Our laser appointments are currently heavily booked, please check the wait time before making an appointment with your consultant dermatologist for laser treatments.
Why use laser hair treatment
Unwanted facial and body hair is a problem for many people. It may be due to genetic disposition, hormonal changes, or drug therapy. Laser-assisted hair removal offers safe, non-invasive removal of unwanted hair with minimal discomfort, providing a long-term alternative to waxing, shaving, depilatory creams and electrolysis. Hair can be removed from almost any site on the body. While no technology promises complete hair removal, laser hair treatment can offer long-term hair reduction. How long the treatment lasts varies with each person. The majority of patients achieve a 60-70% reduction in unwanted hair. There is a minority of patients, however, who do not respond as well. Furthermore, there is an extremely small percentage of patients (3-5%) who, for some unknown reason, are only minimally responsive to hair removal lasers.
How laser hair treatment works
We use a 1064 Nd:YAG Laser. The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle while leaving the surrounding skin structures unharmed. The process works best in those who have dark -coloured hair and fairly light skin pigmentation. However it is also effective in darker skinned people. [The laser is US FDA approved for hair removal in dark skinned patients]. The laser targets hairs in their active growth stage (anagen). At any one time, only a certain percentage of hair follicles are in their growth phase, depending on the area of the body. For this reason a number of treatments are required (usually six to eight). Appointments are scheduled approximately six to eight weeks apart.The sensation of laser treatment is best described as like that of a repeated flicking of a rubber band and/or a burning sensation.
Side effects are rare but may include:
By following the recommended ‘before’ and ‘after’ treatment instructions, you should achieve a good result.
Before laser hair removal treatment
After laser hair removal treatment
Dermatologists providing consultative and procedural services at Eastern Suburbs Dermatology are all Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Practising individual dermatologists at Eastern Suburbs Dermatology have sub-specialisation interests in paediatric dermatology, surgical dermatology, and women’s and cosmetic dermatology.