Wondering, pondering, thinking about laser hair removal? Unsure, confused or scared? We know new things or bad experiences can influence the way you look at the best laser hair removal technique out there. This is why we have put together an article with all the do’s and don’ts, so you can make an informed decision before you walk into any salon… Not to mention our premium, best choice, Logique De Beauté (wink-wink).
Can darker skin types be treated with laser hair removal?
Laser works on all skin tones. The laser technician will match the laser’s wavelength to your skin type. For skin types 1-3, the Rugby with a 694nm wavelength is used. Skin type 1 to 4 requires an Alexandrite 755nm wavelength. A Diode with an 810nm wavelength is used on skin types 1-5. Lastly, the ND: YAG can be used for all skin types (1-6) and puts out a 1064nm wavelength.
What areas can be treated?
You can treat any area of the face and body with laser hair removal. The following points list specific areas people are unsure about when enquiring about laser hair removal:
- Face (upper lip, chin, sideburns)
- Bikini area
- Brazilian (can include the labia)
How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?
The length of the session would be dependent on the area being treated. Small areas like the face, Bikini, Brazilian, Underarms or Buttocks/Glutes would require a shorter session time. Whereas larger areas that need to be covered, such as the Back, Back, Stomach and arms might require a longer session period.
Can I be treated while taking medications?
Check with your doctor if you are taking prescribed medication. Medications like Accutane can increase skin sensitivity & cause unwanted reactions when exposed to laser. Certain antibiotics, including tetracycline, anti-seizure medications, and NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can also contribute to skin sensitivity.
How many treatments and how far apart?
In laser hair removal, the results are not immediate. It is important to catch hair at the right time for the hair growth phase, as all your hair might be in different stages which requires different laser wavelengths. For the body we recommend treatments in 6–8-week intervals, to catch all the hairs in every growth stage, whereas the face will require treatments in 4–6-week intervals.
How does laser hair removal compare to other laser hair removal methods?
With laser hair removal treatments, you will notice that a 90% of permanent reduction in hair growth can be achieved. This is the highest success rate in completely removing hair compared to other hair removal treatments. We do recommend touch up treatments to treat hair that might continue to grow due to hormonal changes or hair growth cycles.
What can I expect during the treatment / Does it hurt?
The topic on everyone’s minds… The pain factor. The tricky thing is pain is subjective to each individual as we all have different pain tolerances. The best way to go about this is to quite frankly, find out for yourself.
Do a test patch with your laser technician to see how you react to the laser. Communicate with your therapist so intensity may be adjusted to your needs. After your treatment you may feel a mild sunburn sensation which is totally normal. Zimmer cooling gel is applied after treatments to combat discomfort.
Fluctuations in your hormones may also affect the amount or intensity of pain. Hormones released during a women’s menstruation cycle may increase skin sensitivity and so your reaction to laser, making the treatment more painful.
What can I expect after a treatment?
Temporary side effects may include mild redness, itchiness, and/or hives. This is why we recommend doing a patch test & consultation before your first session. Another way to ensure your comfort is to make sure that the technology used is FDA approved.
What can I expect at the end of my treatment package?
A 90% of hair growth can be permanently reduced after completing a laser hair removal package. This is depended on every individual and the way their body reacts to laser treatments. Some individuals may need more sessions or less sessions to touch up areas that are still showing hair growth. As mentioned before, hormonal changes may affect hair growth, depending on the individual, and more sessions might be needed.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
Exercise should be avoided up to 48 hours post treatment. Hot showers, saunas, swimming & exfoliating lotions and accessories are also to be avoided immediately before and after laser hair removal treatment sessions.
Scrubs should be avoided, along with AHA’s and retinol, 3 days before and after a treatment. What can be beneficial is adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine to help the skin stretch, flex and replenish moisture.
As mentioned, Accutane side effects can increase your skins sensitivity and cause unwanted reactions. It’s best to check with your doctor if you can undergo a laser hair removal treatment.
How should I prepare for my first laser hair removal treatment?
- No epilation or depilation at least two weeks before a laser treatment.
- No sunbathing or skin tanning two to three weeks before.
- Do not use retinols three days before and after laser on treated areas.
- No chemical peels or invasive treatments 7-14 days prior to laser.
- Enquire about the use of numbing creams prior to treatment.
You can call and have a consultation with our laser therapists to start your journey safely. Our technicians will ensure that the best options are put on your list, individual to your needs. Navigate your way to our menu for all our laser hair removal treatment options.