Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a laser to remove unwanted hair; a laser is simply an intense pulsating light beam.
Laser hair removal machine works by targeting the hair follicles with the laser. A laser beam is directed at the area to be treated, such as leg hair, upper lip hair, back hair, etc. The laser beam prevents future hair growth.
The procedure is repeated over time through multiple visits because the laser needs to be applied to the hair follicle when it is on the first stage of hair growth, it is the only stage of hair growth that takes the treatment effectively. Every 4 – 6 weeks, people have about 10% of hair in first-stage of hair growth. For this reason, we space treatments about 4 – 6 weeks apart. Each person’s biology and hair growth is unique. Some people need more treatments and others require fewer treatments.
Laser hair removal is chosen by men and women who wish to obtain hair removal results in the longer term. Laser hair removal is also chosen by people who dislike shaving with razors because of skin irritation, cutting and infection risks etc. Many people simply don’t want to shave or want to shave less frequently.
All hair removal has side effects. For example, shaving can lead to skin infections, ingrown hairs which sometimes require surgery to remove, skin irritation and more.
Laser hair removal is however a very easy procedure, often without significant side effects. In some people, it is possible to feel temporary discomfort, redness or slight swelling after treatment. These are however very mild and short-term side effects.
Some people could experience slight pigment changes in the treatment area. For example, your treatment area may become slightly darker or lighter. Your technician can discuss pigment changes with you during the consultation but one cause of pigment changes are if someone suntans a few days before or after treatment. This is why we recommend wearing sunscreen and not tanning around your treatment time. Other possible side effects, which are also rare, are blistering, scarring and crusting. There could be other reasons and that is why we always consult with you before treatment. For example, someone could be on a medication that could make them photosensitive. We need to know that and we ask about these types of things during the consult.
Laser hair removal is a very simple procedure that involves passing a laser hair removal machine over the treatment area. Some preparation is recommended before your treatment session
The laser hair removal results vary from one person to another depending on factors such as: skin/hair types as well as the area to be treated.
The treatment is effective in the long term for most people, especially when done by a specialist with the best laser hair removal machines available today. You may, however, be required to get multiple treatments for example 4-6 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart to allow you to get rid of 80-85% of your hair. Every person is unique so there can be variations in treatment success. This can go either way. Some people require fewer treatments than regular and others might need more.