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Laser hair removal
Most of our clients undertake laser hair removal for the convenience of not shaving, waxing or plucking unwanted hair. Did you know that you can get a tax refund -depending on individual circumstances if you have laser hair removal performed by a Specialist for medical conditions? Medical conditions that qualify include PCOS and ingrown hairs. The best lasers are 755, 810 Diode, and 1064 long pulse. NEVER use IPL for hair removal as this is outdated.
Facts on medical laser hair removal
Laser hair removal can be tax deductible in medical cases
Conditions that qualify of tax deductible hair removal include polycystic ovarian syndrome, pseudofolliculis barbae, ingrown hairs, and several other medical conditions
Hormonally driven hair growth such as PCOS and other forms of hirsuitism or excess hair growth often require top ups annually for maintenance
Specialists can work in with an Endocrinologist to help reduce your hair growth with hormonal testing, followed by anti-hormone control
Why is laser hair removal tax deductible if performed by a Specialist?
Medical expenses incurred over the financial year can be accumulated. Depending on your income, and individual circumstances, a tax deduction can be made. Specialists can write a covering letter to state that hair removal is performed on medical and not cosmetic grounds.
What conditions qualify for hair removal tax incentives?
The most common conditions are PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome and ingrown hairs. Other medical conditions that will benefit from laser hair removal include-
Why are ingrown hairs a medical condition?
Ingrowns are considered as medical because they can cause pain and infection in areas such as the bikini line, thighs, buttocks, and most commonly the legs. Laser hair removal permanently solves the condition of ingrown hairs. This means no more shaving rashes and shaving cuts, nor painful waxing that often leads to infections.
What lasers do we use for medical hair removal?
The 755nm Gentle Lase Pro is the most common laser we use, however for many cases of ingrown hairs in darker skin types we use the 1064 long pulse NdYag. Never undertake IPL for hair removal, especially if you have dark skin or as a medical procedure as this is an outdated treatment –lasers are far more effective than IPL. Make sure cryogen spray is used as this both safer and less painful than a Zimmer or cold air cooler. The 810 Diode laser is the best ‘overall laser for hair removal.’ Always insist on cryogen if 755 or 1064 lasers are used.
How is hormonal hair removal different from normal hair removal?
Hormonal hair growth includes PCOS and androgen mediated hair growth in men. This means that your hair follicles are constantly stimulated by hormones to grow over time. What this translates to is that you will require one or two top up sessions annually to keep you hair free. The majority of hormone mediated hair growth patients undertake 5-10 sessions of laser hair removal, this should then be maintained annually.
The majority of laser hair removal we perform are for cosmetic and convenience, however being specialists we have daily referrals from doctors requesting hair removal for their patients. The most commonly requested medical hair removal is for chronic in grown hairs on the bikini line, as well as the legs. In grown hairs often become infected, and cause pain and discomfort. The solutions? Permanent hair reduction can cure this condition. No more hair equates to no more in-growns.
Men also under take laser hair removal for medical conditions like in grown hairs involving the back of the neck and the front of the neck respectively. Like in grown hairs in women, these conditions cause chronic inflammation and scarring. This condition is frequently referred to as shaving bumps. Once again, laser hair removal is the permanent solution. PCOS can lead to hirsuitism. The later refers to excessive hair growth. PCOS is a very common condition affecting more than 15% of women. Skin changes of PCOS include excessive hair growth and acne. Laser hair removal can help reduce hair, but as with all hormonal causes of excessive hair, a top up or two is needed yearly. Thanks for watching this video.
Dr Davin Lim, Brisbane. Australia. One new video every Saturday am.
Some other videos on hair removal-
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FULL BRAZILIAN Laser Hair Removal