For many people, both women and men, removing unwanted hair from the body is firmly established as part of their cosmetic and beauty routines. This can however be time consuming, and with people leading busier and busier lives, methods of hair removal such as shaving and waxing can mean a lot of time lost regularly. Laser hair removal is fast, virtually pain free and can be used to remove hair from just about anywhere on your body. The most commonly treated areas for men are on their back and chest and for ladies it’s their legs, bikini line, under arms and facial hair.
Laser hair removal, also known as IPL, is one of the most commonly carried out cosmetic treatments. It works by beaming highly concentrated light into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigmentation in the follicles and converted to heat, which destroys the hair. Because the treatment is highly targeted, it leaves the rest of the skin undamaged.
At Academy Face and Body, your treatment will be carried out by a Dermal Therapist. Our Dermal Therapists are highly trained and experienced and are overseen by our doctors. All Academy Face and Body Dermal Therapists hold nationally recognised qualifications in treating advanced skin conditions, in addition to holding a Laser Safety Officer certificate. The first stage of treatment will be for a consultation so that you are aware of the options available to you and we will also carry out test patches to check that the treatment is suitable for you and your skin and hair type.
Before your treatment sessions, you should avoid sun exposure for four weeks and use a high SPF sun cream. Make sure that you don’t wax or tweeze the hair in the area to be treated, also for four weeks before your treatment. You can however continue to shave, and will in fact be required to shave the treatment area before your hair removal sessions.
During the session, your Dermal Therapists will slowly move the laser tip over the treatment area. To avoid discomfort, the laser head also has a cooling system. The treatment targets hairs with are in the anagen or growth phase of the hair growth cycle. Around 60% of your hair will be in the growth phase at any on time, so a number of treatments will be required – often about 6 or 8 sessions and follow up treatments every six to twelve months. The number of sessions required will depend upon how dark and thick the hair being treated is. By the end of your treatments you can expect to see about a 70 – 80% reduction and the remaining hairs to be lighter and finer. The time required between sessions will vary from patient to patient, but for the face treatments it is usually about 4 -6 weeks apart and for the body, about 8 – 12 weeks apart. It’s normal to experience a sensation similar to sun burn for a few hours after laser treatment. You can relieve these with ice or a cold compress.
After your treatment for laser hair removal Perth, there are a number of things that you should do in order to achieve the best results. These include protecting your skin from the sun; avoid any exfoliation treatments for the first week after your laser hair removal; avoid very hot water in the shower or bath as your skin may be more sensitive to hot water; don’t pick at skin crusting or blisters as this can cause scarring. If advised by your Dermal Therapist or Doctor, make sure that you do use aftercare skin products because your skin may be more sensitive.
Although laser treatment for hair removal is suitable for the vast majority of people, there are some people for whom this treatment may not be suitable. These include pregnant women, those with an active infection on the area to be treated, those with darker skin types, people with a history of abnormal wound healing or keloid scarring, and those who have a history of light triggered seizures.
You should be aware that there are some potential complications from laser treatments. To reduce the potential for complications your Academy Face and Body Dermal Therapist will perform tests spots within the three days before your main treatment session. The purpose of these trials is to gain accurate information about how your skin responds to laser treatment allowing us to significantly decrease the risk of potential complications.
Complications that may occur include:
swelling or redness in the treated area for up to four days
in rare circumstances, some blistering may occur – if this happens they will normally settle within two hours of treatment
there is a chance that white patches can appear on the skin. These may last from anything from between two weeks to a year and there is a risk that this change in pigmentation could be permanent. You are more at risk if you have a darker skin type.
A couple of weeks after your treatment, you may notice darker patches of pigmentation on the skin. Again, these can last from anything between two weeks to a year. A cream can be applied to reduce this change in pigmentation.
Laser hair removal is a quick and virtually pain free treatment that significantly reduces unwanted body and facial hair. By investing in this treatment, you can be saving yourself countless hours of time with shaving and waxing, leaving you free to get to get on with your daily life, boosted by the confidence of having treated that unwanted hair. At Academy Face and Body, all of our Dermal Therapists are qualified and overseen by our team of doctors. The highest quality of medical procedures, with the best standards of patient care are our aim at Academy Face and Body – your treatment success is as important to us as it is to you.
If I am interested, what now?
Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. You do not need a GPs referral for this consultation. Or you can have a complementary consultation with one of our Dermal Therapists or Registered Nurses.
You may wish to speak with one of our qualified Dermal Therapists or Registered Nurses prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this free consultation, a Dermal Therapist/Registered Nurse can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your cosmetic concern(s).