Excess facial and body hair can be the result of hereditary factors, medications, and some underlying medical conditions. It is important to take these factors into consideration when choosing a hair removal method.
Unwanted hair of any colour can be removed by shaving, depilatory creams, plucking, waxing, sugaring or threading. Electrolysis is a method of removing hair using electrical energy, and is effective at achieving long-term hair reduction when performed by a licensed electrologist.
Removal of dark hair can also be achieved by a series of BBL or laser treatments; when performed by a qualified health care professional permanent hair reduction can be achieved, with minimal risk to the skin.
What is light assisted hair removal and how does it work?
Broadband light passes through the skin and damages the dark pigment at the root of the hair, as well as those structures in the hair follicle which stimulate hair growth.
Who can benefit from hair removal?
Both men and women with dark hair in any location will respond. Those with lighter skin tones will respond the best. Blonde, red, grey or white hair does not respond to this treatment.
What should I expect from the treatment?
Following treatment, the damaged hairs come to the skin's surface and fall out; this continues for 2-4 weeks. You may remove these hairs by gently rubbing the area with a loofa or by shaving. After all the hairs have fallen out, the treated area should remain free of most hair for 4-6 weeks, initially. This time period will get longer and the amount of hair regrowth will become less with each subsequent treatment.
How many treatments are required?
Usually between 4 and 8 treatments will be needed during the first year and 1 to 3 treatments may be required in subsequent years.
Is this permanent?
While many hairs will be permanently destroyed after treatments, it is not possible to say that all hairs will be permanently removed.
Does it hurt?
Slight burning, similar to flicking of a hot elastic band or warm water dropping on the skin is felt. This resolves quickly after treatment.
Will this harm my skin?
Immediately following treatments, the skin turns red and tiny hive-like bumps appear. These changes resolve within 12-24 hours. (You will be given soothing gel to apply for a few days afterwards.) You should be able to return to your usual activities right away. Make-up can be applied immediately after treatment. No permanent damage to the skin should occur.
How should I prepare myself for a treatment?
For 1 month prior to treatment and between treatments, do not use:
- plucking or tweezing
- cream depilatories
This will ensure that as many hairs as possible are available to be treated and you will have a better result.
You can shave or cut the hair to be treated up to the day of treatment. We request that you do shave the treatment area at home prior to your treatment.
You must avoid sun and tanning beds for 1 month before and 1 month after treatment. The use of sunscreen SPF30 or greater in the treatment area is recommended at all times. Self-tanning lotions should be discontinued 1 week prior to treatment.
Why do I have to protect my skin from the sun when having laser and BBL treatments?
Because both laser and BBL target structures of specific colour in the skin, it is important to avoid any excess skin pigmentation at the time of treatment, so no damage occurs to the skin in the treatment area. Using clothing, sun avoidance, and/or sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 for one month before and after treatment will ensure the best outcome, with minimal risk.
Is treatment expensive?
Fees per session range between $150 and $800, depending upon the size of the area to be treated.