Quick Facts: Advanced Laser Hair Removal
- Permanent Hair Reduction selectively heats & destroys hair follicles whilst leaving the skin intact
- Kiora's rapid pulsing diode laser is one of the least painful systems available for hair removal
- Modern "true laser systems" allow patients of all skin types (including asian & indians) to be safely treated
- The hair of any part of the body (including) private areas can be thinned by up to 90%.
- Studies show most patients require 6-8 sessions scheduled 8 weeks apart.
- True lasers have superior clinical proof of their safety & efficacy compared to IPL or SPL systems
- All patients at Kiora are first seen by a Cosmetic Doctor of over 12 years experience with Cosmetic Lasers
- To get the best results Kiora offers packages of 5 sessions starting from $60 per session
All potential hair removal patients at Kiora are first consulted by one of our two principle Cosmetic Specialists - Dr Neville Lee See or Dr Grace Lin. They are experts in the use of cosmetic lasers and specialise in safely reducing the hair of all skin types. Kiora's Doctors achieve their excellent success rate by carefully customising the patient treatment plan for the correct laser type. In our experience, this individualised approach reduces the number of required sessions - minimising the total cost. Kiora only uses "true laser" systems to achieve safer, faster and more effective results. Our laser systems are available for use 2 evenings a week (till 8pm) and all day Saturday so even our busiest patients can find a suitable appointment time.
HOW EFECTIVE IS LASER HAIR REDUCTION?
Kiora's success rate is outstanding and we achieve a 90% long term thinning of the hair in almost all of our patients. The new "true laser" system has been considerably more effective than our older laser and IPL systems in thinning the hair. Recent Split face comparison studies show Kiora's Soprano XL "True Laser" system gives superior results compared to the "diode laser" systems [click here to read study]. This is a major breakthrough as historically "diode laser" systems were considered the gold standard in laser hair removal.
Since 2008 Kiora has been exclusively using "True Laser" technology to offer dramatically less painful hair reduction. This more advanced system has been far more effective and we no longer offer hair removal with our older laser and IPL systems. Consequently, Kiora's waiting times are slightly longer but the hair reduction procedure is far less painful! Older systems fired a single high energy pulse every 2 seconds and felt like the flick of a rubber band. Kiora's "true laser" system fires a more gentle series of pulses 10 times a second - allowing us to heat up the follicle more gradually, and most importantly, more safely.
Permanent Hair Removal relies on the principle of selective absorption. A specific wavelength of light is tuned to precisely target your hair leaving you skin intact and safe. Kiora's true lasers emit a pulse of coherent light of 810nm wavelength. This is the wavelength of light absorbed by the pigment of your hair follicle. The dark hair follicle absorbs the light and is selectively heated and destroyed. Only hairs in the growing phase (about 25% of all hairs) will be affected - meaning most people will require a minimum of 6-8 treatments to achieve good hair reduction.
IS IT SAFE?
Laser hair removal is not completely risk free. The most relevant risk is the possibility of long term pigmentation changes to the skin in reaction to inappropriate lasers or energy levels. Kiora has had no reported permanent adverse effects since changing to "true laser" technology in early 2008. We average about 1000 laser procedures per year. This is impressive as Kiora is one of the few Melbourne Laser Centres that commonly treats high risk patients. More trivial side effects include include temporary redness, tenderness, blistering and burns to the skin. With correct patient selection, skilled clinicians and appropriate laser technologies even these more trivial risks are extremely rare at Kiora.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRUE LASERS AND IPL SYSTEMS
"True lasers" have far greater clinical proof of both their efficacy and safety than IPL or SPL systems. They offer more selective heating of the hair follicles resulting in a significantly safer and more comfortable treatment for a greater range of skin types. Intense Pulse Light (IPL and SPL) sources are systems popular in day spas and franchises for hair reduction. They are not true lasers and emit a broad range of incoherent light. They are cheaper and simpler to maintain systems. True lasers are larger, more powerful and more specific - they emit a focused wavelength of coherent light and offer a trained physician more options in achieving good hair removal in more patient types.
All areas and parts of the body can be treated with our lasers to achieve a long term 90% thinning of the hair follicles. It is a less painful alternative to waxing and has the added benefit of reducing the risk of ingrown hairs and folliculitis. Kiora's advanced lasers are particularly well suited to treating large areas (eg torso and full legs) and difficult skin types such as asians and indians. Removal of hair from the private areas is popular. Female private areas are treated by a female practitioner and males are treated by a male doctor.
Dark skinned people are traditionally considered to be unsuitable for hair reduction treatments however Kiora has access to advanced laser systems that enables us to treat the broadest possible range of patients. We specialise in treating the more difficult skin types such as darker Asian and Indian skin types. Our "true laser" technology is TGA and FDA approved to treat all dark skin types. For 3 years we have been one of only a handful of Melbourne Laser Centres which can safely treat this high risk group of patients. People with blonde hair can be difficult to treat. They have little melanin in their hair for the laser to target. Red heads do not respond to laser hair reduction - they have no melanin in their hair.
DOES THE TREATMENT MEAN I WILL BE HAIR FREE FOREVER?
The follicles in the growing phase (typically 20-30%) are destroyed by the laser energy. However, the body has an ability to repair and heal itself. Over years the skin may regrow brand new follicles. Meaning, after the initial course of 5-8 treatment a single maintenance session every 1-3 years will be needed to maintain the hair reduction result.
Studies show laser sessions are best scheduled 8 weeks apart to achieve the best possible hair result. In any hair reduction procedure only the hairs in the growing phase can be destroyed - usually this comprises 15-25% of the hairs on a person's body. The hairs grow at a fixed rate in the human body. Waiting a full 8 weeks between sessions means as many hairs as possible are in the "growing phase" and can be permanently destroyed.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
All Laser Hair Reduction at Kiora is supervised by our fully qualified Cosmetic Doctors. They carefully select the wavelength, duration of pulse and fluence (power) of the Harmony Laser to optimise your results - whilst also ensuring the risk of side effects is kept to an absolute minimum. The occurrence of side effects is very rare but if they should occur please do not hesitate to contact Kiora directly for advice. The major risks are:
Lightening of freckles and uneven pigmentation can occur. In general this results in a more even complexion. In fact many clients use a variation of our Laser Hair Reduction procedure to “photo-rejuvenate” their skin.
Folliculitis. In very rare cases the hair follicle might become infected. If the care plan is strictly followed the risk of this is very low.
Rarely the epidermis of the skin may be burnt
Permanent hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation of the skin. This results in an area of the skin which is either darker or lighter than the surrounding skin. This is dependent on the skin type of the client.
Your Cosmetic Doctor carefully selects all potential patients to minimise this possibility. It is also more common in patients who are exposed to UV light post treatment. Consequently, we strictly recommend the avoidance of strong sunlight and use of 15-30+ sunscreen for 4-6 weeks following a treatment.