Will laser work on me if I have light hair?

  • The laser treatment works best on black or dark hair. This is because the laser beam picks up the melanin in the hair follicle. If your hair is light brown in colour, it may still work but keep in mind that the results may not be as good. Also every individual reacts differently.
  • I’m scared to have laser done, will someone talk me through the procedure before I have the treatment?
  • Yes, one of our laser therapists will go through a consultation with you, answer all questions and explain what the procedure will be. They will also do a test patch on you to see how your skin reacts and also for you to see what the treatment feels like.

What do I need to do before I come in to get lasered?

  • You will need to shave the area the night before you have your appointment.
  • Do not wax or pluck any hair from the area you are getting lasered as we need the root of the hair to still be under the skin. If you have waxed or plucked the area, you will need to wait at least 4 weeks for the hair to grow back so our laser beam can target the hair root.

How far does the laser go into my skin?

  • The laser beam will only penetrate between 3-4mm into the skin. It does not enter the blood stream.

How often should I have my laser treatments?

  • Because hair grows in cycles, we recommend you have your laser treatments every 4-6 weeks (depending on the body part) so all cycles are reached. You can shave in between treatments, but remember not to wax.

What should I expect after my treatment?

  • After your laser treatment it is normal for the area to be red, hot and slightly irritated. Some people may not have any side effects at all.
  • After your laser treatment, we will apply a soothing cream called Laser Aid to help with the healing process. Some clients will stay red for up to a couple of hours after the treatment, while others will show no sign of having the laser treatment at all.

What will happen to my hair after the treatment?

  • After the treatment, your hair will grow as normal and about a week or so after you will start to see hair slowly fall out. Do not pick or scratch at the area. You will notice that there will be a reduction of hair in the area you had treated and in some cases no hair will be visible when you come for your next treatment.

Can I get Laser if I’m pregnant?

  • Laser hair removal is considered safe during pregnancy, although at Simply Smooth Laser Clinic we advise women against receiving treatments, as some hair can be hormonal due to pregnancy and we advise against treatments for extra safety precautions.
  • If clients would like to go forward with treatments during pregnancy, we advise you bring documentation from your doctor to advise you are ok to receive treatment.

Laser V’s IPL Hair Removal

  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) was designed to treat cosmetic issues such as acne, reddened skin, pigmentation, aging and sun damaged skin. Although not designed specifically for hair removal, it was found that the IPL energy could assist in hair reduction. IPL lasers emit different light wavelengths that can’t be refined to a single wavelength, making it harder to target the hair follicle.
  • While IPL hair removal is cheaper, it does, in fact, cost more in the long run as you will have to have more IPL hair removal treatments to get the same results as you would with the alexandrite hair removal laser.

Simply Smooth’s alexandrite laser provides the most effective hair removal available today. This is because the alexandrite laser emits an exact wavelength of light (755 nanometres), which is the wavelength that is most absorbed by the melanin in the hair, therefore causing the most damage to the hair follicle.

This is the real difference between IPL and alexandrite laser hair removal, and you will see it in both results and long-term cost.

About the alexandrite laser for hair removal

  • Unlike IPL laser hair removal, using alexandrite for hair removal is not only the most effective hair removal method around, it uses no chemicals, nor any gels that some laser clinics with older technology use.

Will laser hair removal hurt?

  • All laser hair removal hurts in some way. It is described as a slight stinging, or feeling of heat. Some say it feels like a snap of an elastic band, while others experience no discomfort at all. It depends on the individual. Our GentleLASE alexandrite lasers are equipped with the latest device to briefly freeze the skin to allow the laser to pass through.

How does laser hair removal get rid of ingrown hairs?

  • Medically, laser is the only treatment that permanently stops ingrown hairs. Every growing hair has an oil gland attached to it which releases sebum (oil) to lubricate the hair as it pushes through the skin. When a hair is trapped underneath the skin as an ingrown, the hair keeps growing and the sebum keeps being released. This causes the ingrown to get larger and, sometimes, infected due to the trapped oil and hair. Laser stops the hair’s growth, therefore stopping sebum production, therefore treating the ingrown hairs. Following your laser treatment, the hair will stop growing, break up and dissipate into the blood stream, which is why it is such an effective ingrown treatment.

Does laser work anywhere?

  • Laser can be used for getting rid of hairs all over the body, such as on the chest, back, face, arms, legs and feet except the orbital rim (around the eyes). Laser truly is the most versatile hair remover you will find.

How many Laser treatments will I need and how far apart are they scheduled?

  • Most people need at least 8-10 effective treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart due to the length of hair growth cycles. Because hair grows in cycles, several sessions are necessary in order to affect all hair on any given area. Hair cycle length varies depending on the body part and individual so you may need more than 10 treatments to ensure all hair cycles have been treated.