If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures for unwanted facial/body hair. The laser beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles, pigment in the follicles absorb the light to reduce hair growth in some cases, destroys the hair.
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, chin, back, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas, the laser beam targets and is most effective on dark, coarse hair, the surrounding skin is left undamaged.
Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
Most patients have a 90-98% reduction in hair growth after an average of three to seven sessions.
Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure.
Our Registered Nurse, who is highly recommended, has over 20 years in Lasering and Skin Consultation. Having worked for the UK’s leading SK:N clinic you can be assured that treatments will be performed safely and the best advice will be given.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.
You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimetres above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the colour, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin colour. You will need to shave or trim before you attend your appointment.
It is advised to have a minimum of 3 to 6 sessions of laser hair removal treatments at 4 or 6 week intervals depending on the area being treated, attending your next session on the date specified is key to obtaining the best results.