FAQ laser hair removal
How does it work?
A Highly concentrated beam of light is aimed over the hair, the light is absorbed by the hair pigment and it destroys the follicles. Face and body hair go through three different phases: Anagen, Catagen & Telogen. Effective Hair Removal is achieved in the Anagen phase; this is the beginning phase of hair growth. The hair is visible above the skin and is still attached to the papilla. The papilla is a knoblike vascular indentation of the bottom of the hair follicle on which the hair bulb fits. For the best results we recommend course of treatments.
Will laser Hair removal work for my hair and skin type?
Lasers utilise different wavelengths to target the hair follicle, heats it and destroys the hair whilst leaving the surrounding skin untouched. Darker colour absorb more heat than the light hence why traditional laser works well on darker and thicker hair. According to Fitzpatrick Skin table, there are six different types of skin as described below.
Type I Pale white; blonde or red hair; blue eyes; freckles — always burns, never tans
Type II White; fair; blonde or red hair; blue, green or hazel eyes — usually burns, tans minimally
Type III Cream white; fair with any hair or eye colour; quite common — sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly
Type IV Moderate brown; typical Mediterranean skin tone — rarely burns, always tans well
Type V Dark brown; Middle Eastern skin types — very rarely burns, tans very easily
Type VI Deeply pigmented dark brown to black — never burns, tans very easily
Our therapists are highly trained and have extensive knowledge in using this dermatologically tested scale to identify and treat different skin types. We use the most advanced Alexandrite Laser Motus AX that can effectively treat all skin types’ I-VI and even tanned skin and very fine hair.
What will happen in my first laser hair removal appointment?
During your consultation, we will assess the areas to be treated. This means we’ll need a small amount of hair growth to be visible. We will then discuss the number of treatments and the intervals needed between sessions before carrying out a test on the area by shaving the hairs. This allows the laser energy to be absorbed deeper into the skin at the root of the hair. We will often test multiple laser settings to establish the best results for your skin and hair type.
Your first session can take place at least 48 hours after your test patch has been completed. You will shave at home first and then we will perform the treatment, apply aftercare and discuss this with you before scheduling your next appointment. The best results are achieved with regular treatments due to the hair growth phases.
After each treatment the hair growth will slow down and it will usually take approximately 2 weeks for the hairs to fall out. Your next appointment will be booked in about 4 – 6 weeks when some hair have regrown. With each treatment session less and less hairs will grow back and take longer to show so we will gradually space the treatments further apart.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
It varies from person to person as hair, skin type and area differs, multiple treatments are usually recommended for the best results (between 8 and 12). During each session hair in the active growth phase (Anagen phase) can be affected by the laser, time is needed for hair in the Catagen and Telogen phases to move into the Anagen phase.
Is laser hair removal right for me?
We treat all skin types at New Era Skin Aesthetics. With Motus AX laser we get good results even if you have darker skin or very light hair where other lasers wouldn’t work.
Who is unsuitable for Laser Hair Removal?
We can treat all skin types, however there are a few reasons why you may be unsuitable for laser hair removal:
We cannot treat clients under the age of 18.
We are unable to treat clients who are pregnant.
We cannot treat client who have keloid scars, or have a history of keloid scarring
What areas of my body can be treated with laser hair removal?
At New Era Skin Aesthetics we treat almost every area of the body. Please refer to our treatments section for full list of treatable areas. The only exceptions to the list are under the eyebrows, inside the nostrils, over the nipple area and inside the ears.
What lasers do you use for laser hair removal?
At New Era Skin Aesthetics, we use Motus AX. It is the only FDA approved Alexandrite Laser for all skin types I – IV. Motus AX is also world’s first pain free laser hair removal solution. It can also treat tanned skin which is not treatable by any other laser as well as fine and fair hair.
What results can I expect from laser hair removal?
We use the most advanced laser to bring the best results for all skin types. Fewer hair will grow back after each session with greater success depending on the number of treatments you have. The number of treatments varies for each person and the area being treated. On average, a good reduction of hairs will be achieved after just six sessions.
Laser hair removal pre-treatment advice
- The area to be treated should be free from make – up, perfume, deodorant and body or face creams. Be careful when using spray deodorant prior to treatment.
- Avoid waxing, plucking, hair removal creams and bleaching for, one month prior to hair removal treatments. Hair should be Shaved prior to treatment and be no longer than 1mm in length.
- There should be no active or fake tan in the area to be treated. Use of Sunbeds or prolonged exposure to sunlight is not allowed in the month prior to treatment and an SPF 30 must be used on the area between treatments. Suntans must be left to fade completely before treatment can start. Fake tans must also be fully faded before treatment can commence.
- A medical history is taken at consultation, but we rely on you to inform us of any changes to this. We need to know of any medication you are taking including those bought from a chemist or herbalist.
- Make sure that you arrive 15 mins prior to your appointment time, this will allow us to pre cool the skin if this should be required.
Laser hair removal aftercare
- In order to minimise skin heating and to reduce the likelihood of skin reactions, the treatment area may be cooled before, during and after the procedure. If the area still feels hot at home you can apply a cold flannel or cool pack. Do not allow ice packs or ice into direct contact with skin.
- Following treatment, the area may appear red and raised and you may experience a tingling sensation. This is completely normal and should settle over the next few days.
- Occasionally you may experience swelling or bruising and this can last anything from 1-2 days up to 1-2 weeks. If you experience swelling, it is usually worse one to two days following treatment. If it follows a treatment to a facial area, sleeping with your head raised on pillows will minimise its appearance. Ice packs will also help to reduce the swelling. If your skin is particularly sensitive and prone to histamine reaction, you may also wish to consider taking an anti-histamine medication.
- Make-up can be applied after several hours, if the skin is not sore or broken. However, we advise caution if the area is feeling sensitive. Remove make up carefully as rubbing the skin can cause irritation or infection. If the skin at the treatment area become broken, then make-up should be avoided.
- Care should be taken to avoid trauma to the treated area for 4 or 5 days Avoid strenuous activities, sauna and steam, excessively hot baths, massaging ect.
- Wash and bathe as normal but take Cool shower rather than hot baths. The skin should be patted dry and not rubbed. Use Light Soothe Serum to reduce irritation and keep the area moisturised and the skin protected. If there is any discomfort, treat the area as you would sunburn.
- Use a sunscreen (30+) and protect the area from sunlight as much as possible between treatments and for at least one month after treatment ends. Failure to do this can lead to sunburn and hyper-pigmentation of the treated area. (Most cases of change in pigmentation occur when the treated area has been exposed to sunlight, or in people with darker skin types).
- If blistering occurs contact the clinic immediately for further advice. Keep the area clean and dry and allow to heal naturally. Do not use any lotions or creams on open skin as this may increase the risk of infection. DO NOT PICK GRAZES OR BLISTERS – as this may increase the chance of a scar occurring. Once the skin has healed, a high protection sunscreen should be used daily for 12 months to prevent pigmentation changes to the skin.