Frequently asked questions
(see also Patient Guidelines)
How does Laser Hair Removal treatment work?
Laser Hair Removal is a faster, gentler way to remove unwanted hair than most other methods available and has been in use since 1997. Laser Hair Removal applies precisely controlled pulses of light-energy targeting the follicle pigment disabling the hair shaft and root. The laser energy heats the hair follicle all the way down to the root, destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin.
What does laser hair removal feel like?
One of the benefits of laser hair removal is that it is less painful than waxing or electrolysis. Each pulse, which lasts less than a second, produces a slight tingling feeling. In particularly sensitive areas, such as the upper lip, it may feel like a rubber band snap on the skin. Our advanced laser systems are equipped with a cooling device, which cools your skin during treatment minimising any discomfort.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
At Laser Clinic Sar we customise your laser hair removal treatment according to your hair and skin type. Because laser energy is absorbed by melanin in the hair, laser hair removal works best on dark pigmented hairs. Red, white, gray, or blonde hair indicates an absence of melanin and therefore cannot be easily treated. Come in and see us and we will evaluate your needs and offer you a customised treatment plan.
What machine is used at your center?
At Laser Clinic Sar we use the state of the art Lumenis Lightsheer ET. It is the most comprehensive laser hair removal system available today.
What should I expect during and after treatment?
At first, you will likely feel a stinging sensation indicating that the laser has been activated. During treatment you might detect the smell of singed hair, which is nothing to worry about. The procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on the treatment. The smaller the area, the less time is involved, whereas a larger area, such as the back may require up to an hour. After laser hair removal, you may experience brief swelling and redness. Some people feel stinging and you may also experience a slight crusting of the skin. If the latter occurs, petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or Aloe Vera gel should be used to moisten the affected area. Please note that the hair will not fall out right away — it may take as long as two weeks after treatment for all of the treated hair follicles to fall out.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
Hair growth occurs in cycles and not all hair can be targeted simultaneously. Our laser hair removal technology destroys hairs that are in the active growth phase (Anagen phase), so repeat treatments will be needed to target hair that was not affected at the time of previous laser hair removal treatments. Typically 6-8 laser hair removal treatments are recommended to achieve optimum results. For more information please click here
How long does a treatment typically take?
Depending on the density of the hair and the size of the area being treated, the treatment can vary from a few minutes up to an hour.
Are there any limitations after a Laser Hair Removal treatment?
You can return to your normal routine immediately, though you should avoid direct sun exposure and tanning booths for several weeks after treatment. Be sure to use sunscreen with a high SPF. You should avoid exercise and strenuous activity for the first 24 hours so as not to perspire and cause increased irritation. Be careful when touching the treated areas: don’t wax or pluck hairs, pick at the skin, or rub or scrub it. A gentle washing with soap and water is perfectly fine.
What parts of the body do we treat?
We’ve treated most areas of the body. Popular treatment areas for women include facial area, legs, bikini and under arms. Mens laser hair removal is also becoming very popular. The most common areas we treat are shoulder, back and chest hair.
Can laser hair removal be performed on scarred areas?
As long as there is no pigmentation over the scar and the area is healed completely, laser hair removal is safe. A scar following an operation will normally require at least 6 months to heal. If the scar area is not suitable for treament, we would need to work around the scar or to wait for the area to be ready for treatment. We would always test spot the area first with lower energy to make sure that the skin can tolerate the laser.
Are the results permanent?
No matter what you may have read, using a laser to remove hair probably won’t remove 100% of hair permanently, but should dramatically reduce growth to what often feels like permanent. Any hair re-growth is likely to be paler and weaker. So if you’re guaranteed “permanent laser hair removal” – worry!
This is because lasers need the pigment with within the hair to work with different results being obtained based on the hairs colour. White, grey or platinum blond hair do not respond nearly as well as dark hairs.
Additionally, hair removal treatment works best on new hairs that are just starting to grow, which is why you will need a number of treatments in the same area to ensure you capture the hairs as they begin their growth cycle. Even then new hairs can grow or hairs that simply managed to avoid treatment whilst in the right growth phase can get missed.
What happens during a treatment?
You will need to wear special goggles to protect your eyes. Lasering stings or tingles and it is normal to feel a small level of discomfort. The same area is lasered every 1 to 3 months until all the hair follicles have been treated in the optimum growth phase. After a treatment the skin may look red and slightly swollen, but this should disappear within 24 hours. You can return to normal daily life straight away.
Laser hair removal does not work well on red, grey or white hair because laser energy is absorbed by pigment and there is little or no pigment in these hair colours
You should not have laser hair removal treatment if any of the following are true:
- You are particularly sensitive to light
- You are pregnant
- You have any infection around the area to be treated.
- You are undergoing Chemotherapy
- You have been treated for acne with Isotretinoin (Accutane) in the previous year or have taken antibiotics in the preceding 7-10 days