treat any clients under
the age of 18.
At DestinationSkin we treat all areas of the body including the face. Facial hair can make you feel self conscious and waxing and threading is both time-consuming, painful and also can be damaging the skin long term. For a permanent way of reducing the hair laser hair removal and/or electrolysis may be advised.
No of treatmentsUsually 3-12
Depending on area
Treatment time15-30 minutes
How does it work?
All body and facial hair goes through three distinct phases of growth: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. At any time, 85% of your hair is in the Anagen phase (active growth) which is when you get the best results from a laser hair removal treatment. It’s when the follicle (dermal papilla) is closest to the skin’s surface. Lasers use different wavelengths to target the hair follicle, heat it, and destroy it whilst leaving the surrounding skin untouched.
If you’ve ever noticed how dark clothes absorb sunlight and heat up on a hot day, you’ll begin to understand how the pigment (colour) in a hair follicle absorbs heat from the laser. The hairs need to have some colour to them to be treated with a laser; darker and thicker hairs respond best to this treatment. This treatment destroys the follicle and prevents further growth. We use three different lasers in our clinics according to different skin and hair types: Diode, Alexandrite and Nd:YAG. Each comprises Lumenis and Cynosure Elite+ lasers.
Electrolysis is hair removal using a probe to treat each hair individually with a high-frequency electric current. At DestinationSkin, we understand the hair growth cycle and know the best time to treat hair to achieve successful destruction of the hair root.
We know that hair must be treated in the Anagen phase to reach the Dermal Papilla and the ‘live’ part of the hair follicle. When treating hair in the Anagen phase, during active growth, the hair will slide from the root with the darker bulb and sticky sheath around the hair. As electrologists, that is what we strive for and consider this to be a satisfying hair removal.
We do not require the hair to be long for electrolysis treatment; in fact, when the hair has become long it is not ideal for electrolysis as it could be in its dormant phase. Just a few millimetres of hair are enough to treat. Sessions will be spaced approximately two to four weeks apart, and multiple sessions are often needed to achieve the best results.
Will it work for my skin type?
Laser works by reacting with the pigment (colour) in the hair to heat up the follicle and destroy the hair at the root meaning it will no longer grow. For laser the hairs need to have colour to them. If the hairs are white, grey or blond we would recommend electrolysis hair removal. If the case is that there are multiple hairs of different colours we may recommend a combination of the two.
Why should I have this treatment?
If your facial hair is bothering you and you are having to resort to methods of hair removal that then are causing you other issues for example ingrown hairs are very common with shaving, waxing and epilating. All the common types of hair removal can cause a level of skin damage including stripping of the skin, redness, stretching of the skin, pulling of the skin and general trauma to the skin.
How many treatments will I need?
For electrolysis the number of treatments needed will be determined in your consultation. The average number of treatments is around 10 – 15 sessions, however ongoing maintenance is often needed.
For laser Multiple treatments are needed (between six and ten) because only the hair in the active growth phase – the Anagen phase – can be affected by the laser. Time is needed for hairs in the Catagen and Telogen phases to move into the Anagen phase. Effective results require treatments spread evenly and consistently, from four to six weeks, on the face.
What areas of my face can be treated?
We can treat the majority of facial areas including the ears. The common areas include the upper-lip, chin, neck and hairline. We cannot treat too close to the eye area including below the eyebrow. We offer treatments to cover multiple areas for example the lower face which covers the jaw, cheeks, upper-lip and chin.
What lasers do you use?
At DestinationSkin, we use 3 different makes and models dependant on your skin and hair type. These models are
- The Lumenis Lightsheer Diode (810nm)
- The Cynosure Alexandrite (755nm)
- The Cynosure ND YAG (1064nm)
In your consultation, a hair assessment will be carried out to determine which laser will be best for your treatment to achieve the desired results safely, and effectively.
What results can I expect?
For laser we use the most advanced lasers throughout our treatments to bring the best results for all skin types. Fewer hairs will grow back after each session with greater success depending on the number of treatments you have. The number of treatments varies for each person and the area being treated. On average, a good reduction of hairs will be achieved after just six sessions.
For electrolysis Your practitioner will advise on the optimal number of treatments to achieve permanent hair reduction; however, you will start to see an improvement after a couple of sessions. Your treatment sessions will be between 2 – 4 weeks apart to start with, lengthening out as the hairs reduce, The hairs will gradually reduce in texture and growth will slow, with some hairs no longer returning.
For laser hair removal and electrolysis to be effective, the hair needs to be present in the follicle. This means waxing, threading and tweezing must be avoided before the treatment. You must stop any acid based products such as Retinol, Glycolic and Salicylic at least 1-2 weeks before each treatment. If you have been prescribed or are taking any new medications or herbal supplements, or if anything medically changes let your practitioner know prior to your treatment.
For laser you’ll also need to avoid bleaching your hair as the laser needs pigmented follicles to target. 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. Do not bleach your hair as there’s no pigment in bleached hair for the laser to target.
For electrolysis we will need some of the hair growth to be there to be able to treat. It doesn’t have to be long a couple of millimetres is good to treat.
If your skin has been exposed to the sun within 4 weeks before your treatment, let your practitioner know prior to your treatment. We can’t treat anyone with a tan – real or fake with laser. If you’re tanned, please contact your clinic at least 48 hours prior to your next appointment to seek advice on how you should proceed.
Before & Afters
Laser hair removal on upper lip, 6 sessions completedBeforeAfter
|Get hair free skin with our courses||Maintain results|
|Area of concern||Course of 6||Course of 9||Single treatment|
|Extra Small Area:|
Eyebrows, Ears OR Upper Lip
Underarms, Chin, Nipples, Navel Line (Linea), Cheeks, Sideburns, Hariline, Feet, Hands OR Buttock Crease
Lip & Chin, Classic Bikini OR Neck
Lower Face (chin, upper lip, sideburns, cheeks & jawline), Thong Bikini, Shoulders, Abdomen, Upper Arms OR Lower Arms inc hands
|Extra Large Area:|
Beard, Brazilian/Hollywood Bikini inc buttock crease, 3/4 arms inc hands, Chest, Upper Back, Lower Back OR Buttocks
|XXLarge Area: |
Lower Leg inc knee, Upper Legs, Full Arms inc hands, Full Face (chin, upper lip, sideburns, cheeks, jawline, hairline, between brows & above brows) or Full Back
Full Legs, Back & Shoulders OR Chest & Abdomen
After the treatment, you must avoid perfumed products including lotions, shower gels, deodorants and fake tan for at least two days. You can wear mineral make-up immediately – available at your clinic – if you wish to cover the redness. You must avoid using products with actives, retinol and exfoliating beads for at least a week to allow the skin to heal fully.
We recommend using Australian Bodycare Tea Tree lotion, deodorant and skin wash to minimise irritation and to calm redness. For electrolysis we may recommend aloe vera or witch hazel gel. For any facial treatments, we recommend YoungBlood Mineral Cosmetics makeup and a physical broad-spectrum SPF like Dermaquest Zinclear.
Q: How much downtime is there after treatments?
A: You may experience some reddening of the skin around where the hair used to be, which could last from a few minutes to 24 or 48 hours. For two days after each treatment, avoid exposure to the sun and don’t use the gym, saunas, steam rooms etc.
Q: Can I have laser hair removal if I have keloid scars?
A: It is recommended that if you have keloid scars, or a predisposition to keloid scarring, that you should not have laser hair removal treatment. Keloid scars are raised type of a scar that could be either red of purely white as a normal scar. This type of scar extends the original size of the wound, meaning that it expands the size of the injury. Those scars could get even worse if any treatments are performed on them such as laser treatment, microdermabrasion, skin peels etc. The only effective treatment is a steroid injection provided by a dermatologist to reduce the size of it.
Q: How do I know if I’m suitable?
A: We have the safest and most effective lasers which allow us to treat all skin types so we are able to treat everyone. We always carry out a bespoke consultation too.
Q: Is treating the facial area safe?
A: At DestinationSkin we pride ourselves on having highly skilled practitioners who carry out this treatment, We have been treating all areas of the body and the face for over 14 years safely and effectively. The face area is very safe to treat and we keep to safety standards by not lasering any area of risk for example the eye area.
Q: Does laser hair removal hurt?
A: Our Cynosure Elite+ lasers treat the area with a cooling jet of air to keep you feeling comfortable during your laser hair removal treatments. Our Diode lasers have a chilled applicator and we also use a cooling gel to keep discomfort to a minimum. We can apply a local anaesthetic to the area if needed; however, you will get an idea of how the treatment feels during the initial test patch. If you are used to waxing, laser hair removal is often described as less painful.
Q: How is it different from other treatments?
A: Laser hair removal and electrolysis requires a short-term commitment to achieve long-term results. Results are not instantaneous but once your treatments have been completed, you won’t have to think about regular hair removal again.
What our clients say
I suffer with polycystic ovaries, and excess hair has always been a constant battle. I had my first treatment of laser 5 years ago, and I have now had treatments to the whole of my body. I have achieved a 95% reduction and now return for maintenance sessions every 6 months or so to keep my hairs at bay. I’m so glad I found this treatment, and was able to throw away my razors!