FAQ

CAN LASER PROCEDURES HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?

Laser hair removal is not recommended:

  • for pregnant women;
  • for women who are breastfeeding;
  • in the presence of an active herpes virus;
  • in case of exacerbation of dermatovenerological diseases (eczema, acne, psoriasis);
  • the appearance of moles at the planned hair removal site;
  • in the presence of whiteness;
  • in case of infectious or cold diseases;
  • for diabetic patients;
  • in cases of diseases of the blood system;
  • in cases of varicose veins;
  • for oncological patients;
  • in case of skin lesions (scratches, burns, inflammation, pustules, etc.) in the area of planned hair removal;
  • in case of mental illness with psychomotor agitation (mild epilepsy);
  • in case of sunburn or antibiotic treatment.

HOW DO LASERS WORK?

Alexandrite laser

Its energy is converted from light to heat energy, heating the hairs from the tips to the bulbs in the skin. The hairs literally burn. The skin at that point also heats up.

Diode laser

This laser beam has a longer wavelength and flash rate than that generated by the Alexandrite laser. The diode laser does not act on the surface of the hair, but on the hair follicle and the blood vessels that feed it. The affected hairs fall out within ~14 days after the treatment.

WHAT IS EPILATION AND WHAT IS DEPILATION?

Depilation

This is the removal of the hair shaft above the surface of the skin without damaging the hair follicle. It includes shaving, plucking with tweezers or wax, chemical hair removal, sugaring, threading or electric depilation. Without exception, any of these methods damages the superficial skin sheet. In response, the layer of dead cells increases. This leads to hair ingrowth and rough skin with constant irritation. Depilation removes only the part of the hair that is visible on the surface, so that it can grow back.

Laser epilation

This is the removal of hair follicles. In addition, the laser exposure removes the capillaries that feed the hair follicle and partially the stem cells that form the follicle itself.

Laser epilation removes the entire hair shaft with the root, the capillaries feeding the bulb and the precursor cells. The destroyed hair never grows back.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR OPTIMAL LASER HAIR REMOVAL RESULTS?

  • Do not use any hair removal methods (wax, sugar, razor, etc.) in the weeks before the procedure;
  • Do not sunbathe, use a tanning bed or sunscreen for 14 days before the treatment;
  • Do not take antibiotics 12-14 days before the procedure;

24 hours before the treatment, shave off all hair from the areas to be epilated.

ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL PROCEDURES?

There are no strict age limits for the procedure, but it is not recommended for children.

During puberty, i.e. between the ages of 12 and 16, girls and boys are actively growing both hard and loose hair. Therefore, in order to remove their hair with the laser, they will have to undergo many more sessions with short pauses than adults.

As for the elderly, their hair cover tends to lighten (turn grey), so the laser does not recognize them. The procedure becomes less effective.

HOW IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL PERFORMED?

The main steps in the procedure are:

  • specialist consultation. During the interview and examination, the scope of the work is determined, the skin condition is assessed, a proposal is made, and the number of necessary visits is estimated;
  • preparation of the area to be epilated. The specialist will shave the hair, if necessary, and clean the skin in the area where the procedure will be carried out;
  • protection of the patient's eyes. You will be given special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser radiation;
  • a layer of gel is applied to ensure that the head of the device glides easily and makes full contact with the skin;
  • the hair removal procedure.

HOW LONG DOES ONE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Depending on the epilation area - 5 to 45 minutes with preparation.

  • Facial hair removal - 5-15 min.
  • Full bikini area - 20-30 min.
  • Leg epilation - 30-45 min.

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE THE PROCEDURES AND HOW MANY ARE NEEDED FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS?

According to accumulated statistics, after the first session, hair reduction is between 10-25%.

This percentage increases after each subsequent procedure.

You will notice the desired result after 4-6 procedures. These are preliminary figures. A course can also consist of 10 or more sessions. It all depends on the area of hair removal, your physiological data, your lifestyle and the medical preparations and other supplements you take.

A complete course for the body or face consists of 6 to 12 sessions.

During each procedure, the laser affects the follicle at the growth stage, i.e. it destroys only the active hair. Once the follicle is destroyed, new follicles appear. They start to grow from nothing and the hairs appear again. This requires several sessions. There are up to several waves of active dormant follicle growth. With each wave, the number of follicles decreases, the hairs thin and lighten. The number of these waves of dormant follicle growth and the number of procedures required depend on the individual characteristics of the body. Once all the follicles have been destroyed, unwanted hair growth will be forgotten for a long time.

ARE THE EFFECTS LONG-LASTING?

After all the necessary procedures have been carried out, the effect lasts for 2-5 years. This depends on the area to be epilated and your hormonal balance.

ARE PAINKILLERS USED DURING THE PROCEDURE?

When working with ELi LASERS diode devices, the epilated skin is cooled by the modern SAPPHIRE TEC cooling system built around the laser window. This is enough to make the procedure painless and only a slight tingling sensation is felt.

Alexandrite lasers are available with or without cooling, but in both cases the sensation of the procedure is considerably stronger. If you feel more severe pain, the specialists will use a topical painkiller (cream or spray).

WHAT SHOULD BE THE INTERVAL BETWEEN LASER HAIR REMOVAL SESSIONS?

It is necessary to take breaks of 1-2 months between sessions.

This period is conditional and depends on the area to be epilated and the observed hairiness.

The exact number of procedures required and the time of the breaks between them can only be determined during the consultation between procedures.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE BREAKS BETWEEN SESSIONS AND WHY ARE THEY NEEDED?

During the procedure, the visible part of the hair (actively growing) is removed by laser treatment. The roots that remain in the depths of the skin are lifted and fall out spontaneously as the epidermis regenerates. This process usually takes up to 14 days. Once all the roots have fallen out, dormant hair follicles start to grow. When they start to irritate, another procedure is needed.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS?

A course of procedure is needed to achieve a lasting result. The course is repeated every 2-5 years. This depends on the area you have epilated and your hormonal background. Repeated treatments are necessary because there are hair follicles in the body that "sleep" for long periods of time and, in some cases, begin to "wake up". This happens due to:

  • hormonal disruption;
  • pregnancy;
  • childbirth;
  • taking oral contraceptives or other hormonal drugs.

A repeat course requires fewer treatments: 2-4 sessions are enough to forget about the new hair growth.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LOSE MY HAIR AFTER EPILATION?

Up to 25% of the hair falls out after the first session, but most of it is gone within 10-14 days after procedure. If we are talking about 90-95% hair removal, then a full course of laser hair removal procedures is necessary.

DOES HAIR GROW BACK AFTER EPILATION?

Yes, it is growing. Don't worry and don't fret, it is to be expected. Laser hair removal has a cumulative effect. Laser hair removal (regardless of the type of laser) only takes effect after a course of procedures, so you should not expect optimal results after 2-5 procedures.

The number of sessions per cycle also depends on the characteristics of the body: skin type, hair colour, intensity of hair growth and other parameters. On average, a course consists of 6-10 procedures. If you have only 1-2 laser hair removal procedures, the effect will be weak: the hair will grow back and, for some, even more.

Light downy hairs may appear. Most of these are "asleep" in their normal state, and once the tough dark hairs are destroyed, hormone-driven downy hairs take their place. This is a normal protective reaction of the body.

The laser reacts to the pigment melanin in the hair. This pigment absorbs the laser energy, taking it to the root - the hair follicle. Once heated, they die. Blonde hair is low in melanin, so laser beams do not give perfect results. Longer wavelength (three-wavelength lasers), diode laser machines are better at dealing with light hair.

Our body's protective response. The procedure may result in new, dark and stiff hairs. There may be more of them than before laser hair removal. This is because the laser destroys the roots of the hair at an active stage of growth. At this time, the body loses its natural protection against the cold and reflex protective processes are triggered: the growth of "dormant" and undeveloped hair is activated. This is a normal and expected process. A full course of procedures is therefore necessary to get rid of unwanted hair permanently.

The correct laser setting is the job of the specialist. Hair follicles are located at different depths in different parts of the body and may contain different amounts of melanin. It is very important for the specialist to adjust the device correctly, to set the optimal laser parameters or to have a device with fixed, pre-programmed parameters, which is what ELi LASERS sells.

IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL HARMFUL?

No, the procedure is perfectly safe if done properly. The light waves do not penetrate deeper than the subcutaneous fat and cannot affect the internal organs. If the device is set up properly, the laser radiation is completely harmless to the skin.

CAN I REMOVE MY HAIR WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?

Not recommended. Doctors do not advise pregnant women to put too much strain on the body. Whether it is injectable cosmetology or hardware.

It is also worth mentioning the post-natal period. There are no direct contraindications, but a breastfeeding mother should not be exposed to any external influences, otherwise she may lose milk.

However, if it is necessary to remove the hair above the upper lip, the hair is removed quickly and safely. In these cases, laser hair removal can be carried out even in breastfeeding mothers.

CAN I REMOVE MY HAIR IF I HAVE VARICOSE VEINS?

No. Varicose veins are one of the contraindications to laser hair removal.

Varicose veins affect the superficial veins of the lower limbs, causing them to become blocked and dilated. Laser hair removal involves localised heating of the skin to a depth of 3/4 mm. The heating dilates the venous vessels, worsening the course of the disease. However, all this applies to laser hair removal on the calf and thighs. Hair can be removed from other areas, even with varicose veins.

CAN I REMOVE MY HAIR DURING MENSTRUATION?

It is not strictly forbidden, but not advised. The specialist may refuse to perform such a service and he/she will be right. First of all, it is unhygienic. Secondly, during menstruation, sensitivity increases, so laser hair removal will be very uncomfortable for you. If you really need it, it's better to have it removed in the middle of your cycle. However, despite this, the procedure is not banned. In this case, you can remove hair from day 2-4 of your menstrual cycle. Do not forget a tampon, menstrual cup or sponge.

CAN I REMOVE MY HAIR IF I HAVE TATTOOS?

No, you cannot. Infrared radiation destroys all dark pigments, including the ink in the tattoo. The tattoo may fade.

CAN I REMOVE MY HAIR IF I HAVE MYOMA?

It is allowed everywhere except the bikini area. The laser can heat up the area and increase blood circulation, which promotes tumour growth.

CAN I HAVE SEX AFTER EPILATION?

You can, but it is not recommended. It is not advisable to sweat profusely or rub the epilated area after the procedure.

CAN I SHAVE AFTER EPILATION?

You can, but it is not recommended. As soon as you are bothered by new hair growth, make an appointment for a repeat laser hair removal session. It is strictly forbidden to remove hair with wax, sugar, epilator or tweezers between laser hair removal sessions. They are incompatible with the laser. Removing hair by any of these methods will significantly reduce the overall effectiveness of laser hair removal. You will have to wait at least 3 weeks for a repeat session.

CAN I GO TO SAUNA AFTER EPILATION?

No. Avoid going to the sauna and steam room for at least 3-4 days. The skin is sensitive after the procedure and steaming will increase the healing time. If dirt gets into the enlarged pores, it can cause inflammation with the remaining dead hairs. The appearance of small pimples will not give you pleasure, so it is better to be patient and go to sauna later.

CAN I SUNBATHE OR GO TO A SOLARIUM AFTER EPILATION?

No. Please refrain from sunbathing for at least 7-14 days after the procedure. The sun's rays provide vitamin D for your skin and the pores that open after the procedure will absorb it greedily and the hair will grow back even more.

WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER EPILATION?

Epilate your hair using other methods: wax, sugar, epilator or tweezers.

Do not sunbathe in the sun or in a solarium until 7-14 days after the session.

On the day of the treatment, do not take hot showers, baths, saunas, swimming pools, use scrubs and hard sponges, or use active or decorative cosmetics.

WHAT TO DO WITH INGROWN HAIRS AFTER EPILATION?

Don't try shaving, waxing or sugaring. Ingrown hairs are the result of such actions. They also need to be removed with a laser and, if they don't go away, by a surgeon.

HOW TO OVERCOME SHYNESS AND GET A FULL BIKINI WAX?

You need to realize that a beautician is like a doctor, so behave accordingly. You don't feel shame when a therapist checks your lungs when you have to undress in the gynaecologist's chair. Be prepared for a professional examination and do not be afraid. The specialist will need to check carefully for moles in the area to be epilated, for radiation exposure, for herpes infection or other skin conditions and lesions.

WHICH HAIR REMOVAL LASER - ALEXANDRITE OR DIODE - IS BETTER?

Alexandrite laser technical data:

  • emission wavelength - 755 nm;
  • pulse repetition rate - 1-5 Hz;
  • maximum effect on light skin, without tanning, dark hair;
  • external cooling of the skin is required to avoid pain;
  • a typical course of 6-10 treatments.

Benefits:

  • hair removal can be performed on light tanned skin;
  • hair removal from any part of the body;
  • extremely quick procedure.

Disadvantages:

  • does not remove light and grey hair;
  • not effective on dark skin;
  • patients often complain of severe pain;
  • no sunbathing for 14 days before the session;

Risks: if the settings are incorrect or the practitioner is unqualified, you may get burnt.

 

Diode laser technical data:

  • emission wavelength - 755-1064 nm;
  • pulse repetition rate - 1-10 Hz;
  • maximum effect on all skin, including tanned skin;
  • externally cooled skin;
  • a typical course of 6-10 treatments;

Benefits:

  • used anywhere on the body;
  • Removes light, red and dark hair.

Disadvantages: does not remove only grey hair.

Risks: even with incorrect device settings, the risk of burns is very low.

If you have fair skin and dark hair, the Alexandrite laser is more suitable.

If you have a dark complexion or a tan, the diode laser is better. The latter is better at removing light hair, but does not remove thin, downy hair.

If you have sensitive skin and are afraid of burns or pain, prefer the diode laser.

ARE THERE ANY BURNS DUE TO EPILATION?

Yes, but only if the practitioner performing the procedure is incompetent.

Burns can occur if the practitioner has chosen a radiation regime that is too intense. The individual characteristics of the skin and hair type, the areas to be epilated and even the gender must be taken into account when selecting the parameters of the device.

PIMPLES AFTER EPILATION

They can occur for several reasons:

  • hair ingrowth. This rarely happens with laser hair removal, but if you've had other methods of hair removal before or in between procedures, it can lead to ingrown hairs;
  • follicle infections. Infections occur before, during or after the procedure due to wounds or increased sweating;
  • hormone disruption.

WHAT SHOULD BE THE LENGTH OF THE HAIR FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

The hair must be completely removed. Of course, in some places it is not possible to do this yourself, so the specialist will take care of it.

WHAT ARE THE ONCOLOGISTS' OPINIONS ABOUT EPILATION?

Women are afraid to go for laser hair removal because they are afraid of getting cancer. Oncologists believe that the procedure is safe if it is carried out in a location away from the tumour and with a certified machine.

Sunbathing in the sun and not wearing protective creams are more likely to expose you to excessive ultraviolet radiation. Laser flashes during the procedure are very short and fast. The waves only reach the superficial layers of the skin without affecting the deep tissues and internal organs.

WHICH IS BETTER - PHOTO-EPILATION OR LASER HAIR REMOVAL (EPILATION)?

Photo-epilation is the removal of hair with high-pulsed flashes of light.

  • Photoepilation is an older hair removal technique. Laser epilation is much more effective.
  • The photo-epilator has a large exposure beam, which, in addition to the hair follicle, also affects the skin pigments and blood vessels. The laser beam works precisely on the hair without causing complications.
  • Photoepilation is cheaper, but many more treatments will be needed.
  • If you are blonde, laser hair removal will be ineffective and photoepilation can also cause sunburn.

WHICH SHOULD I CHOOSE - ELECTROEPILATION OR LASER HAIR REMOVAL (EPILATION)?

Electroepilation is the removal of hair with low-frequency currents transmitted by tweezers or needles.

The choice depends on your goals and interests.

  • If you have dark hair, laser hair removal is more effective. The effectiveness depends on the amount of melanin in the hair structure and the phototype of the skin;
  • If you have fair hair, electroepilation is better;
  • If you are in a hurry, laser hair removal takes ~5-15 minutes per area;
  • If you like to snooze on the sofa, electroepilation ~1-3 hours per zone is just for you;
  • Tanning. If you have just come back from holiday, then electroepilation can be done, but not laser hair removal. In both cases, do not sunbathe for 10-14 days after the procedure;
  • Micro-burns remain after electroepilation. They take a long time to heal, but after laser hair removal you will only have redness, which will disappear within a day or two.
  • Electroepilation removes the hair once and for all, but it is a very long procedure and is painful during the healing process. Laser hair removal destroys 90-95% of the hair for 2-5 years. This procedure is quick and painless.

CAN I HAVE PROFESSIONAL LASER HAIR REMOVAL AT HOME?

Not professional. Home laser machines are available in shops and are easy to use, but their effectiveness is poor. Here you should consider whether you have the knowledge and experience to properly assess your skin condition and hair type and set the necessary parameters.

Professional equipment costs tens of thousands for a reason. Cheap analogues are weaker and more dangerous to use. Such devices are of little effectiveness.

WHY IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL SUCH AN EXPENSIVE PROCEDURE?

Laser equipment is expensive. That's why the price of the service is so high. But don't jump to conclusions.

Here is an example of Brazilian bikini hair removal.

Laser hair removal on the entire bikini area consists of 8-10 sessions. The cost of the course is around 80 euros. It will take about 8-12 months and the effects will last at least 2-5 years. The maximum you will spend is 800 euros.

 

Waxing the entire bikini area costs around 30 euros. Treatments are carried out at least once a month, usually more often - 3 times every 2 months. In 5 years, you will spend €2,700 on waxing your bikini area!!! This is more expensive than laser hair removal, more painful and more frequent. And don't forget irritated skin problems, rashes and ingrown hairs!

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