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What is Laser Hair Removal?

If you’ve been looking for a quick and easy way to remove hair from specific parts of your body non-surgically, the Sciton® Forever Bare BBL™ laser hair removal treatment is the perfect solution for you. It’s the safest, fastest, and most comfortable laser hair removal in Tucson, AZ.

Using the power of Broadband Light™, the Forever Bare BBL laser offers a quick, incredibly comfortable, and highly effective method for hair removal in several places and on a number of different skin types. It features customizable dual light delivery and can be adjusted to the sensitivity of each treatment area.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work using BBL?

Broadband Light is able to damage the hair follicle without any damage to the surrounding skin because the light’s heat focuses only on the dark pigment in the root of the hair. With this focus in place, the heat becomes so intense in this small, concentrated area that it destroys the hair follicle, stopping it from growing hair anymore.

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal in Tucson? 

Candidates for laser hair removal in Tucson are ready for a modern, more permanent approach to hair removal. Laser hair removal depends on the laser being able to detect the hair follicles. The darker and thicker the hair, the better the laser can detect and target the follicles. However, with recent technological improvements, laser hair removal treatment has advanced and now works well with some types of light hairs. 

Candidacy for laser hair removal is based on several different criteria, including:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Have no outbreaks, rashes or infections in the treatment area
  • Are not pregnant or nursing
  • Have not been recently tanned by a tanning bed or the sun
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What Can I Expect During a Laser Hair Removal?

On the day of your laser hair removal in Tucson, make sure that you do not wear any deodorants, creams, lotions, or cosmetics on the treatment area(s). If you have a treatment done in an area that will require you to get undressed, please wear clothing that’s simple and easy to remove.

Before your treatment begins, you’ll be given protective eyewear, and we will cleanse your skin. You may also be given a topical numbing cream. Once you’re numbed (if necessary), our specialist will apply a gel to the area, and treatment will begin. The Forever Bare BBL laser is a handheld device that will pass over your skin, delivering powerful light energy that appears in rapid flashes. 

The laser feels like a warm massage, and the machine’s technology will make a beeping sound when the treatment has been completed in a certain area. 

What to expect:

  • Mild redness, rash, and/or tenderness may be experienced in the treated area(s) for a couple of days
  • If there is any discomfort, a cold compress will help
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure for two weeks following treatment
  • In the days and weeks following treatment, the treated body hair will shed out and grow back finer and finer until it’s essentially gone. 
  • Most patients return every 2 to 3 years for a maintenance appointment

How much does laser hair removal cost?

Laser hair removal pricing is based on the number of areas treated and the overall surface area addressed so that costs will vary. During your private consultation, we will create a personalized plan for resolving your unwanted hair and present you with a detailed quote at that time. Our laser hair removal in Kirkland may be more cost-effective and time-efficient in the long run than continuously resorting to waxing, shaving, tweezing, and other temporary hair removal methods.

Benefits For Laser Hair Removal

  • Convenient treatments with minimal discomfort
  • Smooth skin without having to shave or wax
  • Forever Bare BBL laser is precise and safe
  • No more razor burn, ingrown hairs, itching, or irritation
  • No more wasted time shaving and waxing
  • Boosted confidence

Commonly treated areas

  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Bikini area
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Upper lip and face
  • Underarms

When is the Best Time to Get Laser Hair Removal?

Our laser hair removal treatment in Tucson will be most effective on hair in the growth phase. This is because, during the growth phase, the hair follicles are at their darkest — and that dark color is what the laser light focuses on to destroy the follicle. 

About 75% of body hair is in the growth phase at all times, but not all of it is. Sometimes other hair is in the transition or resting phase and will need to be targeted at the next appointment. This is why multiple Forever Bare BBL treatments are necessary to remove all unwanted hair and get the results you want. 

Risks and Recovery After Laser Hair Removal 

One of the many benefits of laser hair removal is that there is a very minimal recovery period, if there is any at all. Once your laser treatment is complete, you will be able to get right back to work or your usual routine. However, your skin may be red, swollen or irritated. These side effects may last for about a day or two. Be sure to avoid the sun, and do not pluck or wax the treatment area for a few weeks after your laser hair removal.

 Laser hair removal is generally considered to be a very safe, simple procedure. However, while it’s uncommon, there are some risks to be aware of.


Risk of laser hair removal include the following:

  • Blistering
  • Herpes simplex (cold sore) outbreaks
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Skin pigment changes, such as lightening or darkening

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

  • Don’t wax, tweeze, undergo electrolysis, or use hair removal cream for one month before treatment. 
  • Shave the treatment area(s) the day before your appointment with a clean new razor.
  • Avoid tanning (this means direct and indirect sun exposure, spray tans, and any self-tanning products) for two weeks before treatment. 
  • For one month before treatment, apply sunscreen (containing zinc or titanium dioxide with an SPF of at least 50) anytime you go into the sun. 

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Hair reduction is approximately 90% to 95% permanent. The Forever Bare BBL laser hair removal will damage the hair follicles enough so that the hair can’t grow back; however, new hair-bearing follicles can develop. 

This is why multiple laser hair removal treatments are necessary to get the best results. Typically, 4 to 6 treatments scheduled four weeks apart are recommended, but this will vary depending on your skin color, hair thickness, and the areas that are being treated. 

Why choose ZL Medspa?

Locally owned and founded by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ethan Larson and board-certified nurse practitioner Laura Zimmerman, ZL Medaesthetics is a plastic surgery practice and full boutique medspa in Tucson AZ. Not only do we offer the area’s most advanced lasers; BBL is also one of our main services. We offer patients an extraordinary experience, with concierge-style services that are above and beyond the expected. With a true collaboration between all aspects of aesthetic medicine — surgical and non-surgical — we perform our aesthetic treatments with knowledgeable and highly skilled hands. Our providers attend courses all over the country seeking out the very best techniques and methods, and we are driven by the goal to achieve the best version of you. We deeply care about our results and your natural look, and our goal is to achieve painless perfection.

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Does laser hair removal hurt?

Most clients report that laser hair removal feels like the snap of a rubber band across the skin. They may also experience a stinging or tingling sensation akin to a mild sunburn. Naturally, sensitivity is heightened in certain areas of the body. Our laser system provides continuous cooling technology to keep you comfortable, and we can also use a topical anesthetic prior to your session.

How long does laser hair removal last?

With each laser hair removal session, you will get closer to achieving your goal of permanent hairlessness. Typically around 75-80% hair reduction is considered a success. The number of treatments needed will vary from patient to patient, however. In general, around 5 sessions spaced out at 4-8 week intervals are recommended.

How old do you have to be for laser hair removal?

It is generally recommended that patients are at least 18 years old at the time of their laser hair removal appointment. However, the treatment can be performed on younger clients, provided they have permission granted by a legal guardian. There is no upper age limit for laser hair removal, so long as the client is of sound mind and body and can safely undergo the treatment.

Will it work on my skin tone?

Our laser hair removal technology is most effective for fair-skinned patients with dark hairs. White or grey hairs cannot be treated. Patients cannot undergo laser hair removal while they have a tan or when using tanning sprays or tanning beds. Tanning can increase the risk of complications. Check with us during your consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal.

How effective is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal has a high rate of patient satisfaction. While it cannot guarantee 100% hair removal, it can get as close as possible to achieving your hair loss goals. Once the hair follicles are destroyed by the laser energy, they can no longer regrow hairs, making the treatment one of the best ways to accomplish a sustainable outcome.

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