What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal uses laser technology to help permanently reduce unwanted hair over a series of treatments in typical cases. Laser hair removal is the most comprehensive, permanent hair reduction solution available compared with other hair removal methods such as shaving or waxing.*
How does laser hair removal work?
The specific laser technology used in laser hair removal uses a beam that emits light at a wavelength that directly targets melanin in the hair follicle, without damaging the surrounding skin. Within the follicle, the light is then converted to heat energy, which inactivates the follicle and may stop the hair from growing again. Over a series of treatments, you may permanently reduce or slow hair growth in a targeted area.*
Why are multiple treatments needed?
Hair growth occurs in three stages: anagen (active), catagen (dormant) and telogen (no more growth). Laser treatments are most effective in the anagen stage, as follicles do not contain enough pigment (melanin) to be neutralized during other phases. As individual hairs grow at different paces, multiple treatments are typically needed to help successfully target hair follicles in the area and slow or reduce growth.*
What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is the single most effective method to permanently reduce unwanted hair. Shaving, waxing, tweezing, plucking, threading, sugaring, and depilatory creams provide only temporary results, sometimes less than 24 hours. LHR is reduces hair growth permanently in typical cases. Unlike most of these treatments, LHR is virtually painless. In contrast to some of these traditional treatments, which actually stimulate hair growth, LHR reduces growth permanently in typical cases.*
What areas can be treated by laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can be used on virtually any area of the body. The most common areas include the legs, bikini line, underarm, upper lip, and chin. Other target areas include the back, chest, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, neck, arms, toes, and face.*
What is the Super Hair Removal (SHR™) Method?
This revolutionary technology from Alma Lasers uses a gradual heating method to gently target hair follicles without harming the surrounding skin. It is the most comfortable and convenient and safe approach for hair reduction.*
What is IN-Motion™ Technology?
Alma Laser’s IN-Motion technique allows the practitioner to treat a large area, improving speed and coverage. Additionally, the technique uses an innovative combination of cooling with gradual thermal rise to improve comfort and safety.*
Who is suitable for laser hair removal?
Any adult who would like to experience the freedom of laser hair removal should consult with their medical aesthetician to discuss whether this treatment is appropriate. The technology has improved to the point where LHR is generally effective for all skin tones, hair types and colours.*
What is the treatment process?
Before any treatment begins, you will meet with your medical aesthetician during a consultation to answer any questions, discuss your objectives, determine if you are a suitable candidate for LHR, followed by a test patch to ensure that LHR is the right treatment for you. If so, we can proceed with treatment. We use Alma Laser’s Soprano ICE laser with cutting-edge technology to safely and comfortably remove unwanted hair. We will advise you of after-care recommendations and what to expect following the procedure. You are then free to resume your normal activities.*
What should I do before treatment?
Your technician will provide exact instructions for your specific case. Typically, we advise clients to shave 12-24 hours prior to treatment but not to wax, thread, tweeze, or tan in the weeks prior to treatment. On the day of your treatment do not wear makeup, lotion, or deodorant on the area to be treated.
How long does treatment take?
The length of treatment will depend on the area(s) being treated, the density of hair, and the preparation required. A small area such as the upper lip may take only a few minutes, whereas a larger area such as full legs may require an hour or more.*
How many treatments are needed?
Due to the hair growth cycle, multiple treatments are needed to most fully disable hair growth. Typically, clients require 6 to 12 visits to fully reduce unwanted hair. We recommend treatment intervals of 4 weeks for face and 6 weeks for body, where we can disable previously dormant hairs that are now active. Following the sessions, clients typically see 90% reduction in hair.*
Is treatment painful?
Some patients experience slight but manageable discomfort. We use revolutionary technology such as the SHR Method and IN-Motion to improve comfort to the point that treatment is virtually painless. We can offer methods of reducing discomfort in more delicate areas if needed.*
What should I do after treatment?
Your technician will advise on the exact instructions for your specific case. Applying a cold compress can help with redness or swelling. Wear a SPF-30+ sunscreen for at least a week following treatment to protect the skin. You may shave between treatments, but do not wax, tweeze, thread, or use depilatory creams. Apply deodorant and makeup with caution. Do not exercise or take hot showers for up to 24 hours following treatment.
When will I see results?
Hair will begin to fall out one to two weeks following your treatment. Once your hair has grown back, you will be due for your next treatment. Your results will typically continue to improve following each treatment.*
How long do the results last?
LHR is a permanent way to reduce unwanted hair.*
Are there any side effects?
Some patients may experience slight swelling or redness at the treatment site, but these conditions are generally minor and fade after a few days. Our technicians take great care to avoid possible side effects that may happen with an inexperienced or unqualified practitioner, such as burning or skin discolouration.*