1What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a procedure which eliminates hair from the body using a long pulse laser. Laser hair removal lasers have been in operation since the year 1997. The laser treatment is performed by a certified laser specialist or a doctor by directing the device on to clean shaven skin. The laser heat restricts follicles from producing hair. Since many hair follicles will reach their growth cycle at different times, about 6-8 laser treatments at intervals of 8-12 weeks are essential to restrict most of the hair follicles in the selected area.
2Am I a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Men and women both pursue laser hair removal to eliminate unwanted hair. Removal of hair is frequently done on upper lip, chin,face, neck, underarms, pubic area, legs, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms, and toes. Laser technology works by directing dark pigment. Hence, it works best on pale skin and dark abrasive hair. It is believed that the lighter the skin and darker, coarser the hair is, the better the results are. The best candidates are patients treating areas with dark coarse thick hair growth.
3Which Type of Hair Removal Laser will Work for Me?
Currently, there are three popular types of hair removal lasers made by various international manufacturers: Alexandrite, Nd:YAG, and Diode.Another frequently used system for treatment is Intense Pulse Light systems (IPLs).It has been observed that in order to determine the best device to use, patients are required to find out their type of skin. Our skin specialists will run a test to determine your type of skin following your consultation and guide you through the treatment process.
4How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Lasers designed for long-lasting hair reduction discharge wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the pigment in the hair. If the neighboring skin is lighter than the color of the hair, the energy of the laser is focused in the hair shaft, successfully terminating it without affecting the skin or the hair follicle.Since lasers target pigment or melanin, treatments are most effective on coarse hair because it contains a lot of pigment and it can absorb a lot of heat and in comparison fine hair cannot absorb much heat.
5How Many Laser Treatments will I Need?
Many patients require between 6-8 effective laser treatments spread out between 8-12 weeks apart. The reason is because hair grows in cycles, and numerous sessions are necessary in order to affect all hair on any specified area. Due to the length of hair growth cycles, laser treatments are usually required, once every 8-12 weeks. Hair cycle length fluctuates depending on the location of the body. The Face, however usually requires more frequent treatments, whereas legs and back requires less recurrent treatments.
6Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997 and have been recognized as a safe and effective method for elimination of unwanted body and facial hair.The lasers disable hair permanently as long as the right type of hair is treated with a suitable type of laser at effective settings by a certified practitioner. In order to accomplish guaranteed clearance of hair in any located area, most people need to follow up laser treatments with electrolysis treatments to remove any remaining finer hairs as laser can only remove only coarse hair.
7Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
In one pulse, laser treats all the hair on a patch of skin the size of a matchbox. Generally, laser hair removal is not considered more painful than waxing, though the sensation is not the same. With each pulse, the feeling is similar to a rubber band dragging or snapping against the skin for a quick second. Most people do not require an anesthetic cream, though it can optionally be used by more sensitive patients. Dermal anesthetic cream is a popular option for smaller areas and is available from your chemist (this must be applied half an hour prior to treatment).
8Are They any Laser Hair Removal Risks or Side Effects?
Some people may experience the following potential brief side effects:
- Swelling around top of hair follicle for up to 3 days
- Redness for up to 3 days
- Tingling or feeling of numbness
Several patients have noticed pigment changes in the skin colour. If this occurs, the skin will naturally return to normal pigmentation with time, however in very rare cases may persist permanently. We also recommend patients avoid sun exposure for upto 6 weeks (before and after), to avoid skin burns, and discoloration following treatment. It is also advised to wear sun block after treatment.
9Is it True that Laser Hair Removal Can Stimulate Hair Growth in Some Areas?
Some patients have reported that finer hairs treated with a laser became more prominent and more frequent. It is a rare occurrence which happens only when treating fine hair, specifically on women’s faces and men’s upper arms, shoulders and upper back areas. It is also a concern when treating thin hairs of any kind on area on the body. Darker skin types are more vulnerable to experience laser-induced growth.It is also advised to only select laser treatment for body areas with dark coarse thick hair growth. Laser devices are only 100% effective on coarse thick hair growth. Fine hair should be treated with electrolysis.
10What should I expect during a hair removal consultation?
You are required to shave the area prior to the consultation. Once you are in the treatment clinic, the Laser Technician and Master Esthetician will take you through details about the laser and what to expect during the treatments. A photograph of the treatment area will be taken for filing purposes. Our Medical Director, will review patient requirements and sign-off on all our laser settings, as well as, the development of each client’s treatment and any changes that are made.