Who & Why
What is it?
Laser hair removal is the fast, effective process of permanently removing unwanted hair. It can be performed on most parts of the face and body, leaving you with silky smooth, hair-free skin. It’s a safe and affordable alternative to waxing and shaving, and can help to prevent in-grown hairs. If you schedule regular sessions and follow a personalised treatment plan, hair will become finer and lighter with every session – then just continue until you reach your desired results. Most of our clients find that after 10 sessions, 80% of hair in the treated area is permanently removed.
Who is it for?
Laser hair removal can be successful for all types of skin and hair, but not all hair colours. It works best on dark, thick hair, but can also treat brown, light-brown and dark-blonde hair. It doesn’t affect light-blonde, red or grey hair. Individual results depend on each person’s hair and skin type, the frequency and regularity of treatments, plus lifestyle and hormonal factors. Underarms, legs, arms, bikini, back, shoulders, chest and stomach are the best places to start. Brazilian and underarms are the most popular areas for women, while men often opt for laser hair removal on the back, shoulders, chest and stomach. However, all these areas can be treated for both men and women.
Laser Clinics Australia uses advanced medical-grade Candela Lasers, and our two types of machines – the GentleLASE PRO and GentleYAG – achieve the safest and most effective results. Our technicians are extensively trained to remain at the forefront of techniques and technology, so you’ll always be in experienced hands. Your technician will conduct a thorough consultation with you at the start of your treatment to identify individual conditions, factors or contraindications. We use the Fitzpatrick Classification Scale (which categorises complexion and tolerance to sunlight) to determine your skin type and the most suitable approach for you.*
Planning ahead Planning ahead also makes a huge difference. If you start during the colder months, you’ll be able to fit in at least 6–8 treatments by the time summer comes, leaving you with smooth skin and permanent results, ready to reveal any time, day or night. It’s also best to avoid sun exposure before and after treatment, which makes the cooler months the perfect opportunity to start or continue with laser hair removal.
*The Fitzpatrick Classification Scale determines the complexion and its tolerance of sunlight.
How does it work?
Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light aimed at the hair follicles. This light is absorbed by the pigment or melanin in the hair, and targets the follicle without affecting the surrounding skin and tissue. Melanin is the pigment that defines skin, hair and eye colour. People with darker hair have more melanin than those who are fairer. For effective laser hair removal, hair must be in the ‘anagen’ (active) growth stage, when hairs are clean-shaven and just visible. Treatment during this part of the cycle ensures the hair shaft is well attached to the papilla and the hair root pigment absorbs the light. Because individual hairs are always at different growth stages, best results come from a sequence of treatments to the overall area.
What does it feel like?
Laser hair removal treatment does feel ‘hot’ on your skin. To reduce heat and minimise discomfort, we use an advanced Zimmer cooling system that produces a flow of cool air before, during and after treatment. This protects the skin and reduces the sensation of heat, for safety and comfort. Skin types and tones Laser Clinics Australia uses two types of medical-grade Candela Lasers, the GentleLASE PRO and the GentleYAG. GentleLASE PRO is best for fair to medium skin tones, while GentleYAG suits medium to darker tones. Your technician will assess your skin at each session and select the best settings for your skin type and recent results. Settings will change throughout the course of your treatment to ensure optimal results.
How should I prepare?
Laser hair removal does have a minimal risk of adverse reaction, so we encourage you to follow your technician’s advice about pre- and post-treatment care to minimise this risk.
- You must shave the areas to be treated 24 hours before your appointment. Not shaving could mean that your appointment has to be rescheduled.
- It’s essential to avoid excessive sun exposure for 2 weeks before and after laser treatment. This helps to protect your skin and is key to achieving optimal results.
- While treatments can be done throughout the year, the cooler months are best for a series of treatments as it’s easier to avoid sun exposure (and you’ll be ready when summer comes).
What happens after a session?
Treated hairs can take 2–3 weeks to shed, although exfoliation will speed up this process. If you were treated with the GentleYAG Laser, hair shedding can take up to 4 weeks. Most of our clients find that after 10 sessions, 80% of hair in the treated area is permanently removed. If you attend sessions regularly and follow a personalised treatment plan, your hair will become finer and lighter with every session.
How long between sessions?
The optimal time between sessions varies for each individual based on different growth phases on each part of the body, gender, age, hormones and genetic make-up. Initially, we recommend spacing each session 4 weeks apart. As the hair gets finer and growth starts to slow, treatments can be spaced 6 weeks apart. However, more hormonal areas (e.g. face and neck) can be treated every 2 weeks in some cases. Your technician will consult with you at each session and recommend the optimal time between treatments for best results.
What should I do after treatment?
Covering up and staying cool are the best ways to protect newly treated skin. This does mean that the cooler months are the best time to plan for a series of laser hair removal sessions. You should particularly avoid generating excessive skin heat in the first 24 hours after treatment, which means giving a miss (temporarily) to vigorous exercise, hot showers, saunas, spas and deodorant.
Skin care regime
We also recommend that you follow a proven after-treatment skin care regime:
- Avoid deodorant, especially in the first 24 hours.
- For up to 3 days after treatment, use Skinstitut Laser Aid to reduce heat, inflammation and bacteria.
- From 4 days after treatment, exfoliate with Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% to assist with hair shedding.
- For 2 weeks after treatment, avoid excessive sun exposure on the treated area.
- Avoid waxing or plucking (but you can shave as much as desired during laser treatments).
As mentioned, we recommend these products as part of your skin care regime:
- Skinstitut Laser Aid is a gel designed for post-laser treatment. It reduces heat and inflammation, calms and soothes the skin, and kills bacteria. It can also be used as a treatment mask, pimple spot treatment, and as a hydrating, light body lotion.
- Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% gives controlled exfoliation to remove impurities from the skin. It soothes with antibacterial tea tree oil and invigorates with jojoba beads to help the skin’s renewal. When used as instructed, it won’t strip the skin or cause irritation.