From how many sessions you'll need to what areas can and can't be treated, we've answered some of the most common questions we receive about laser hair removal here at Caci.
How does laser hair removal actually work?
Laser hair removal works by passing a light beam through the unwanted hair area which is then absorbed by the pigment (colour) within the hair shaft and hair follicle. This generates heat, which loosens the hair and disables the hair forming cells.
Does it hurt?
Most people describe the treatment as uncomfortable rather than painful. The level of discomfort varies between individuals and the different areas being treated. Some people feel nothing, some feel a heat sensation, and some have likened the sensation to mild stinging or the flicking of a rubber band. Generally the coarser or thicker the hair, the greater the sensation.There is usually some form of skin response post treatment, normally a mild redness.
At Caci, all of our clinic staff are highly professional and experienced and have been trained extensively, so they can perform the treatment quickly and efficiently – it’ll be over in no time!
I have very fine, super blonde hairs – will laser work for me?
We tend to see best results with darker hairs (e.g. brown and black). We cannot treat red, blonde or grey hairs.
What’s the difference between laser and IPL and all the different types?
At Caci we started with lasers and then progressed to IPL and now we use the latest generation VPL (variable pulsed light) technology in all our Caci clinics for laser hair removal. The variable settings mean that the machines can effectively treat the different types of hair found all over the body, from thicker underarm hair to finer facial hair.
Do you get laser treatment on your face and if so, does it work on fine, fluffy hair?
Yes – we use VPL machines at Caci which have variable settings, so different types of hair from thicker underarm hair to finer facial hair can be treated.
Is laser removal just for your face, or can you have it done on legs or underarms?
At Caci, we treat the following areas with laser hair removal:
- Bikini line/Brazilian
Are there any areas you can't treat?
We don't treat anywhere that's too close to the eyes, like eyebrows.
Is laser suitable when breastfeeding?
No, you can't have this treatment while breastfeeding.
Is laser suitable with PCOS?
At Caci we treat many women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) with laser hair removal, but it’s important to have a clear understanding of the treatment and possible results before getting started.
Many clients with PCOS achieve excellent results from laser hair removal treatment, and it can significantly improve their self-confidence. Although the results for many clients can be successful, and often life changing, they will need to continue to have the treatments on a regular basis to maintain a reduction in hair growth.
As an existing medical condition like PCOS affects the body’s hair growth, it’s impossible to guarantee a result, as increased hair growth may continue in spite of regular laser hair removal treatments.
Before starting on a laser hair removal programme at Caci, you’ll have a complimentary consultation to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment.
I am photo sensitive. Is laser still a good/safe option?
Any complex medical situations require individual care and assessment by our team in clinic to determine whether the treatment would be suitable. We recommend coming in for a free consultation to learn more about the treatment and learn more about what your options are.
On average, how many sessions do you need before the hair doesn't grow back at all?
For best results, we recommend having a course of treatments (usually between 6-8) on our laser hair removal plan to achieve permanent results. Our laser hair removal programme, Freedom®, gives you a treatment schedule and allows you to pay for treatments weekly, fortnightly or monthly plus offers our exclusive guarantee*.
How long do you wait between sessions?
These treatments are typically performed around 6 weeks apart to allow us to target as many hairs as possible throughout the hair growth cycle. It's also important not to wax or epilate in between treatments - but shaving is fine!
How long does it last?
Results vary from person to person, and hormonal changes can affect the hair growth as well, but we expect long-term results. We also offer an exclusive guarantee to help you achieve long lasting results - we can talk to you about this during a consultation.
How much does it cost/How much for two areas?
This really varies depending on the area you are having treated.
On average, how many sessions do you need for underarms or for the bikini area?
For best results, we recommend having 6-8 treatments on our laser hair removal plan.