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Laser hair removal is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments for both men and women. Laser hair removal can achieve dramatic results to obtain permanent removal or substantial reduction in hair after a course of treatment. Whether you’re male or female, young or old, particularly hirsute or just tired of never-ending grooming, excess body hair can be extremely challenging.

Laser Hair Removal

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment, a free consultation is carried out in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. There is also an opportunity for any questions you may have to be answered. Before treatment commences you will be asked to give informed consent, and a small test patch will be carried out at least 24 hours prior to your first session.

How does Laser hair removal work?

Laser light is selectively absorbed by melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells. During the procedure, a handheld device is passed over problem areas in order to target these individual follicles.

Laser hair removal works best on dark hair and skin type I-III because it contains more pigment to absorb the laser light. Fair hair and red hair can respond to the correct laser but white hairs will not, since this hair colour contains little or no pigment.

How Long Does it Last?

Regular treatments will get the best results. We recommend Laser treatments every 4 weeks to remove facial hair, and every 6-8 weeks to remove body hair.

On average between 6 – 12 treatments will be required to get satisfactory results but the exact number of treatments will vary between individuals. Additional sessions may be required to achieve a satisfactory result.

Am I Suitable For Treatment?

Laser treatments are not suitable for tanned skins so you will be expected to avoid tanning prior to any treatment or allow time for your tan to fade. Some lasers are not suitable for darker skin types so it important to seek a clinic with experience of treating darker skin types if you fall into this group.

You will be expected to shave rather than wax or use depilatory creams, which some people find inconvenient, but for effective treatment, the surface hair must be removed leaving the follicle intact.

Men

Common areas we treat for our male clients include the upper arms, back, chest, abdomen, eyebrows, beard and neck. Treating your beard line with laser hair removal can help stop ingrown hairs and prevent any skin sensitivity you might experience from regular shaving, whilst also creating a neat look shaped to your preference.

After the Treatment

You should expect to return to your normal activities immediately afterward, however the skin may appear quite red for a few hours to days. Following treatment, an ice-pack can be applied to the skin if it feels warm or red or the practitioner can recommend skin-care products for this purpose.

A sun protector, at least SPF30 should be applied to the exposed treated areas every day for at least four weeks after the treatment, regardless of the weather. Ideally the area should not be exposed to direct sunlight until the course of treatment is complete. It is not possible to treat tanned skin for safety reasons.

You may continue to shave or use depilatory creams if you wish to keep the treated area ‘hair free’. However it is not advisable to pluck or wax the area between treatments as this disturbs the hair growth cycle which can make subsequent treatments less effective.

Is it safe?

The use of laser dates back to the 1960’s with the last decade technological advances in the use of laser for skin conditions and hair removal have developed at a rapid pace. With as many as 30 different machines in the UK with variable treatment indications and limitations it is down to the consultation to offer specific advice and information about the procedure and type of machine to be used with expected treatment outcomes and associated risks.

Laser treatments are not suitable for tanned skins so you will be expected to avoid tanning prior to any treatment or allow time for your tan to fade. Some lasers are not suitable for darker skin types so it important to seek a clinic with experience of treating darker skin types if you fall into this group.

Does it hurt?

With technological advances lasers are generally well tolerated and described as mildly uncomfortable with certain treatment areas being more sensitive than others. It is often described as the sensation of a rubber band being flicked against the skin. The use of cooling gels, sprays and cold air is used throughout the treatment to cool the skin and to help with any discomfort.

How long does it take?

The treatment can take as little as 5 minute on smaller areas.

Are there any side effects of laser hair removal treatment?

The skin can appear slightly red after treatments and the hair follicles which have been treated may appear raised or bumpy for up to 48 hours. Itching can occur in some individuals several days after treatment which tends to be mild and subside. Other side effects are rare.

How many treatments are required?

Treatment is conducted every 4 weeks on the face and 6 weeks on the body. The required number of treatments differs from patient to patient, generally 6-8 sessions are needed for optimum results.

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