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Laser Hair Removal - What you need to know
Published on 08 May 2017 by Callie Woodward, Aesthetics Practitioner, updated on 08 May 2017
Laser hair removal is a widely available treatment offered in many clinics but how do you know where to invest your money wisely and guarantee great results?
Laser hair removal has been available since the mid 90’s for the use of removing unwanted hair and is still considered the gold standard in hair removal to this day. Over the years many similar technologies have attempted to replicate the effects of Laser but have not managed to match the long-term results.
Lasers are very precise, and can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Eachlaserpulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at a time. The treatment works by targeting the melanin(colour) found in the hair. As the energy from the laser is absorbed, a heat is generated which travels down to the base of the hair resulting in the growth of the hair to stop.
Multiple treatments are needed (between 6-8) because only hair in the active growth phase, or “anagen” phase can be affected by the laser due to its strong blood supply. Effective results require treatments spread evenly. We recommend once every 4 weeks to remove facial hair and every 6-12 weeks to remove body hair. Some patients report a 20% - 30% reduction in hair growth from the first treatment.
Many patients fear that laser hair removal is a painful procedure. At One Stop Doctors, we use the Cynosure Elite+ which is a laser that utilises different wavelengths to target the hair follicle whilst leaving the surrounding skin untouched. The Cynosure Elite+ uses an integrated cooling system which makes the treatment safer and more comfortable for the patient. Most people describe the sensation similar to the flicking of a rubber band on the skin but this is significantly reduced due to the cooling system used with this treatment.
A consultation and patch test must be carried out prior to commencing any laser hair removal treatment. The success of the treatment depends on a variety of biological and genetic factors relating to your natural skin and hair colouring, hormonal status, size of the area treated and medication you may be taking. Not all patients are suitable for treatment as some hair types such as white, red or blonde hairs are unsuccessfully targeted.
Laser can be used on any skin type and is the safest option for treating darker skins. Precautions need to be taken if you have exposed the area to be treated to the sun as this can increase the pigment in the skin and can lead to a negative outcome. We advise to seek treatment from a CQC registered clinic that meets the requirements and standards needed to provide laser treatments safely and ensures qualified and skilled practitioners carry out your treatments, such as One Stop Doctors!
If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removalmay be an option worth considering. Laser hair removal offers a short-term solution for a long-term result and One Stop Doctors offer half leg, underarms and bikini for just £395.
To book an appointment with Callie, just call 0800 852 1234.