With our bikinis packed away and the winter woollies out in force, thoughts of undergoing laser hair removal can quickly fall by the wayside. But winter is actually the perfect time to start your laser hair removal journey because you’re less likely to have been exposed to the sun.
The technology used during laser hair removal works by targeting dark pigment in the unwanted hair follicles, but when the skin surrounding those follicles is tanned it becomes more difficult for the laser to distinguish between the hair and the skin. Because of this, a tan free surface is better for laser hair removal as reduced sun exposure limits the risk of adverse reaction and makes the treatment itself more effective.
While waxing and shaving remain popular hair removal techniques, they are not without their drawbacks. Both waxing and shaving offer a short-lived solution to unwanted hair. Shaving does not remove hair from the root and can cause irritation. With waxing, the hair has to be regrown to a waxable length before treatment and the experience itself can be uncomfortable.
Laser hair removal utilises technology that combines light, electrical energy and cooling. The laser targets the hair roots precisely without damaging the surrounding tissue. Laser is a long term method of hair removal. It can be used on large or small areas of unwanted hair growth on the face and body and is suitable for a range of skin types.
The treatment itself is mildly painful, with the sensation felt often being likened to that of a rubber band snapping against the skin. A handpiece with a special chilled tip is used to make the experience more comfortable and to protect the skin from the heat produced by the laser. The target area can be slightly red in colour and feel tender following treatment.
The number of treatments required varies depending on the treatment area, type of hair and skin type involved. Treatments are typically spaced four weeks apart for the face and six to eight weeks apart for the body. Once the initial treatment cycle is complete, only occasional maintenance treatments are required.
All laser hair reduction treatments at the Cosmetic Medicine Centre are performed by fully qualified registered nurses who are also certified laser operators with Queensland Radiation Health.