Laser Hair Reduction FAQ

Please contact us if you cannot find the answer to your question in this list of frequently asked questions, or in the other FAQS.

Can I Have Laser Treatment On Tanned Skin?

Laser light is attracted to colour in the skin as well as to the colour in the dark hair root. The more sun-tanned the skin, the more risk of adverse side effects such as pigmentation changes and at worse a burn. At the Devon Laser Clinic we do not perform laser treatment on tanned skin.

I have Afro-Caribbean Skin Tones? Is Laser Hair Removal For Dark Skin Possible?

At the Devon Laser Clinic we have an Nd:YAG laser which is the only laser that can be used Afro-Caribbean skin types safely. Yes laser hair removal for dark skin is possible and we would be able to advise fully you in an initial consultation.

I have Asian Skin Tones? Is My Skin Suitable For Laser Treatment?

As long as you do not have a recent suntan and your hair colour is darker than your skin you can have laser hair removal.

Am I Suitable For Laser Treatment?

Best results are seen with people who have lighter skin and darker hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin. Ladies who are pregnant and persons with a suntan will not be treated at the Devon Laser Clinic.

How Does Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Work?

Light is absorbed by the melanin (the pigment in the hair follicle). The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the cells in the hair follicle which are responsible for hair growth, without damaging the surrounding cell.

The laser guide is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of the skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is covered.

How Long Does Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Take?

Laser treatments can take as little as 5 minutes and up to 1.5 hours, depending upon the size of area being treated.

How Many Laser Hair Reduction Treatments Are Necessary

Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed. Treatments are conducted every 6 to 8 weeks depending on the area being treated, until a good result is seen. The number of treatments varies, although typically 6-8 treatments or more are needed for optimum results.

Are There Side Effects With Laser Hair Reduction Treatment?

The skin may be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and raised but this usually subsides within a few hours. Adverse reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.

What Will I See After Laser Hair Recuction Treatment?

The hair follicles are damaged by the heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs shed after about 2 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to grow as they are pushed out by the new epidermis.

How Does The Treatment Feel?

Treatment sensation varies but is often described as a ‘flick of an elastic band’. No anaesthetic is required and most clients describe the discomfort as tolerable and less uncomfortable than electrolysis or waxing.

Cold air is used to help numb the area whilst being treated.