FAQs

Basic Laser Hair Removal Facts

QAre there any side effects?
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Each client’s skin will respond differently. Some pinkness and mild swelling around the hair follicle might happen which will subside after a few hours. Your technician will discuss the appropriate aftercare during your consultation. It is extremely important to follow pre- and post-treatment advice given to you to reduce any possible discomfort.

QAt what age can one start a treatment?
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Laser Hair treatments are recommended for clients over the age of 18 years old. This is due to the fact that hair growth has not fully developed due to changing hormonal levels. However there are some exceptions. Anyone under the age of 18 will need a parent consent for the treatment.

QCan all hair colours be treated?
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Laser Hair Removal is limited only by hair colour. The technology uses the hair pigment to transfer heat into the hair follicles beneath the skin. This includes a wide range of hair colours, from auburn to brown and dark black hair. Unfortunately, the effective treatment of white and light blond hairs is limited due to their lack of pigment

QCan laser treat dark skin?
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Yes, YAG medical grade lasers offer safe and effective hair reduction for clients with darker skin types.

QDoes it hurt?
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Laser Hair Removal is a lot less painful than waxing, tweezing and electrolysis. You may feel a short burst of heat combined with a cold sensation, and some people describe the sensation as a tingling or a slight pinching sensation.

QHow does sun exposure affect the treatment?
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The laser specifically targets the pigment within the hair follicle so it is important not to affect the skins pigmentation in any way before or after your laser treatments. Sun exposure can increase the risk of adverse reaction including burning, blistering and post inflammatory hyper or hypo pigmentation in some cases these reactions can be permanent and prevent you from achieving your ideal results.

QHow long does the treatment take?
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The treatment can take as little as 5 minutes to over an hour depending on the size of the area being targeted. You will be given an approximate treatment time by the therapist when booking your appointment.

QHow many treatments do I need?
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On average, 6 and 10 treatments will result in 85-95% permanent hair reduction. The number of treatments depends on your specific skin type and colour, the thickness and density of hair, and the size of the treatment area.

QHow often will I need the treatment?
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As hair growth is cyclical, it is recommended that a treatment is completed every 4 – 6 weeks until the entire course is completed. It is recommended that you adhere to the treatment plan, as missing an appointment or leaving a long period of time between treatments will affect the optimum results.

QIs laser hair removal expensive?
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Laser hair removal treatments are extremely affordable these days when compared to the ongoing costs of alternative hair removal methods, such as shaving and waxing.

QIs Laser hair removal permanent?
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Laser hair removal is one of the most effective options for permanent hair reduction. No laser clinic can claim 100% hair removal, as some hair will always tend to grow back. Re-growth can be affected by hormones and other biological factors which can vary from person to person. Permanent hair reduction is assured. Clients can achieve anywhere from 80% to 95% hair reduction. These results will be influenced by certain conditions such as skin, hair colour and hormones. 1 to 2 Maintenance visits a year is often advised.

QIs Laser Hair Removal treatment safe?
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Yes, laser treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. CANDELA the most trusted name in the industry, has pioneered the development of some of the safest and most effective technologies and products available on the market today.

QWhat do I expect after the treatment?
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The treatment area may appear “sunburnt” after treatment. Post laser treatment gel and cold compresses will ease discomfort and swelling. Avoid applying makeup to the area and stay out of the sun, using a minimum of SPF 30+ sunscreen on the treated area to prevent complications from occurring as your skin will be sensitive to the sun for 48 hours after treatment. During the following weeks, the treated hair will fall out gradually.

QWhat should I do to prepare for the laser?
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There is no preparation required, other than shaving the area the night before and avoid using deodorants and other skin products on the area on the day of your treatment.

QWho can have Laser Hair Removal treatment?
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Laser can treat Women and Men of all ages. Children under 18 will require a presence of a parent on the first consultation or a signed written consent from a parent.

QWill laser hair removal reduce the ingrown?
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Laser can decrease the chance of experiencing ingrown hairs. When there is no hair in the follicle, there is less chance of an ingrown hair occurring.