What is Laser Hair Removal?
LONG LASTING HAIR REDUCTION
Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment (melanin) in the hair. Melanin is present in both hair and skin and is also responsible for determining the colour. Because light is absorbed more readily by darker pigments lasers are able to achieve localised damage to the hair follicle only. The energy from the laser travels down the hair shaft into the follicle, which can then retard future hair growth.
Can I still Tan with Laser Hair Removal?
It’s important to stay out of the sun while undergoing laser hair removal treatments. This is to ensure the pigmentation of your skin does not change or darken too much. If your skin becomes darker through tanning then we may have to adjust the settings of the laser. This will then result in a less effective treatment. The best results can be achieved in winter when your skin has lightened. If you’re considering laser hair removal in Brisbane book in advance.
Our Laser Hair Removal Technology
The Brisbane laser hair removal machines that we operate are state of the art. They work effectively on all skin types and hair whether thick or thin. The laser hair removal procedure is a very fast treatment compared with older hair removal techniques. Our diode laser works on Continuous Wave technology which enables the laser machine to give an accurate and steady flow of light. This ensures all areas of the skin are treated under the same conditions with no variation in wavelength. This provides an even distribution across your treated area resulting in a superior result. The laser hair removal machine that we use is the only one of its kind in Brisbane!
Does Laser Hair Removal Last?
Lasers can remove hair permanently but the effectiveness will depend on both your suitability and the number of laser treatments you have. Hormonal changes can also bring back hair so if you are using pro-hormones/steroids, or if you are pregnant then the results can be less effective. In some cases, our clients have noticed such drastic results after their first treatment that they stopped shaving altogether.
Will Laser Hair Removal Work for Me?
Results can vary between individuals as everybody has different pigmentation ratios. We have had success with both light and dark skinned people due to the effectiveness of the laser machine we use in our Brisbane spa, however, we always conduct a free skin consultation to determine your suitability.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
The body consists of various types of hair, all of which have different evolutionary functions and cellular construction. Different areas of hair throughout the body often grow at different speeds and lengths. A good example of this would be the difference between pubic hair compared with head hair.
Additionally, hormones can play a role in the development of different types of hair. And we’re not just talking about during puberty. People who are on the contraceptive pill may develop hirsutism which can cause an increase in hair growth. The potential for excess hair growth can also be seen in people who are taking steroids, have endocrine issues, polycystic ovary syndrome, or people on HRT. Age plays a part in unwanted hair too given the association with hormonal changes. Women going through menopause may experience extra hairs on the chin, lip, abdomen, upper lip or even a beard.
The reason it is important to be aware of these issues is that they can interfere with the treatment outcome. If any of these apply to you it’s possible your laser hair removal results will be compromised. You need to be aware of these as they will affect how many laser hair removal treatments you will need.
Laser Hair Removal After-Care
You should avoid the harsh Brisbane sun to prevent pigmentation for a week after your laser hair removal treatment. Applying sunscreen on the treatment area is recommended should you be exposed to UV radiation. A brief shower on the day of the hair removal is fine, but you should avoid any saunas or hot baths. Physical activity that will induce sweating should also be limited to prevent irritation or redness occurring on the treated area.
Hair Stages & Treatment Areas
Hair grows in 3 main stages called anagen, catagen and telogen. The anagen stage is the growth phase which determines how long the hair will ultimately become. This lasts for approximately 3-5 years per hair follicle. At the end of this the hair then enters the catagen phase which lasts for about 10 days. The last phase is the telogen phase which is a resting state of the follicle and remains inactive for 3 months. At which point the process is repeated.
The laser is only able to disable the hair follicle when hair is in the anagen stage (or growth stage). At any point in time up to 20% of hairs are in the catagen and telogen stage. So even though we are treating all of the existing visible hairs, 20% is currently lying dormant. In order to treat the area effectitively we need to account for these growth and dormancy cycles This is why we recommend treatments every 4-8 weeks to ensure a suitable overlap and a greater treatment outcome. If you miss a treatment you run the risk of not being able to treat that area again if it returns to the catagen or telogen stages. This makes it difficult to treat 100% off the hair.
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