How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Laser hair removal is the process of significantly reducing hair growth. The laser works by using a light source to target and selectively heat the hair follicle, destroying the stem cells and preventing its future growth.
The laser is highly attracted to the melanin, or pigment in the hair. Hair has a larger amount of melanin than skin, so it attracts the laser energy more readily than skin. Therefore, as a rule, people with dark hair and light skin are easiest to treat. Laser hair removal works best on the hairs that are in their active growth phase. The active growth phase is every 4 – 6 weeks for the face and 6 – 8 weeks for the body.
In our Skin Centre, we use the MPX Elite with the wavelengths 755nm and 1064nm. The 755nm wavelength is more highly attracted to pigment, and is more suited to hair reduction on fairer skin types. The 1064nm wavelength is more suited for use on olive and darker skin types as it has a lesser degree of attraction to pigment, therefore giving a safer treatment to darker skin types.
For those who have very fine, dark, fluffy hair, especially to the face and neck, it is also an option to use the Medlite laser for treatment. The Medlite, rather than removing the hair completely, simply bleaches the hair so it is not as visible to the eye.
What are the risks of Laser Hair Removal?
There are risks involved will all laser treatments. However, our experienced staff will provide the safest treatment possible by thoroughly assessing your skin and taking a comprehensive medical history.
Is Laser Hair Removal painful?
The laser head is paced on the skin and systematically fired over the areas to be treated, overlapping by 10% to decrease the chance of missed areas. Laser hair removal should not be painful; most people describe it as a mild prickling or pinching sensation. We also blow cool air on the skin whilst treating to reduce heat and discomfort.
Will I see the effects immediately after treatment?
The hair in the treated area generally takes 1 – 3 weeks to fall out. Most people will see results after the first treatment – their hair will grow back slower and finer.
Will Laser Hair Removal work for blonde, grey, red or white hairs?
Laser only works on hairs that have pigment in them. Therefore, patients with red, grey or white hairs may be harder to treat, or untreatable.
How many treatments will I need?
Exactly how many treatments each individual will need is difficult to predict. Generally, if you have no pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your treatments, 6 – 10 treatments are required for significant hair reduction. Once you have completed your course of treatments, maintenance treatments are required to maintain results. Usually this requires 2 – 4 treatments per year (depending on the area).
How much does laser hair removal cost?
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HOW DO I GET EXPERT ADVICE AND GUIDANCE?
Book a consultation with our Cosmetic Nurse online, or call us direct on 9739 3837.