Can I tan while having laser hair removal treatment?
No, tanning is not recommended while having laser hair removal.Tanning does have an impact on the amount of sessions needed and will impact on your results. This is more prevalent when you begin your treatments as it is important to have at least 6-8 treatments with a 6-8 week gap in-between. Because when you tan and stimulate the melanin within the skin cells we would have wait at least 8-10 weeks before repeating a patch test.
Because of this long gap in-between sessions it is not unusual to see an increase in density and growth in the hair. Because we are missing growth cycles due to gap in treatments you may see growth cycles of hair coming through at the same time, this is normal and will be the reason why potentially more sessions may be needed.
Can I use sunbeds while having laser hair removal treatment?
No, using sunbeds is extremely dangerous while having laser hair removal and must be avoided at all times.
You will seriously damage your skin if you use Sunbeds during the course of your treatments.
Can I wear fake tan throughout my course of laser hair removal treatment?
Yes, you can apply Fake Tan approximately 4-5 days after your session and use it in between each session. It is extremely important that you don’t use any tan for a week before your treatment and ensure that you are exfoliating your skin daily to remove any residue. If there is any residue on the skin we cannot perform your treatment until all tan is removed.
BEFORE LASER TREATMENT
Why do I need a consultation and a patch test before starting laser hair removal?
This is probably the most important part of your treatment, on consultation we check through your medical history, assess your skin and hair to ensure you are suitable and answer any questions you may have regarding treatment. We want to make sure you have all the relevant information to allow you to make an informed decision that laser is right for you. After your consultation you should be equipped with all the knowledge you need to understand how laser works and the science behind it. Your patch test is also vitally important as it allows us to test your skin for any sensitivity from the laser and also will ensure you are a suitable candidate for treatment.
If you are putting your trust in us and investing in Laser we feel it’s only right that we invest the time to explain things fully and make sure all your questions are answered.
Do I need to do anything before my laser hair removal patch test?
Your patch test is vitally important before treatment, it allows us to ensure your treatment setting is correct for your skin type and that no adverse skin reactions to the laser will occur.
It is important that you allow some hair to be present in the area so that we can assess your hair type, please also insure area is free from all products and fake tan. Please inform your therapist if you have been exposed to UV light over the previous 4 weeks before your patch test.
I have never had laser hair removal before and I am nervous?
We completely understand, if you have never had laser before it is a pretty daunting experience, there is nothing to be worried about. When we carry out your initial patch test we explain how treatment is performed and you will get a sense of how it feels from that patch test, if you are experiencing any real discomfort we can adjust settings so that you have a comfortable starting point. Our main aim for your first few sessions is really to slow hair growth down and thin it out, this can be done by introducing a lower level of heat into the skin, your first few sessions should be comfortable and you should feel a slight/medium pinch depending on the density of your hair. We will take our time to explain what will happen and ensure you feel at ease. Our therapists are very professional and will make sure you never feel uncomfortable.
Do I need to do anything before my laser hair removal appointment?
If you are thinking about laser and wax or use an epilator regularly we would recommended you stop waxing/epilating 4-6 weeks before your first session to ensure your follicles are full and you have enough hair to treat.
Ensure the treatment area is free from tan real or otherwise and lightly exfoliate approx 5 days before your first session.
Do not apply any moisturiser, cream, oil or lotion to the treatment area, Aloe Vera is the only thing we would recommend if skin is irritated from shaving.
Close shave the area the night before treatment, not the day of because when you shave you slightly exfoliate and irritate the area so allow the extra time overnight for the skin to regenerate and make treatment more comfortable. Shaving the day of your treatment will cause your skin to feel more sensitive throughout the treatment and may limit the amount of energy we can use due to skin sensitivity.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
When we initially perform a patch test we patch test you on the most sensitive part of the area to give you a true reflection of actually what you will be feeling. We adjust settings in accordance with how sensitive you are and what you can manage personally. As with most treatments it depends on the person and on the area being treated but we will always ensure you are comfortable. The lasers we use all have additional cooling devices to decrease any sensitivity you may feel throughout your treatment. The vast majority of people say it’s the anticipation and thought of it which is the worst part, the actual treatment itself is fine for the first few pulses the energy can feel a little sharp but over the duration of a session it does get easier to manage.
How many laser hair removal sessions do I need?
This is a how long is a piece of string type question, below is an average amount of sessions of someone who has pale skin, dark hair that is dense, has no underlying medical issues and attends for their sessions and top up sessions at the time frame given to them.
- Face 6-12 Sessions (Most difficult areas to treat, due to hair being finer and more follicles being present)
- Bikini and Uarm 6-10 (Labia is one of the most difficult areas here, due to skin colour being darker)
- Large areas, legs/arms etc 6-10 (Knees, Upper thighs due to thick skin on knees or finer hairs on thighs)
- Mans Back/Chest 12-15 sessions due to hair being very strong, coarse and resilient to laser.
After these sessions have been completed maintenance sessions are required, most people will need an average of 2-3 maintenance sessions a year.
What is the difference between IPL and laser?
Lasers are most selective and more effective at absorbing into melanin meaning fewer treatments are required.
There has been more published clinical evidence to support effectiveness of laser treatments.
Lasers penetrate deeper into tissues to specifically target hair structures. Alex 755nm, NdYAG1064nm and Diode 810nm penetrate approx 4-5mm specifically design to target hair structures, most IPL’s only target 2mm which is not deep enough to target these structures effectively.
Lasers have more advanced cooling systems meaning more comfortable treatments.
DURING LASER TREATMENT
What factors may influence my laser hair removal results?
For the vast majority of people laser hair removal is an amazing and sometimes life changing treatment. Because genetically we are all so different this has a huge impact on the effectiveness of your treatment, there are a number of different factors that are listed below that will determine the level of final result you will receive and how many treatments it will take to get that result.
Colour of your Skin
Colour and diameter of your Hair
Optimum Fluences (Energy levels)
Optimum Treatment Intervals (Time between treatments)
All of these areas are fully explained when having a consultation with our laser specialists.
How long in-between each laser hair removal session do I leave?
Again this differs from person to person but on average a 4-6 week gap initially depending on the area being treated.
We would recommend every 4 weeks for the face for at least 6 sessions this does depend on the rate of regrowth, after that we may extend the gaps in-between sessions to a 6-8 week interval or longer if necessary. We would recommend every 6 weeks on the body depending on the density of hair and regrowth pattern and again extend the gaps in-between sessions to a 8-10 week interval. Your treatment area will be continually assessed throughout your course of treatment and your therapist will recommend when you should return for your next session.
Can I wax during my course of laser hair removal treatment?
No, shaving is the only method of hair removal recommended while having laser. Waxing in between your sessions will affect hair growth patterns and affect results.
Can I shave in-between my laser hair removal sessions?
Absolutely, you can shave as much as you like while having laser treatment.
We recommend shaving the treatment area the night before treatment, not the day of because when you shave you slightly exfoliate and irritate the area so allow the extra time overnight for the skin to regenerate and make treatment more comfortable. Shaving the day of your treatment will cause your skin to feel more sensitive throughout the treatment and may limit the amount of energy we can use due to skin sensitivity.
Why can’t I wax or pluck in-between my laser hair removal sessions?
When you wax or pluck the hair is completely removed from the follicle in order for the laser to be effective hair follicles must have hair present so that they can be targeted. If you have waxed or plucked the treatment area you would have to wait 6-8 weeks for follicles to produce a new hair.
Do I have to cancel my laser hair removal if I get my period?
Absolutely not, we would ask that you use a tampon if having your bikini area treated. You may be more sensitive but it is not necessary to cancel, it happens all the time and is not a problem at all.
AFTER LASER TREATMENT
Do I need to avoid anything after my laser hair removal session?
Directly after laser your skin will be sensitive so please refrain from the following
- Hot showers/baths, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pool and exercise for 24-48hrs.
- Don’t exfoliate for 3-4 days and use light exfoliation methods.
- Don’t use sun beds on the area or expose the area to direct sunlight at all while having laser.
- Don’t use perfumed products or thick creams for 48hrs.
- Don’t wear tight clothes ie skinny jeans, nylon tights (if having your legs treated) for 48hrs as they will cause heat build up and friction on the area and may aggravate skin and cause it to become sensitive.
- All of the above may cause skin to become irritated in the treated area, it is important that you follow these guidelines to ensure your skin safety.
Should I shave after my laser hair removal treatment
You can shave the area after laser treatment but must leave it for a minimum of 48 hours after treatment before shaving the areas.
After laser hair removal treatment the hair may still appear to be “growing”. It may also appear darker and thicker in some areas such as bikini line. This is a natural process of laser hair removal and the hair is now in a shedding stage. It appears darker and thicker as it has been charred by the laser (this is good). It may take 10 -21 days for the hair to fall out of the follicle which will leave a noticeably smoother skin’s surface. During this time it is perfectly fine to shave the areas you have had treated and this along with regular exfoliation of the areas will assist in the hair shedding process.
How soon after laser hair removal can I exfoliate?
Depending on how sensitive your skin is after laser it is quiet safe to start lightly exfoliating about 3-4 days after your treatment, just be gentle for the first week or so. We really do recommend exfoliating in between your laser appointments to avoid ingrown hairs forming under the skin.
How do I exfoliate and how frequently should I be doing it after laser hair removal?
About 7 -10 days after your session the treated hair growth cycle will shed out of the follicle, we would recommend exfoliating using gentle to medium pressure on the skin as very rough and aggressive exfoliation will aggravate the skin. Regular light exfoliation done 2-3 times a week is more effective than 1 session using a heavy handed approach as this will traumatise your skin.
Exfoliating mitts are widely available and when used in conjunction with a light scrub prove to be a very effective combination. Apply moisturiser after exfoliating to help skin replenish.
What should I do if I get ingrown hairs during my first few laser hair removal sessions?
This usually happens if you have transferred from waxing to shaving, it takes a little while for your skin to adjust. It also happens when treated hairs are shedding and if you don’t exfoliate regularly enough these hairs will tend to get trapped in the skin. If you are prone to ingrown hairs you will normally see bumps appear about a week after laser these are nothing to worry about. It is however very important to use a product specifically designed to help with ingrown hairs and begin to exfoliate at this stage otherwise you will find more hairs becoming ingrown. It is important that you stop using these products a week before your session and recommence using them about a week after your session also. Light exfoliation methods are best to free any ingrown hairs and hydrating the skin afterwards is a must.
How do I get rid of ingrown hairs and will the red marks they leave fade away?
Light exfoliation as explained above should help but if you are prone to ingrown hairs it is worthwhile investing in a good product to help the skin chemically exfoliate (Not meaning bad chemicals, using an active ingredient in a product) as opposed to mechanically (Scrubbing). This will also help the red marks to fade over time.
Can I wax after I have had laser hair removal?
Yes, but if at all possible we would recommend continuing with laser on the area until you receive the level of reduction you are happy with, providing the remaining hairs still contain pigment. On treatment areas where there was originally a mix of light and dark hairs laser will only target and treat the darker ones, lighter hairs will remain and it is fine to wax these.
If you are undergoing a course of treatments please do not wax the area in between sessions as this will affect your results.
Will I need top up sessions?
Yes, when we have completed a bulk of set of sessions (usually 6-8) and are happy with the treatment outcome you may need to have top up or maintenance sessions a couple of times a year, again this depends on the person and the hair growth they had initially. Hairs that remain should be sporadic, fine and light and should be very slow to grow.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
The reduction you receive is permanent, but it is impossible to achieve 100% removal of every single follicle in a given area. Over the course of treatment your hair and the amount of it that you have will change dramatically and we mean dramatically, what starts off as rough, coarse and thick hair will eventually become soft, thin and light hair. You will have areas where the hair has completely disappeared and some areas with sporadic light hairs remain, these hairs will be picked up on your subsequent top up treatments.
Top up treatments are recommended to keep these finer hairs away and are typically needed once or twice a year.
Can I exercise after laser hair removal?
You should not perform any form of strenuous exercise after laser hair removal treatment for at least 24 hours after your treatment. As laser works on the principle of using heat to destroy the hair follicles deep beneath the skin’s surface, an increase in the body’s natural temperature by exercising combined with sweat will cause an increase in irritation on the treatment area. This also applies to swimming where the chlorine in the water can cause irritation on the skin in the 24 hours after treatment.