We understand the importance of having complete information before undertaking any kind of laser hair removal treatment, so it is our promise to provide you with an open dialogue and detailed information about the most progressive treatment available for permanent hair reduction.
At Helios Laser Studio we use the Candela Mini GentleLaser Medical Grade Laser for permanent hair reduction. We do not use IPL.
Laser and light-based treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. Candela is the most trusted name in the industry and has pioneered the development of some of the safest and most effective technologies and products available on the market today.
If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering. Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures. Laser Hair Removal works by focusing high laser energy through the skin to the base of the hair follicle. The laser light is absorbed by the pigment in each hair follicle, and this causes the hair follicles to be progressively damaged so that the hair can no longer grow.
There is no time better than any other to start laser hair removal. However, if you want silky smooth skin all year round, you should start as soon as you are ready.
The average number of visits necessary to see permanent hair reduction is 6 to 8, but some people responds well in 2 to 4 sessions.
There are so many variables to be considered such as skin colour, hair thickness, hair colour, age, hormonal issues, medications, pre-treatment, sun exposure and lifestyle to name but a few. These variables need to be taken into account as the success of laser hair removal will differ for each individual
Be sure not to wax, pluck, bleach or tweeze the area 4 weeks before commencing treatment or anytime during treatment. To optimise your laser treatment use a good quality exfoliator to remove the dead hair from the follicle during the course of your treatment.
A laser is an intensive light beam, a source of high energy. Laser hair removal works to reduce unwanted hair by focusing that intense light on the hair follicles, without damaging the skin in the treatment area. The pigment in the hair absorbs the laser energy, converts it into heat which then damages the hair follicle, preventing regrowth.
Generally, because the laser is attracted to pigment it works well on dark hair, especially if there is a contrast between your dark hair and your skin colour. If your unwanted hair is dark it can be good to have your laser hair removal work done when your skin is the lightest, such as during winter months.
While it can be a little tricky to achieve during the summer months, it is a good idea to try and avoid tanning or any sun exposure for a couple of weeks prior and post-treatment. And while being sunburnt should always be avoided, it is definitely not recommended during laser hair removal treatments.
Everybody has a different pain threshold. Individual’s pain tolerance in relation to skin sensitivity can vary due to factors such as where they are in their menstrual cycle, what medications they may be taking or even their state of health. (Lack of sleep can also heighten your sensitivity and lower your pain thresholds.)
Most people would say that waxing hurts, and laser hair removal treatments are generally not considered anywhere near as painful as waxing. So if you’re used to waxing and are thinking of trying laser hair removal, you can rest assured it will feel virtually pain-free in comparison.
Some clients describe the treated areas as feeling ‘warm and tingly’ at the most. It may feel a little uncomfortable on the areas of the body which are more sensitive than others such as the bikini line or the top lip, but it is generally described as either painless or slightly uncomfortable. The discomfort felt afterwards in the treatment area is akin to a slight sunburn.
Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. If you’re planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hair roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. At Helios Laser Studio we use the Candela Mini GentleLase Medical Grade Laser for permanent hair reduction, which will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.
Our specialist will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for any reactions.
When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions to ease any discomfort. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You’ll get treatments until hair stops growing.
Several factors can impact the results of laser hair removal which in turn determines how many sessions might be needed. Your hair and skin type and colour, your gender, age, hormone levels and the specific areas being treated can all cause variations in the length of time it takes for the laser to destroy the hair follicle.
The average number of visits necessary to see permanent hair reduction is 6 to 8, but some people responds well in 2 to 4 sessions. For the laser to work effectively you should not wax between sessions, as the laser needs to locate the hair follicle to work. You can safely shave the area, however.
The actual number of sessions needed will be determined as you go by the factors mentioned above, but laser hair removal remains the most affordable and effective solution for a permanent reduction in unwanted hair.
For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Remember to use moisturisers and sunscreen. Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out.