Frequently Asked Questions
Laser Hair Removal works by pulsing a gentle beam of light on to the skin. This light is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the skin and converted to heat. Similar to wearing a black shirt in the sun, hairs which contain melanin, absorb this light, heat up and destroy the stem cells which line the hair follicle.
This is why clients with lighter skins and dark hairs respond best to treatment. Darker skins with dark hair respond well to treatment but do need more treatments to obtain similar results. Whereas clients with white or fine hairs are not able to absorb the lasers energy and due to not respond to treatment.
Since only hairs in the anagen (active) growth phase have follicles that are lined with stem cells, you should see a reduction of hair by about 30% with each treatment. Hairs that are in the catagen (resting) and telegen (terminal) phases are not lined with stem cells and thus do not respond to treatment.
For example, if we knew there are exactly 100 hairs in the treatment area, after your first session you should be left with 70 hairs. However, after your second treatment, there are now 70 hairs in the treatment area and only 30% again may respond to treatment. So after your second treatment, there may only be 49 hairs remaining (not 40).
This is also assuming your body is not being influenced by outside factors such as hormones, medications or other stresses and that treatment intervals have been adhered to. For areas that are non-hormonal, we recommend 6-10 sessions for light skin and dark haired individuals.
Hormonal areas are influenced by your age and gender to trigger hair growth. For women, these areas tend to be facial hairs such as the lip or chin, lower back hair or upper thigh hair. For men, these areas tend to be their full back, sides and upper arms.
With these areas, success can be achieved if strict treatment intervals are followed, but unfortunately with time, new hairs will develop in the treatment area and will require on-going maintenance treatments to keep up their appearances.
These maintenance treatments are at each individuals discretion as many find the initial reduction sufficient and are not bothered by the few hairs that may appear of the next several years. It is also better to treat these hairs when the individual is younger to prevent them from turning white and becoming untreateable.
Returns and exchanges
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Everybody and every body part is different and your Specialist will advise you what their opinion may be for when you should re-book. It is important to understand that