The Definitive Guide On Laser Hair Removal, Including Preparation And Aftercare
Eliminating unwanted hair from our bodies may seem like a longstanding concern for many of us – but laser hair removal has emerged as a more permanent and efficient solution, allowing individuals to address unwanted body hair more effectively, boosting their confidence and comfort in their skin.
If you are curious about how laser hair removal works, we’ve compiled a guide to walk you through everything you need to know about laser hair removal, from how it works to what to expect before, during and after the procedure.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure that utilises concentrated beams of laser energy to target and eliminate unwanted hair follicles. The laser emits a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles, heating them up and damaging their ability to grow new hair. This process impedes future hair growth, resulting in a reduction of unwanted hair over repeated sessions. Laser hair removal is known for its precision in targeting specific areas while minimising damage to the surrounding skin.
Laser Hair Removal With Fotona
At Radium Medical Aesthetics, we used Fotona SP Dynamis to safely and effectively remove unwanted body hair. It is a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser, which can be fully customised based on the patient’s skin type, hair thickness, colour and the depth of their hair follicles for optimal results.
✓ FRAC3® Settings: Offers a safe and effective approach to removing hair via laser energy by utilising a pulse-control technology and a proprietary 3D treatment pattern.
✓ Variable Square Pulse (VSP) Technology: Allows laser to penetrate deeply into the skin, focusing the thermal energy on the hair follicles below the surface without harming the skin surface.
✓ Proprietary VSP: Raises the temperature gradually to the targeted area without damaging the skin.
Benefits of Fotona Laser Hair Removal
✓ Precision: Targets specific areas without damaging surrounding skin.
✓ Long-lasting Results: Reduces hair growth permanently.
✓ Customisability: Can be customised based on the patient’s skin type, hair thickness, colour and the depth of their hair follicles for optimal results.
✓ Versatility: Can be used on different body parts, including the face, legs, underarms, and bikini line.
Preparing for Fotona Laser Hair Removal
Prior to your Fotona laser hair removal treatment, it’s essential to undergo a thorough consultation with one of our doctors. This preliminary step allows our doctors to assess your skin type and hair texture to determine the most suitable treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. During this consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your goals, ask any questions you might have about the procedure, and address concerns about the process or potential outcomes.
Before your Fotona laser hair removal appointment, avoid plucking or waving your hair. Shave the treatment area before your treatment to ensure that the laser energy targets the hair follicles directly. Refrain from excessive sun exposure or the use of tanning beds on the treated area, as this can affect the effectiveness and safety of the treatment. Opt for loose-fitting clothes for enhanced comfort.
During The Procedure
During your Fotona laser hair removal session, you may be given a gown to change into before lying down on the treatment bed. Our therapist will then provide you with protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser.
Simply relax and unwind as our doctor performs the procedure. You’ll likely feel a gentle, warm sensation on your skin as the doctor applies the laser to the designated area. The entire process usually takes only a few minutes. Afterwards, the specialist might apply aloe vera or a soothing cream to the treated area. That’s all there is to it!
Aftercare and Recovery
Now that you’re done with your treatment session, it’s important to take care of your skin between sessions to ensure optimal results and minimise the risk of potential side effects.
You may experience some mild redness or swelling in the treated area, which will usually subside within a few hours. It’s crucial to keep the treated area clean to prevent infection and promote healing. Gently cleanse the treated area with a mild, fragrance-free cleanser and lukewarm water. Avoid using harsh exfoliating creams or acids for the next few days to allow your skin to heal.
Direct sun exposure should be avoided for at least a week after your laser hair removal treatment. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 50 to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
Moisturise and hydrate your skin to speed up the skin’s healing process. Apply a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturiser to soothe the treated area. Opt for products that do not contain any fragrances or harsh chemicals, as these may irritate the skin.
Be sure to schedule your follow-up sessions! Even though you’ll notice a considerable decrease in unwanted hair in the treated area, you may require multiple, repeated sessions to achieve your desired results. Depending on the treatment area, you may need to undergo between 3 to 6 sessions, spaced 6 weeks apart to achieve significant hair reduction.
Fotona laser hair removal offers a safe and effective solution for those seeking long-term hair reduction. With its precision, safety, and effectiveness, this procedure has become a go-to option for many individuals aiming to achieve smoother, hair-free skin. Schedule a consultation with us to embark on your hair removal journey today.