Why Laser Hair Removal?
Laser can bring peace of mind by ending the repetitive nature of hair removal using other methods. Be #AlwaysReady™.
Plucking and sometimes waxing, if not done properly, can cause hair to grow back more strongly eventually creating hairs so deep even laser can’t reach.
Bleaching looks good from a distance but needs redoing. Electrolysis, where a needle is inserted into the hair shaft delivering an electrical charge to kill the hair, works well when there are only a few hairs to treat. Laser removes the most hair quickly but don't wait until you are too old because once the hair turns grey it's often too late.
The biggest problem with shaving body hair such as underarms, legs or bikini is stubble and sometimes ingrown hairs (pseudofolliculitus barbea).
Waxing lasts longer and the hair grows back softer but it needs to be long enough, becoming untidy, before it can be rewaxed. Laser stops the hair growing back eliminating the stubble and untidiness forever*. Laser is also medically recognised as an effective permanent treatment for ingrown hair problems.
Shaving, plucking or bleaching are the least costly methods of hair removal but also have the most problems, i.e. fast regrowth (1-2 days), irritation from stubble and ingrown hairs and development of stronger facial hairs. Waxing costs more and gives excellent results but only for up to 6 weeks.
Laser is expensive due to the very expensive equipment required however it can cost less than waxing e.g. regular Brazilian waxing over 20 years can cost up to $8,600 while permanent laser can be under $2,000.
*New hair, from previously dormant follicles, can grow in treated areas most likely due to hormonal changes.
How does it work?
Laser permanently stops hair growing back by destroying the hair growing germ-cell matrix inside non-dormant hair follicles.
The various types of machines called "laser" range from true lasers (Diode, NdYag, Alexandrite, Ruby etc) to non-lasers called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and also described as SPL or VPL (basically marketing terms to try and differentiate identical technologies).
However true lasers and IPL all essentially work the same way...
That is, a highly concentrated energy in the form of light is converted to heat by the pigmentation in the hair shaft below the skin, much like sunlight warming a dark wall. The heat generated along the hair shaft reaches the germ-cell matrix at the base of the hair follicle and is sufficient to destroy the structures that grow the hair without harming anything else.
Laser hair removal technology has been proven to be so effective that international medical authorities have approved some manufacturers to sell and promote machines for permanent hair reduction.
Three things can reduce the effectiveness of hair reduction:
- Darker skin can stop some energy reaching the hair follicles.
- Light coloured hair (blonde, red or grey) doesn't heat up enough.
- Deeply set follicles (particularly in men) can't be reached.
These problems can be diminished with our type of laser technology as it uses specifically targeted laser wavelength, has much more power and the additional "non-light" energy called RF.
However blonde, red or grey hair is still mostly untreatable and an acurate assessment will be provided at your free consultation.
BUT DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY
Certainly get competitive quotes and second opinions when deciding where to go for hair removal treatments but at the moment there's no regulation in New Zealand and "cheap prices" can also mean poorly trained operators, inadequate equipment and unrealistic claims of what they can do for you.
Ask where their laser or IPL equipment was manufactured. Stay away from the "low cost" Chinese manufactured copies. These are not certified and can be very dangerous to your health by causing burns and permanent scarring or very dangerous to your wallet by not working.
IPL is often used for hair removal as the equipment is much cheaper for the clinic to buy and maintain but IPL is better suited to skin rejuvenation than hair removal.
There are reputable beauty and medispa businesses in NZ using the good quality, more powerful IPL machines available and these have a good record for hair removal.
However "true" lasers designed specifically for hair removal provide the fastest and most effective treatments and the Elos Plus diode lasers used by Waxnlaser are medically proven as the best in the world.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments depends on the area you wish to have treated, the hair density and the hair growth cycle as explained in the following discussion:
Elos targets non-dormant follicles in the active growing phase (anagen). Not all hair in the treatment area is in this phase at the same time. Some hair follicles enter the growth cycle after your treatment. Around 6 to 8 treatments between 4 and 10 weeks apart may be required to deliver optimal results.
Your hair grows in cycles and many factors influence the pattern. Different parts of the body cycle at different rates. Face 4-6 weeks, body 6-8 weeks and legs 8-10 weeks. However, age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism all play a part in your hair's growth patterns. We assess and change treatment intervals during your course of treatments once we see how your personal hair growth pattern works.
Note: There's a myth that laser makes hair grow back thicker, darker or quicker. Usually the opposite is the case. If a laser treatment doesn't fully destroy the hair follicle it may cause hair to grow back slower, lighter coloured and thinner.
Treatments can take a few minutes and up to an hour depending on the size of the area being treated. Elos treatments are coupled with the Synercool pain management system that uses super cooled air to numb the treatment area before and after treatment ensuring the process is almost pain free.
After your treatment, the area is cleaned and you can return to your normal activities immediately. Your therapist will provide detailed after-care instructions and may prescribe a soothing and moisturising skin care product . After the Elos treatment, the use of sun screen is particularly recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun.