Frequently Asked Questions about Laser hair Removal
Laser or IPL – Which Is Better?
Well that entirely depends on who you ask! People specialising in Laser will tell you that laser is the best. It’s the same for people using IPL. The truth is that both Laser and IPL can demonstrate great results wither way.
What are Bareskin Treatments Like?
Our treatments are an easy two-step operation. First, you clean the area. Then the area is pulsed (painless, don’t worry!) with the light from the Bareskin machine. Treatments times vary depending on the size of the area being treated.
How Does the Bareskin Treatment Work?
Light pulsed onto the skin effects the hair under the skin so that it removes hair with long-lasting results. The light seeks out the pigment in the hair follicle and in less than a second, all of the treated hair follicles, in the active hair growth cycle are damaged beyond repair so that no more hairs grow from that follicle any more. The result is more even, youthful appearing skin. Because not all of your hair follicles will be in the active growth cycle at your treatment, you will need more than one treatment to make sure you get the best results.
Because Laser and IPL treatments target more than one hair each time, big areas such as the back, chest and abs, arms, and legs can be treated in a short period of time. However, treatment times vary from person to person.
How Are Our Treatments Different from Electrolysis?
Electrolysis uses a fine needle which inserted into each hair follicle, only one at a time. An electric pulse is passed through the follicle to stop the hair growth. Bareskin uses pulsed light to treat a larger area of hair and in less than a second, all the growing hairs in your treatment area are damaged beyond repair.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Because hair grows at all different rates all over the body, hairs in the same area, for example on your bikini line, are not all actively growing at the same time, so we recommend at least 6 to 8 treatments to capture most hairs when they are in their active phase of growing. You may require more or even less treatments. This depends on your skin tone, hair thickness, ethnicity, hormone levels and medications you may be taking.
How Often Should I Have A Treatment?
As pulsed light is only effective on active hair, you should time your appointment so that the non-active hair follicles in the same area have time to start growing. If the treatment is given before or after, that particular treatment will not be as effective. This is approximately 4 to 8 weeks after your last treatment but is also is dependent on the treatment area.
Which Hair Where?
You treat almost anywhere on the body, except for the sensitive skin around your eyes. We can, however, do above your eyebrows, so don’t worry, we can still get rid of untidy or mono-brows!
Who Are the Best Candidates for Permanent Hair Reduction?
Brown to black haired people with light to medium coloured skin will most often have the best results. Natural blondes (not dyed blonde!) do not respond well to Bareskin treatments as there is not enough pigment in the hair.
What Do I Need to Do Before My Treatment?
Make sure to shave the area, excluding your lip, prior to your appointment. This saves time and is more comfortable done at home. However, it is best to leave a small area unshaven so we can assess your hair colour and type.
It’s important to make sure you don’t pluck, bleach or wax the hair in the area to be treated for at least 4 weeks before your treatment. Equally as important is making sure not to be too tanned or sunburnt before your treatment. We will not perform any treatment on sunburnt skin.
You are able to go straight back to work (boo!) or play (Yay!) after your appointment but you must stay out of the sun for 4 weeks before and after your treatments.