How does a hair removal treatment work?
It is based on light/heat energy. The light is absorbed by the target which is the melanin (colour) in the hair. The light energy is then converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target. Prime candidates for laser/Pulsed Light treatments are patients with darker hair and lighter skin. If the hair is blonde, red or grey, the result is limited.
Is it permanent?
There is no permanent laser or Pulsed Light hair removal system currently on the market. All Laser and Pulsed Light systems are only approved for ‘permanent hair reduction’. This means at the conclusion of treatments, depending on the skin and hair colour, the desired results experienced in this clinic are 70 - 80% permanent hair reduction and the remaining 20 – 30% of hairs are generally finer and lighter in colour.
What areas can be treated?
Hair can be removed from all parts of the body including the face, legs, arms, underarms, and back. Sensitive areas like the chest, nipples, and bikini line can also be treated.
What does the procedure feel like?
When the Laser or pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required; however, some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.
How many treatments will I need?
Most areas require 6-8 treatments. However, the number of hair removal treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors – hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Interestingly, not all hairs are actively growing at the same time and actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. Hair removal treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following your hair removal treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave.
What are the possible side effects?
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Benefits and risks in detail will be given in the consultation with your Dermal therapist.