Is Laser Hair Reduction Permanent?
Permanent hair reduction is assured. Clients can achieve anywhere from 80% to 90% hair reduction. These results will be influenced by certain conditions such as skin, hair colour and hormones. We advise 2 to 3 Maintenance visits a year after the initial treatment period.
Is Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Safe?
Yes, laser treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. Adorn Laser Clinic uses the CANDELA GentleLase system , the most trusted name in the industry. It has pioneered the development of some of the safest and most effective technologies and products available on the market today.
How long will my treatment take, and how many treatments will I need?
Every Laser Hair Reduction treatment, like every client, is unique.
The time the treatment will take depends on the size of the area to be treated. Some treatments can be as quick as 5 minutes, and others can take up to an hour.
On average, we recommend 6-10 treatments for effective permanent results. Some clients may require additional treatments, depending on the individual.
Treatments should be repeated every 4-6 weeks depending on the hair growth rate. Different body parts grow hair at different rates. For example,hair on the face may grow quicker than hair on your legs.
What Precautions Should I Take Before or After my Treatment?
To maximize results and to reduce the risk of adverse skin reactions the following activities should be avoided for at least 2-4 weeks prior to treatment:
- Sun exposure (Apply a SPF 30+ sunscreen daily and avoid the sun for 4 weeks prior to treatment & after treatment)
- Fake tans
- Harsh Exfoliants
- Do not Wax, Tweeze or bleach hair for approximately 3 – 4 weeks prior to treatment.
One- Two days before your treatment please shave, trim or use a depilatory cream on the treatment area. The shorter hair will ensure optimum results and reduce unnecessary discomfort.
Note, areas with Tattoo’s cannot be treated with laser.
Immediately following laser treatment, the treated area may be red and swollen for several hours. This can be calmed using Aloe Vera gel and an Ice Pack.
Adorn laser Clinic is also a stockist of Skinstitut products and can offer a competitive price on after care LaserAid crème.
Hair will generally take up to 10 -14 days to fall out after treatment
After the treatment you may resume your normal day to day activities; however some clients may experience some redness. This should not be prolonged but until this subsides, be nice & gentle on your skin keeping it nice & cool. Avoid any activities that may irritate your skin.
In general the following activities should be avoided until all redness has subsided:
- Strenuous exercise or activities that can cause profuse sweating
- Make-up and topical medications
- Scrubbing, shaving, and exfoliating
- Swimming pools and spas (chlorinated water)
- Hot Showers or Baths
Fake tans can generally be applied 24-48 hours after treatment. However, the next scheduled treatment should also be considered when deciding to do particular activities or using certain products; Note that enough time needs to have lapsed before proceeding with the next treatment. Eg: fake tans, sun exposure etc.
Is it Painful?
At Adorn Laser Clinic, the Candela GentleLase system uses a dynamic cooling device. This cools the skin spraying a safe cryogen gas onto the skin prior to the laser beam, making the treatment more comfortable. Clients describe the feeling to be a light elastic band snapping against the skin but individual pain experience can vary.
The level of discomfort is different for every person depending on sensitivity; other considerations include the location and surface area to be treated. Most clients do not request any pain control during treatment and relate the discomfort as comparable to mild sunburn. Your therapist will discuss your options with you based upon your own tolerance and the body area to be treated.
Should I be receiving Laser Hair Reduction treatment if I am on medication?
There are certain medications that can affect the treatment. The most common are Roaccutane and Retin A. These medications can cause pigmentation to occur during treatment. We recommend not starting Laser Hair Removal treatment until at least 8 weeks after finalizing the course of your medications and with the consultation of your doctor.
What is the difference between Laser and IPL?
IPL stands for ‘intense pulsed light’ and has some branded variations such as SIPL, VPL, SPL which are all essentially the same technology. IPL machines are not lasers. IPL devices are generally cheaper than laser devices, which is why many clinics choose to use them. These machines produce a wide bandwidth of traditional light that can heat up all of the surrounding tissue. IPL lacks laser’s ability to produce a selective bandwidth of light that will only affect the hair shaft making it less effective in disabling hair and putting the skin at a higher risk for side effects.
IPL generally requires more treatments (sometimes double or triple the treatments) or may only reduce the thickness and darkness of the hair, rather than eliminate it completely. Generally, true hair removal lasers (i.e. Alexandrite, Diode, and ND:Yag types) tend to achieve superior results for unwanted hair treatment.