Laser hair removal Melbourne
Laser hair removal is chosen by women and men to reduce problematic, awkward or unwanted hair fast. This is the most popular laser treatment in the world.
Here in Melbourne, laser hair removal is chosen by women and men to reduce problematic, awkward or unwanted hair fast. In fact, it’s so effective that laser hair removal is the most popular laser treatment in the world.
As the most experienced laser clinic in Melbourne for laser hair removal, Skinovate is proud to offer our Melbourne clients state-of-the-art laser hair removal services that are effective and gentle. We have been doing laser hair removal in Melbourne since 1996, and unlike some cosmetic clinics that offer hair removal using cheap IPL machines, we use lasers because they are better.
If you have unwanted hair anywhere on your body, laser hair removal is by far the best solution available to you. The advanced technology of today has been perfected over many years, resulting in the quickest, cheapest and most effective treatment you’ll find. It doesn’t hurt much either with the advanced laser systems that we use here at Skinovate in Melbourne!
Lasers are quicker, more effective and safer than IPL.
How does laser hair removal work?
The Alexandrite laser emits pulses of high-energy light, which pass through the skin and are absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft and follicle. The laser energy heats the follicle and damages the cells that produce hair.
Hair grows in cycles and the actively growing follicles (anagen phase) are not only the largest and darkest, they are also most affected by laser. Not all follicles are damaged each time. Treatments are spread out to allow for resting hairs to grow. An initial course of treatment (3-5 sessions) is followed by top-up treatments if more reduction is desired.
At some point, the hair will stop responding because it is too thin for the laser and the pigmented follicle is too small to absorb the laser energy. Patients are usually happy at this point; however, finer hair may still be present. The number of treatments depends on hair and skin colour, hormone changes, age, family history and medications. Each body responds differently, so we cannot predict the exact outcome in every case.
Traditional hair removal techniques such as shaving, waxing and plucking provide only short-term relief from unwanted hair, and all have individual inconveniences. Until the laser treatment was developed, the only method that came close to permanent hair removal was electrolysis, which can be very painful, time-consuming and is limited to small areas.
Laser hair removal will work on delicate facial areas, as well as large areas such as chests, backs and legs, safely removing unwanted hair without damaging the delicate pores of the skin.
How long do laser hair removal treatments take?
The following are examples of how long laser hair removal treatment on certain parts of the body might take:
Upper Lip – 5 mins
A full chest or back – 45 mins to 1 hour
Bikini – 15 mins
Lower Leg – 50 mins
Does laser hair removal hurt?
It can sting a little, but Skinovate uses the Alexandrite laser, which is the most ‘gentle’ on the market and that has an energy output that can be adjusted to meet the personal sensitivity of your skin. It also treats darker skin, and if required, a local local anaesthetic cream is available, especially for sensitive areas.
What are the side effects of laser hair removal?
The skin will be pink and feel warm for up to a few hours in most cases, although sometimes it lasts up to a day or so. The pinkness can be easily covered with foundation if necessary. This is all most people experience and normal activities can be resumed immediately.
Occasionally, with darker skin types, small fine crusts can form in a few spots, but these fade in a few days by themselves. Darkening or lightening of the skin can occur and is usually mild and transient, typically resolving in several weeks.
How should I prepare for laser hair removal?
The hair needs to be short on the day of treatment (2mm maximum) to minimise any stubble left behind. Any remaining stubble can be plucked, buffed, clipped or, when it grows a little, waxed.
Some hairs will fall out slowly, others will remain stunted, and some will continue to grow at a slower rate. Regrowth can be patchy after the first few treatments, as deeper follicles are slower to respond, but this tends to even out with later treatments.
Avoid waxing, bleaching, plucking or sun-tanning two weeks before your treatment. Use a sunscreen on the area two weeks before treatment if it’s going to be exposed to the sun. The darker your skin, the more sensitive it will be. Bleaching cream can also be used to lighten skin if required. Skinovate in Melbourne will not treat you if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
What do the results say about laser hair removal?
A survey of our patients revealed the following:
Average number of treatments – 2.9
Happy with treatment – 93%
Very few / nil side effects – 70%
No reduction / change – 3%
Hair thinner – 7%
Moderate reduction – 41%
Significant reduction – 35%
Very little regrowth – 14%
No side effects – 21%
Pinkness – 48%
Minor swelling – 14%
Minor crusting – 12%
Blisters – 2%
Pigment change – 3%
Are the results of laser hair removal permanent?
Regrowth is thinner and less dense after each session of laser hair removal. More hair may develop with age and hormone changes. Laser hair removal provides long-term hair growth suppression, giving you excellent results in thinning and reducing hair.
Grey, white, blonde and light red hairs are not affected by laser hair removal treatment. Results vary depending on skin colour, hair colour, age, hormones, medication and family history. The thicker the hair, the better the results. Skinovate also provides electrolysis hair removal for those with fair hair at both of our laser hair removal Melbourne clinics.
If you are based in Sydney, you can also make a booking for laser hair removal with our Sydney partner Heber Davis or can also make a booking if in Melbourne with our local partner Total Face Group.