Avoiding excessive sun exposure before and after any laser treatment is absolutely essential. It helps protect your skin and is key to achieving optimal results, all of which makes the cooler weather an ideal time of year to commence – and continue – with your selected treatment(s).
Laser hair removal is a concentrated beam of light aimed at the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment or melanin1 in the hair, targeting the follicle without affecting the surrounding skin and tissue. In order for laser hair removal to be effective, hair must be in the ‘Anagen’ (active) stage of growth. And because each hair is at a different stage of growth, clients do require a sequence of treatments for overall results in the area.
We only use the most advanced medical-grade Candela Lasers for our laser hair removal treatments. Our two machines, the GentleLASE PRO and GentleYAG, achieve the safest, most-effective results. Our laser technicians use the Fitzpatrick Classification Scale2 to determine your skin type at consultation, allowing for the most suitable machine to be selected for your hair removal treatment.
GentleLASE PRO is best for skin types with a fair to medium skin tone, while GentleYAG is best for skin types with a medium to darker skin tone. Your laser technician will assess your skin at each consultation and treat you using the most appropriate settings for your skin type and recent results. Your settings will change throughout the course of your laser hair removal treatments to ensure optimal results.
To minimise discomfort and reduce heat, we use an advanced Zimmer cooling system that produces a flow of cool air prior, during, and post-treatment. This protects the skin and reduces the sensation of heat for further safety and comfort.
As mentioned above, laser treatments can be performed all-year round, however, we recommend that you avoid excessive sun exposure two weeks before and after your treatment to protect the skin from additional heat. That’s why the cooler months are really an ideal time for any procedure.
All clients are required to shave the area(s) to be lasered 24 hours prior to your appointment. Not doing so could mean that your appointment may need to be rescheduled.
Laser hair removal treatment does have a minimal risk of an adverse reaction, so clients are encouraged to follow our laser technicians’ advice and precautions regarding pre- and post-treatment care to ensure this risk is minimised. Our laser technicians have undergone extensive training to remain at the forefront of techniques and technology, so rest assured you’re always in experienced hands at Laser Clinics Australia.
1Melanin is the pigment that defines an individual’s skin, hair and eye colour. People with darker hair have more melanin than those who are fairer.
2The Fitzpatrick Classification Scale determines the complexion and its tolerance of sunlight.
The time between treatments varies from each individual, based on the different growth phases on each part of the body, gender, age, hormones and genetic make-up. Our most common recommendation is to treat less hormonal areas every 4 to 6 weeks, and more hormonal areas (e.g. face and neck), every fortnight. With different schedules for each individual, now is the time to get started! Planning your laser treatment well in advance of the warmer weather is the ideal way to ensure smooth, hair-free skin for next summer.
Laser hair removal is only effective during the ‘Anagen’ (growth) phase when the hairs are clean-shaven and slightly visible in the skin. Laser during this part of the growth cycle ensures that the hair shaft is well attached to the papilla, and the melanin pigment in the root of the hair will absorb the light.
Initially, we recommend spacing each session 4 weeks apart. As the hair starts to fine out and slow down growth, treatments can then be spaced 6 weeks apart. Your laser technician will recommend the time required between treatments to achieve optimal results.
Treated hairs can take up to 2 – 3 weeks to shed, however, exfoliation will speed up this process. If treated with the GentleYAG Laser, hair shedding can take up to 4 weeks.
Staying out of the sun, avoiding heat, and using a results-proven skin regime are all vital in the aftercare process. And while you can introduce the latter at any time of year, covering up and staying cool are the best ways to protect newly treated skin. Love or hate the colder weather, there’s no denying now is the time to embrace its beautiful benefits.
After laser hair removal, our laser technicians recommend that you:
Use Skinstitut Laser Aid to reduce inflammation, calm, soothe and kill bacteria. This can be used for up to 3 days post-treatment.
Exfoliate with Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% from 4 days post-treatment to assist hair shedding.
Avoid excessive heat in the first 24 hours, including vigorous exercise, hot showers, saunas, spas and deodorant.
Avoid excessive sun exposure in the area being treated for two weeks post-treatment.
Avoid waxing or plucking. However, you can shave as much as desired during laser treatments.
Skinstitut Laser Aid is a gel designed for post-laser treatment. It removes heat from the skin and reduces bacteria. It can also be used as a treatment mask, pimple spot treatment, and a great hydrating, light body lotion.
Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% gives controlled exfoliation, removing impurities from the skin. It soothes with anti-bacterial Tea Tree Oil and invigorates with jojoba beads to assist in the skin’s renewal. When used as instructed, it won’t strip the skin or cause irritation.