How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Laser Hair Removal works to destroy the hair follicles in the skin using light energy.
We the knowledge of your hair growth cycles to identify which stage the body hair is in and evaluate when future sessions are required, to catch the hair at the right time with the IPL or Diode laser treatment.
All body hair grows in stages and these stages are called Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.
Your entire body has a total of about 5 million hair follicles. You’re born with all of your hair follicles and don’t develop more as you age. Our Laser hair removal works to permanently damage and destroy the active hair growing folicals so you reduce the number of active hair folicals per treatment.
20% Hair Reduction With Each Session
We use the latest technology in both IPL and Diode laser devices to target the root of the hairs and emits powerful visible and invisible light pulses to the hairs that have colour. The dark pigment in the hair follicles soak up the heat from the laser which then damages the hair follicles.
With each treatment, you will see up to 20% hair reduction over the session.
No White Hairs
Our laser treatments are suitable for all skin types where the hair has colour in to absorb the laser, white hairs can not be treated with laser hair removal and would require electolysis.
What areas of my body can be treated?
Men have a lot of active hair follicles, almost the whole body can be treated with laser hair removal, ask our laser consultant for more details.
Our most popular treatments for laser hair removal for men is mainly on the face, beard line, shoulders, legs, back and underarms.
Under the eyebrows, inside the nostrils, over the nipple area and inside the ears can not be treated with the laser.
During your consultation?
Your consultation also includes your skin patch test if you are suitable for the laser hair removal treatment.
- Identify any medical conditions or medication that may put you at risk
- Understand your lifestyle
- Visually identify any skin conditions
- What areas would you like treated with laser hair removal
- Photos, drawings and notes are made to record the skin condition and track progress of the hair reduction.
- Then complete a small patch test suited to your hair and skin type in the area you are looking to treat
The Patch Test
- Shave the area where the patch test will be performed
- Cleanse the skin
- From the consultation set the machine accordingly to your hair/skin type
- Record the outcome and book first treatment
- If the is a reaction to the patch test, contact the clinic to discuss.
How Soon Can I Book My First Session?
Your first session can be 48 hours after your patch test to allow time to see if there are any reactions.
What lasers do you use?
We use two machines, a Super Hair Removal IPL machine which is very good for large area coverage and a cost effective treatment for our clients and a Diode laser for more powerful and targeted treatments.
We have recently added a diode laser to our clinic which allows us to treat all skin types and hairs with pigment for a faster and more powerful result.
Diode lasers target hairs up to 5mm further down from the skin’s surface.
Our laser consultant will talk you through the best options for your desired result.
What should I do before Laser Hair Removal treatment?
Before your treatment, you should avoid using other hair removal methods on the area to be treated such as, waxing, hair removal cream or shaving.
Your Laser Consultation
On your first session, which is your patch test and consultation, we want to see the hair condition, growth areas, so there is no need to remove the hair before the consultation session.
The following session, the consultant will ask you to shave the hair, removing only the surface hair, not the hair from the root as we need the hair in the bulb for the laser treatment to be effective.
Before and during your treatment session, please avoid using an active skincare products (products containing active ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Hyaluronic acid or Retinol) and let us know if you have had any recent skin treatments on the area.
The initial consultation will ask about your medical conditions if any along with lifestyle to allow the consultant to give the best advice and effective treatment.
Your laser consultant will discuss treatment packages with you.
How many Laser Hair Removal treatments will I need?
About Six Sessions
The number of laser hair removal treatments needed will be determined in your initial consultation with your practitioner. Typically it is around 6 session, but every individual has a different hair growth rate and hair thickness. Depending on the laser technology used.
Clients are requested to book in every 3-4 weeks for your first 6 session, followed by top up sessions as per your hair growth, if any.
Aftercare following your treatment
Protect your skin
Following your treatment it is very important to follow an aftercare routine to protect your skin from sun damage and skin dehydration.
- Avoid using any skin care products on the treated area
- Apply SPF30+ to the treated area
- Wear loose clothing around the treated area as to not irritate the area
- Keep the treated area covered from sunlight to avoid sun damage
- Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day
- Avoid exfoliation, retinol products and shaving the treated area for 48 hours
- Avoid gym, sauna, steam, sauna and hot baths for 48 hours
- You can apply an aloe vera gel if the treated area feels warm/hot
Frequently Asked Questions?
Q: What are the after effects following male laser hair removal?
A: You may experience some redness on the treated area for 24 to 48 hours. Follow the aftercare advice given and apply SPF30+ and apply aloe vera gel to cool the area.
Q: Can I have Laser Hair Removal if I have keloid scars?
A: We would work around the scar as the and discuss this in the consultation session.
Q: How do I know if I’m suitable for the men’s laser hair removal?
A: As long as you hair has pigment (colour) in and is not white, we will be able to use the laser hair removal treatment on the area.
Q: Does Laser Hair Removal hurt?
A: We apply a cooling gel to the skin and our modern equipment has a high cooling system built in to ensure there is client comfort, but each client will experience minimal pain which is checked at the consultation session. Compared to waxing, Laser Hair Removal is often described as less painful. When the laser hits the skin it may feel like a soft elastic band hitting the skin.
Q: Can I swap between IPL and Diode treatments?
A: Yes you can, the laser consultant will advise when it’s best to switch from IPL to diode depending on the hair growth. This will be evaluated after a few session.
Q: Will it be a male carrying out the treatment?
A: All treatments at the Male Skin Clinic are carried out by a male consultant, he will be your consultant throughout the treatment process.