FAQ Laser Treatments

Laser skin resurfacing involves the application of laser light to the skin in order to remove fine wrinkles and tighten the skin surface. It is most often used on the skin of the face.

Below you will find a list of popular questions we often receive regarding laser treatment. We hope you will find the answers helpful in explaining the process.

Is laser hair removal safe?

When combining medically graded and FDA approved laser technologies with qualified therapist, laser is very safe. Candela GentleMax is the most trusted name in the industry.

Are laser treatments painful?

In most cases clients will say that they felt no pain to feeling a flick/s of a rubber band. Candela’s patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) provides ultimate epidermal cooling for increased client safety and comfort.

How should I prepare before for my treatment?

To minimize any possible side effects we recommend avoiding the following activities for at least 2 to 4 weeks prior to your treatment:
  • Sun exposure (use SPF 30+ sunscreen daily)
  • Sunbeds
  • Topical fake tans
  • Prescription strength exfoliants

Are there any post treatment restrictions?

Please avoid the following activities until the redness has disappeared:
  • Use of prescription strength exfoliant creams
  • Swimming pools and spas with multiple chemicals/ chlorine
  • Activities that cause excessive perspiration
Please avoid the following activities in between and post treatments:
  • Sun exposure (apply SPF 30 + sunscreen daily on areas being treated)
  • Sunbeds

Will my medication affect my treatment?

Medications that cause photosensitivity such as Roaccutane and Retin-A can cause pigmentation in conjunction with laser. If you are taking any medications it is best to advise your Therapist.

What’s the difference between Laser and IPL?

Numerous clinical studies have proven that Laser is far more effective for the reduction of unwanted hair when compared to IPL. The following points highlight a few of the differences between both technologies influencing the overall effectiveness of treatments:

  1. Light: Laser light is monochromatic (one light colour). IPL is NOT monochromatic. The various colours in IPL decreases the effective outcome of the treatment as only some colours target hair reduction.
  2. Ability: Laser is coherent, meaning that the light is totally reinforcing and doesn’t cancel itself out whereas IPL is NOT coherent and is NOT reinforcing making it less effective in the treatment of hair reduction. IPL although not the preferred method for permanent hair reduction, works effectively for photo rejuvenation. IPL skin treatments are safe and noninvasive and work to erase skin damage without disrupting the skin’s natural surface.
  3. Speed: Laser light is collimated, meaning it’s slow to diverge or spread out allowing 100% of the light to be effective in treatments of hair reduction. IPL is not collimated and so is quick to spread out making it less effective in the treatment of hair reduction.