Laser Hair Removal FAQ's
We have listed frequently asked questions about laser hair removal to help you understand what the treatment involves. If you have any further questions, please contact us.
Question 1: How many laser hair treatment sessions will I need before an area is completely treated?
While you will be able to see the effects of your laser treatment after a single session, it will take multiple treatments to achieve the desired hair removal effect. How many treatments you will need will depend on how you respond to the laser treatment as no two people are exactly alike. Your skin colour, hair colour, and the area being treated will all influence how many treatment sessions you wind up needing, which can typically be anywhere between 6 and 12 treatments. To find out how many treatments you will be needing you should speak to our laser clinician.
Question 2: Is laser hair removal safe?
The idea of having highly focussed light energy applied to your skin may seem daunting, but in actual fact laser hair removal technologies have been used safely for many years now. There are some measures that need to be taken to ensure your safety, but our qualified laser treatment provider will be more than capable of ensuring that these are taken care of, thereby ensuring a high quality and extremely safe session.
That being said there are some side effects to the use of this treatment of which you should be aware, and these include some redness and itching around the treatment area in the days following your treatment, often accompanied by a tingling sensation and some swelling around the hair follicles.
In extremely rare cases, and usually where laser treatment has been provided inappropriately by an inexperienced professional, other side effects like bruising, crusting, and pigment change can be caused. This is why it is extremely important that you attend a clinic where your treatment provider is appropriately experienced and qualified.
Question 3: Does laser hair removal hurt?
Laser hair removal can cause some mild pain while the laser pulse is applied to the skin. This is usually extremely brief and will only last a fraction of the second as it occurs when the laser is applied to the skin in brief pulses. We use cool air and apply ice to senstive areas, to help reduce any discomfort. However, most clients do not report any discomfort at all during treatment.
Question 4: Are there any side effects to laser hair removal?
Laser treatments have thus far proven to be extremely safe, but there can be instances where some minor side effects occur. These will usually resolve quickly, and include some reddening and irritation of the skin in the days following a session. Redness can usually resolve within 3 days of a treatment, as will swelling, and if either of these persist you should seek medical advice. Tingling sensations can sometimes also persist around treated areas, and this is also perfectly normal.
Rare and unusual side effects include changes in pigmentation, bruising, and the formation of scabs or crusts. We highglight all the side effects and discuss them with our clients in their consultation.
Question 5: How does laser hair removal work?
Unlike other, temporary hair removal techniques, laser treatment is long lasting because it targets the entirety of a hair rather than just the parts sticking out of our skin. Hair is rich in a substance called melanin, a pigmenting agent which acts as a convenient target for certain wavelengths (colours) of light. When a laser is set to an appropriate wavelength, it very effectively transmits energy into hair without affecting the surrounding tissues. This energy will effectively destroy the targeted hair, leaving skin smooth and hair free.
Question 6: How much does laser hair removal cost?
It is difficult to give an exact price for a laser hair removal treatment because the number of sessions needed vary, and because the size of the treatment area will also strongly influence the final price. Ultimately the best way to find out how much your treatment will cost is by seeking a consultation, during which we will be able to assess how many treatments you will need, and how much this might end up costing you.
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Question 7: Why do I have excess hair?
There are many reasons which determine why some people have excessive body hair and othesr don’t, and these will include genetics and glandular issues which affect hair growth. Many people develop excess body hair as they grow older, and this is also attributable to hormonal changes that occur with the passage of time.
Question 8: Is laser hair removal permanent?
While this type of treatment can effectively reduce hair in a target area to the point where the skin is left smooth and hair free, 100% of hair may not be completely removed. In fact, there is no form of hair removal which can be medically classified as 'permanent.' It has been found that a number of factors can influence a regrowth of hair, including age and hormonal changes.
Generally speaking however laser hair removal can offer permanent hair reduction, and for most of those who find that some hair does regrow with time and age, top up treatments are available to effectively and efficiently restore hairfree skin. Further more, any hair that does grow back over the years, is usually finer and lighter.
Laser hair removal does remain the most effective form of long term hair removal.