Which hairs do best?
Dark, coarse hairs respond best but we expect most hair to respond to some degree. White (grey) hair does not respond at all. Any area of the body can be treated, although some areas respond better than others.
No laser can claim to remove all hair permanently, but the LIGHTSHEER Duet Laser has certainly shown that it can reduce overall hair growth and density in most individuals.
How many treatments are necessary?
A course of treatments is always required, and this may very depending on many factors. At a minimum, 4 treatments are necessary. Most commonly, 6 to 8 are needed. In cases where strong hormonal influences are present (for example, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or in males), more than 10 is common. In addition, some desire hair growth to be completely absent, where some are happy to achieve thinner or lighter growth. In those with darker skin and lighter hair, more treatment is necessary as well.
Permanent hair removal?
A lot of hair removal clinics are promoting their IPL hair removal treatments as being 'permanent hair removal'. This is incorrect and misleading. No technology has been shown to completely and permanently remove hair. Laser and IPL hair removal can result in lasting hair reduction, but it is usually necessary to have occasional 'top-up' treatments to maintain good results.
Laser Skin Care have 18 years experience in laser hair removal
Unlike most other hair removal clinics, Laser Skin Care have many years experience in laser hair removal treatment. Laser Skin Care was the first clinic in Perth to perform laser hair removal, and ALL laser hair removal treatments are performed by our doctors or fully qualified laser therapists.
We have great experience treating darker skin types - Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean skin types. It is these that are more prone to treatment failures and complications.
IPL Hair Removal
Most clinics in Perth offer IPL hair removal. This is because in Western Australia only medical practitioners, Registered Nurses or Qualified Therapists are legally able to use medical Class 4 lasers.
IPL systems come in different "strengths". That means, they vary in how high the energies can be set to. Many of the IPLs in the non medical marketplace are not capable of reaching energies necessary to consistently penetrate to the deeper hair follicles. However, they are certainly capable of causing scars and burns in untrained hands. In addition, low powered IPL systems have a high failure rate, and a higher rate of paradoxical hair stimulation.
The doctors at Laser Skin Care are seeing more and more cases where poor or inadequate results are seen after a course of IPL treatment for hair removal. In this case it is a matter of 'buyer beware' as many clinics have poorly trained staff with inferior equipment.