Laser Hair Removal - Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a consultation for laser Hair removal?
This is the most important part of your laser treatment journey. On booking you receive a form which must be filled out prior to you attending your appointment. This flags up any medications or conditions which would deem you unsuitable for laser treatment. If on checking your form we found this to be the case, we would contact you to inform you and refund your consultation fee.
At your consultation appointment we assess your skin and hair type, discuss your expectations and give you the opportunity to ask any questions or explain concerns you might have. We want you to have all the relevant information to allow you to make an informed decision that laser is right for you. After the consultation you’ll understand how laser works as well as having a clear idea of your treatment plan.
The patch test is also vital. It allows us to test your skin for any sensitivity from the laser and will ensure you are a suitable candidate for treatment. We find the perfect setting for you to get effective results from every treatment.
Laser hair removal is an investment, and we appreciate you putting your trust in us, therefore we invest the time to explain things fully, answer all your questions and ensure you leave feeling calm, confident and informed about your treatment.
I’m Nervous, is Laser Hair removal painful?
Just the word laser can sound scary, can’t it? We understand if you’ve not had laser hair removal before or if you’ve had a previous bad experience, you might be nervous. When we carry out your patch you will get a sense of how it feels. We can adjust settings so that you have a comfortable treatment.
We will take our time and ensure you feel at ease. If it’s nudity you’re feeling reticent about, stop right there! We Wax and Laser the nooks and crannies of average people every day. Thousands of people over the last ten years have been on our treatment beds, very few look like models. A body is a body to us, there is no judgement.
We will take our time to explain what will happen and ensure you feel at ease. Our therapists are not only professional but kind and caring too.
How many laser hair removal sessions will I need?
This is all down to the individual. Many factors affect process and outcome of sessions. These factors are skin type, hair colour, hair density and thickness. Any medical or hormonal conditions may also play a part in the number of sessions required.
An absolute minimum of six treatments are required, in some areas up to 15 sessions. This will all be discussed at your consultation. After these sessions have been completed maintenance sessions are required, most people will need a minimum of 1 maintenance session per year.
How long between each laser hair removal session?
Anything from 4 to 12 weeks in between each appointment. This is because each area of the body has a different rate of regrowth. This differs from person to person and we will adjust the gaps depending on where you are in your treatment plan.
As a rule, the gaps get longer towards the end of your course. Your treatment area will be continually assessed, and your therapist will recommend when you should return for your next session.
Do I Need to Prepare for the treatment?
Yes, you do!
If you are considering moving from waxing to laser, you’ll need to stop waxing for 6 weeks before any laser treatment, including a consultation. If you epilate or tweeze, you’ll also need to stop 6 weeks before. This ensures the root is present to be treated with the laser.
Stop Tanning…Ensure the treatment area is free from tan – real or fake. We can’t treat tanned skin.
Close shave the area to be lasered the night before and not the day of treatment. Freshly shaved skin is sensitised so allow the time overnight for the skin to regenerate and make treatment more comfortable.
Shaving the day of your treatment will cause your skin to feel more sensitive throughout the treatment and may limit the amount of energy we can use due to skin sensitivity.
Leave a patch about the size of a 50p piece unshaved in each area to be treated. We will use this to assess each treatment.
A good shave is essential, use shaving foam and ensure you remove hair thoroughly. Our treatment times do not include shaving so failure to shave properly may result in us not being able to fulfil your treatment.
Don’t apply any moisturiser, or any lotions or potions to the treatment area, Aloe Vera gel is our recommendation if skin were irritated from shaving.
Which Medication & Medical Conditions mean I can’t have laser hair removal?
It’s not practical to list every condition and medication that can cause a contra indication to laser treatment here.
We send out a form as part of the consultation process, if anything is flagged on this form, we will contact you for more information. If you are deemed unsuitable for laser treatment at this stage, we will refund your consultation fee and cancel your appointment for you.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
The overall reduction you receive is permanent. It is however imperative to mention that over time you will need top up sessions. Hair growing back differs between people and factors such as pregnancy, hormonal changes or PCOS all play a part. Top up treatments are recommended to remain smooth and hair free, typically once or twice a year.
Can I tan during my Laser Hair removal Treatment course?
No, tanning is not recommended while having laser hair removal. Using sunbeds is extremely dangerous while having laser hair removal and must be avoided, as should any exposure to sunlight without a high factor sunscreen.
For a two week period after laser treatment, your skin is hypersensitive to sunlight and by exposing it you can cause permanent hypo pigmentation (darkening of skin). For best results completely avoid tanning throughout your treatment course.
If you tan and stimulate the melanin within the skin cells, we have wait until your tan has faded before repeating a patch test to ensure safe treatment. Tanning can have an impact on the number of sessions needed and will impact on your results.
Can I use Fake Tan when having Laser hair removal?
You MUST remove all Fake tan before your Laser treatment. It is extremely important that you don’t use any tan for a week before your treatment. To ensure all residue of tan is removed, gently exfoliate your skin daily. If there is any residue at the time of your appointment, we cannot perform your treatment.
You can apply Fake Tan approximately 4-5 days after your session and use it in between sessions.
Can I get a Wax between Laser hair removal treatments?
No, shaving is the only method of hair removal recommended while having laser. Waxing in between your sessions will affect hair growth patterns and results.
Can I shave in between Laser hair removal treatments?
Yes, you can shave as much as you like while having laser treatment.
For best results we recommend shaving the treatment area the night before your laser appointment.
Why can I not Wax, Pluck or Epilate while having Laser Hair removal treatment?
When you wax or pluck, the hair is removed from the follicle. For laser to be effective, hair follicles must have hair present so that they can be targeted. If you have waxed or plucked the treatment area you would have to wait 6-8 weeks for follicles to produce a new hair. Therefore, don’t remove hair from the follicle at any time during your treatment course.
Can I shave after Laser Hair removal?
Yes, you can shave the area after laser treatment but must leave it for a minimum of 48 hours after treatment.
After laser hair removal treatment, your hair may still appear to be growing only to fall out days or weeks after. This is a normal part of laser hair removal, and the hair is now shedding. It may take 10 -21 days for the hair to fall out of the follicle which will leave a noticeably smoother skin surface. During this time, you can shave the areas you have had treated along with regular gentle exfoliation to assist in the hair shedding process.
When should I exfoliate after Laser Hair removal?
We recommend gentle exfoliation begins 4 days after your treatment using Ruff Stuff Body scrub (available to buy at the time of your appointment). By exfoliating in between your laser appointments, you’ll avoid ingrown hairs forming under the skin and assist in the hair shedding process.
How do I treat Ingrown Hairs during laser hair removal?
You can get ingrown hairs if you have moved from waxing to shaving as well as when treated hairs are shedding.
If you are prone to ingrown hairs, you will need to follow the after care regime set out by your therapist. This will include Aloe clear and Ruff Stuff scrub.
It is important that you stop using these products a week before your session and only recommence using them about a week after your session. Light exfoliation methods are best to free any ingrown hairs and hydrating the skin afterwards is a must.