What is Laser Hair Removal and how does it work?

Laser Hair Removal works by selectively targeting an area using a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the melanin, or pigment, in the root of the hair.  When the light is absorbed by the pigment it heats up the root and destroys it.

The human hair has 3 different phases of growth;

  1. Active phase (anagen),
  2. Resting phase (catagen),
  3. Shedding phase (telogen).

It is only during the active growth phase that the hair shaft is attached to the root and the root will be destroyed. Each hair moves through the 3 phases of growth over a 6 to 8 week period. This is why Laser Hair Removal necessitates multiple treatments

Noosa Laser Hair removal

Does it hurt?

Some clients may experience a slight, but quick discomfort. The laser used at Noosa Laser Clinic, has an Advanced Patented 3 in 1 cooling technology Uni-chill Handpiece, which numbs the skin (5 °C to -4 °C), to guarantee your safety and comfort.

Why do some places say they use lasers when they don’t?

Lasers are very expensive, and the licensing required by Queensland Health and Radiation to own and operate lasers in Queensland is very strict, which is why Noosa Laser Clinic is one of a few clinics that are licensed on the Sunshine Coast. Most clinics or beauty salons cannot use a true laser, and try to claim that IPL (Intense Pulse Light) technology is an equal substitute or use the word “Laser” in advertising to mislead you.

How many treatments will I need?

Each laser treatment is just as unique as the person getting it done. How many sessions you require will depend on your own bodily characteristics, such as skin tone, hair colour and hair thickness.
Usually 8-12 treatments will give you a reduction of up to 80-90%. If there is a hormonal imbalance you may be required for more maintenance treatments.
We recommend 8-12 treatments every 4-6 weeks for the body, plus maintenance thereafter 1-2 treatments a year.
Facial treatments are 8-12 treatments every 4 weeks, plus maintenance, but this can vary from person to person.

How long do the treatments take?

At the initial consultation our qualified technician will take the time to understand your skin and walk you through the laser hair removal process, what it will mean for you, how long each session will take and how many sessions you will likely need. Depending on the area being treated determines the length of time. Some treatments can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour.

Is Laser Safe?

Laser has been around for a long time now and the technology is making treatments safer than ever.

The MedRazor Diode device is programmed for specific skin types and different parts of the body. As long as you do not have any contra-indications (which are discussed at your initial consultation) and are following both pre and post treatment care, the risk of any side effects is minimal.

What do I need to do to prepare for my Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

  • Shave the area between 12-24 hours before your treatment.
  • No tanning of any form, including tanning beds and/or self tanners, for at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment. Failure to do so may cause scarring and /or hyper pigmentation. Sun exposure will affect the results and can possibly cause laser burns which can possibly be permanent.
  • No tweezing, threading, waxing, epilating, bleaching or use of depilatory creams for at least 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
  • No makeup, deodorant, lotions and creams.
  • Do not use Retinol (topical Vitamin A) or Hydroquinone (whitening creams) within 1 week of treatment.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes when attending your treatment.

Are there any possible side effects?

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment, however no treatment comes without risks and potential complications and these must be considered prior to treatment. After effects are minimal with only slight swelling and pinkness to sensitive skins, which usually fades in a few minutes depending on your skin type. However, it is still important to follow post and aftercare advice stringently. And please inform us of any contraindications and deviations you have made to your aftercare plan.

Can Laser Hair Removal treat ingrown hairs?

With laser hair removal, ingrown hairs are a thing of the past. The reason being the follicle is being destroyed once and for all. Clients who suffer from ingrown hairs may also suffer from scarring, therefore the sooner you treat the area, the less chance you have of developing scarring around the area.

Can I have Laser Hair Removal over the top of a tattoo?

No, unfortunately we cannot laser over tattoos.

Do I need to fill anything in?

Yes, we require you to fill in a New Client Questionnaire, as well as a Consent Form.

You can either come in 10 minutes earlier than your booked time to fill these in, or alternatively they can be downloaded here, and brought in with you.