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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Is treatment with the laser safe?

Treatment is very safe for the skin.  There are many advances in the Sonata technology that makes it one of the safest laser hair removal systems available for all skin colors.  There are no long term health hazards from light used in the Sonata.  Also, here at Lower Salford Laser, your treatments will be under the direct supervision of a TriValley Physician.

2.  How do I prepare for my treatment?

You will get best results by avoiding tanning before and during your treatment.  You also need to avoid waxing and plucking of the hair for 2-4 weeks prior to treatment.  Simply shave the area prior to your appointment for optimal treatment results.

3.  How frequently do I need treatments?

The treatments are usually performed every 4-8 weeks, but this depends on individual factors that your doctor will discuss with you during your consultation.

4.  What kind of results can I expect from my laser hair removal?

Each treatment will result in less hair coming back, as well as hair growing progressively lighter in color, finer and slower-growing with each treatment.  It takes more than 1 treatment to affect all of the follicles growing in an area.  Most people achieve satisfactory clearance after 4-6 treatments, but individual results vary.  Lighter colored hair may require more treatments than darker hair.

5.  Does the treatment hurt?

The sensation is often described as a "hot pinch" or "snapping" feeling.  The sensation only lasts for a fraction of a second and you may feel warmth or a tingling sensation for a short time afterward.  At Lower Salford Laser, we also use the popular Zimmer Cooler which blows cold air on the skin during your treatment enhancing your comfort.  The Sonata laser is also equipped with contact cooling as well.

6.  What happens after each treatment?

Temporary pinkness in the skin lasts a very short time and most people return to work or normal activities immediately after treatment.  The treated area will "shed" some hairs over the next 3 to 4 weeks and you may experience a period of hairlessness in the area while you wait for your next treatment.

7.  Who should get Sonata laser hair removal?

Anyone who wants a solution to shaving, waxing, plucking or electrolysis.  The Sonata laser is approved for all Fitzpatrick skin types (I-VI).  In comparision the popular Alexandrite laser is approved only for skin types I-III. 

8.  How do I schedule an appointment to discuss laser hair removal?

You can schedule an appointment by calling our office at (215) 256-8040 and following the phone prompt for laser hair services (option 8).  You can also email us at

9.  Do I need to be a patient of TriValley Primary Care to get laser hair removal?

No.  The laser services are offered at the TVPC - Lower Salford office but you do not need to be a patient of our office.  If you know of friends or relatives that are interested, please let them know.

10.  What does laser hair removal cost?

The cost depends on the size of the treatment area.  Here at Lower Salford Laser, we feel our prices are extremely competitive as our overhead is much lower than "Spa centers".  A current price list can be found here on our website.