Laser hair removal treatments offer semi-permanent reduction of hair growth by using laser light to target the melanin in hair follicles.
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic treatments in the UK. During treatment a specific wavelength of light is directed towards the skin and hair. The light energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair and damages the follicle enough to slow or prevent future growth. The medical term is ‘elective photothermolysis’.
What Are The Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal can be used to remove hair from the legs, underarms, bikini line, back and shoulders, chest, nipples and abdomen as well as the face, chin, neck and jawline. Some of the benefits include:
- Accuracy – treatment can target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the skin around the hair unaffected.
- Speed – each pulse of the laser lasts only a fraction of a second and an aesthetician can target many hairs at the same time. Small areas like the upper lip or chin take only a couple of minutes to treat. Larger areas like your back or legs can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
- Target Ingrown Hairs – laser hair removal is an effective treatment for ingrown hairs.
- Efficacy – ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions. Someone can shave 11,540 times in one lifetime – with statistics like this it is easy to see why anyone would like to remove unwanted hair permanently.
- Relatively Painless – Some women report a little heat, which can make them a little nervous at first, others say that it feels like a rubber band being pinged against the skin. The first session generally hurts the most and the pain subsides with further visits.
What To Expect During Laser Hair Removal
The first step of the treatment will be to trim any targeted hair to just a couple of millimetres. The laser is adjusted according to the colour of your hair, how thick it is, where it is, as well as the colour of your skin. It’s possible that both you and the treatment provider will need to wear goggles to protect your eyes.
A cool gel will be spread over your skin which helps the laser penetrate more deeply. The technician will then apply a pulse of laser light to the target area and watch to make sure that the right settings were used and that there wasn’t a bad reaction.
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.
It’s likely that you will be given an ice pack or anti-inflammatory cream to apply when the treatment is finished. You should find that the hair begins to fallout within 10-14 days, but you may require a number of sessions for optimal results.
Do I Need To Prepare For Treatment?
It’s always worth checking the credentials of your skin aesthetician before any kind of treatment.
There’s no need to grow the unwanted hair for any length of time before the procedure. Depending on which laser is used hair can be shaved on the day of the treatment or it may require a couple of days’ worth of growth. Your aesthetician will be able to give you more specific advice.
Try and avoid tanning or getting sunburnt just before the treatment.
Where Can I Get Treatment?
Laser hair removal is a common treatment and is offered at spas and beauty salons throughout the UK. To find out more about the treatment and where you can book visit our page on laser hair removal. Laser hair removal may be more expensive than other treatments, but keep in mind that the pros will far outweigh the cons.
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