For whom is our laser hair removal suitable?
Laser vs IPL hair removal
The essential difference is that IPL uses a broad spectrum of high-intensity light, which is emitted at multiple wavelengths, whereas laser emits a single, focused and precise wavelength that's optimised for maximum follicle absorption. Therefore IPL hurts more and is less effective in an individual session which means you require more IPL treatments to achieve the same result as a laser and have to endure more discomfort.
Laser vs electrolysis hair removal
Electrolysis can remove 100% of all hair follicles of every colour, but it is slow and uncomfortable. The laser is up to 60 times faster in treating large areas, is far more comfortable and is more reliable in ensuring no hair follicles are missed. Due to the time required to treat large areas with electrolysis it generally works out more expensive. So electrolysis is best used for white and grey hairs over small areas, which cannot be treated by the laser.
What does a laser course involve?
Your journey to smooth hair free skin starts with a consultation and test patch to ensure your skin will not have an adverse reaction to the laser light. Next are 6 treatments 4-6 weeks apart. The spacing between treatments matches the cycle of hair growth to ensure the maximum number of hair follicles are treated.
During your course it is important that you do not wax, bleach or tweeze your hair in between treatments as these actions remove hair follicle roots which are needed for the laser to be effective, however you can shave.
You must avoid sun bathing, tanning salons and self-tan products on the area being treated. Tanned skin cannot be treated as it increases the risk of hypopigmentation. Should you attend an appointment with a tan on the treatment area we will not treat you, but you will still be charged.
At the end of your laser course we can treat any remaining white, grey or very blonde hairs with electrolysis, which is charged separately.
How quickly do you see results?
Hair reduction will begin immediately after your first treatment, but become noticeable after your third treatment. Hair follicles that have been destroyed by the laser light will not regrow, however a few hairs whose growth cycle did not match your treatment sessions may reappear and these are easily treated in short single session.
What is the post treatment downtime?
After a laser treatment most clients go straight back to work or their social engagements. The treated area will feel warm, look red and be sensitive to touch, but this will resolve in 24 hours. Your practitioner will have given you pot of Aloe Vera gel to soothe your skin which should be applied as recommended. You should avoid placing on the treated area any skin sensitisers, such as perfume, alcohol, acid based skin care or jewellery that may rub. You should use SPF50 sun protection on the treated area and avoid exposing it to strong direct sunlight. We recommend you avoid swimming pools, spas and saunas for 48 hours.
What are the risks associated with lasers?
Common side effects are redness which will resolve in 24 hours and treated hair gradually dropping out over 2-20 days (do not attempt to pull the hair out). In very rare cases blistering or bleeding may occur - please inform us immediately should this affect you and we will provide assistance to resolve it.