Permanent hair reduction – your questions answered

As the Director of Territory Laser Clinic, people often come to me for advice about laser hair reduction. Their reasons for seeking out this treatment vary, but they have one thing in common: they want real results. I’ve answered some of their frequently asked questions below.laser hair removal

Why do most people want hair removal?

Many people come to me looking for smooth underarms or a hassle-free bikini, but there are also some specific medical reasons people seek out laser hair reduction. Some women suffer from Hirsutism, or male-pattern hair growth, and other kinds of abnormal hair growth. Although it might seem awkward discussing issues like this with a stranger, be assured that any qualified professional will be non-judgmental and should be able to make you feel comfortable.

What happens before a treatment?

Before a treatment, you should always sit down with your practitioner for a thorough assessment. Test patches should also be performed when necessary to minimise the chance of complications and ensure the best possible results are achieved.

How does it work?

When the laser is applied, the melanin – or colour – in the hair shaft absorbs light from the laser, which then converts to heat. The heat radiates into the surrounding follicular cells, and as a result some or all of these cells die. This means the follicle will either no longer grow a hair at all, or will produce a more slow-growing hair which is lighter and finer.

How effective is it?

The effectiveness of each laser hair reduction session is dependent on the following factors:

  1. Hair colour: darker hair absorbs more energy, resulting in a more effective treatment
  2. Skin type: the lighter the skin and the darker the hair the better the outcome
  3. Hair cycle: only hair that is in the growing phase will respond.

Will it work for me?

The latest laser technology has been designed to successfully treat the widest range of skin and hair colours, so chances are there is a laser that will work for you. Newer lasers can also treat larger areas, meaning fewer visits and less disruption to your busy schedule.

Does it hurt?

Modern lasers have built-in cooling devices, which spray the skin with a cooling burst of cold gas or air just milliseconds before the laser pulse. This helps ensure your hair reduction is as painless as possible. Many people describe the sensation as like being flicked with an elastic band, and I agree. It really is relatively painless – personally I find waxing hurts more!

Holly Copping is the Director of Territory Laser Clinic in Darwin, and is the Northern Territory’s first fully qualified Dermal Therapist. After studying for two years she graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science through the AACDS in Perth. Holly specialises in skin and laser treatments and is a Certified Candela Laser Practitioner and IPL/Laser Safety Officer.  

Holly Copping new photo may 2015

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