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FAQ – Laser Hair Treatment

In response to the more frequent questions, female asking about permanent hair removal we are providing the following FAQ’s.  You may have more questions so please contact us at City Laser Clinic on 02 9232 80 90 to arrange a FREE consultation to discuss a treatment plan that suits your needs with one of our trained, qualified and experienced laser hair removal staff.

Laser Hair Removal is a safe, effective, and commonly used treatment, providing optimal results in the removal of unwanted hair. Lasers work by delivering an intense beam of light that is absorbed by the skin. This light is converted to heat and is absorbed by the cells being targeted, while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Our lasers feature a patented skin-cooling device for even greater clients comfort and safety and better results.

Who can have Laser Hair Removal treatment?

We can treat Women and Men of all ages. Children under 18 will require a presence of a parent on the first consultation or a signed written consent from a parent. The City Laser Clinic therapists do sometimes need to refer clients to their General Medical Practitioner for assessment and when in doubt will not treat until a Medical Clearance is provided.

Is Laser Hair Removal 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. As with all Laser therapy treatments, the frequency and number of treatments will depend on your skin type, the area affected and the size of that area.

Individual treatments vary according to skin and hair colour, the lighter your skin and darker your hair, the better the results to be expected. Contact City Laser Clinic on 02 9232 8090 to arrange a free consultation to discuss a treatment plan that suits your needs.

Is Laser Hair Removal treatment safe?

Yes, laser treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. CANDELA GentleLase, the most trusted name in the industry, 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 Removal treatment, like every client, is unique. Individual treatments will vary according to skin and hair colour, lighter the skin and darker the hair, the better the results to be expected. On average, we recommend 8-10 treatments. Some clients may require additional treatments, depending on the individual.

Treatments should be repeated every 4-6 weeks apart depending on the hair growth rate. There is no need for long hair. Blonde, red and grey hairs cannot be effectively treated using currently available therapeutic technology. Contact City Laser Clinic on 02 9232 80 90 to arrange a FREE consultation to discuss a treatment plan that suits your needs with one of our trained, qualified and experienced laser hair removal staff.

What precautions should I take before or after my treatment?

Unlike waxing, there is no need for long hair.  Hair must be short for your laser treatment, about 2-3 days hair growth, 3mm max. Shave or trim the hair before your laser hair removal treatment.

Shorter hair ensures the treatment is more comfortable for you and allows the laser energy to travel down to the follicle faster. Avoid sun exposure or solarium on the area for 2 to 3 weeks before treatment, and 1 to 2 weeks after treatment.  You can use Spray Tan 24 hours after the treatment. We recommend wearing a 30+ SPF sun screen even for casual (routine) exposure to the sun.

Are there any adverse side-effects to laser treatments?

A small percentage of persons treated may experience side effects (unwanted outcomes); these side effects are usually temporary and mild, though can be more severe and longer term.  They include:

  • Scarring though rare and more likely with darker skin types, it can occur with all skin types and especially if the required precautions (relating to sun exposure and some medicines) are not followed, before, during and after treatment.
  • Hyper-pigmentation (darker skin) can occur because of inflammation caused by laser treatment and a brown mark arises that usually takes some months to fade with the assistance of lightening agents.
  • Hypo-pigmentation (lighter skin): laser treatment can cause a loss of skin pigmentation in the treated area.  This pigmentation usually returns but can take up to 12 months and in very rare cases can take so long that is considered permanent.
  • Bacterial or viral infection. Any infection in a wound created by a laser has the potential for scarring and laser treatments have been known to trigger herpes simplex outbreaks.

In general, most procedures have a low risk of adverse side effects. Some clients do experience a slight pigment change in their skin colour. If this occurs, the skin typically returns to normal pigmentation in a few weeks. You may apply Vitamin E cream to the treated areas; it will help the fading process. All treatment results are individual.

Is it painful?

At City Laser Clinic, the Candela GentleLase therapeutic laser machines that we use have a dynamic cooling device. This cools the skin on by spraying a safe (inert) gas onto the skin to cool it, making the treatment more comfortable.  Clients describe the feeling to an elastic band snapping against the skin but individual pain experience can vary. For clients that do experience pain City Laser Clinic advises the use of EMLA cream, a topical anaesthetic cream.

This cream can be applied to the area to be treated about 1hour prior to laser hair removal  treatment. 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 Removal 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.

Contact City Laser Clinic on 02 9232 80 90 to arrange a FREE consultation to discuss a treatment plan that suits your needs with one of our trained, qualified and experienced laser hair removal staff. The City Laser Clinic therapists do sometimes need to refer clients to their General Medical Practitioner for assessment and when in doubt will not treat until a Medical Clearance is provided.

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