Dr Jonathan Hopkirk reveals his inside knowledge on laser hair removal, plus Kristina Mendonca shares her beauty go-tos
Looking for a different way to defuzz? Dr Jonathan Hopkirk of Laser Clinics Australia reveals his inside knowledge on laser hair removal
Q WHY DO YOU THINK THIS TREATMENT HAS BECOME SO POPULAR? We’ve seen a rise because it’s the best way to maintain a smooth finish compared to waxing and shaving. It’s also a highly affordable treatment.
Q WHAT ARE THE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS AROUND LASER TREATMENTS?
Customers feel they’re unable to have laser during the summer months. In fact, you can most definitely do it during summer – you just have to avoid sun exposure on the treated areas two weeks prior to your treatments and one week post-treatment.
Q HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE USUALLY REQUIRED?
At Laser Clinics Australia (laserclinics.com.au), we recommend a course of six to 10 treatments, with sessions spaced out four to six weeks apart to achieve optimum results. There is no time like the present to start!
Q WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO PREP BEFOREHAND?
Before every laser hair removal treatment, it’s important to shave the area 24 hours prior. Do not wax, pluck, bleach, fake tan or expose the area to the sun for at least two weeks prior to treatment as this will affect the outcome.
Q WHAT SHOULD WE DO AFTER OUR SESSIONS?
Clients must avoid hot showers, saunas and working out for the first 24 hours, and then avoid the sun for another week or two afterwards.
Q CAN WE EXPECT THE RESULTS TO LAST FOREVER?
No. You’ll need to maintain it, like any [grooming] we do. Generally about two top-ups a year are required to maintain your results and to keep that smooth finish.
Q CAN THOSE WITH MORE OLIVE SKIN STILL GET TREATED?
Yes. We offer treatments to all skin types, but only if the hair is dark. If the hair is blonde, white, grey or red, unfortunately it won’t work as the laser only picks up on the darker pigments.