Laser Hair Removal
Best Laser Hair Removal in Melbourne
Today, there are many types of laser hair removal. IPL is often called laser hair removal but it is not actually correct as IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. Laser Hair Removal is conducted using actual Laser light. The best place for Laser hair removal Melbourne is Richmond Skin & laser Clinic. Laser Hair Removal in Richmond Skin & laser Clinic is done with Grade 4 Medical Laser Technology.
Not all laser hair removal is the same. Unfortunately some laser hair removal Melbourne operators will, for a number of reasons including lack of qualifications or experience, or desire for clients to pay for more treatments than they actually need, use lower settings for laser hair removal. This can have negative results for the client of laser hair removal Melbourne.
The results of laser hair removal should be seen after each treatment. The hair will grow back slower as it grows through the different cycles. Depending which part of the body you are having laser hair removal on, you could see the end result after as few as four treatments of laser hair removal.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Yes, the results are permanent! Once a hair follicle has been successfully treated, it will never return. Studies show that more that 85% of our clients have had permanent hair removal of 80% or more.*
What is the advantage of using a laser?
A laser skin treatment gives permanent results and allows you to treat large areas such as full legs, arms or a full back in a short period of time.* Other advantages of Candela laser hair removal treatments include:
- Regain your confidence
- Save time by not having to wax or shave so frequently.
- Ingrown hairs are permanently removed*
- Save money over time as waxing is more frequent and needs to be done over many more years.
- Reduce and prevent scarring from ingrown hairs
What areas can be treated using laser hair removal?
All areas of the body except the inner ear and areas in close proximity to the eyes can be treated safely. Common treatment areas include the upper lip and chin, full legs, bikini, underarms, back and chest. We also offer Brazilian laser hair removal treatments at our Melbourne clinics.
Does it hurt?
Most clients describe this laser skin treatment as mildly uncomfortable, not unlike “the flick of an elastic band” which is a common description used. For those who find the procedure uncomfortable, a topical anesthetic is available.
How many treatments will I need?
Most clients undertake 4-8 Candela laser hair removal treatments to achieve the optimal results (permanent hair removal of 80% or greater)*.
Are there any side effects?
It is normal to experience some redness of the skin and some mild swelling which typically lasts 1-24 hours. In rare instances, the redness may last a few days and there could be some grazing or ‘scabbing’ which typically subsides over a short period of time. Most people who undergo hair laser removal in Melbourne with us are able to return to normal activity immediately.
IPL vs Laser Hair Removal Facts
Be aware of hair removal systems that use traditional light for treatment. Intense Pulse Light machines (or IPLs) are not true hair removal lasers. These devices use a concentrated beam of traditional incoherent light, often in conjunction with a cream or gel, to burn the hair shaft.
A serious flaw with IPL vs laser hair removal is that IPL lacks the laser’s ability to produce a selective bandwidth of light that will only affect the hair shaft (selective photothermolysis). These devices produce a wide bandwidth of light that can heat up all of the surrounding tissue as well as the hair follicle itself.
IPLs are generally cheaper devices and are used for various skin procedures first and foremost, with hair removal as more of an afterthought. Judging from consumer feedback, true lasers usually achieve better and faster results for hair removal purposes. Most clinics do not use a true laser for hair removal, and try to claim that IPL is an equal substitute. Be sure the treatment you choose is with a laser and not an IPL.
PRE-Treatment Care for Laser Hair Removal
Whether you are opting for upper lip or full Brazilian laser hair removal, the facts surrounding safety remain the same. Certain guidelines should be observed for your safety and to achieve optimum results.
- Stay out of the sun for one month before your laser skin treatment, and use a sun block with protection of factor 30+ when you are exposed.
- Do not use self-tan or solariums for at least one month before your treatment.
- The procedure may have to be postponed if you have a tan, as we cannot treat people who have tanned skin because of an increased risk of pigmentation change.
- Do not wax, pluck or bleach for at least one month before your treatment.
- For darker skinned patients, daily or twice daily application of Superfade (available from chemists) to the treatment area for one month prior treatment will minimise the chance of pigmentation change.
After your Candela laser skin treatment, gently cleanse the treated area twice a day with a moisturising soap.
Redness is unlikely to last more than 2 days, although in isolated instances it may be longer. The redness is a natural response and you need not be concerned about it. Daily application of Medisoothe will be soothing to the skin.
Until redness has completely subsided, avoid all of the following:
- Applying make-up over the treated areas
- Use of scented lotions or soaps, exfoliant creams (Retin-A and alpha- hydroxy), loofa sponges and aggressive scrubbing
- Hot or cold water – wash with tepid water
- Swimming pools and spas with multiple chemicals/chlorine
- Activities that cause excessive perspiration
In the unusual case of crusting of the skin, apply a thin film of bacitracin or polysporin ointment twice a day to the affected areas. Do not pick at these areas, as this may result in infection or scarring.
In the rare case of infection, a course of antibiotics is recommended. A prescription can be obtained from your local GP.
In the rare case of swelling, use of a steroid cream is recommended. Once again, a prescription can be obtained from your local GP.
Strictly avoid any sun exposure for at least one week after the laser skin treatment, as the treated area will be more prone to sunburn and pigmentation change. Keep the area covered and use a sunblock with a protection factor of 30+, applied hourly while you are in the sun.