What is new about Laser Hair Removal?
The speed, efficiency and safety of the new procedure have been responsible for worldwide acceptance of this new technology. Instead of the traditional waxing, electrolysis (burning hairs out with an electric needle), using tweezers, shaving and a hair dissolving solution, hair is removed with a laser which is more effective and safer than these old methods. There are many different types of lasers and light sources that can remove hair. Some techniques are quite painful and can be quite traumatic to the skin, others can require chemicals be used on the skin prior to treatments. Our lasers do not require chemicals or waxing before treatment. We believe that this is the safest and most effective method for permanant hair removal.
What causes excessive hair growth?
Heredity, irregular levels of hormones or some medications can cause abnormal or excessive hair growth. There are other rare medical conditions that cause abnormal hair growth. Excess hair can be normal but undesirable. Underarm hair, bikini-line hair, brazilian, facial hair, eyebrows and hair on the back, stomach, chest, feet, toes, neck, ears, nose and arms and legs are perfect examples of unwanted normal hair which can be removed with laser.
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Revolutionary new laser devices have been invented to erase unsightly hair with greater efficiency, less pain, less cost and better results. The hair is destroyed by a flash of laser, which passes through the skin and is absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair follicle. The laser then travels down the follicle and is converted into heat, destroying the papilla.
Can all hair be removed with laser?
Most hair can be removed effectively. Light coloured hair and dark colour skin are problematic. Some practitioners claim to be able to treat any colour of hair and skin. We believe this to be unrealistic. We use the Epi-Check skin tester and this indicates the energy required for different skin pigment types.
How is Laser Hair Removal treatment performed?
A test patch is done on a small area of unwanted hair to determine safe and effective laser treatment for all areas. The new Epi-Check skin tester is used to assess skin colour and to determine the best laser setting to be used. Depending on the area to be treated and the laser used, a conducting gel is applied to the skin prior to treatment. A flash of laser is then triggered; this passes through the skin and is absorbed by the dark pigments in the hair follicle. The laser energy is converted to heat disrupting the hair follicle. The skin is cooled during and after treatment.
How many treatments will be required for the best results?
Multiple treatments will be required for the best results. We have found that a minimum of three treatments may be satisfactory, however some people may require more treatments. After that, touch up treatments can be performed as necessary for any new hair growth. The number of treatments required will vary with the body site, hair colour and texture of the hair being treated. Hair grows in three cycles and for this reason not all hair can be permanently removed with one treatment. Some fine, lighter coloured hair may respond partially but not as well as darker coloured thick hair. It can take up to a few days for the treated hairs to come out of the follicle. If the treatment has been effective, the hair will stop growing immediately after treatment. Waxing or plucking is not recommended during the course of the treatment, as this will interfere with the growth cycle of the hair. Shaving however is permissible.
What do i need to do before coming in for my treatment?
For maximum results: Waxing or plucking needs to stop 4 weeks prior to treatment
2 to 3 days prior to your treatment it is best to shave the area
Daily exfoliation for 3 days prior
Does Laser Hair Removal hurt?
Most people experience only minor discomfort during the treatment. Cooling of the skin with a cooling machine is used to keep treatment as comfortable as possible.
What side effects are possible from Laser Hair Removal?
The treated areas may have temporary redness. Swelling, bruising or occasional blisters are rare but possible. In some cases the treated area may heal with temporary increased or decreased pigmentation. Scars are also possible but occur rarely. The hair may also fail to respond to treatment and may grow back. Some dark hairs may grow back lighter in colour. People who form Keloid scars (thick scars) or those who heal poorly after minor surgery, should be tested in a small area before proceeding with treatment of large areas to be sure the skin heals properly. The risk of scarring following laser hair removal on normal skin is very low.
How do I take care of my skin after treatment?
Gentle cleansing of the skin is usually all that is needed. Sunscreen protection is very important. Avoid the sun before and after for a few weeks after laser hair removal. Sun exposure may cause pigmentation leaving brown blotches on the skin. This tends to be temporary and usually responds well to skin medications. (In rare cases if any blisters appear, non-alcholic aloe vera gel is recommended.)
It must be emphasised that this treatment is not guaranteed to be permanent for life however it can be permanent and that is the intention of treatment.
It is very important to avoid tanning and tanning products on the skin prior to laser hair removal. Longer hairs should be shaved a day or two before treatment leaving just enough hair to see where treatment is necessary.