Most Commonly Treated Areas
Generally, all body areas that have hair are ideal for laser treatment! Some of the more popular areas for women include the face, bikini/Brazilian area, underarms, arms, and legs. Meanwhile, men tend to want laser hair removal treatment on their back, chest and shoulders.
Laser hair removal session at our clinic
A consultation appointment will be scheduled where you will be assessed on whether you are an ideal candidate for laser hair removal. It is crucial that medical conditions and medications are disclosed as this may be a deciding factor for the treatment. It is also suggested that you do not wax, pluck, or sugar the areas to be treated for at least a few weeks before treatment. This ensures that the hair follicles are intact for the procedure to work best. Also, it is recommended that you avoid sun tanning for at least two weeks prior as the device uses light energy. Skin pigmentation may adversely impact the results of the procedure. Lastly, avoid the use of skin care products (i.e. hydroquinone, retinol, salicylic acid, etc.) as this might cause the skin to be sensitive once treatment is started. Feel free to read more on our “Preparing for Laser” page.
The area that’s being treated will be cleaned and prepared for the procedure by the on-site nurse. Since the procedure is non-invasive and relatively minor, local anaesthesia and painkillers are not required. A topical anaesthetic may be applied for those with sensitive skin. Once the procedure begins, a laser is glided over the skin, releasing pulses of laser light. An automatic cooling device eliminates heat from the surface of the skin during the procedure in order to prevent any discomfort and to protect the skin.
Following the procedure, you may have some swelling and redness on the surface of the skin treated however this is only temporary. The nurse will discuss aftercare guidelines with you and it is important to remember that you must protect the treated skin with sunscreen and clothing. Do not be feel disappointed and think that the laser treatment was unsuccessful when you see hair growing in the treated areas in the weeks following. However, since hair follicles have no lifespan, this simply means that the body is attempting to cast them off to get rid of them. The hair should fall out; nevertheless, if it does not, then it means those hairs were not targeted during the procedure. The laser does not treat hair that is not in its growth cycle, thus, more treatments are required in order to fully remove the hair and acquire the results desired. The success of the laser treatment is heavily dependent on the individual’s hair color, hair density, skin type, the treated area, and the hair growth cycle.