Some of you may remember several weeks ago I asked you what questions you would like answered about laser hair removal- & guess what? I have delivered! All your questions are below- I think that we've covered all the bases. Before the q&a's, I'm going to share what MY first treatment was like- 100% honesty guaranteed.
Listen- I'm not going to lie- it wasn't painless, & not my idea of a fun time. But I'm a wuss with a low pain tolerance (mosquito bites upset me), and it certainly wasn't enough to make me cry. It WAS enough to make me wince, but not scream...do you feel me? From what I have been told, the pain decreases at each subsequent session, which I will let you know about as I go. The pain is also different to waxing. After a wax, I feel quite sore/tender for most of the day. After VPL, I was only a bit fragile for about 15 minutes- with zero redness or swelling, whooop! Another bonus is that the session only lasted for 15 minutes, YAAAAAAY!
I have my second treatment in a couple of weeks, as I need 8 in total- and I plan to keep you guys updated along the way. I don't feel anywhere near as nervous as I felt before the first session, because this time I know exactly what to expect. I'm also seriously contemplating getting my armpits "done" as well, because Caci have a brilliant 2 for 1 deal right now, which I've mentioned at the end of this post. Please do let me know if there's anything that I haven't covered- you can message me if you'd rather ask in confidence! At this stage, I feel super comfortable about recommending it to you all, and I promise to let you all know how it's going! Now- onto your questions....
Does it hurt? Do you have to take pain killers? What does it feel like?
During the treatment, some people feel no pain at all and some feel a slight 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. If you have a lower pain tolerance, it might be a good idea to take paracetamol an hour before your appointment.
How much does it cost? What is the overall total for laser removal? Is there difference in pricing with armpits, legs and down where the sun doesn't shine?
Yes, the price does vary depending on the area, and this will all be discussed with you in a free consultation. It’s best to make a booking to discuss the treatment in more detail, where we will outline the costs. We make payments affordable by offering weekly/fortnightly interest free payment options or you can pay with Q card. But your best bet is to take up Caci’s 2 for 1 offer, and have 2 areas treated for the price of 1! http://www.caci.co.nz/twoforone
How many treatments does it take? Does it last forever? Are touch ups included in the price?
At Caci, a course of laser hair removal can take up to 48 weeks to ensure that we have treated the hair follicles in each growth phase. In terms of ‘touch up’s, we do offer an exclusive guarantee to ensure you’re getting the best results details can be found here.
All hair growth cycles are slightly different and some women, at a mature stage in their life, will sometimes find that some small hairs will appear gradually over time due to changed hormone activity. That's why Caci developed the Freedom™ laser hair removal program - to take away the guess work.
What is the difference between IPL and laser hair removal
Great question! There are actually 3 different types of hair removal machines and they all treat unwanted hair using an intense pulsating beam of light; Laser Machines, IPL Machines and VPL Machines.
While there are technical differences between the machines, for the sake of simplicity, we often use the term “laser” for them all.
Caci were the first to bring laser hair removal technology to New Zealand. We started with Lasers, and then progressed to IPL and now we use the latest generation VPL (variable pulsed light) 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.
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.
Is there any chance you could PLEASE ask about plus size women and laser hair removal on the fufu? If there's a difference due to the skin being thinner (as I've been told) or any risks. Info about hair colour and skin colour affecting treatment please. I’d love to know about sensitive skin and it like are there people who CAN’T get it?
Of course we can treat the fufu, or Brazilian as we call it! We treat all of the following areas with Laser Hair Removal: face, neck, chest, arms, underarms, back, legs, stomach, bikini line / Brazilian. With regards to body weight, there is no difference to the hair follicle, and it’s treated in the exact same way as anyone else.
We use a skin tone analysis to make sure that your skin colour is suitable for the treatments, and will check your skin type during your free consultation. Winter is generally the best time to start laser hair removal because if your skin if too tanned, we won’t be able to treat it.
Blonde, red and grey hairs are more difficult to remove and may not be able to be treated.
Some underlying medical conditions may exclude you from treatment as results can be harder to predict.
Is there any blistering or anything?
There is no downtime after the treatment, you just need to stay out of the sun immediately afterwards. Some people may experience a temporary skin response ranging from mild redness but very rarely does it result in blistering.
How long the session is?
It depends on the area being treated, but to give you an indication, allow an hour for a full leg treatment, underarms can be treated in as little as 15min.
How long do you stay hairless?
Due to the growth cycle that all hair goes through, several treatments may be required to help prevent hair growth in the treatment area. As the hair is being removed at the hair follicle, the results are long lasting. Because our body is so superbly designed, it’s impossible to remove 100% of unwanted hair. The average person can expect at least 80% removal, however, this is dependent on age, type of hair, hormone levels, some medical conditions, and some medications.
Also, unlike waxing you don’t need to let the hair grow in between treatments, you can still shave in between laser hair removal treatments while waiting for results to kick in, which will usually take effect after 2 or 3 treatments although this does vary.
Do you walk away hairless like you have just had a wax!?
You don’t walk out hairless like you would after a wax, the treated hairs fall out naturally over a period of one to three weeks leaving your skin feeling smooth and silky. Exfoliation will help remove any treated hairs too. Due to the growth cycle that all hair goes through, several treatments may be required to help prevent hair growth in the treatment area.
I want to know if you get ingrown hairs from it?
No, you won’t get any new ingrown hairs, in fact if you’re prone to ingrown hairs, laser hair removal could be the right option for you. Shaving and waxing can be harsh on the skin, particularly sensitive skins. Here’s to smooth, hair free skin!
How far do you trim down to?
The hair needs to be visible to the laser, but not long enough to grab onto, we need about 2mm of hair growth at the time of the treatment; so it’s best to shave about two days prior to your appointment, depending on how fast your hair grows.
Treat two areas for the price of one until March 31st with Caci’s laser hair removal programme.
At Caci they offer free consultation and easy payment plan options- to book your consultation visit www.caci.co.nz/twoforoneor call free on 0800 458 458.