LASER HAIR REMOVAL FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Laser Hair Removal and how does it work?
Laser Hair Removal works by selectively targeting an area using a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the melanin, or pigment, in the root of the hair. When the light is absorbed by the pigment it heats up the root and destroys it. The human hair has 3 different phases of growth; the active phase (anagen), the resting phase (catagen), and the shedding phase (telogen). It is only during the active growth phase that the hair shaft is attached to the root and the root will be destroyed. Each hair moves through the 3 phases of growth over a 6 to 8 week period. This is why Laser Hair Removal necessitates multiple treatments
Does it hurt?
Some clients may experience a slight, but quick discomfort. The laser used at Noosa Laser Clinic, has an Advanced Patented 3 in 1 cooling technology Uni-chill hand piece, which numbs the skin (50c to -40c), to guarantee your safety and comfort.
Laser vs IPL is there a difference?
There are many differences between lasers and IPL’s. The biggest difference is the wavelength of light. When treating a hair follicle we must ensure the light travels at the correct depth in order to reach the root of the hair. The MedRazor Diode Laser System has a wavelength of 808nm ensuring we reach the root of the hair most effectively. The MedRazor operates by producing a single wavelength (concentrated) which damages the root by selectively heating them while leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed.
IPL (Intense Pulse Light) machines use a broad spectrum of light, sending out multiple wavelengths which are not concentrated, to destroy the hair follicle. This means that not all the light is penetrating at the right depth to target the hair. It opens the body up to receive unneeded wavelengths of energy and damaging multiple structures below the dermis (as shown below). IPL machines do not have the ability to use “selective photothermolysis” which is the rapid heating of a select structure and not the surrounding areas
Let us discuss Brazilians!
Laser Hair Removal is safer and preferable to other treatments such as Shaving and avoids the risk of “shaving bumps” and ingrown hairs. Other treatments like Depilatory Creams can cause chemical burns, whilst Waxing (OUCH) requires hair growth that really misses the point and purpose of hair removal.
We appreciate that the decision between bikini, extended bikini line (or as we like to call it “a travelling bikini” and a Brazilian is a personal choice. At Noosa Laser Clinic we are happy to discuss options and choose what is right for you.
What is included in a Female Brazilian?
A female Brazilian treatment includes removal of all hair from the entire pubic area, excluding the perineum.
How many treatments will I need?
Each laser treatment is just as unique as the person getting it done. How many sessions you require will depend on your own bodily characteristics, such as skin tone, hair colour and hair thickness.
Usually 6-8 treatments will give you a reduction of up to 80-90%. If there is a hormonal imbalance you may be required for more maintenance treatments.
We recommend 6-10 treatments every 4-6 weeks for the body, plus maintenance thereafter 1-2 treatments a year.
Facial treatments are 6-10 treatments every 4 weeks, plus maintenance, but this can vary from person to person.
How long do the treatments take?
At the initial consultation our qualified technician will take the time to understand your skin and walk you through the laser hair removal process, what it will mean for you, how long each session will take and how many sessions you will likely need. Depending on the area being treated determines the length of time. Some treatments can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour.
Are there any possible side effects?
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment, however no treatment comes without risks and potential complications and these must be considered prior to treatment. After effects are minimal with only slight swelling and pinkness to sensitive skins, which usually fades in a few minutes depending on your skin type. However, it is still important to follow post and aftercare advice stringently. And please inform us of any contraindications and deviations you have made to your aftercare plan.
What should I do post treatment?
Apply a topical soothing gel/cream after every treatment. This speeds up skin recovery after treatment, reduces redness and inflammation. Clients must commit to wearing SPF30+ on the treatment area (if exposed to the sun) everyday otherwise they cannot be treated as they are at a higher risk of potential complications. AVOID excessive sun exposure. The area treated will be prone to sunburn and pigment change.
• FIRST 2 HOURS
Your skin may feel slightly warm after treatment. Apply a cold ice pack for 10-15 minutes, when you get home. This will help accelerate your skin’s recovery time. Your skin may also be sensitive and pink for the next 2 hours (in some cases this may last up to 2 days). Use AHAVA Body Lotion to continue to soothe and calm the skin at home.
• FIRST 24 HOURS
Do not wax or pluck or exfoliate the treatment area. Any exercise, hot showers or saunas that apply heat to the body or cause the body to generate excessive heat or perspire excessively. Avoid swimming in pools and spas before and after treatment. No tweezing, waxing or use of depilatory creams in between treatments.
• FIRST 48 HOURS
Avoid taking hot baths. Luke warm or cooler is better. Avoid using strong scented lotions and exfoliating creams on treated area. Be gentle and avoid excessive rubbing. No fake tan applications for at least 48 hours. Do not rub the area post treatment in the shower, just pat dry.
• DAY 1-14
Avoid any deep exfoliation treatments/creams containing chemical exfoliants, such as microdermabrasion, Retin-A or Glycolic Acid. Still wearing sunscreen I hope!
• NEXT 1-4 WEEKS
Hair that was deeper in the skin at the time of treatment will start to clear from the follicles. This may seem like stubble initially. It is normal for treated hairs to be slowly ejected from the hair shaft for 10-14 days after treatment. These hairs are NOT growing, but are simply being released from the shaft.
Can Laser Hair Removal treat ingrown hairs?
With laser hair removal, ingrown hairs are a thing of the past. The reason being the follicle is being destroyed once and for all. Clients who suffer from ingrown hairs may also suffer from scarring, therefore the sooner you treat the area, the less chance you have of developing scarring around the area.
Can I have Laser Hair Removal over the top of a tattoo?
No, unfortunately we cannot laser over tattoos.