Laser Hair Reduction FAQs

How does it work?

Laser hair reduction works by emitting a beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair. Hairs can no longer grow after the light has been absorbed by the base of the hair follicle, providing the hair cycle is in the actively growing stage.

How many treatments will I need?

The total number of treatments varies based on the area treated, the hair and skin type. We typically recommend 6-8 treatments spaced between 6-12 weeks apart.

Why do I need multiple treatments?

Laser requires multiple treatments because hair grows in different phases. Hair can take 6-12 weeks to grow from root to surface (known as the anagen stage) and this is the perfect time to receive laser hair reduction. It is important to stick with your advised treatment schedule – missing a treatment could allow your hair to enter the next stage where hair begins to detach from the hair follicle which can increase the number of treatments required.

What areas can be treated?

Laser can be performed on most areas of the body. Commonly requested areas include underarms, arms, legs, bikini, Brazilian and face. As well as male chest and back.

How to prepare before a laser hair reduction treatment

Prior to a laser hair reduction treatment, you will need to stop waxing/plucking/bleaching 4-6 weeks before, as the hair follicle needs to stay intact in order for the laser to target and destroy the hair.

We ask you to shave the area the night before or day of your appointment.

It is also important to avoid tanning or fake tanning leading up to your appointment as this can result in too much heat being absorbed into the skin. Tan may be applied in between your treatments. Treatments cannot be performed until 3-4 weeks after sun exposure.

Can you go over tattoos when having a laser hair reduction treatment?

No. We do not go over any kind of tattoos, doing so can result in potential scarring and removal of tattoo pigment.

After care advice

Redness is a very natural response after a treatment and usually reduces within a few hours, however it is possible to last between 24-48 hours in some cases. Applying aloe vera gel helps to assist with calming redness.

Avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks after your treatment as the skin will be more prone to sunburn. After this, wearing a sunscreen of at least 30+ is vital while you are out in the sun.

We recommend waiting between 24 – 48 hours to exercise or do any activities that involve putting extra heat into the body after your treatment, this includes swimming and steaming hot showers.

Can I have laser hair removal while pregnant?

Although laser hair reduction is considered a safe procedure, due to the lack of studies performed on pregnant women Laser Hair & Skin Clinic will not perform any laser treatment while you are pregnant.

Is the treatment painful?

Most clients describe laser hair reduction as a rubber band lightly flicking the skin. To increase patient comfort and safety, Cutera excel HR offers continuous cooling before, during and after each pulse. In a comparative study, 100% of patients found the excel HR to be more comfortable than a competitor’s laser hair reduction procedure.

How old do you have to be for laser hair reduction?

Technically speaking there is no minimum age, however if a person is under the age of 18, we require parent or legal guardian permission and to be present during the first treatment. It is advised to wait until teenagers have reached puberty to begin hair reduction treatments, and for females to have begun their menstrual cycle.

What are the benefits?

Laser hair reduction has a number of benefits including

  • prevent ingrown hairs
  • more efficient (no more shaving or waxing)
  • more economic (no more shaving or waxing supplies)
  • go green (save water & waste)

Are there any risks or side effects?

Although clients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and swelling of the skin (similar to a sunburn)

Itchy skin can be an occasional side effect. Hydrocortisone cream can be applied and antihistamine may offer some relief. This may last 3-4 days

Pigmentation (hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation) changes are generally considered a temporary minor side effect. To prevent any skin colour changes, avoid sun exposure on the treated areas.