The Perfect Time to start Laser, all you need to know!

There is always alot confusion surrounding the world of Laser hair removal so this is a complete overview of how it works!

At Beyond Beauty we use Candela GentleLase Pro. The GentleLase Pro is the most recent and premier Laser available in todays market. If you are thinking about choosing us for your laser treatments or have already chosen us then I can promise you what you will get is:

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We are not a chain of salons we are one hard working salon now almost 12 years in business. We get to know our clients, we try our best to keep you with the same therapist. We aim to make your treatments as comfortable as possible in a friendly, clean enviroment.

Candela GentleLase PRO at Beyond BeautyHow it works?? Laser targets the pigment in the hair known as melanin. This means the darker and more coarse the hair the better the reaction you will get. We use Alexandrite Laser Candela GentleLase Pro. This is a medical grade laser with a very specific job which is targeting melanin! unlike IPL which is a dispersed light. This means that because the light is dispersed you are not getting the reaction that you will with a true Laser as the light is too concentrated. Laser cannot work on very fair, light or grey hairs as there is no pigment for the Laser to pick up on.

What can I do in between treatments? The ONLY thing you can do between treatments is shave the area. Every time we treat a hair this particular hair dies but we have many different hairs growing through one follicle so if you remove the hair in between treatment (i.e plucking or waxing) you are defeating the purpose of your laser treatments. You can shave as often as you like in between treatments you NEVER have to let the hair grow just make sure the only thing you do is shave!! If you are nervous about facial hair you can cut the hair but then 24 hours before your treatment you must shave the area so the hair is below the surface of the skin. It needs to be below the surface of the skin because the hair gets so hot during treatment that if the hair is above the skin the hair itself can actually burn the skin.

You MUST Shave 24 hours Prior to each treatment. Your skin is very sensitive so when we ask you to shave 24hours prior to your treatment it is not to make our job easier it is to protect your skin from burns and nasty reactions. Buy yourself a good razor and use a shaving foam also so you can give yourself a clean tight shave without any abrasions. We cannot treat skin that have been shaven the same day as treatment or if it has redness/irritation or cuts as it really will cause you unnecessary discomfort.

What happens after your laser treatment? The normal reaction to laser is red and bumpy skin almost like a nettle sting. The more dark and coarse the hair the more red and bumpy it will go. This reaction will usually settle between 2 and 48 hours but is different for everyone. After your treatment the hair will seem a little stuck under the skin almost like an ingrown hair. This is just a reaction to the laser the hair is not ingrown, this hair is now dead. But this hair may need a little help!! we recommend that you lightly exfoliate over the area to help the hair break through the surface of the skin. It will then take between 1 and 2 weeks for this dead hair to push itself out and fall out of the skin. Usually then we have about a week where there is no hair growth at all at week 3, and then the next set of hairs will start to grow through about week 5. This means that we see you back for your next treatment between week 6 & 8.

The Hair Growth Cycle: Every hair growth stage is different. we always find there is a huge reduction after the 1st session and clients come back thinking they will only need 2 or 3 sessions! but then when they come back for session 3 this can often be a heavy dense growth again. Don’t think that your laser is not working this is the different hair growth stages so bare with it!! you will reap the benefits over your course of sessions.

Tanned Skin and False Tan! We CANNOT treat a skin that is tanned. Melanin is the main pigment in skin as well as hair. If you are naturally sallow then we have settings to work with that skin/hair type. But if your skin is tanned because of sun exposure it is a completely different story. When the Melanin in our skin is dormant(not exposed to the sun) then we can work with our Laser setting to best suit your hair type. But when the skin is exposed to sun then the Melanin in our skin becomes active and moves to the upper levels of our skin which means that the Laser will also target this melanin. If Laser targets the melanin in the skin it means that this part of your skin will Hypo-pigment meaning a loss of color. The area we treat can turn many shades lighter than the rest of your skin and can last for a very very long time!!This is why we recommend your last Laser treatment be 2 weeks prior to Sun Holidays and you next treatments be at least 6 weeks post Sun Exposure depending on the depth of your tan. Sunbeds are a complete NO NO during your course of treatment.

False tan can be used in between laser sessions but you must stop using false tan on the areas being treated 2 Weeks prior to your treatment to make sure there is no trace of tan on the skin. We cannot treat the skin if there is any trace of false tan on the area as this will cause the skin to burn.

Pregnancy & Breast Feeding: There is no evidence to show that laser will cause any reactions during pregnancy or breastfeeding but this is not something that anyone is willing to risk! Your baby is precious so we cannot treat during pregnancy or while you are breast feeding so please let your Laser Therapist know and we can put a hold on your course of treatments for 12 months.

Medications: It is EXTREMELY important to notify us of ANY changes in medications during your course of treatments. There aremany medication that make the skin photo-sensitive (sensitive to light) meaning we can have adverse reaction after a treatment (i.e. bruising, burns) alot of medications need to be 2 weeks out of the system before we can treat. So any anti-biotics, anti-inflammatories, anti-histamines, any changes at all PLEASE pick up the phone 091 799392 and ask!! we are here to help. If you do feel the need to take pain relief before a treatment the only one you can use in regular Panadol.

When to come back?? for the face we recommend intervals of 4 to 6 weeks, For the body it can be anything from 6 weeks to 10 weeks! If there is enough hair that you feel you need to shave then you are definatley ready to come back but if you have not noticed hair and have not needed to shave then I would definatley call and push out your appointment for at least 2 weeks to give the hair a chance to come through.

How many sessions will I need?? For body hair the average amout of treatments is between 6 and 10. For the face there is always maintenance as hormones in women run wild! However there are many factors which affect hair growth i.e stress, hormones, skin type, hair type, diet the list goes on so results are different for everyone and are not guaranteed but you have chosen the very best and we aim to get you the best results possible.

How long will my sessions last? Sessions last anything from 30 second to 1 hour! depending on the amount of areas. Usually facial areas about 5 mins, Bikini & U-arm 10 mins, Lower leg 10 mins, Full leg 25 mins……. in other words treatments are very fast and can easily be done on your lunch break.

And Finally does it Hurt!!!! I would lie if i said you feel nothing, but the GL PRO is the most pain free system out there! Laser feels like the flick of an elastic band.if is uncomfortable more than painful but what i will say is that it is intense! its over very quickly and the results are worth every bit of it!

If there Is anything here that I have not covered please do not hesitate to mail me and I will be only happy to help! I hope this gives you a better idea of your journey to becoming hair free, we are very excited for every person that comes through our door to see just how amazing life becomes without unwanted hair!!If after reading this you feel you are not suitable for laser we are experts in Hair Removal and offer a wide range of treatments including Lycon Wax, Alexandrite Body Sugaring, Threading and Electrolysis so we we will find a way to make your life easier!

Karen Comer Beyond Beauty Laser and Skin Care Clinic

Karen xxxx