Laser hair removal is used to remove unwanted hair
permanently. Men and women can both be treated, as well as teenagers who are physically mature and past
puberty. Patients seek hair removal treatments for almost any body part, from facial or bikini line
treatments to leg, arm, neck or back hair removal. Women mostly have their bikini, underarms, facial, legs
and arms lasered. Men usually have their backs, chests, shave lines, back and front of neck area
lasered. Each treatment significantly and permanently reduces the number of hairs that can regrow, and
it works on virtually any part of the body - except the eyelid or surrounding area.
Our clinic uses the LightSheer Diode Laser System to remove
unwanted hair faster, more comfortably, and with fewer treatments than ever before and delivers great
Going for a new treatment
procedure can be daunting if you don’t know what to expect. Here we have attempted to alleviate any concerns
you may have before your first treatment. However, if there is anything else you would like to know, feel
free to call us, or book a free consultation with one of our professional therapists, who will be able to
answer your questions.
does it work
The system emits near-infrared laser light that is absorbed by the
pigment located in the hair follicle. The laser is pulsed, or turned on, for only a fraction of a second. The
duration of each pulse is just long enough to damage the follicle, while the system's unique, patented
contact-cooling handpiece, the ChillTip, helps protect the skin by conductive cooling during the laser energy
Stay out of the sun. A tan
increases the risk of side effects, such as skin lightening. If you have a tan either from sun exposure
or sunless tanning products wait until the tan fades completely before undergoing laser hair
Avoid plucking, waxing and electrolysis. If you usually wax, pluck, thread or mechanically remove hair from the root
please stop at least 3 weeks before your appointment. This is because laser treatment works on
pigmented hair. If you remove the hair from the root, you remove the pigment and you will not get
ultimate results. Between treatments we advise our patients to shave or trim. The advantage is that one
doesn't need to grow the hair like when waxing.
Should I shave before my appointment? If you would like our therapist to take before & after photos, please
don't shave before your first appointment and request a before photo. If you have taken your own
before photo and you are in a hurry, please shave the area clean the night
Before laser hair
removal, schedule a consultation with the therapist. The therapist will use this visit
Review your medical history, including medication
Discuss risks, benefits and expectations, including
what laser hair removal can and can't do for you.
At the consultation, be sure to discuss a treatment
plan and related costs. Laser hair removal is typically an out-of-pocket
You can apply a topical anaesthetic to your skin to
reduce any discomfort during treatment.
You will be fitted with special glasses to protect your
eyes from the laser beam
The therapist will press a hand-held laser instrument
to your skin. The type of laser, a cooling device on the tip of the instrument or a cool gel might
be used to protect your skin.
When the therapist activates the laser, the laser beam
will pass through your skin to the tiny sacs (follicles) where hair growth originates. The intense
heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. Some discomfort
in the skin is possible, and you'll likely feel a sensation of cold from the cooling device or
Treating a small area, such as the upper lip, might take only a few minutes.
Treating a larger area, such as the back, might take several
The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:
irritation. Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible after laser hair
removal. Any signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours.
changes. Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin, usually
Rarely, laser hair removal can
cause blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture.
The LightSheer Diode laser has been cleared by the FDA
for hair removal and permanent hair reduction on all skin types and tanned skin. For best results,
you might need 4-8 treatments every 8 weeks apart on the body and 6-12 treatments every 6 weeks on
the face. You will already see a difference after the 1st treatment.
Will my hair ever grow back?
short answer is no. Once the hair follicle is damaged, it cannot grow new hair. However, there are
invariably a few hair follicles that manage to partially escape the laser during each treatment. Some
of these follicles may be only stunned and will need to be retreated although the new hair growth might
be finer and lighter in colour.
Results of laser hair removal vary greatly from person
to person. Hair colour and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. After each
treatment you’ll see a noticeable, permanent reduction in the number of hairs that regrow in the
treated area. Factors that may affect the success of your individual treatment include skin and
hair colour, and hormonal effects or imbalances (hirsuitism, puberty, menopause etc.). Additional
periodic maintenance treatments perhaps once every 6 to 12 months might be needed as
Laser hair removal isn't generally effective for white,
grey, red or blond hair although treatment options for lighter hair continue to be
investigated. It is the pigment in the hairs that convert the laser energy into the heat
necessary for permanent hair reduction. So it follows that the less pigment there is, the less
effective the procedure will be.
is recommended that a consultation is carried out on younger people, as well as women who are
planning a pregnancy in the near future, as hormonal changes can cause hair to
Is it Safe
The LightSheer Diode laser
system safely and effectively treats all skin types as well as tanned skin. For darker skin types and
people with tans, appropriate fluences are generally lower and appropriate pulse widths are generally
longer to prevent damage to the epidermis. Using the appropriate treatment parameters, however, people
with all skin types can benefit from laser hair removal with the LightSheer.
Can I have laser
treatment if I am pregnant? No. Hormones are the
cause of hair growth. When a woman is pregnant her hormone levels can interfere with laser treatment.
We advise that pregnant woman return for laser treatments once they have had their
How does it
compare to other Hair Removal Treatments?
Compared to waxing, hair reduction is permanent, less painful
and nearly as fast. Hair is also not required to grow out before treatment. Compared to electrolysis, it is
significantly less painful, significantly faster, not technique dependent, and far more cost effective. Compared to
other Laser hair removal systems, it is much less painful, is safe for any skin type, and provides similar or