Hair Removal: FAQs

1. What Can Be Treated With IPL Lasers?
  • Hair removal: Removal of unwanted hair from any part of the body except around the eyes.
  • Vascular lesions: Removal or reduction of port wine stains, rosacea, thread veins and other vascular lesions
  • Pigmented lesions: Removal or reduction of freckles, age spots and other pigmented lesions
  • Sun-damaged skin: Removal or reduction of age spots, visible blood vessels, diffuse redness and uneven pigmentation while improving skin texture.
  • Acne

2. What Preparation is Required?

There must be a dark hair in the follicle, so waxing and plucking should be stopped well before, preferably 4-6 weeks (no plucking or waxing) prior to the treatment. You can trim snip or shave either the night before or on the day of treatment. On the day of treatment you should not apply deodorants, perfumes, talc or moisturisers containing sunscreen. A minimum of 8 treatments is usually needed for most of the follicles within any area to be effected for long term hair removal.

3. What to Expect After Your Appointment

After the procedure is complete, you will most likely experience redness and maybe even a little stinging. This generally subsides in about two to four hours. For a few days after the procedure, you might experience some mottled skin or discoloration. These problems, however, will resolve themselves. If you have particularly coarse or thick hair, you might also experience some blistering or crusting. As with the skin discoloration, this will go away on its own within a few days.

You will also notice that hair remains on your skin after the procedure. This is because the procedure does not actually extract the hairs. Rather, it kills them at the root and it can take some time for them to fall out. As time goes on, you will notice a gradual lessening of hair. You should not, however, attempt to pull the hairs out or try to help them along in any way. You will notice right away that you no longer need to shave as often.

4. Follow-Up on Laser Hair Removal

For most people, on average it takes 8 or more treatments to achieve desired results from laser hair removal. This is because a percentage of your hair is dormant at all times, which means it is not growing. Percentage of dormant hair is different for everyone. Since your hair runs in cycles, the dormant hair will be active later and will grow. Therefore, the follow up treatments are necessary in order to kill off the hair that was dormant during the previous session or sessions. Typically, you should wait six to eight weeks between treatments to allow the dormant hair time to become activated for the next treatment.

You cannot pluck or wax the area between treatments. This will remove the hair from the follicle, which will make it impossible for the laser to find during your follow up treatments. As with the first treatment session, however, it is perfectly fine to shave between treatments.

5. Does the Laser Treatment Hurt?

Our new advanced lasers are virtually pain free. Most clients describe it as a little uncomfortable, similar to a rubber band being snapped on the skin.

6. Who is Suitable?

The best results are obtained when there is a large difference between the colour of the hair and the colour of the skin, for example black hair on fair skin will work better than light or white hair on light skin. In people with dark hair and light skin the laser can be turned up very bright with little risk of harming the skin. Mediterranean, Middle and Far Eastern skin types can be treated with care. Darker skin types than these are not suitable for the stronger lasers because the skin pigment absorbs too much laser energy causing unwanted damage such as burns and lightened skin. Men and women can both be treated, and all parts of the body can be treated.

7. How long is the treatment?

Treatment time can vary based on the area. The upper lip takes only a few minutes while a larger area like the back or legs can take up to an hour or more. Your Hair Free Laser Technician will advise you of how long your treatment will expect to take.

***Results vary based on skin tone, hair follicles, and growth stage. Multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve desired results. Post-treatment effects also vary depending on individual circumstances and stage of treatment.

8. What happens if I miss my appointment?

24 hours minimum cancelation notice is required or a no show/late cancellation fee of $30 will apply. Please ensure that you send an email to to cancel your appointment in writing.