EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LASER HAIR REMOVAL
How does LHR work?
- The laser beam is made up of precisely controlled pulses of energy; it is absorbed by the melanin or pigment in the hair and reaches into the hair follicles that lie beneath the skin. The energy heats the hair, right down to the
bottom of the root, safely destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin.
5 most common areas of laser hair removal
- For women: 1) Under arms; 2) Upper lip; 3) Bikini line; 4) Stomach; 5) Legs.
- For men: 1) Sideburns; 2) Back; 3) Stomach; 4) Arms; 5) Buttocks.
Am I a suitable candidate?
- Because the laser targets pigment, the laser is not effective on white, grey or red hair.
- Although the treatment is safe it is advised that pregnant women wait until after their postpartum check-up before proceeding.
- Laser hair removal cannot be performed over any tattoos or permanent make-up.
How many seasons are needed?
- Most people will need a course of between 4 and 8 treatments. Hair grows in 3 different phases. Laser treatment can only affect hair in the active growth phase (anagen stage) - at any one time, 90% of follicles will be in
this stage, so a course of treatment is needed to ensure that all follicles are permanently affected and will not produce any more hair.
Is the treatment painful
- As pain tolerance differs from person to person this question is relative to the individual. However while some people say they feel no pain others say the pain can be described as a elastic band being snapped on their skin.
Most modern laser hair removal machines have inbuilt cooling devices to help ease any pain and those that don't offer a anesthetic gel to numb the area being treated.
Are there any side effects?
- Redness or some swellings to the skin are short term side effects following each treatment and this usually settles within a few hours. If the skin is a more sensitive type, it may take a few days for the redness to disappear
What should I do before my treatment?
- Keep the skin as natural as possible. You should avoid: 1) Over sun exposure; 2) Sun beds; 3) Tanning products; 4) Also if you are taking tablets for anche such as Roaccutane, which must be discontinued prior to
- After the treatment you should try to avoid: 1) Heat stimulations - Hot Baths, Saunas and Steam; 2) Cardiovascular exercise; 3) Swimming (chemicals in water can cause irritation); 4) Products such as perfume, body
lotions, aftershave and make-up.