LASER HAIR REMOVAL – COMMON Q&A’S
What is a patch test?
After your laser treatment consultation, we perform a quick patch test on the intended treatment area. In rare instances, some people will have an adverse reaction to the intense light of laser, so we always patch test to just make sure your skin is happy with the treatment.
So long as there is no reaction, you will be able to have your full treatment at your next appointment.
Why do I need a consultation?
Some treatments aren’t suitable for everybody, so before we perform any Laser treatments, we carry out a full consultation. This is to make sure there are no health, medical or treatment-related reasons why you might not be able to have your desired treatment. During our consultations we fully explain the treatment process, any risks, and what you can expect in terms of results. You also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the treatment.
Can I tan between Laser Treatments?
It’s important to avoid direct tanning for 2-3 weeks before and after each Laser or IPL treatment session.
Natural or fake tanned skin can increase your risk of an adverse reaction to your treatment and cause hyperpigmentation of the skin.
If it’s sunny out, don’t over-expose your treatment area to UV rays, and make sure you wear a good sun screen (SPF30+).
Can I wax between Laser removal treatments?
No, if you are a regular waxer, you will need to stop at least 6 weeks before and throughout your course of treatments. Waxing removes the entire hair follicle, which we need for Laser hair removal to reach and destroy the hair papilla at the base of the follicle. You can still shave between treatments, but at the end of your treatment course, you will never have to wax or shave that area ever again!
Does Laser hair removal hurt?
No, Laser hair removal doesn’t hurt. We use the most advanced medical grade technology to provide our clients with quick and effective treatments that are safe and painless. For most treatment areas, Laser hair removal feels like a slightly warm sensation as the Laser light interacts with the hair and skin. Sensitive areas may feel a little warmer and tingly but are still very comfortable treatments. You will be able to experience the sensation of Laser hair removal when you have your patch test.
Why does Laser hair removal require multiple treatments?
Hair follicles can only be destroyed by Laser during the hair’s ‘growth phase’, and around 30-40% of your hair will be in this phase at any one time. So a course of 6 treatments is typically required to be hair-free.
Do I need to shave before Laser hair removal?
Yes, before your first Laser hair removal treatment, you will need to shave the treatment area. Laser light converts to heat in the hair, which travels down the follicle to destroy the hair papilla and stop it regrowing. Shaving the area beforehand prevents the energy being wasted on the part of the follicle above the skin, thereby maximising the effectiveness of the treatment.
How long between Laser hair removal sessions?
The time between your Laser hair removal treatment sessions depends on the location of the hair and how quickly it typically grows. Facial treatments should be performed at intervals of 4-6 weeks, whereas body treatments should be at 6-8 weeks intervals. Keeping treatments on the correct timeline helps ensure optimal results at the end of your treatment