Laser hair removal facts and common treatment questions

Hair removal with a laserThe big FAQ of laser hair removal. If you have a how question, most likely this treatment guide will contain the answer.

The content to the right-hand side covers more information, costs through to how it works, side effects, courses, maintenance sessions, how the hair cycle works and so much more.

Benefits of laser hair removal include:

  1. Precision. Lasers selectively target dark, medium, lighter pigment and coarse hairs while not damaging the surrounding skin.
  2. Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second treating many hairs at the same time. Advancements in laser technology mean we are now able to do a full leg or a man’s back in under 20 minutes.
  3. Predictability. After the initial patch test and the consultation, we know what to expect from the laser hair removal sessions.
  4. Safety. A laser is very safe when in the hands of a trained professional. Before booking your laser course make sure the laser machine is a true laser, FDA approved and the technician is qualified and experienced.

How long does laser hair removal take?

Depending on the area you are having laser hair removal on will determine the session length. A man’s full back will take 15 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the laser hair removal machine used. A full Brazilian takes 10 minutes to 20 minutes to complete the entire bikini area. The Brazilian removes all the hair apart from a small vertical section about two fingers wide also called the landing strip.

How many laser hair removal treatments does it take to permanently remove hair?

To achieve permanent hair reduction on average is 6 sessions. In some cases, 10 sessions are needed although it is rare. The only contradiction to that is medical conditions and or medication that causes the laser to be less effective. In these rare cases, a client may need to continued treatment.

After the course of 6 sessions, a person will normally need one or two sessions per year to maintain permanent hair reduction.

How long after laser hair removal does it take for the hair to fall out?

Hair is shed within two weeks after the laser treatment, hair regrows following a 4-week cycle and therefore, each laser treatment is 4 to 6 weeks apart to catch all hair within a 6 session treatment length. After the 6 sessions have been carried out the client will often need one or maybe two sessions per year after that.

How successful is laser hair removal?

Most people respond well to laser hair removal but there are always exceptions to the case. Some hair may not respond or be resilient to the laser process, despite there are no guarantees that it will work for you, it is still quite rare for people not to respond to laser depilation.

How long does laser hair removal last?

Hair is shed within two weeks after the laser treatment, hair regrows following a 4-week cycleand thus, each laser treatment is 4 to 6 weeks apart to catch all hair within a 6 session treatment length. After the 6 sessions have been carried out the client will often need one or maybe two sessions per year after that.

How much hair is removed after the first laser removal session?

In nearly all cases the client will see a visible reduction after the first session. As we discussed in the hair growth cycle, we are treating a percentage of hair on each visit. Effective hair reduction is normally within 6 sessions, some clients do not need to return after four sessions. In some rare cases, up to ten sessions may be needed, although this is quite rare and around 1 in 100 people may experience this. If hair reduction is not being attained it is normally due to a hormonal balance issue with the client or is being caused by medication the client is taking.

How long does it take hair to grow back after laser hair removal?

Each session treats a percentage of hair, that is in the growth phase. This is the reason 6 sessions is normally required. Once you have had your course of six sessions many people require one or two maintenance sessions per year after that. Some people do not require a maintenance session for two years or even more, it is a case of each person is unique.

Can you shower after laser hair removal?

Showering immediately after your session is not recommended, sensitivity to heat remains for a 12 to 24 hour period you can apply a soothing non-scented pure aloe vera gel which will also help lessen any further irritation. It is also recommended not to use perfumes, any scented products.

Makeup should be avoided, if you must wear makeup after your facial sessions then select a pure mineral foundation only not using any primers, blush and avoid direct sunlight. When you do have a shower

Do you need to shave before laser hair removal?

In preparation for laser hair removal, you should shave the area being treated, shaving is the only method of hair removal you should perform before the treatment. In some cases, the laser technician may shave the area for you but it is best to shave before beginning your laser session. Do not plug, or have waxing performed before the laser sessions, electrolysis is also not advised. As a best practise, you will also need to avoid sun exposure for 6 weeks prior to the treatment and avoid sun exposure after the treatment.

Are there any side effects with laser hair removal?

Irritation and redness to the area treated. A slight redness and some itching sensation are a normal side effect for the first few days after treatment. After the laser procedure, a calming gel is applied often Aloe vera based designed to cool and minimise the effects caused by the laser treatment.

Slight blistering. Occasionally, some people experience a crusting or slight blistering of the skin. Relatively rare and indicates the operator has used an incorrect setting. If you have had a laser treatment and you, have developed blistering swimming or prolonged immersion in water should be avoided. Pat the skin dry after showering or bathing do not rub the area. We must stress that blistering is extremely rare and we have not had the occurrence within our clinic. It is of our opinion that blistering is caused by the operator selecting an incorrect setting for the clients skin, or a too aggressive treatment.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. A common side effect of the laser treatment is hyperpigmentation where the skin appears darker over the treatment area. In most cases this will subside after a few days, it may indicate the incorrect laser technology is used; although this is not a hard and fast rule. The light is attracted to the melanin in the skin, darkens, crusts over and sheds off, after this the skin is left with a more even skin tone and is the basis of skin rejuvenation therapy.

With the invention of so many hair removal machines. Such as IPL (intense pulsed light) laser hair removal devices with varying lasers in them. Did you know that under the “laser hair removal” umbrella there are multiple laser technologies? Marketing plays a huge role in hair removal products, of course, this would be no surprise to anyone and the beauty industry is a leader in “subjective advertising.”

Something I often hear from my ladies is how effective is my hair removal going to be. Many of my clients had all but given up and had come to terms that they were always going to be “topping up” or just not gaining the results expected. More often than not, this is caused by the therapist either turning down the power of the machine or the machine is just cheap and inferior.

Laser hair removal machines and IPL machines can range in price from around €5000 to €85000; do you think the same results can be achieved, regardless of the equipment cost? Of course not, and as a client, it is very difficult for you to know what machines are efficient.

Before your first treatment, you should always have a detailed consultation with your therapist, followed by a patch test to ensure that you are suitable for the treatment.

It also allows the therapist to gauge which settings suit your skin and hair type; this is critical. Personally, I always like to leave it, at least, twenty-four hours after a patch test before carrying out the first treatment, to allow any abnormal reaction to appear. During the consultation, never lie. A genuine reason is behind the questions, and misleading information can result in damage to your skin! Answer all questions and never lie or withhold information. For medical reasons, some clients are not suitable for laser hair removal. Following this, some people have approached a second clinic, with the same intention, failing to disclose that same information, so as they would be allowed to continue with treatment. An extremely dangerous practice and not at all advisable. If you are not suitable for treatment, you are not suitable for treatment. At the end of the day, it’s your skin being treated and you are only given one skin, to live in.