Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a precise method of hair removal. It can be used on unwanted hair in any region. The laser only targets the hair follicle, leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. We have been performing laser hair removal for the past 15 years & are continually upgrading our laser devices. 

Key Points

  • Laser hair removal can give a permanent reduction in hair growth 
  • Treatments are well tolerated with newer built-in cooling systems
  • Depending on the area, ethnicity & gender, 4-10 sessions are required
  • All skin types & ethnicities can be safely treated with newer lasers
  • Laser hair removal is a permanent fix for ingrown hairs
  • Treatment areas include the underarms, legs, face, & bikini line
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Laser Hair Removal at a glance

Best outcomes: 4-10 sessions
Procedure time: 15 -30 minutes
Duration of results: Years to permanent
Back to work: Immediately
Recovery: 0 days
Anaesthetic: Cooling
Your specialist: Therapist, nurse
How much: $

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FAQs

How many treatments will I need?

4-10, depending on the area. An initial series of four treatments at short intervals, e.g. – 6-8 weeks, followed by subsequent treatments as needed will give the best results. 

Depending on the area treated, your personal hair growth characteristics and your goals, between 4-10 treatments may be needed to achieve maximum results.

Why multiple sessions?

Laser hair removal treatment only works on actively growing hair. At any given time, an average of 30% of our hair may be at rest. When this hair becomes active again it will grow & require treatment. Also, growth of completely new hair in an area can occur with time and require treatment, hence the repeated sessions. 

How often are sessions?

Once every six weeks. You should have at least 6 weeks between cycles to catch the dormant hairs. As a guide more sessions are required in-

  • Hormonal influx such as PCOS
  • Males with high hormone – testosterone levels
  • Darker skin patients 
  • Areas such as the back/shoulders/chest

Are the results from laser hair removal permanent?

Depending on how your hair responds to the treatments & your skin type, you may decide to return for a top-up-treatment once or twice a year to maintain your result. 

Hormonal changes such as pregnancy & PCOS may also affect your hair growth, and further treatments may be needed.

What should you do to prepare yourself for laser hair removal?

Your therapist will guide you through our protocols at Cutis Dermatology.

  • Avoid sun exposure & fake tanning kits throughout the course of your therapy. This increases side effects & reduces efficacy.
  • Do not pluck, bleach, or wax your hair at least 3 weeks prior to your first laser session
  • Shaving or hair removal creams are permitted
  • 24 hours prior to the laser, shave the region of your skin. This improves the energy of the laser to the deeper follicle. 

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser Hair Removal targets individual hair follicles with precise wavelengths. A shorter wavelength in fair skin patients, & a longer one in darker skin. Laser light is absorbed by the pigment within the hair follicle. This selectively destroys the cells that produce hair. 

During your hair removal treatment, lasers target the hair during its growth phase (anagen), destroying it before it can regrow. Not all hair is at the same stage, & some hairs will be in their rest phase. Therefore, you’ll require several sessions and will expect to see regrowth that will gradually diminish over treatments.  

What are the advantages of lasers over other hair removal methods?

Unlike waxing, shaving, or other methods of hair removal, laser treatment is safe, long-lasting, effective, & reliable. 

Lasers provides a precise & highly effective solution for conveniently lessening hair growth, avoiding irritation, infection & ingrown hairs. It saves you time, effort & money to upkeep your grooming. 

Why should IPL not be used for hair removal?

IPL or intense pulse light requires more treatments & it is far less effective hair reduction. New laser technologies are far safer, more comfortable & more effective than IPL counterparts. 

IPL leaves behind thin wispy, low pigment hairs which makes further treatments difficult. 

What is the best laser for hair removal?

It depends on the equipment if all hair colours and skin types on the Fitzpatrick skin scale can be safely treated. We use both 755 & 1064 wavelengths from the Splendor X, after upgrading the older Gentlelase Pro from Candela.

For darker skin types, Asians, Indians, Middle Eastern, African & Islander skin, the long wavelength of NdYag is essential for safety. 

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Our specialists at Cutis Dermatology Brisbane have over 15 years of experience in laser hair removal. We use both 755 alex lasers as well as the 1064 Yag laser to safely & effectively treat all skin types.

How long is the procedure?

Laser hair removal is super quick treatment as each pulse of the laser only takes a fraction of a second. The exact length of treatment depends on the size of the area being treated. As a guide-

  • Upper lip- 47 seconds (Cutis Record) 
  • Underarms- 10 minutes
  • Back- 15 to 45 minutes
  • Legs- 20 minutes

Is laser hair removal painful?

Laser hair removal is slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. The first laser treatment session will be the most uncomfortable, but our lasers have a cooling effect which helps counteract the heat.

You may experience more sensitivity in certain areas including the upper lip & underarms. The bikini area takes longer with each laser pulse you may find the treatment more uncomfortable than if you were having other areas treated. 

For extra sensitive patients, we start at a lower frequency then gradually build up your tolerance to the pain.

What are the risks of hair removal?

We use two of the safest and most effective wavelengths hence the procedure is safe for all skin types, including dark ethnic skin. Some risks include:

  • Laser burns – You should avoid tanning before & during your treatment. Tanning increases the risks of burns.
  • Blisters
  • Crusting
  • Infection 
  • Skin redness
  • Pain
  • Discomfort

Who are not candidates for laser hair removal?

Medical conditions are always discussed during your consultation and therefore any contraindications which may compromise the treatment will be presented. 

We do treat patients on light sensitive medications because of the revised acne medication guides of 2016. In the context of photosensitive medications, the action spectrum falls way short of the longer wavelengths for most medications. 

How do dermatologists treat ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hair follicles are typically found in areas of the body where the skin is shaved but can occur in other regions as well and can be quite painful at times. For women, it’s usually on the legs, thighs, buttocks. For men, it’s usually along the jawline & neck. 

Laser treatment is the preferred solution to eradicating ingrown hair as it annihilates the follicle entirely & helps prevent further instances from appearing. Other treatments induce antibiotics long term, antibacterial creams, or lifelong Vaniqa cream.

Can blonde or white hair be treated with lasers?

Nope. Laser works by selecting a contrasting target. There are ways around it, namely a dye can be applied to the hair just before treatment that may make the laser more effective. This is messy & expensive. You are best treated with old fashioned electrolysis.

What’s the go with PCOS & hair removal?

Long-term studies have shown that up to 90% reduction in hair growth at 19 months is possible, however we now know that top up treatments are required in PCOS.

Longer follow-up will be needed before claims of “permanent” removal.” In this group of patients, hormonal influx contributes to regrowth. Hence, we prefer the name laser hair reduction with semi-permanent results.

What is paradoxical hypertrichosis from laser & how to treat it?

The term for rebound hair growth resulting from laser hair removal is paradoxical hypertrichosis. This phenomenon is a recognised problem caused by laser hair removal. We see 2-3 cases a year at Cutis Dermatology. 

Lasers can have a paradoxical effect causing rebound growth in hormonal areas such as the sides of face, neck, chin, & back. Hair density & volume increases. It is thought that laser stimulates dormant cells (much like how it wakes up collagen producing cells). This results in more hair than baseline. Paradoxical growth is under-reported, it’s seen in less than 1% of cases. The solutions are –

  • Higher fluence of laser energy
  • Electrolysis
  • Vaniqa for life

What are the main reasons for laser hair removal in men?

Ingrown hairs; especially in the beard area & the nape. This term is called pseudofolliculitis barbae. Ingrown hair may also occur on the chest & back, leading to keloid & hypertrophic scars. 

Excessive Body Hair: hair removal is appealing for men who are uncomfortable with excess hair on their back, chest, stomach, or all over. 

Hygiene, some men find manscaping helps them relieve irritation. Some guys just have really hairy butts, too. The stark contrast from a hairless back to a carpet-clad bum warrants some men to get laser. 

Balding & removal of old hair transplants. Hair removal can remove plugs of old & provide a canvas for micropigmentation of the scalp. 

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