WHAT IS A LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Permanent hair reduction has rapidly become one of the most popular and highly sought after cosmetic procedures around the world. Thanks to advanced light-based treatments, patients no longer have to deal with tedious and bothersome removal methods like shaving, waxing, and tweezing that require constant maintenance.
Laser hair removal is the most effective method of hair removal available that can be used almost anywhere on the face and body.
FOR ALL SKIN TONE
Save time and money
Reduce hair, permanently
reduce ingrow hairs
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Laser hair removal uses light energy to permanently damage or destroy individual hair follicles. This treatment targets the roots beneath the surface of the skin using a medical grade laser to prevent regrowth.
The hair follicle must be targeted at a specific time during its growth cycle to prevent the hair from returning. As individual hairs could be in different parts of the hair growth cycle at any one time, you will need several treatment sessions to see long-lasting results. I usually recommend 6-8 appointments spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
NOTES: A patch test is given upon your innitiall consultation where I will se what wavelenght to use and how your skin reacts to the laser and you will be guided on the best treatment for your skin tone-type and hair colour.
WHAT SKIN TYPE DO YOU HAVE?
Find out your number on the Fitzpatrick scale:
- Shave the treatment area the night before your appointment.
No Wax Do not wax in the 4 weeks leading up to your appointment as pigment is required in the hair follicle for the laser to identify the hair and treatment to be effective
Avoid direct sunlight Avoid exposing the area to direct sunlight for 2 weeks prior to your treatment and always protect the skin with sunscreen.
- There may be some mild heat and redness in areas that have been treated. Soothe any redness and sensitivity with skinstitut Laser Aid. This can be applied liberally for 3-5 days or until the skin has returned to its pre-treatment state.Keep eyebrows dry for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
Things to avoid For 24 hours post-treatment, avoid shaving, waxing, or plucking hair, exfoliation, excessive sweating, swimming or saunas, very hot showers, and tight restrictive clothing.
Avoid exposing the area to direct sunlight for 2 weeks after your treatment and always use sunprotect cream on the treated skin and maintain results.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Laser Hair Removal should NOT be used on anyone with the following conditions:
Questions and Answers
This depends on the area(s) to be treated. Generally, in the areas with fast hair growth, such as the face, 4-6 sessions. For other areas with lower hair growth, 8-10 sessions might be required, with intervals of 4-8 weeks. This is to achieve 80% hair growth reduction. Treatment of each area is variable in length depending on the laser machine and the size of the area. For example, laser hair removal of the back takes longer than laser hair removal treatment of the upper lip.
I recommend that when you come for your patch test and first session of your laser hair removal treatment, you should not shave because I examine your skin and hair colour and texture before shaving your hair for laser hair removal treatment. However, before your subsequent sessions, I advise that you shave your hair with a clean and new razor the night before, or on the morning of the day of your treatment before attending for laser hair removal, because the laser equipment detects your hair follicles better. If you are an anxious person, I recommend that you should avoid caffeine. I hope you have a stress-free and calm treatment with me.
IPL is technically not laser, although some people incorrectly refer to IPL as laser. IPL is photoepilation using a xenon flash lamp with a wavelength between 400nm to 1200nm combined with filters to block shorter waves. When there has been comparisons between IPL and alexandrite and diode lasers in 2006, there was stastistical difference in short-term effectiveness of these equipments, however the side-effects of diode lasers were reported as slightly higher, although the hair reduction for diode laser was higher than alexandrite laser and IPL laser. The side-effects of ALexandrite laser was lower than both IPL and diode laser. The side-effects were usually temporary pigmentary changes lasting up to 6 months. Both laser and IPL equipments c an be used for other purposes such as facial rejuvenation and vascular ablation
Please read pre-treatment instructions which influence the outcome of your laser hair removal treatment. However, it is also important to keep in mind a few helpful hints during the period of post laser hair removal treatment. There is almost always some redness or swelling after each laser hair removal treatment. It is known that swelling reduces within hours but redness takes longer to resolve. Some patients complain of tenderness in the area, very similar to mild sunburn. I recommend that you avoid sun exposure until the skin has no more tenderness, redness or swelling. I always recommend a post-laser lotion that should be used twice a day for 3 days after each treatment.
You can use makeup about 2 hours after the completion of laser hair removal treatment unless blistering has occurred. It is better to use powder instead of a deodorant for underarms, during the first 24 hours after your laser hair removal.
Please avoid tweezing, waxing, picking, scratching or using hair removal methods that disturb the hair in its follicle and avoid shaving the hair within a week of treatment unless absolutely necessary. During the first three days after your laser hair removal treatment, when washing the treated skin, always be gentle and pat dry. On the fourth day you can gently scrub the area to exfoliate. It is known that the treated hairs will shed and fall out for anywhere from 1-3 weeks post- laser hair removal treatment. After the first week, you may begin gently pulling out the shedding hairs. The hairs should come out as if unattached to the skin; if not, wait several days and try again. It is best to avoid hot baths, steam, sauna, swimming and any sports or strenuous activities for about 8 hours after your laser hair removal treatment.
Laser hair removal is more effective and even cheaper than electrolysis and similar techniques in the long-term.
If you have decided to have laser removal, I recommend that you should not wax, pluck or undergo electrolysis for 4-6 weeks before the date of your initial laser hair removal treatment because laser targets your hair follicles which might be temporarily removed by plucking, waxing or electrolysis. You should also avoid extensive sun exposure because tanning makes laser hair removal less effective.