Laser Hair Reduction

Laser Hair Reduction

Westside Dermatology offers the most advanced laser hair removal services in Brisbane. We utilise both latest laser technology to effectively and safely treat the majority of skin types.


  • Laser hair reduction decreases hair growth.
  • All areas can be treated; legs, arms, chest, back, face can all be safely treated.
  • Different lasers are utilised to safely treat all skin types.
  • Factors such as hair and skin color play an important role in the selection of what type of laser utilised.
  • Long lasting results require multiple sessions.
  • All laser treatments at Westside Dermatology are carried out by Registered Health Professionals with many years of laser experience.

Laser hair reduction is a laser-based technology that utilises pulses of energy to gently penetrate into the skin and specifically target, disable and reduce unwanted hair follicles. This noninvasive treatment is a comfortable and easy treatment for the problem of unwanted body hair.

Westside Dermatology utilises the latest in laser hair reduction technology and offers treatments for all skin types.  Most skin types can be treated with GentleLase (755nm) however darker skin types can be treated with ClearScan (ND:Yag 1064nm).

Your treating Registered Nurse will advise you as to which treatment is best suited for your skin type. In general most patients can be treated with GentleLase, however if you have a darker skin type (Asians, Mediterranean, Latin American), then Clearscan laser may be a safer and more effective treatment option. This is due to the continuous cooling technology inbuilt in the ClearScan.

Lasers work by delivering photothermal energy into the hair follicles. Optimal results are achieved by your treating Registered Nurse selecting the appropriate wavelength for hair reduction, and tailoring the treatment to your skin type.

Hair grows in three stages; when hair is in the anagen stage (growth) it is at its most vulnerable state. The laser devices selectively heat the full length of the embedded hair follicle and cut off its supply of nutrients, thus disabling its ability to grow. Because all hair is not always in the anagen stage at the same time, multiple treatments must be given over time to treat it while it is in the anagen stage. Your treating Registered Nurse will design a treatment plan to reflect your desire for hair reduction in particular body locations.

Common and long used methods for hair reduction include waxing, shaving, and the use of depilatory. Electrolysis is the traditional tried and tested method for permanent hair reduction. However, it is often very time-consuming, painful, and comes with a potential for complications.

As technology has improved in this area, the most popular and effective method for hair reduction is the use of lasers or intense pulsed light (IPL), which are designed to damage and destroy many hairs at once, delivered in a brief period of time with reduced side effects. People are interested in laser or light hair reduction because the end results are consistent and predictable within a reasonable time frame that fits their lifestyle.

Laser hair reduction offers patients safe, fast, and effective alternatives for dealing with unwanted hair and is safe enough to be used on any part of the body (e.g, face, neck, underarms, bikini line, legs, arms).

We commonly treat ingrown hairs (pseudofolliculitis barbae) on the face and neck . This condition is commonly seen in young men, and presents as an acne like eruption and can cause scarring.

Excessive hair growth on the face and neck of females maybe due to hormonal imbalances such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  Depending on the circumstances, hormonal testing maybe required in some people. Laser hair reduction is an effective way of treating unwanted hair in this condition.

Yes, all tones of skin from light to dark can be treated. Nevertheless, always inform your treating Registered Nurse if you have been recently tanning, used self-tanning products, or have experienced prolonged exposure to the sun within the last three weeks. It is recommended that a person does not have excessive sun exposure in the area to be treated for a period of 4 weeks prior to treatment.  Self tanning products must be faded from the skin for at least a week prior to treatment. You should always discuss with your treating Registered Nurse about the possibility of tanning during your treatment plan so that a safe regimen can be tailored to your particular situation. Your treating Registered Nurse will then adjust your treatment regimen accordingly to give you the safest and most effective experience. For patients of darker skin types such as Asian, Mediterranean or Latino, the use of our Clearscan ND:Yag hair reduction system will safely reduce unwanted hair.

Your healing time will depend upon your actual treatment. In most cases, there is virtually no downtime and you may resume daily activity immediately. You may experience some redness after the procedure which can be covered with an SPF 50+ sunscreen and makeup.

Hair can only be affected by light energy when it is in its anagen stage. Hair located on different body parts has different growth cycles and percentages of anagen hair at any one given time. Due to this physiology, a series of treatments must be given over a period of time, usually 4-8 weeks apart to address the growth cycle of the hair. This is why 4-8 treatments are required to achieve up to 80% reduction in hair growth.

You will be provided with protective eye shields or glasses by your treating Registered Nurse prior to commencement of your treatment.    You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Typically, the procedure may take a few minutes to possibly half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure performed. The procedure is gentle, noninvasive and safe.  Both GentleLase and ClearScan utilise cooling features which will ensure that you are comfortable and safe during the treatment.  Generally, the treatment is well tolerated however if you experience any discomfort during the treatment please discuss this with your treating Registered Nurse and options of pain relief can be involved in the treatment.

Laser hair reduction is most effective when the hair is at its shortest possible length.  Your treating Registered Nurse will advise you to shave the morning of your procedure or the night before.  It is also advised that cosmetics, creams or deodorants are avoided in the areas of treatment on the day of the procedure.

Typically, each laser treatment will be associated with some hair loss. Therefore, in most cases, hair reduction can only be achieved after several treatments. The number of treatments varies, and will depend on each patient’s response to the laser hair reduction treatment and the amount of hair to be treated. Remember that the goal is not be total hair removal. Many patients are happy with a reasonable degree of hair reduction. Also, the hair that remains is often lighter in color and thinner than the original hair prior to laser hair reduction treatment.

Temporary pigmentation changes can occur after laser hair reduction treatment however are rare. You treating Registered Nurse will discuss your concerns with you during your initial consultation and methods of prevention will be advised.

Burns are also rare however by maintaining the same colour of skin during the course of treatment will minimise this risk.

Some localised redness in the area that was treated may appear, but that should resolve within a few hours. If prolonged redness occurs makeup can be applied immediately after treatment.  Results depend on your skin condition, the number and consistency of treatments, and the area treated. Your treating Registered Nurse will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.

It is crucial to follow your treating Registered Nurse’s instructions and recommendations. You will be given some samples of skin care products and instructions on how to use them. If you must go outdoors, it is recommended that you cover your treated skin and use sunscreen of SPF 50+.

At Westside Dermatology we use the latest laser technology to give the most effective and safest treatments to our patients. We individualise each treatment for differing skin and hair type. Should you require medical advice regarding excessive hair growth we are happy to arrange a consultation with one of our dermatologists. If appropriate they can arrange tests to exclude any hormonal cause of excessive hair growth.

In some situations a medically prescribed cream may further enhance the efficacy of laser hair removal. Unlike other hair removal centers, all laser treatments including laser hair reduction are performed by Registered Health Professionals. Our Registered Nurses have been performing laser procedures for over 5 years.