Excessive hair growth can occur in both men and women, but is more noticeable with women. Waxing and shaving can become a burden, but now Dr Saras & Co offers an effective long-term laser hair removal treatment. This procedure is available in our clinics located in Annandale, Double Bay and Miranda.
Before your first treatment, you will need to schedule a consultation with one of our clinicians. This is necessary to assess your hair and skin type, your suitability for treatment and to discuss how to prepare your skin for the best possible outcome. Patients are given the opportunity to ask any questions and have their queries answered before treatment.
Laser hair removal treatment is suitable for use on many parts of the body, such as the legs, arms, back, chest and underarms. This can be discussed during your consultation.
A concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair through the latest laser technology at Dr Saras & Co. The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages the ability of hair follicles to grow — all without causing any damage to surrounding tissue.
This means that new hair will not be able to grow any longer. Plus, your skin will not be damaged during the treatment.
Laser hair removal is not painful for the patient, but some mild discomfort may be realised. This can include a slight pinching or stinging sensation on the skin. However, there is no need for any local anaesthetic to be applied.
Before treatment you will need to shave the area (avoid using wax or depilatory creams). We recommend shaving 24 hours before your appointment to avoid any skin irritation.
Your hair removal clinician will map the area, marking parameters to make sure that there is thorough treatment coverage. A cold gel is applied to the area for patient comfort and laser hair removal is performed within a sequence.
The gel is then removed and aftercare is applied, along with an SPF. Hair will then shed from the follicle within 7-14 days, although in some cases this may take longer.
The appearance of the treated area right after the hair removal treatment varies from patient to patient. Patients may see some minor swelling or redness on the treated area, this is a sign that the hair follicle has responded well to the treatment. This will gradually decrease within 48 hours of treatment.
Treated areas may look “sunburnt” right afterwards; applying cold compresses will ease any swelling and discomfort. Your skin will be sensitive for the first 48 hours after the laser hair removal treatment. Avoid applying makeup to the area and stay out of the sun as much as possible. To prevent sunburn or discolouration, use sunscreen on the treated area.
There is no downtime associated with laser hair removal. Patients will be free to leave the clinic after their procedure appointment and return to daily activities, including work. Immediate results should remove smooth and silky skin.
During the next few weeks after treatment, the treated hair will fall out gradually on its own. Hair grows in different phases and a laser can only affect the active growing hair follicles. Therefore, multiple sessions are normally needed to destroy hair in all growth phases. Treatments should be every 4-6 weeks, but we will advise you according to your skin and hair type, as every patient is different. It is recommended that if you need to remove hair between treatments that this is done by shaving; not plucking or by waxing.
If you would like to find out more about laser hair removal and what the benefits are for you, you can contact Dr Saras & Co today to arrange a consultation.