If you have natural dark hair and dark skin you can still be benefit from laser hair removal treatment, however additional laser treatments are usually required to achieve satisfactory results. Laser hair removal treatments are generally not effective on naturally Grey, Red or Blonde hair, but electrolysis may be able to provide satisfactory results for these natural hair colours.
Laser hair removal is safer and preferable to other treatments such as shaving and avoids the risk of “Shaving Bumps” and ingrown hairs. Other treatments such as Cream Depilatories can cause chemical burns, whilst Waxing requires hair growth that really misses the point and purpose of hair removal. Laser hair removal is safe no matter which areas are being treated, because the Laser does not pass beyond the second layer of skin (dermis) where the hair follicles are.
Which is the best Laser for Hair Removal and Safety?
At City Laser Clinic we operate CANDELA GentleLASE machines, the most trusted name in the industry. The GentleLASE 755 nm Alexandrite Laser is recognised as the premier hair removal laser, treating quickly, comfortably and effectively, the CANDELA GentleLASE also incorporates a Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD™) to maximize client safety and comfort. WE DON’T USE IPL or SPL
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 safely destroying the hair follicle, while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. City laser Clinic has a safety practice regime including machine testing that meets and exceeds all statutory requirements, relevant Codes of Practice and manufacturers guidelines.
Safety and Hygiene
Processes such as waxing, plucking, tweezing, or close shaving commonly cause Folliculitis (a skin condition in which there are inflamed hair follicles). This condition results in a tender red spot, often with an unsightly surface pimple. Using CANDELA GentleLASE laser for hair removal on the infected area will aid the healing process and destroy harmful bacteria in the hair follicle.
It is common practice for doctors to recommend laser treatment. It’s currently the safest and most effective medical treatment for ingrown hairs. Remember to never pick at an ingrown hair as you will cause more infection and that could cause more serious medical problems.
Laser hair removal actually destroys the hair at the root, and over time will eliminate all hair growth in the area treated leaving your skin silky smooth, with no ingrown hairs, no scarring, and no marking. It takes several laser treatments usually 8 – 10 treatments every 6 weeks, but the result is worth it.
What can be treated by Laser?
Apart from Permanent Hair Reduction, Laser is also an effective treatment for some types of non cancerous skin lesions, including: Sun Spots, Age Spots and Freckles. It is also a fantastic treatment for Skin Rejuvenation which has proven to remodel Collagen Type III, Scaring reduction, Melasma/Chloasma treatments and Dyschromia treatments. In many cases pigmented lesions treatments are performed by MedLite Q-Switch Laser.
What parts of my body can Laser be Used?
The CANDELA GentleLASE devices used at City Laser Clinic can safely be used for treatment of all areas of the body except the immediate area around the eyes. When you want hair removed from large body areas (legs, arms, chest, back) GentleLASE will perform these laser hair removal treatments quickly and easily, combining the precise accuracy and long lasting quality.
How long does it take?
Typically each laser hair removal treatment takes about 15 minutes, your initial consultation may take longer as we assess your needs, and expectations as well as your hair and skin type and determine a treatment regime that suits you. Every Laser Hair Removal treatment, like every client, is unique. Individual laser treatments vary according to skin and hair colour, the lighter your skin and darker your hair, the better the results to be expected.
How many treatments will I require?
Depending on the area being treated you may need from 6 to 8 treatments, some people may require more laser treatments, depending on the thickness and type of hair and the part of the body being treated. Approximate time for treatments using Laser:
|Approximate Time for Treatments|
|Upper Lip – 8 – 10 sessions||Less than 5 mins|
|Bikini Line 8 to 10 sessions||Less than 10 mins|
|Brazilian 8 to 10 sessions||Less than 15 mins|
|Upper Arm 8 to 10 sessions||Less than 20 mins|
|Lower Arm 6 to 8 sessions||Less than 20 mins|
|Upper Leg (thigh) 6 to 8 sessions||Less than 40 mins|
|Lower Leg (knee to foot) 6 to 8 sessions||Less than 40 mins|
Every Laser Hair Removal treatment, like every person, is unique. Individual laser treatments will vary according to skin and hair colour, the lighter your skin and the darker your hair, the better the results achieved. Laser permanently removes hair in follicles during the Growth (Anagen) phase. At any time about 85% of our hair is in the growth stage and will be removed by Laser. During this stage the hair is most receptive to Laser as it is rich in protein, keratinized cells and melanin.
The amount of time the hair follicle stays in the Anagen phase is determined by your genetic make-up. A hair’s Anagen phase may last for several years, with Anagen hairs representing about 85% of our hair. At the conclusion of the Anagen phase the follicle enters the Catagen or transition phase and then the Telogen or resting phase when the hair begins to shed while the follicle is stimulated to begin a new cycle. Hair is not susceptible to Laser Hair Removal treatment during the Transition and resting phases.
The duration of these phases varies from person to person and is affected by our basic genetic (DNA) make-up, age, health and gender. Different hair colour and follicle shape also affects the timings of these phases. As hair follicles move back to the Growth phase they become susceptible to laser hair removal treatment and can then be removed permanently, this requires follow up visits. Maintenance laser visits are required to remove hair from new follicles that develop and start to grow hair. This is why we recommend 2 to 3 Maintenance visits each year.
Laser Hair Removal treatment is more effective with thick dark hair than it is with thin light hair. If you have natural dark hair and dark skin you can still be benefit from laser treatment for hair removal, however additional laser treatments are usually required to achieve satisfactory results.
Can safe Laser Hair removal save you money in the long run?
Typically a Brazilian and underarm waxing treatment costs approx $75.00 once a month. This can total to $900.00 a year, every year. For example if you choose to have Brazilian and underarms waxed from the age of 25 till at least 40, that’s an expense of about $13,500.00.
With CANDELA GentleLASE Laser Hair Removal Treatment a Brazilian and underarm will require between 6 and 8 treatments every 6 weeks, by the end of 12 month you would have completed your laser treatment and would have paid approximately $960.00 and will only require 2 to 3 maintenance visits a year at $70.00 each. Laser hair removal is a much more cost effective solution. It’s worth mentioning that like most technology, Laser Hair Removal have advanced and improved over the past few years.
If you’ve had laser treatment in the past and were disappointed with the results, it’s worth trying again now, consider having a small area treated so you can assess the improvement in comfort and results.