Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Who can have laser hair removal?

All skin types can have laser hair removal at DestinationSkin. We have invested in the safest & most effective lasers to allow us to treat all skin types & ethnicities. The Cynosure Elite+ lasers utilise different wavelengths to target the hair follicle whilst leaving the surrounding skin untouched. Laser treatment is most effective on darker hair as it is best absorbed when there’s more pigment. Our Cynosure Elite+ lasers mean we get good results even if you have darker skin or very light hair where other lasers wouldn’t work.

We have invested in the most advanced lasers meaning that we can treat all skin types for laser hair removal.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Our Cynosure Elite+ lasers treat the area with a cooling jet of air to keep you feeling comfortable during your laser hair removal treatments

Can I have Laser Hair Removal after recieving Treatment for Cancer?

If it is under a year since you have been all clear, you cannot have laser hair removal.

If it is between 1-3 years  since you are all clear, you will need a letter from your specialist for us to pass onto our Medical director for review.

If you have had any lymph nodes removed from under yout arms or breasts, you cannot have laser hair removal under your arms, regardless of how long you have been all clear for.

How do I prepare for a laser hair removal treatment?

You can shave in between treatments but remember that the treated hair will start to fall out of its own accord 1-2 weeks after your first treatment. For laser to be effective, the hair must be present in the follicle at all time – hair removal that pulls the root out will make your laser treatments ineffective so avoid waxing, threading, sugaring, tweezing & hair removal creams.

Do not bleach your hair as there’s no pigment in bleached hair for the laser to target.

We cannot treat anyone with a tan, real or fake. If you’re tanned, the laser would need to be on a higher setting which increases the chance of you getting burnt. Avoid sun exposure post-treatment as this can cause skin discolouation.

In between your laser treatments, avoid hair removal that removes hair from the root (waxing, threading, hair removal creams or tweezing) as this will make your laser treatments ineffective. You must also avoid sun exposure or applying fake tans.

Benefits of laser hair removal vs waxing, shaving or threading

Laser hair removal requires a short term commitment to get long term results. Results aren’t instantaneous but once your course of treatments has been completed, you will not have to think about regular hair removal again:

  • Once it’s gone, it’s gone! No in-grown hairs, stubble or razor rash
  • Long-term cost saving from laser
  • Shave time not your legs: on average, it takes 6 hours of laser hair removal to keep legs smooth vs 178 days of shaving

How regularly do I need to have a laser hair removal treatment?

Regular treatments will get the best results. The frequency of treatments depends on the method of hair removal that your practitioner recommends; for Laser hair removal, we recommend treatments every 4 weeks to remove facial hair, and every 6-8 weeks to remove body hair, with most people requiring between 6 – 12 treatments in total.

How many laser hair removal treatments do I need?

Multiple treatments are needed (between 6-8) because only hair in the active growth phase, or “anagen” phase can be affected by the laser. Time is needed for hairs in the Catagen & Telogen phases to move into the Anagen face. Effective results require treatments spread evenly. We recommend once every 4 weeks to remove facial hair and every 6-8 weeks to remove body hair.

For best results, you will need between 6 - 8 treatments to effectively target all hair follicles

What happens during the treatment?

You will be given a consultation prior to starting your laser treatments which includes the opportunity to be patch tested and to ask your practitioner any questions about your treatment journey. During each Laser treatment, you will be given safety goggles to wear. Our practitioners use a grid system to ensure that they target every single hair follicle for maximum results.

What should I expect after my laser hair removal treatment?

You may experience some reddening of the skin around where the hair used to be which could last anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours. Sometimes the skin can feel a little bit itchy for a few hours. If you experience redness, irritation or itching for longer than 48 hours please let your practitioner know.

What products can I use after my laser hair removal treatment?

After the treatment you must avoid perfumed products including lotions, shower gels and deodorants, fake tan for at least 2 days. You can wear mineral make up immediately which can be supplied by your clinic if you wish to cover the redness. You must avoid using products with acids, retinol and exfoliating beads for at least a week to allow the skin to fully heal.

What should I avoid after my treatment?

For 2 days after each treatment try not to get too hot or sweaty as this can irritate the skin. Avoid using the gym, saunas, steam rooms etc and also avoid sun exposure.

When will I expect to see results?

The hairs will gradually reduce throughout the course and should fall from the skin 2 weeks after each treatment. The hair will slowly grow back less and less each time and will improve with the amount of courses you have. The number of treatments can vary on the individual person and the area being treated.

Understanding hair growth

All body & facial hair goes through 3 distinct phases of growth; Anagen, Catagen & Telogen. At any time, 85% of your hair is in the anagen phase (active growth) which where you get best results from a laser hair removal treatment. This is because the follicle (dermal papilla) is closest to the skins surface. The laser beam targets the follicle, heats it & destroys the hair.

The laser targets hair that's within its active growth stage. Hair that's not in the anagen cycle cannot be targeted by lasers which is why you need a course of treatments for effective results.

 

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