Laser Hair Removal - Everything you Need to Know
Laser hair removal is talked about and advertised all over, but does it really work? Does it mean the end of waxing, shaving, tweezing and other painful hair removal methods?
How does laser hair removal work?
When performing the laser hair removal treatment, a laser is utilised to target and kill hair follicles. Once the hair follicle is dead, the hair won’t grow back.
How can I get the most effective hair removal laser treatment?
Multiple treatments are needed for the best results, but there is no set number a person should have to achieve optimal results. The key is to be consistent and follow the recommendations of your laser technician. Be sure to come back when you are supposed to, which is typically around 4-6 weeks depending on the body area.
Is it painful?
The procedure isn't painful, but certain areas of the body can be more sensitive, such as the bikini line, or upper lip areas. Pain tolerance varies from person to person so our laser therapists will speak with you about applying a topical numbing cream.
What are the risks?
Risks can include: Burns, blisters, scabs, welts, scarring, pigment changes such as hyperpigmentation, or hypopigmentation, or the possibility that the hair cannot be removed permanently and continues to grow back. That is why it is important that you visit a reputable Laser Clinic and not a discount salon. As we are a medical clinic with medical doctors and licensed laser safety officers, you are assured of sound advice and treatment. We also offer IPL and Electrolysis, so our consultants will recommend a treatment that will be best for your hair type and colour.
Does it work on all hair colours?
Laser hair removal is best on dark, course hair. It will not respond to red, white, or blonde hair because the laser light targets the dark pigment in the hair follicle, so it will not see lighter hair. We recommend Electrolysis for lighter hair.
Can all skin tones receive laser hair treatment?
With the right laser, all skin types can be treated. The lighter your skin is the safer it is, because the laser targets dark pigment. Darker skin types such as Asian, Hispanic, or African skin are treated more carefully so that the laser doesn’t burn the skin or upset the pigment in any way.
Will pregnancy affect laser hair removal?
Hair can grow back when women are pregnant, because pregnancy changes hormone levels. Hormones return to normal after pregnancy, and that hair can removed be with a few more laser treatments .
What is your opinion about salon discounts and deals?
Be careful with discounts and deals at salons and spas. There usually isn’t a doctor on site to monitor the treatments.
Is it safe to receive laser hair removal at a salon or spa?
We advise that patients see someone at a doctor’s clinic, preferably at a cosmetic physician or dermatology practice where there is a doctor on site who understands the complexities of skin.
What is the future of laser hair removal technology?
Laser technology hasn't changed too much over the last 18 years, except for the fact that there are faster lasers, and built-in cooling systems to make the procedure more comfortable. They still are unsuccessful with treating lighter hair colors.
Whether you choose laser hair removal or not, make sure you’ve done your research so you can get the most out of your laser hair removal treatments and avoid wasting your money on sub-standard treatments.