what to expect: laser treatment

Clarity II Laser Hair Removal & Spot Treatment for Red / Brown spots

Clarity II Laser technology is an innovation based on the principle of selective photothermolysis and photochemical effects. Clarity II is a state-of-the-art, FDA-approved laser platform that can provide hair removal and numerous skin rejuvenation benefits, depending on the patient’s goals. The revolutionary system is safe for nearly all skin types, offers far less discomfort than other laser treatments, permanent body hair reduction and a wide range of significant skin improvements. Clarity II is a versatile high-powered 755/1064nm dual wavelength laser platform that brilliantly & rapidly removes hair, pigment, and vascular lesions in all skin types.


  • Stop topical Retinols and Retin-A (tretinoin) 5-7 days prior to treatment.
  • If you have a history of cold sores (herpes simplex) we can provide a prescription to prevent an outbreak. This is started the day before the procedure.
  • For laser hair removal, please shave and exfoliate the area being treated the night before or morning of the procedure.
  • For treatments on the face: please arrive with clean skin and no makeup

Day of Procedure:  

We will perform a review of your skin and condition and explain the procedure. Anesthetic cream may or may not be required in the treatment area. In the treatment room you will be reclined in a procedure chair, and you will be given eye shields to wear during the time that the device is used. There may be a slight odor from the warming of your skin and the anesthetic cream. A little discomfort can be expected but let the clinician know if you are very uncomfortable. 


  • Once the treatment is over your skin will likely be red. Cool compresses may be soothing.  Keep the skin hydrated with moisturizer, HA serum or both. 
  • Avoid sun exposure until you are healed. Wear sunblock every day. 
  • Healing time varies with the type and aggressiveness of treatment. 
  • For hair removal, the skin will be red and slightly puffy for a few hours. The hairs treated will be expunged from the skin over the next few days. This will appear like the hair is growing however, this is merely the skin expelling the dead hair. This hair will then fall out on its own in a few days. Occasionally you may experience an ingrown hair. Proper skin care and exfoliation can help prevent this.
  • For pigmented areas, the skin will darken immediately and form a crust in the first day or two. This will slowly slough on its own. It is important never to pick at the crust or you may scar or worsen pigmentation. The skin should be completely healed within 1-2 weeks.
  • For redness the skin may be red and a little puffy for a day or two. Red lesions usually fade within the first 1-2 weeks. 
  • We expect you will see continued improvement with each day.  You must however, continue to avoid wind and direct sun.  Do not pick your skin; resist the temptation to peel away any flakes.

Possible side effects:

  • Short-term effects may include reddening, swelling, bumps, mild burning, temporary bruising or blistering.  Any reddening will generally fade within 2-3 days.  Hyperpigmentation (browning of skin) and Hypopigmentation (lightening of skin), although rare, may occur. These conditions usually resolve within 3 – 6 months, but permanent color change and/or scarring is a rare risk, less than 1%. Avoiding sun exposure before and after treatment reduces the risk of color change. 
  • Infection following treatment is quite unusual, but bacterial, fungal and viral infections can occur. Herpes simplex virus infections around the mouth can be stimulated by laser treatment. This applies to both individuals with a past history of herpes simplex virus infections and individuals with no known history of herpes simplex virus infections in the mouth area. Should any type of skin infection occur, additional skin treatments or medical antibiotics may be necessary. 
  • Allergic reactions, although very rare, may occur. Local skin allergies to topical preparations, tape, or preservatives used in cosmetics can occur.  Avoid irritants such as products containing glycolic acid or Retin-A in the area for 5-7 days.
  • Laser light could cause serious eye injury; protective eyewear must be worn during treatment.

If any of the conditions above persist, please consult your physician immediately.

Occasionally unforeseen scheduling or device issues may occur and your appointment will need to be rescheduled. We will make every effort to notify you prior to your arrival to the office. Please be understanding if we cause you any inconvenience.

Results: Best results happen after a series of treatments. 

  • Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments, usually up to 6 treatments but occasionally more.
  • Pigmented lesions lighten after each treatment and often require a series of 3 or more. We highly recommend adding a pigment correcting serum for best results.
  • Redness and dilated vessels sometimes respond after only one treatment but usually require a series of 3 or more.
  • BBL and IPL can be used in combination with other treatments (chemical peels, laser, skin care products) to maximize results. 
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