Laser Hair Removal in Melbourne
Tired of repeating the cycle of plucking, shaving and waxing?
These daily rituals are not only inconvenient, but can damage your skin in the process. Laser hair removal is a safe, effective and relatively painless solution to reducing unwanted face or body hairs. After just one treatment session you’ll see a reduction of hair by up to 30%.
What is laser hair removal and how does it work?
A gentle beam of light is pulsed onto the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in your hair. Similar to how a dark shirt absorbs sunlight, the pigment in your hair also absorbs light and converts it into heat.
When heated sufficiently, the stem cells that line the hair follicle are disabled and prevent the hair from ever returning.
The darker and thicker the hairs are while the lighter or fairer the skin is will lead to more favourable results. This is because the energy from the laser is only absorbed by the hair and not by the skin. Clients with darker skin will still experience a reduction in hair but will need additional treatments to ensure their safety.
Preparing for your appointment
Before coming in for your appointment, we ask that you are showered with completely clean skin free of lotions, creams, oils or fragrances. Prior to treatment, the area should be shaved completely and to avoid irritation, your legs should be shaved no sooner than 24 hours prior to your appointment. Please do not wax, tweeze or epilate in between treatments.
You should also avoid sun exposure to the treatment area and use a broad-spectrum sunblock with SPF 30+ daily. Do not use topical products that may cause sensitivity such as hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, retinoids and benzoyl peroxide for at least three days prior to treatment. Gentle cleansers and lotions are ok.
Aftercare tips for laser hair removal
Redness and swelling are normal and the treatment area may feel like a razor burn for a few hours after treatment. Feel free to use over-the-counter hydrocortisone or aloe vera to alleviate irritation and redness. Hair in the treated area will shed over the source of two weeks and patchiness of hair growth is completely normal.
Excessive heat or sun exposure of the treated area can increase scarring, pigmentation and skin texture changes. You should avoid excessive heat such as saunas, working out or hot tubs for at least 24 hours post treatment.
We recommend scheduling follow-up treatments for facial areas every 4-6 weeks, trunk areas every 6-8 weeks and leg areas every 8-10 weeks.
IPL vs laser hair removal
IPL also known as pulsed light technology is not actually a laser treatment at all. In contrast, IPL uses a broad spectrum of light with multiple wavelengths, while laser uses single spectrum light. With more unfocused energy around the skin area, typically IPL requires more treatments and may produce less effective hair reduction.
Laser hair removal FAQs
Does laser hair removal hurt?
When it comes to pain, laser hair removal falls somewhere between shaving and waxing. It doesn’t burn quite like a wax does, but it definitely isn’t as painless as shaving. The good news is, it gets progressively less painful as the treatments continue and your hair becomes finer.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Using high-heat, laser hair removal heats the hair follicles which keeps new hairs from growing. Although you may have heard laser hair removal is the “permanent” solution to a hairless body, it only reduces the number and density of unwanted hairs, it doesn’t usually eliminate them completely.
The colour and thickness of the hair, the colour of your skin, the type of laser used and training of the person operating the laser can influence the success of the treatment. If the hairs are grey and have no melanin pigmentation, lasers won’t work to remove hair.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Laser hair removal is considered a safe and effective solution for most people. You should always seek treatment from an expert and as a precaution you should avoid getting the treatment done during pregnancy. If any rare symptoms occur after your treatment, seek advice from your doctor.
Are there side effects from laser hair removal?
You must wear goggles during the treatment to prevent eye injury. During the first few treatments, it’s normal to experience pain, but as treatment continues at regular intervals, less pain will occur. Your skin will feel hot 15-30 minutes after your treatment and there may be swelling and redness for up to 24 hours.
More serious symptoms such as blisters or permanent scarring may occur in people with a recent suntan or those taking medications that may affect how their skin responds to sunlight.
How long does laser hair removal last?
While laser hair removal eliminates dark, dense hair, the truth is, it will grow back eventually, however, it will grow back finer and less coarse than what it was before. After a few sessions, you may not need a touch up for two to six years, but going in for a touch up one to four times a year is common.
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