Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal
IPL and Revlite Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair removal is a common procedure with many devices (Laser and IPL) used for laser hair removal treatments. Dr Lanzer has been involved with Laser hair removal since its inception. Together with other Dermatologists he has arranged conferences to teach other doctors on how to use different devices for Laser Hair removal.
One of the most common questions patients ask regarding this is whether the laser hair removal treatments lead to more long term hair removal. Although often the result is a more long term hair removal, a Doctor cannot promise this as each patient is different when it comes to laser hair removal. Occasionally the initial result is a more long term hair removal yet other follicles start to grow, so maintenance laser hair removal may be required.
Lasers or IPL devices can give longer results when compared to shaving or waxing. Lasers are concentrated, high intensity light sources which target specific areas depending on their wave length and strength. The laser is a faster, more accurate and is cost effective. We can usually treat any skin colour. Our new IPL’s are much less painful and very effective.
The laser hair removal process targets the pigment in hair shafts and especially follicles, removing these while leaving the skin intact. It offers less painful, efficient and faster treatments, allowing larger areas to be treated with long lasting results. Dr Lanzer warns that this only helps hairs that have pigments in the follicles as white hairs cannot be treated.
The new Revlite laser and our IPL’s have a longer pulse duration which allows hair removal treatments, via a process called thermo kinetic selectivity. As a result, the laser can now also be used for people with olive and darker complexions. Areas which can be treated are vast and include bikini line, under arms, chest, facial hair, legs and back. Dr Lanzer does not promise more long term hair removal but with enough laser hair removal treatments often there is a long term result.
Commonly asked questions about Laser Hair Removal
How long does the procedure take?
The treatment is very quick and efficient. A treatment on the face can take a few minutes whereas larger treatment areas on the body can range from 15min to 1hr
Does the hair removal laser hurt?
Most people say that this treatment does not hurt at all. Some people feel a slight elastic band flicking sensation.
Do I need to prepare?
Prior to treatment you will need to shave or use hair removal cream the area either that day or the night before. You cannot wax, pluck or have threading done at any time during the course of your treatment. The hair needs to stay in the follicle in order for the laser to destroy the hair. If you remove the hair from the follicle prior to treatment, the treatment won’t work. As pigment is the target, sun should be avoided so as to prevent a tan which would interfere with the delivery of the laser beam to the hair follicles, and increase the risk of side effects. Solariums and fake tans need to be avoided and make-up removed prior to treatment.
What happens after the treatment?
After the treatment you will need to avoid sun exposure and tanning. Some slight redness may occur however this is rare.
Discover Laser Hair Removal Advantages!
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for Laser Hair Removal procedures. Patients require generally at least 6 treatments of laser hair removal and can be performed in any one of Dr Lanzer’s clinics.
If you’re looking to remove hair from the face, get a free consultation at Melbourne Laser Hair Removal clinic with Dr Lanzer.
What risks are involved with the procedure?
Burning, Pigmentation and Scarring are risks of Laser Hair Removal however they are very rare. Here at the clinic we provide a test patch for the skin one week prior to treatment to see if your skin is suitable for the treatment. You are always under the care of Dr Lanzer which makes this treatment safer than if you go to a beauty salon.
How long does it last?
The treatments are long lasting however some maintenance sessions may be required every 6-12 months.
Hair can be long term reduced or removed but it is impossible for us to give any guarantee as to the success of an individual’s treatment. It does not help white, red or blonde hair.
What is the cost?
The cost varies with each area and amount of hair. Dr Lanzer offers a free consultation and will advise you of the price once he sees your skin.
Why doesn’t everyone use the laser?
Not everyone uses the laser due to cost. It is much cheaper to shave however you will not get the same long lasting results like Laser and IPL.
The laser machine is very expensive and the operator needs specialised, supervised training in order to safely use the laser. Our doctors, nurses and beauty therapists are trained and have experience in the latest laser methods, so will be able to answer any further questions.
Areas that can be treated
Not all hair lasers are the same. Dr Lanzer uses the laser chosen by the Victorian dermatologists to be the most effective and the safest.