About Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal is a treatment that is intended for permanent hair reduction. The treatment is fast, generally painless, and is intended to keep your skin smooth. By targeting the hair follicles, a medical-grade laser transmits a focused beam of light which inhibits the hair’s ability to grow. Yet, the laser does not damage or injure the skin’s surface which makes it a very safe and popular method of treatment.
The amount of treatment required depends on multiple factors such as the colour and thickness/length of hair, your ethnicity, age, and if any previous treatments have taken place. Regular treatments are ideal for the best results and should be done at consistent intervals. Our professional team at Ignite MediSpa can provide you with the information and assistance you need to find out the correct treatment plan tailored for you.
Darker Skin Types and Hair-removal (depilation) using Lasers
Lasers of yesteryear were not made for dark skin types (or for those with hair of a lighter colour than their skin). Indeed, it was strongly advised to use lasers on those with the fairest of skin colours and the darkest of hair, in order to minimize the risk of pigmentation issues and burns.
Top-of-the-range lasers, such as Candela Medical’s GentleMax Pro which we have at Ignite Medispa®, utilize different laser types, some of which penetrate deep into the skin. For example, the Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm wavelength) may be used with relative safety in darker skin types.
Of course, whilst technology has advanced, there are still are number of things that ought to be considered in order to minimize (as different from preventing) risk when using lasers for hair removal, particularly in darker skin types:
Consider patch testing (in a less visible area that is as close as possible to the area to be treated, e.g. behind the ears if treating the face);
Avoid using strong acids (AHAs, e.g. glycolic acid , and BHAs, e.g. salicylic acid) in the week running up to the laser treatment;
Consider discussing with the doctor any protocols involving topical steroids (e.g. 0.5% or 1% hydrocortisone) in combination with aloe vera, in the after-treatment phase;
Avoid traumatizing procedures, such waxing, and also sun-bathing, for at least two weeks after the laser treatment. ‘Physical’ sun-screen (ideally based on zinc) should also be religiously used during that period.
Should significant post-laser-treatment inflammation occur causing hyperpigmentation (dark spots), then a combination of hydroquinone, tranexamic acid, and azelaic acid (Finacea gel) may be used. Some advocate the use of intravenous and transcutaneous ascorbic acid, in such situations, too.
It is important to be honest and compliant and, above all, logical, reasonable, and realistic with expectations and the balance between risk and reward.
Laser Hair Removal at Ignite Medispa Wollongong
Ignite Medispa has a highly experienced Spa & Beauty team waiting to professionally assist you with all your hair removal needs. Our exceptional Wollongong Laser Hair Removal services are available to both men and women. Laser Hair Removal is available to the entire body including the face, with the exception of male genitalia. See our laser hair removal pricing for a full list of treatment areas.
With years of experience, our Spa and Beauty team are equipped with the best techniques and industry-leading technology to provide you with long-term hair-free skin.
Understanding your needs
When it comes to understanding your needs, our Spa and Beauty team are all ears! We’re here to help address any concerns you may have about your skin and other beauty treatments.
We’re more than happy to listen to your concerns and understand what your expectations are. From there, we can point you in the right direction to get the most suitable treatment to suit your needs.