Do you wish your skin could have that oh-so-silky feeling all year-round and not just on the day you shave? Laser hair removal is a godsend for women (and men) for this very reason. But for many, the term 'permanent hair removal' can be daunting!
To remove both your unwanted hair and any confusion about laser hair removal, the expert team at Australian Skin Clinics have all the facts covered when it comes to safe and effective laser hair removal.
How does laser hair removal actually work?
With lighter skin types, a cosmetic medical-grade laser transmits a concentrated beam of light directly into the pigment of your hair follicles. With darker skins, the laser is attracted to the blood supply of the hair follicle. The laser then destroys and stunts the hair growth with both modalities. Don't let the term 'laser' freak you out – the treatment is safe, fast and effective in the removal of excessive or unwanted hair.
FACT: The word laser is an acronym. It stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation!
Is IPL the same as laser hair removal?
This is one of the biggest misconceptions in the industry: IPL (Intense Pulse Light) is not the same as laser hair removal. The biggest difference being that IPL devices do not use laser and therefore cannot effectively target the deeper hair follicles or be adjusted to suit specific skin tones. This can lead to substandard results, along with an increase risk in burns to those with darker skin types. Currently, there are no formal training regulations or equipment industry standards in place for IPL treatments in Australia. Laser hair removal is truly the safer, more effective method of hair reduction.
FACT: Lasers utilise one wavelength to selectively treat the targeted chromophore (dark matter). When operated by a trained laser technician, it can effectively destroy its target without causing harm to the surrounding tissue.
How do I know a clinic is safe?
A safe laser hair removal clinic will offer clients complimentary consultations with a trained laser technician to assess the skin before treatments commence. The laser technician will also provide advice on how to prepare the skin for optimal results before treatment, as well as correctly advise on how to deal with any post-treatment discomfort that may occur.
Clinics should only use medical-grade laser equipment with Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approval and operated exclusively by trained technicians.
FACT: Queensland has the strictest laser licensing laws in the country and Australian Skin Clinics operates under these industry regulations across all their clinics nationwide.
How do I know my laser technicians is highly qualified?
You wouldn't let a GP operate on you as a surgeon, so why would you want a beauty therapist performing laser hair removal treatments on your skin? Laser technicians should be just that, qualified for the job and hold a Class IV in Laser Hair Removal.
Qualified laser technicians have a more advanced understanding of how your specific skin type and hair colour will respond to the laser, which means in your consultation they can provide the best advice according to your needs as well as create a personalised treatment plan for your skin and hair type to achieve optimum results.
FACT: Australian Skin Clinics requires all laser technicians to have undergone laser safety training at The Advanced Skills Academy (TASA).
Is laser hair removal painful?
Laser hair removal feels like a light flicking or pinching sensation, with a little bit of added heat. It is designed to be a relatively comfortable treatment. After each treatment, the hair becomes lighter or thinner and discomfort subsides.
FACT: All laser machines at Australian Skin Clinics include a cooling device called a Zimmer, which can be adjusted to provide relief should any discomfort occur.
With your questions now answered, it's time to find a clinic that ticks all of these boxes. Contact Australian Skin Clinics by calling 1300 303 014 or visit www.ozskin.com.
Founded on the Gold Coast, Australian Skin Clinics is one of Australia's original laser and skin rejuvenation clinics. Established in 1996, the company has achieved rapid expansion due to its successful business model and growing consumer demand for its services.
Australian Skin Clinics offers a range of results-driven cosmetic treatments including laser hair removal, cosmetic injectables, microdermabrasion, acne management, treatments for rosacea, pigmentation, scarring, sun damage and skin care. With services to suit a wide spectrum of customer both in age and gender, Australian Skin Clinics' mission is to make its customer's look and feel fantastic about themselves. The Australian Skin Clinics team achieves this by offering affordable, accessible and effective cosmetic treatments in beautiful, high quality facilities and delivered by experienced, qualified and highly trained team members