Laser Hair Removal offers a safe, long-term solution for unwanted hair without the side effects of other methods. Lasers operate by the use of selective photolysis, a process where pulses of intense light is emitted into the hair follicles. The laser targets the melanin (pigment) in the follicles, which is then converted to heat. It is the heat and light that is delivered to the hair root and follicle that destroys its capacity to grow new hair. Treatment to each area takes only seconds to destroy the follicle while protecting the surrounding skin.

At Western and Richmond Dermatology, we have three different types of laser hair removal. The Cynosure Apogee (Alexandrite 755 nm, the Epilia RF which is a combination of a diode laser (810 nm) and also emits radiofrequency (RF) waves for more efficient laser hair removal for all skin types, the Lyra (1064nm ND Yag laser) a safe hair removal device for dark skin.

These laser works by emitting pulses of intense light into the hair follicles. The laser targets the melanin (pigment) in the follicles, which is then converted to heat. It is this heat and light that destroys the hair at the root. The laser is pulsed (turned on) for only half a second and the duration of each pulse is just long enough to disable the root of the hair but not long enough to cause excess heat damage to the skin.

The Procedure
A test patch is performed on all patients to determine the correct energy level that will give the best results and to check for skin reaction. Laser hair removal is relatively painless. Most people do not require any specific analgesia as the skin is cooled by either a Cryojet blower or contact cooling) as the laser passes over, easing any discomfort. For those who are very sensitive local anaesthetic cream may be applied prior to treatment.

Only some of the hair follicles are in the active growing phase (called anagen) at any one time. The others remain in the telogen or dormant phase. However, only those in the growth phase will absorb the laser light. So several treatments are required to affect all the hair follicles. Usually at least four to six treatments are required. Optimal results are achieved if the hair is shaved two days prior to treatment and the patient is advised not to pluck or wax the treated area for three to four weeks before the treatment.

Recovery
It is probable that during the procedure the skin will become slightly red and warm. Any redness should subside fairly quickly after the procedure with most patients returning to work or social activities within a short period of time. Occasionally some redness may last for a day or two and very rarely fine scabbing may occur. If so please call the clinic. It is also important not to pick or scratch the area as the skin can be damaged; attend solariums or have your skin sun exposed, apply perfumes or aftershaves.

In the week following the treatment, it may appear as though the hair is growing; however, this is usually the residue of the destroyed follicles, which will fall out of their own accord, usually within two weeks. The time between treatments differs greatly from person to person due to their hair growth cycle.

Risks
The risks associated with laser hair removal should be carefully considered and are discussed thoroughly prior to the commencement of treatment. Risks such as hypopigmentation (loss of colour) or hyperpigmentation (increased skin colour) are rare but can infrequently occur. If scabbing occurs, it is usually very superficial and should settle within four to ten days. It is extremely rare to have any scarring from this laser. If pigmentary change occurs, it is most often transient and will settle.

FAQs

Am I a candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Almost anybody who has undesirable hair is a candidate for laser hair removal. However certain conditions may complicate treatment. Laser hair removal achieves the best results when the patients’ skin is fair and has dark coarse hair. Patients with dark skin can also be treated with a different laser. Lasers with longer wavelengths are generally useful for darker-skinned patients.
What areas can be treated?
Laser Hair Removal can be performed on virtually any hair bearing part of your body including your arms, legs, bikini area, back, etc.
What does it feel like?
The procedure is relatively painless, being described as ‘a rubber band flicking against the skin’.

Our Mission

At Western Dermatology, our expert team of nurses and dermal therapists, led by our dermatologist, Dr. Jack Green, are committed to ensuring that skin concerns are dealt with to your satisfaction. We have many years of experience in the management of a wide range of skin problems of all ages and all skin types. With a long established reputation for high standards and ethical practice, we can provide you with an accurate assessment and treatment plan appropriate for your skin needs.

To Make An Appointment

Phone: (03) 9748 4411

Email: admin@westderm.net.au

Fax: (03) 9749 3398

To Make An Appointment

Phone:

(03) 9748 4411

Email:

admin@westderm.net.au

Fax:

(03) 9749 3398

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