The Adelaide Laser Hair Clinic

Phone: (08) 8332 8816

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How does laser hair removal work?
2. How long does the treatment take?
3. How many treatments will I need?
4. What areas and types of hair can be treated?
5. Who should not have laser hair removal?
6. What preparation is required?
7. I have ingrowns on my face, legs, bikini area, back or other parts of my body. Would laser help?
8. Does skin type or tanned skin make a difference for laser hair removal?
9. Is the laser hair removal procedure painful?
10. What should I do before the laser hair removal procedure begins?
11. What should I expect following the laser hair removal procedure?
12. Are there any side effects with laser hair removal?
13. How is our laser different from other lasers?
14. I’m concerned about what to do between treatments. I usually tweeze or bleach and I understand this is not allowed, what can I do instead?
15. What’s the difference between IPL and laser?

How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal works by projecting a beam of light which penetrates through the upper layers of the skin to the hair follicle. The laser is calibrated to target the pigment (melanin) in the growing hair. The light energy is converted into heat and destroys the hair follicle with damaging the surrounding tissue. Hair follicles are at various stages of growth, mostly in the changing and resting state (catagen and telogen). Laser hair removal will only work on growing hairs (anagen). Thus repeated treatments at regular intervals will target the new cycle of growing hairs.

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How long does the treatment take?

The treatment can last from 15 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the size of the area, hair type and density. You will be advised of the amount of time each session will take at your in-depth consultation.

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How many treatments will I need?

Hair grows in cycles and its growth is influenced by many factors, such as weight, age, metabolism, medication and hormonal activity. Considering these factors, it is difficult to predict how many treatments each individual will require to achieve the best long-term result, however after each treatment the hair quantity will be reduced. Generally most people will need somewhere between four and eight treatments five to eight weeks apart.

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What areas and types of hair can be treated?

Most areas where there is excess hair can be treated. The most commonly treated areas are: face (upper lip, chin, cheeks and neck), the body(underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line, legs, arms, chest and abdomen). Since darker hair tends to have higher pigment content, the laser is most effective on dark brown or black hair. Darker tones of red and blonde hair are also treated effectively with the laser, but white or grey hair cannot be treated.

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Who should not have laser hair removal?

– Recently tanned (sun, sun bed or self tanner) skin.
– Individuals with white or grey hair (Electrolysis recommended).
– Those with medical or skin conditions that contraindicate this type of treatment (see your doctor or discuss with technician during consultation).
– Pregnant women require a letter from their doctor in order to be treated.
– Clients taking some non-prescription medications long-term (Ibuprofen, St John`s Wort, Evening Primrose Oil) full list available from technicians.

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What preparation is required?

At your first consultation we require hair growth to be visible so we can assess the area and hair to be treated. You are advised not to wax, pluck or epilate before and in between treatments. You are recommended to shave or trim hair in between treatments if required. You should also avoid all exposure to sun including sun beds and self tanners for the duration of the course of treatments and a high factor sunscreen should be used daily. At your consultation you will be told in more detail how to prepare for your treatment and a full list of pre and post care instructions will also be provided.

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I have ingrown hairs on my face, legs, bikini area, back or other parts of my body, would laser help?

Yes absolutely. Even after a few treatments you should notice a huge difference. You should also notice that the laser improves the overall skin appearance.

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Does skin type or tanned skin make a difference for laser hair removal?

With the Diode laser all body parts and any skin type, including darker skin, can be treated, however, we strongly recommend that you are not tanned prior to treatment. Unlike other hair removal lasers on the market, the Diode’s pulse widths make it an ideal and safe procedure, achieving outstanding results while maintaining the normal appearance of the skin. For individuals with very light hair, red hair, or gray hair the laser is not always as effective.

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Is the laser hair removal procedure painful?

Our laser utilises a special patented cooling system that lowers the surface temperature of the skin at the procedure site before the laser exposure. It is almost painless. No local anesthesia or pain medication is required, but for more sensitive areas, topical anesthetic gel is available at our Centre.

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What should I do before the laser hair removal procedure begins?

Prior to laser hair removal avoid indoor or outdoor tanning and using self tanning products for approximately four weeks. You must thoroughly shave your hair preferably one day prior to the procedure. Do not wax, tweeze dye hair or have electrolysis two weeks prior to the procedure. Avoid skin care products with irritants such as Glycolic Acid or Retin-A in the procedure area for about a week.

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What should I expect following the laser hair removal procedure?

Once the laser hair removal procedure is complete you are free to return to your normal activities immediately. Some clients may experience a slight reddening around the hair follicles immediately following the procedure. This reaction typically disappears within a few hours. The use of sun screen at or above 25 SPF is recommended on all skin areas exposed to the sun for the next four weeks following the laser procedure. It is also recommended that the client avoid heavy sun exposure for the next four weeks. Application of ice or Environ Moisture Gel after the procedure will generally facilitate healing. Within two to three weeks after the laser hair removal procedure the body will be exfoliating the dead hairs. Gentle exfoliation during this period is highly recommended.

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Are there any side effects with laser hair removal?

Most clients experience a mild stinging or burning sensation when the laser pulse is delivered and some may experience a slight reddening of the skin or local swelling. This typically disappears within a short period of time from anywhere between a couple of hours to a couple of days.

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How is our laser different from other lasers?

The combination of the wave-length, long pulses and high energies makes the Medical Grade Diode lasers unique when compared with most other laser systems. The principal reason for this design was to produce a system that would be safe and effective on all skin tones, including tanned clients. Our Diode lasers features the latest technology with energy outputs that can be adjusted according to skin colour and thickness of hair.

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I’m concerned about what to do between treatments. I usually tweeze or bleach and I understand this is not allowed, what can I do instead?

Do not tweeze, bleach or wax, shaving is completely safe and you will not grow more hair if you shave. If you are worried about shaving then you can trim the hairs, however, you are having laser treatment and after each treatment there will be a reduction of hair growth.

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What’s the difference between IPL and Laser?

Both treatments produce energy in order to disrupt the growth cycle of each hair follicle to reduce hair without damaging the surrounding tissues.
The main difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL lies in the technology that each method uses to generate the light.

Laser
Laser Machines produce a single wavelength of light which has a specific target . Laser machines create more heat directed at the hair follicle than IPL systems, which achieves better results.
The heat from the Laser Machine is absorbed by the follicle and not the skin, therefore there is a decreased risk of burning, which makes Laser a safer option for darker skinned individuals.

IPL
IPL plays an important role in the treatment of the skin, such as treating pigmentation and fine blood vessels, however for Hair Removal IPL isn’t as effective as Laser.
IPL’S are not lasers, however they do produce a spectrum of wavelengths (like a light bulb.) Because there are many different wavelengths are dispersed at a variety of depths, only some of these will be effective for hair reduction.

Laser Technology is simply more effective, and does achieve better results whilst also being safe for all skin colours opposed to IPL which is only suitable for lighter skin tones.

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