Permanent Hair Reduction
(Unwanted Face and Body Hair, Hormonal Hair, Ingrown Hairs, Folliculitis)
Laser hair removal results in permanent reduction of unwanted face and body hair. Both men and women who regularly wax or shave will benefit immensely from this procedure. All areas of the face and body can be treated, except the underside of the eyebrow.
Laser hair reduction works by thermally damaging hair follicles so that they are no longer able to grow hair. A laser produces a single wavelength of light which is able to penetrate the skin. The laser light is absorbed into the hair shaft and rapidly heats and damages both the follicle and the vessel that provides the follicle with oxygen and nutrients. Gippsland Cosmetic Laser Clinic uses the Candela GentleMax Pro which is the Gold-Standard laser device for permanent hair reduction. This dual wavelength laser (755nm Alexandrite, and 1064nm Nd:YAG) can safely and effectively treat clients with lighter skin types all the way through to dark skin types. Laser hair removal is not effective on grey, white or very blonde hair. It is also not suitable for very fine hair.
To obtain a permanent hair reduction of 90% or greater most people require between 4 - 8 treatments. This is because at any given time everyone has a mix of actively growing, transitioning, and resting hairs. Only actively growing hairs can be destroyed during a treatment. Follicles belonging to transitional and resting hairs will be unaffected and continue to produce hair. Subsequent treatments are therefore scheduled to be performed when these transitioning or resting hairs will be active (usually 4-6 weeks apart for most body areas). For optimum results it is important that the treatment schedule be adhered to.
Treatments are performed only on clean, dry and closely shaved skin. It is also extremely important to avoid any kind of tanning prior to and in-between treatments. Laser hair removal is extremely fast with large areas treated in a matter of minutes. Treatments are also relatively comfortable thanks to Candela’s patented Dynamic Cooling Device. This inbuilt device delivers a spay of super-cooled gas directly onto the skin as the laser fires ensuring that treatments are very tolerable and certainly less painful than waxing.