At Southern Downs Skin & Laser Clinic, we use Candela Medical Grade Lasers. These machines offer the fastest results with a higher safety profile compared to any other devices. After your complimentary consultation with one of our laser technicians, your treatment will begin.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
The ‘ideal’ candidate for laser hair removal has pale skin and dark hair, however, we are able to treat a broad range of skin types (with darker skin often requiring an additional 2-3 sessions). Unfortunately, if your hair is white, blonde or red, laser hair removal will not be effective – as the lasers will not be able to find any pigment to target. If you have concerns about whether you are a good candidate for laser, we are more than happy to provide you with a complimentary consultation to discuss your options.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
We do not consider laser hair removal treatments to be ‘painful’, but as anything, this can differ from person to person. We like to describe the sensation as a ‘rubber band flicking back and forth against the skin’.
The treated area will often be red, or you might experience some follicular swelling, but this is what we want to see. It means the laser has done its job and targeted the follicles. A cold compress and application of Skinstitut Laser Aid (available in clinic) will be enough to combat any discomfort.
Changes in skin colour or ‘scarring’ as a result from treatment is extremely rare.
Do I need to shave, wax or tweeze before coming in for my treatment?
If you have waxed or tweezed/plucked hair in the treatment area within two weeks of your treatment, laser will be ineffective. Why? The lasers need something to target, and waxing and plucking these hairs remove them completely from the bulb. This is why we recommend only shaving during your course of treatment. Shaving removes only the exposed lengths of hair, leaving the bulb intact. We advise shaving within 12 hours of your appointment, so that the laser does not target any hair above skin level.
What else should I do to prepare for my treatment?
If you are sunburned, we cannot go ahead with your treatment. You will need to wait at least two weeks before proceeding. Additionally, we cannot treat you if you are wearing a fake tan. You will have to exfoliate the fake tan off before you come in for your treatment, or simply reschedule.
How does it work?
Lasers work by beaming a highly concentrated light into the hair follicle, targeting either the melanin in the hair or the oxyhemoglobin in the hair bulb. Melanin is the pigment/colour in the hair or skin. The beam of light passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle, which in turn destroys the hair and ‘kills’ the bulb. As the laser has targeted only the pigment, the surrounding skin will be undamaged.
It is important to understand that hair grows in cycles. These three cycles are called ‘anagen’, ‘catagen’ and ‘telagon’. Anagen is the only stage that is effective for laser, as this is where the hair is the growing stage and attached to the bulb.
A course of 9-12 laser treatments will combat each cycle of hair growth, giving you effective long-term results. To achieve these results, you need to be consistent with your treatments. This means coming in monthly (or you can schedule fortnightly for facial hair treatments).
How long does one treatment take?
You will be surprised at how quickly your treatment will take! Each pulse from the laser takes only a fraction of a second, treating many hairs simultaneously. A small area, such as the upper lip, can be treated within a minute. Larger areas such as the back or legs will naturally take longer.
How long before I start seeing results?
Results differ from person to person. While some people will begin to see results after one or two treatments, it can take up to five visits (for body treatments – one month apart) to ‘kill’ as much as 70% of the hair.
We recommend a course of 9 to 12 treatments, to target each cycle of hair growth. After that, 1 or 2 ‘maintenance’ treatments per year thereafter, to combat any hair that may re-grow as a result of things like hormones, stress, pregnancy, etc.
I suffer from in-grown hairs, how will laser affect these?
Lasers kill the hair bulb, so these hairs won’t grow back. A lot of in-grown hairs are the result of waxing, as waxing can damage the bulb without ‘killing’ it. This means that hair often grows back in on itself. Laser hair removal is a great solution to your in-grown hair problems!
Do I have to take any particular care after my treatment?
Post-treatment, your skin may look or feel as if it’s sunburned. This should last no longer than 24-48 hours and can be easily treated with cool compresses or cream (our laser technician will advise you post-treatment). You should be fine to wear make-up the following day, unless advised otherwise.
It is important to wear sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight, as your skin may be sensitive. You may also want to wear loose clothing for 24-48 hours, as not to exacerbate the affected skin. You should also avoid pools, spas, saunas, shaving, exfoliating and exercise for 24-48 hours.
Over the course of one month (between your treatments) your hair in the treated area will begin to fall out. You can begin to exfoliate the skin after five days.