Unwanted hair growth has inspired many methods to remove unwanted hair. From tweezing to shaving, people have been using these removal methods for decades to achieve a desired aesthetic. However, these methods are imperfect and can often be painful. At Renew Health & Wellness in Richmond, VA, and Greenville, SC, we know that laser hair removal can be painless with treatments such as Motus AY and Viora.


Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive technique that prevents the future growth of unwanted hair on the face and body. The lasers used for these advanced treatments can be customized to suit your skin type and skin tone, making these treatments much more effective and gentle than other methods to remove unwanted hair. The treatments we use at our clinics include:


Motus AY

Motus AY is an Alexandrite laser that can be used on both light and dark skin tones to remove unwanted hair, reduce vascular lesions, and improve pigmented lesions on the skin. One of the biggest benefits of this treatment is the fact that even large areas measuring 20mm in size can be treated in about five minutes. Overall, this means that your appointments will be much faster than with other laser treatments.



Viora is an IPL treatment that removes and reduces unwanted hair growth. IPL technology is sometimes more appropriate for those who have sensitive skin. The conversion of light energy into thermal energy will reduce your hair growth over time, and may also improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. This treatment can be an excellent option for those who are looking for a more sensitive treatment, particularly for delicate areas of the body.


What Can You Expect From Treatment?

Laser treatments to remove unwanted hair can usually be completed in about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of your treatment locations. For your treatment, you should arrive with clean skin and loose clothing. Do not apply any perfume, lotion, or makeup to any treatment area on the day of your appointment.


Are These Treatments Painless?

These treatments are considered relatively painless because laser systems are designed to be as comfortable as possible against your skin. Some patients compare the sensation of laser treatment to a snapping rubber band.


You may have the option of using a topical numbing ointment for your treatment to ensure your comfort. You may also be able to take an over-the-counter pain reliever about one hour before your appointment to reduce discomfort.


What Should You Do Before Treatment?

For one to two weeks before your appointment, you should avoid tanning beds, sun tanning, and self-tanning products. This is because laser treatments can potentially cause hyperpigmentation if you have already exposed your skin to activities that can trigger melanin production.


You should also avoid waxing or tweezing for two weeks before your treatment, as removing hair from the root will prevent you from using laser treatments effectively. You can shave up to 48 hours before your treatment.


What Should You Do After Treatment?

After your appointments, you will be able to resume your normal daily activities without any downtime. For one to two weeks after your treatment, you should wear sunscreen anytime you’re outside to prevent hyperpigmentation.


It may be helpful for your recovery to soothe your skin with aloe vera gel or other simple moisturizers in the days following your appointment. You may exfoliate your skin five to seven days after your treatment to help shed dead skin cells and hair.


How Many Treatments Will You Need?

To remove unwanted hair and prevent future hair growth, you will likely need several laser hair removal treatments. It’s common to need five to six treatments to remove unwanted hair on the face and body. Certain factors may influence how many treatments you need, including the size of your treatment locations, the density of your hair growth, and the pigment of your hair.


For example, laser treatments work most effectively when the laser can target darker pigments on the skin, so if you have naturally light body hair, you will likely need additional treatments to achieve optimal results. Similarly, those who have very dense hair will often need more treatments simply because they grow thicker hair that requires more laser energy to remove.


How Quickly Will You See Results?

The earliest you will see results from this treatment may be as soon as after one to two treatments. Your initial results will be visible as hair falls away from the skin. Your results will gradually improve, and you will notice less hair growth as you have additional treatments.


The best way to see fast results is to keep up with all of your treatment appointments. Skipping even one appointment will put you back at square one and postpone your optimal results. Please only reschedule your appointment if you have an active skin concern, such as an eczema outbreak or a sunburn.


Are You a Good Candidate?

Because laser treatments to remove unwanted hair are customized to suit your skin type and skin tone, most people are good candidates for these treatments. The only people who may not be candidates are those who are pregnant, those who have pacemakers or other cardiovascular devices, and those who have used medicines that cause photosensitivity in the last six months.


Remove Unwanted Hair Quickly and Painlessly

If you’re tired of waxing, tweezing, or shaving, it may be time to consider advanced treatments to remove unwanted hair from the face and body. Laser treatments can be used on virtually any area to remove or stunt unwanted hair. These treatments are generally a good option for most people.