Unwanted hair is a problem for many men and women. Advances in laser technology have resulted in the development of Lasers as a safe, fast, gentle and effective method of hair removal. At the Cosmetic & Laser Medical Centre we have a range of hair removal lasers, allowing us to optimise laser hair removal treatment by selecting the most appropriate laser for your hair type, skin colour and skin sensitivity.
Laser Hair Removal for Women
Some women have excess facial or body hair which is difficult to manage, whilst others simply find waxing or shaving can be unsatisfactory because of rashes or ingrown hairs..
Facial hair has been the commonest area treated but we now find women are treating ALL parts of the body. Extended bikini line and Brazilians are now possible. Laser hair removal is a often very attractive and economical option compared to a lifetime of waxing or shaving.
Laser Hair removal for Men
If you’re the sort of guy who’s already removing your hair, you’re probably tired of shaving or using depilatory cream. Or worse, waxing! Waxing hurts like hell, and both shaving and waxing leave an angry, itchy rash or pimples for days. Not a good look! Fortunately, laser is a better alternative and will last months instead of days. Popular areas for men is shoulders, back, chest, stomach and groin regions.
For more information on hair removal in men go to Laser Hair Removal
The top 9 things you need to know
- Laser Hair Removal is the most effective method of long-term hair removal available a.k.a “permanent hair reduction” and it generally takes 4-6 treatments in total.
- There are many different brands of hair removal laser machines which vary considerably in their quality and possible results. IPL (intense pulsed light) is not a laser.
- Victoria has no regulation to safeguard the public on who can use hair removal lasers unlike some other states
- Laser Hair Removal is a very safe procedure when performed correctly but skin damage, burns or inferior results can occur with cheap equipment or unqualified operators.
- Realistic expectations are important as results can vary both between people and for the same person on different areas of the body.
- Most skin colours and skin types can be treated but skin should not be suntanned at the time of Laser Hair Removal. It is most effective on darker hair or darker hair that contrasts well with skin colour. Blonde, grey and red hairs are less responsive.
- The most common areas treated in women are face, underarm, bikini line and legs, whereas in men the back, shoulders, upper arms and chest are the most popular.
- If the cost for Laser Hair Removal is far lower than in a medical laser clinic then there is almost certainly a compromise on laser quality, clinic facilities and/or the qualifications of the practitioner.
- The best and safest results in Laser Hair Removal are when a medical grade laser is used in a medical laser clinic by experienced practitioners with University qualifications.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the most popular areas to get treated?
How old do you have to be to get laser hair removal?
Can all skin types and areas be treated?
In darker skin colours a different type of laser that is not as strongly attracted to skin pigment may need to be used for hair removal. Cooling of the skin during and after treatment is also very important when treating darker skin types to reduce the risk of skin damage because of the larger amount of natural skin pigment.
Whilst all areas of the body can theoretically have hair removal treatment we would advise care around the eye area and to not treat eyelashes or hairs on the underside of the eyebrows.
Can all hair colours be treated?
Various methods have been tried to improve the results of laser removal of white hairs, such as applying a dye to the hair before laser or combining laser with suction devices and radio frequency technology, but to date none have been very successful. White hairs are best treated by electrolysis.
In Summary, darker hair and lighter skin predict a better result, however some patients will have hair roots that are situated much deeper and are more difficult to treat and may require more treatments.
Can all areas of the body be treated?
Certain areas like the underarm and bikini line in women and the chest area in men seem to be very responsive to treatment with excellent long term clearance. Other areas like the face in women and the back in men whilst they have great short to medium term results are more likely to require regular maintenance treatments.
What are the risks?
Hair removal lasers are classified as CLASS 4 lasers because they have the potential to cause eye damage and there have been reports of hair removal lasers causing eye injuries. Specialised eyewear must be worn by patients and by operators when performed.
Lasers generate heat and as such when not used correctly can cause skin damage including burns, blisters, altered skin pigment and even scarring. Cases of skin infection after hair removal in beauty salons have also been reported.
There are reports of lasers being used for hair removal actually doing the reverse and stimulating hair growth. This is called Paradoxical Hypertrichosis and seems to occur much more commonly when low powered machines are used for hair removal as in beauty salons.
Topical anaesthetic creams are widely used to numb the skin for cosmetic procedures. Some of these anaesthetic creams may be purchased without a medical prescription but the use of topical anaesthetic creams before treatment should be medically supervised as there have been two reports of women aged 22 and 25 years old who applied topical anaesthetic cream to their legs for hair removal having seizures and dying.
Hair removal using medical grade CLASS 4 lasers needs to be thought of as a medical procedure more than a simple beauty treatment.
Am I a good candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Do you have dark hair and light skin?
Do you play sport or enjoy cycling?
Do you currently wax or shave your legs, back, shoulders, chest or arms?
Do you prefer your skin smooth and hair free with no ingrown hairs?
How much does laser hair removal cost?
As a guide in a medical laser clinic using a top of the range medical grade laser performed by an experienced laser practitioner with a University degree, expect to pay for small areas like the face or underarms $100-150 per treatment and for larger areas such as the lower legs around $300 per treatment.
At the Cosmetic and Laser Medical Centre we do provide discount packages if multiple areas are being treated or if a larger series of treatments are necessary. Contact us for package prices.
Is laser hair removal permanent or how long does it last?
How many treatments will I need?
It is important to realise that response to treatment can vary considerably between people and in the same person between different body areas.
With successful treatment there should be a progressive reduction in the number and thickness of hairs with each successive laser hair removal. If regrowth after hair removal occurs much quicker than expected or no significant reduction is occurring in the amount of hair being removed, then the laser treatment settings and/or expectations need to be reassessed.
Results should be progressive and you should not need to wait for a long series of treatments before seeing results you are happy with.
Patients with hormonal conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are also much more likely to require regular maintenance treatments because of ongoing hormonal factors stimulating further hair growth
Does the skill of the operator affect the result?
There is a difference between a beautician who has done a 2 day laser safety course and a Dermal therapist who has done a 3 year Bachelor degree at University.
There is a difference in an experienced laser practitioner who can assess and provide realistic expectations then treat with appropriate settings on a medical grade laser with the optimal treatment technique.
There is a difference between treatment in a specialised laser medical clinic rather than treatment in a shop at a strip shopping centre.
There is a difference having medical supervision to reduce the chance of complications in the first instance and then secondly having medical expertise available should any problems arise.
Consumers need to be aware of the unregulated nature of Laser Hair Removal and consider factors other than just price.
Can you get laser hair removal if you're pregnant?
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Hair follicles have a cycle of growth with some hairs being in resting, active and transition phases at any point in time. Hair follicles are most vulnerable to laser heating when they are in an active growth phase, and hence a series of laser treatments are needed to progressively target different hairs when they are most susceptible