About the procedure
Laser hair removal can be performed of any part of the body, with the exception of the eye area. The laser works on more than one follicle at a time, larger areas like the back, arms or legs are just as easily treatable as smaller areas like the upper lip or bikini line. Patients with darker hair colour and lighter skin tones generally get faster results then patients with darker skin tones. Since the laser is attracted to the pigment of the hair follicle, patients with blonde, red or white hair colours are not suitable for this procedure. Depending on the density of the hair follicles and the colour of the skin tone a series of 6-9 treatments are recommended to achieve 80-95% reduction of hair.
How does Laser Hair Removal work and What is the Science behind it?
Our clients seeking laser hair removal are always asking us about the technical side of laser hair removal and how it actual works.
This section of our website will help clarify some of these concerns by explaining the science behind laser hair removal and the biology of our body.
Our hair growth has three cycles: the growing stage, the shedding stage and the resting stage. The diagram below illustrates these stages. Each hair follicle is independent from one another, meaning they all aren’t going through the same phase at the same time. Each hair follicles goes through these stages in a non-synchronised fashion and the hair on some body parts changes cycles much faster then others. About 15-20% of our hair is usually in the actively growing stage at any given moment. The laser is only able to treat the hair in the actively growing stage.
The laser emits light, which is converted into heat energy once it reaches the skin. The hair follicle absorbs this heat which causes it to disrupt the regular hair growth cycle. Darker hair absorbs heat much better then blonde or white hair, which is why patients with lighter hair colour are not the best candidates for laser hair removal treatments. Darker skin tones also absorb the heat from the laser and therefore require lower settings in order to prevent any complications. Patients with a darker complexion usually require additional treatments to achieve the desired effect.
Combining the traditional light energy with radio frequency energy. The combination of these two modalities allows more energy to be targeted and absorbed at the root of the hair without affecting the surrounding tissue. This enhances the overall safety of the procedure.
This technology is also more efficient for light, fine and deeper hair follicles since it is colourblind and is attracted to the conductivity property of the hair follicle and not just its melanin. The radio frequency does not interact with the melanin or the colour of the skin, allowing us to safely treat patients of all skin types with less risk then traditional laser hair removal methods.
Laser Hair Removal Candidacy – Now available for Light and Dark Skin!
Almost everyone is a candidate for laser hair removal. The laser emits light and heat, which is absorbed by the hair follicle, so as long as the hair has pigment then it will be successfully treated and removed. The “ideal” patient has light skin and dark hair. On average these clients need approximately 6 treatments to achieve 80 – 95% reduction of hair. Darker skin tones are now able to get amazing results with laser hair removal but may require additional treatments since the skin tends to absorb some of the heat from the laser. In order to prevent complications, Avalon Medical Spa applies less light energy to ensure the safety of our clients. Patients that have little to no pigment in the hair, such as white, red or blonde do not respond well to laser hair removal treatments. Some of the post popular laser hair removal areas include the lip, chin, underarms, bikini, full Brazilian, arms and legs. But in all reality, if you have unwanted hair on any part of your body (except for the scalp) laser hair removal should not only be the best, but the only option to remove it! Main areas include:
- Hair Removal on the Lip
- Hair Removal on the Chin
- Hair Removal on the Underarms
- Hair Removal on the Bikini
- Hair Removal on the Brazilian
- Hair Removal on the Arms
- Hair Removal on the Legs
4 Easy steps for Hair-free skin
This is a Free consultation with our laser technician to determine your skin and hair type and assess whether you are suitable for treatment.
Hairfree Test Patch
The laser technician will perform your requested treatment on a small area to check for suitability and skin reaction. You will need to wait one to two weeks after the test patch before you can book your session.
The treatment is performed by our trained and certified therapists.
Hairfree Post Treatment Advice
After your treatment you need to follow the post treatment advice. Your skin is photo sensitive after being exposed to a laser, so the most important thing to remember is to protect your skin by using a minimum of SPF 50 and not use any harsh chemicals on the treatment area during the course of the treatment.
- Full face
- Sides of face
- Neck (front or back)
- Full leg
- 1/2 leg
- 1/4 leg
- Feet and toes
- Female brazilian
- Full arm
- 1/2 arm
- 1/4 arm
- Full back
- 1/2 back
- 1/4 back
- Hands and fingers
- Snail Trail