LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, chin, back, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.
Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
Predictability. Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
We have put this guide together to help you prepare for your IPL/Laser treatment. There is also aftercare advice for the treated area which may assist you in reaching your goals, as safely & as fast as possible. Please read through our IPL/Laser pre-care advice & IPL/Laser aftercare advice carefully to ensure you get the most out of your time at our clinic. This guide has been designed to help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible with as few complications as possible during the process*. The information supplied, may not suit every client so please use your own discretion should you be unable to follow the advice for any reason.
Laser Treatment Pre-Treatment Care Advice*
Please Be Aware That We Cannot Treat You If You;
Are wearing or have applied fake tan recently.
Are using or have very recently been using Roaccutane or similar medication. (See the full list here)
Are using or have very recently been using the tanning product “Melanotan” or a similar injectable product.
You have not shaved.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our friendly technicians.
Preparation Before Your IPL/Laser Treatment:
Shave Before Your Appointment.
The area being treated must be cleanly shaven. This is applicable to all clients, for most treatments & is best done at a minimum of 18hrs–24hrs prior to treatment to ensure minimal discomfort on the day & complications after your treatment. (In-growns etc).
*Please note clients that arrive unshaven to their appointment may incur a shaving fee. Please also be aware, Our technicians will only shave area’s you are unable to reach to shave yourself e.g. Your back.
Remove All Fake Tan*
Please be aware that IPL/Laser treatments cannot be performed on any client wearing FAKE TAN. The increased risk of burning due to the extra pigment in the fake tan, renders it unsafe to do so. Clients that arrive to an appointment wearing fake tan may be turned away & a fee may be charged. Repeat offenders will be charged.
Avoid Plucking Or Waxing For 4 Weeks Before Treatment*
All plucking, waxing, creams, & electrolysis should be avoided at a minimum 4wks prior to treatment. This is to allow time for the hair follicles to reach a similar growth length or stage for optimum results & less pain. Please inform the technician if this has not been the case.
Exfoliate Every Day*
Where possible try to exfoliate every day (Including the day of treatment) & moisturise daily (Excluding the day of treatment). This is beneficial for optimal results & minimises the risk of any complications.
Avoid The Sun Or UV Exposure*
Try to avoid the sun & sun beds, ideally for 4-6wks prior to your treatment. We understand this is Australia, so this is unrealistic, so please try to avoid the sun as best possible, for no less than 7days prior. If you have been burnt in the 2wks leading up to your treatment please inform the technician before your treatment. If you are more tanned than usual please also inform the technician.
Wash Off All Creams & Deodorants*
No topical creams, moisturises, deodorants, or anything foreign are to be applied to your skin on the day of your treatment.
*Failure to follow this Pre-care instruction may result in undesired side effects & may also affect your long-term results.
IPL/Laser Post-Treatment Advice
What To Expect For Clients Starting Hair Removal:
IPL/Laser is not like waxing or plucking. After your treatment, your hair will continue to grow as normal until the dermal layer & accompanying hair follicle & root system of skin grows out. This process can take up to 21days so please be patient.
Avoid Plucking Or Waxing:
In the case of Hair removal, you will notice the hairs will begin to fall out effortlessly after 12-18days*. Please do not wax or pluck regrowth during this time. If necessary, shave the hairs where or when needed. If possible, especially if it is your first IPL/Laser treatment, try not to shave the area until the hair falls out. This will give you an indication of how well the treatment has worked.
* This can take anywhere up to 21 days.
Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure:
Avoid excessive (Any if possible) UV exposure to the area for at least 24hrs & up to 3/span>days after for IPL/Laser treatments, up to 7days for tattoo removal clients. It is common on sensitive skin types to be light sensitive after treatment, so please be aware of this, (This means the sun feels much hotter than usual). This mainly occurs on the day of treatment, a cold shower will usually help this. Please also contact us to advise us of this reaction so we may record it on your file for your next treatment. If you have concerns about your skin, or it’s reaction to the treatment, then please contact us HERE as soon as you become aware of the concerns.
As per any good skin care regime, we recommend that you moisturise daily to keep you skin at its healthiest.
Use Anti-Inflammatories For Swelling:
The use “voltaren” anti-inflammatory gel or the like is also very helpful in assisting any local swelling & small bumps or redness to dissipate much faster. Many people when they receive IPL/Laser also have pigmentation that is drawn to the skin, (Called “micro crusting”), which can be mistaken for burns. This “micro crusting” is a common side effect & once the skin regenerates & grows out, the pigmentation changes will grow out also. Then the pigmentation will cease to exist (This may take up to 3-4wks).
What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal
Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. Usually topical numbing medicine is applied 20- 30 minutes before the laser procedure, to help with the sting of the laser pulses.The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.
Depending on the laser or light source used, you and the technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin.
Next, the technician will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for bad reactions.
When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You’ll get treatments until hair stops growing.
Recovery and Risks
For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. If your face was treated, you can wear makeup the next day unless your skin is blistering.
Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.