spots removal / Anti-aging Treaments

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It is used in photofacial treatment as well. It delivers broadband light through the skin for Skin rejuvenation. IPL helps restore a youthful looking skin intended for photo aged or sun damaged skin. It helps decrease facial redness, lessen the appearance of pigmented spots, reduce pore size and improve texture and fine lines.
There have been no studies to suggest a direct correlation for an increased risk of Melanoma. However studies have proven that light based treatments may decrease pre-cancerous cells especially when combined with Levulanic Acid. You should always see a Dermatologist annually for a full body exam.
If IPL is formed with the correct laser equipment and settings, there is very low risk. That's why we will do test areas on darker skin clients to reduce this risk to minimum.
IPL can eradicate red facial veins & flushing, improve acne rosacea, treat irregular pigmentation, dark sun spots, and reduce fine facial lines.
Darker complexions, tanned skin, spray tans or recently tanned skin individuals are generally not good candidates for the treatment. Men who wish to have facial treatments, should note the beard/mustache area can have patchy hair loss after a session, so may not want to treat this area where regular facial hair grows.
Patients should undergo a series 3-4 IPL treatments. Treatments are administered every 3-4 weeks. Each treatment session takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes, depending on treated areas.
Post-treatment pinkness and mild discomfort like a sunburn sensation for a few hours . Areas treated may be prone to hyperpigmentation ( darking of the skin). Avoidance of the sun and wearing sunscreen daily are advised. Because all individuals are different, we generally will begin your sessions at a more conservative level then progressively increase the treatment levels. This will minimize any unwanted side effects and any potential skin burns, yet develop an ideal treatment protocol for each individual