Ultimate Guide To Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has come a long way in recent years, with advancements in technology making it mostly suitable for all hair and skin colours. If the sound of permanent hair removal and smooth skin appeals to you, then it might be an ideal time for laser treatment.
Laser hair removal works by heating the hair follicles to stop new hairs from growing. This puts the hair follicles in a state of dormancy for a long period of time, much longer than traditional methods such as waxing. When the hairs do grow back, they’ll be lighter, finer, and fewer in number.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work
Laser hair removal uses high-heat laser beams as a mild form of radiation. The light energy from the laser enters the skin and is absorbed by melanin surrounding the hair follicle. Melanin is naturally present within the hair follicle, and when targeted with the laser in the right stage of hair growth, the hair follicle overheats damaging the bulb, preventing further hair growth.
When the hair follicles are destroyed the hair production is temporarily disabled. The process of this is known as photothermolysis. However, for best results, a course of laser hair removal treatment is recommended to ensure all hairs are caught over differing hair cycle growths. Laser hair removal compared to, tweezing, shaving, and waxing all remove hair above the surface not below. These methods don’t target hair-producing follicles, thus many look to have laser treatments.
Benefits Of Laser
The key benefit is long term hair reduction in the area treated, which potentially saves time, money and makes a client feel better within themselves. Alternative hair removal methods, such as waxing, shaving, and threading can be time consuming, painful and not long-lasting. In addition to aesthetic benefits, there are some medical benefits such as the prevention of ingrown hairs which can sometimes lead to boils and abscesses.
How Many Sessions
Eight sessions spread over 4 – 8 weeks is generally sufficient for most areas, although the practitioner that does the treatment will adjust the frequency and strength of the laser treatment to match the response of the client and skin. 1 session of laser hair removal can take around 15 60 minutes per body part depending on the area, thickness and amount of hair. Smaller areas of the face are quicker such as the upper lip treatment. It is highly recommended that clients complete all sessions to see the full results following your first laser treatment. From the first treatment there will be a noticeable difference in hair regrowth and thickness.
Is Laser Painful
Most clients at RT Aesthetics tell us that laser hair removal is just as tolerable as other methods of hair removal. The latest equipment used at RT Aesthetics is virtually pain free and compared to waxing and threading laser hair removal should not hurt that much. If your unsure during the consultation you will have a patch test to ensure suitability and at this stage you will feel what the treatment will be like.
While laser hair removal is not guaranteed to be completely pain-free, there are different options that your practitioner can use to make it as close to pain-free as possible. With the latest 3 wavelength laser equipment we use we can pre-cool the area to ensure comfort throughout treatment.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe
Laser technology has advanced over many years and continues to develop. While all treatments, including laser hair removal, can have side effects that will be fully discussed during your face to face consultation when used appropriately by experienced practitioner and good licensed clinic it is an extremely safe process. Our machines are tested to ensure high quality and all our practitioners undergo level 4 training at our clinic.
Our laser hair removal clinic are approved and have had excellent ratings from our clients and visitors. You can find our reviews online and by clicking here. It is always recommended to research a clinic to check the staff are qualified, experienced and that the clinic is fully licensed and their technology is approved.
After your treatment the skin can appear red or raised, with a similar appearance to goose bumps. This will disappear within an hour or two after your treatment. The skin may feel a little itchy after the treatment and your practitioner will advise what products may and may not be used, such as aloe vera gel. Occasionally the hair that has been lasered may return slightly thicker than before in the first few sessions, although do not worry as this will disappear within the 4 – 8 sessions. This is usually more common when dealing with thick dense hair on areas such as the back or chest.
There is no downtime, which is good news as this means clients can return to any normal activities immediately after the laser treatment. Clients should avoid any heat treatments such as visiting steam/sauna rooms for 48 hours and avoid direct sunlight without appropriate sunscreen protection.
Laser Hair Removal Consultation
Book your laser hair removal face to face consultation at our Newcastle clinic by clicking here or calling us on 0191 649 8699. We offer a consultation and patch test to ensure your suitability to the treatment.