Frequently Asked Questions

HRBR uses the Cynosure Elite + Laser, which contains two different laser wavelengths (Alexandrite and Nd: YAG) that provide safe and effective treatments for many different skin types.

Laser hair removal can treat most areas of excess hair on the face and body including legs, arms, underarm, back, chest, neck, chin, bikini line and more.

Different lasers can effectively treat different skin types. Our laser can be used on a wide range of skin types from very light to very dark skin. During your consultation we will determine the best course of treatment for you based on factors such as skin and hair colour and hair type.

Note grey, blonde, white and red hair are not suitable for laser hair removal treatment.

Every patient is different, the number of treatments required usually varies from 6-10 treatments. Typically, we recommend a minimum of 6 treatment sessions to begin with to provide the best aesthetic outcome.

Factors that affect the number of laser hair removal treatments needed include the area(s) being treated, the colour of the hair and skin, time in between sessions and whether there are any underlying medical conditions.

After the recommended number of sessions have been completed, maintenance sessions are required, most people will need an average of 1-2 maintenance sessions a year.

Yes. However, you should wait 48 hours after your treatment before shaving the area.

The area needs to be freshly shaved before your treatment session. You should shave the area the evening before your treatment. The staff at HRBR cannot provide this service.

You should not wax or pluck the hair during the course of your laser treatments as this may affect hair growth patterns and therefore affect results. When you wax or pluck, the hair is completely removed from the follicle, in order for the laser to be effective hair follicles must have hair present so that they can be targeted. If you have waxed or plucked the treatment area you would have to wait 4-6 weeks for follicles to produce a new hair.

Shaving is the only method of hair removal recommended while having laser hair removal treatment.

Following treatment the area may feel a little sensitive and you may have some redness and swelling. This will normally resolve itself in the first 24 hours following treatment.

After laser hair removal treatment the hair may still appear to be “growing”. This is a natural process of laser hair removal and the hair is now in a shedding stage. It may take 10 -21 days for the hair to fall out of the follicle.

If you have any concerns following treatment be sure to contact the clinic for advice.

This varies for each patient and can depend on which area is being treated. In general, a 4-6 week gap in between treatments is recommended.

During your consultation, your treatment course will be discussed with you.

Following your treatment, the below advice should be followed;

  • Avoid hot showers, baths, jacuzzi’s, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pools and exercise for 24- 48hrs following treatment
  • Avoid deodorant, perfumes or scented lotions on the area for 12-24 hours following treatment
  • Avoid sun exposure and ensure a broad spectrum, SPF 30, is used throughout treatment
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes immediately following treatment

Do not shave the area for 48 hours following treatment to avoid further irritation

You may experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor redness and/or swelling immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2-24 hours. Ask your provider to discuss other possible side effects and the necessary post treatment care with you.

Your initial laser consultation with us is a very important part of the process. At this appointment, we will take a medical history and will assess the area(s) that you would like treated to ensure that you are suitable for treatment.

A patch test will also be carried out to assess your sensitivity to the laser and to confirm that you are suitable for treatment. This will give you an idea of how your treatment will feel.

Finally, at this appointment we will explain the process to you and answer any questions you may have.

At HRBR we charge €50 for an initial laser consultation to cover the time our practioner spends with you and to ensure sufficient time is given to each appointment.

Yes, in the majority of cases we would recommend further test patches when treating a new area or if some time has passed since your last treatment or your circumstances have changed since your last treatment. Often it is possible to carry out a test patch at the same time as your current treatment plan to avoid additional visits to the clinic.

Patients with blonde, red, grey or white hair are not suitable for treatment, as the hair does not contain enough pigment for the laser to absorb into.

Patients with some medical conditions or who are taking certain medications may not be suitable for treatment.

Our team can advise you if you are suitable for treatment during your consultation.

Laser hair removal at HRBR should not hurt. Most patients describe discomfort during treatment. Every patient is different and for that reason if you are finding the treatment uncomfortable we can adjust the settings to provide a more comfortable treatment where possible.

When you attend your initial consultation, you will have a patch test carried out and this will give you a sense of how the treatment itself will feel.

You should stop waxing and plucking the area to be treated 4-6 weeks prior to the start of treatment. This ensures that the hair to be treated is present when we start your treatment plan.

The area to be treated should be tan free before treatment, this applies to both real and fake tan. Therefore, thought should be given to timing your treatments around your holidays and our team can advise you in relation to this at your consultations.

The area to be treated should be clean before treatment and should be without moisturisers etc.

Close shave the area the night before treatment. Shaving the day of your treatment can cause your skin to feel more sensitive throughout the treatment.

For further information on pre-treatment advice, see our pre and post treatment instructions

Laser hair removal treatment results in a permanent reduction in hair in the area treated. However it is never possible to 100% remove all hairs from an area.

Over the course of your treatment with HRBR the amount of hair will reduce and the texture of the hair being treated will change from course to fine hair which will make it more manageable.

Top up treatments are recommended to keep these finer hairs away and are typically needed once or twice a year.

It is important that you do not have a tan during your treatment with us. You should leave 2 weeks before going on a sun holiday following your last treatment and should wait a minimum of 6 weeks following sun exposure before recommencing treatment.

You will be given further information on timing appointments following your initial consultation.

Sunbeds should not be used during laser hair removal treatment.

You should not perform any form of strenuous exercise after laser hair removal treatment, for at least 48 hours.

As laser works on the principle of using heat to destroy the hair follicles deep beneath the skin’s surface, an increase in the body’s natural temperature by exercising combined with sweat will cause an increase in irritation on the treatment area. This also applies to swimming where the chlorine in the water can cause irritation on the skin during the 48 hours after treatment.

About the Author

Avril Kearney

Avril Kearney


Avril is a Registered General Nurse at HRBR. Avril qualified in 2016 with an Honours Degree in General Nursing from Trinity College Dublin. After completing her studies Avril completed a rotational programme in St James Hospital Dublin and went on to work on a ward specializing in Plastic Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery. Since joining HRBR she has gone on to complete her level 4 certification in laser hair removal. Avril is one of our key team members in both hair transplant surgery and laser hair removal, and she has gained vast experience and knowledge in these areas.