The laser hair removal market is forecast to grow by up to 19.4% from 2023 to 2030, which is no surprise given its popularity on social media and advancements in technology that make the procedure safer and more effective. With more and more people preferring hair-free skin, laser hair removal presents as an option that saves time and money compared to traditional hair removal methods.  

Laser treatments have an advantage because of its versatility, suitability for all skin types and tones, and flexibility in terms of accommodating different body parts and hair types. This is critical because hair removal is not just a cosmetic issue. It can also help treat conditions such as hirsutism, improve acne and acne scarring, prevent folliculitis, and for various hygiene reasons.

Hirsutism is characterised by excessive hair growth in areas where there isn’t usually a lot of hair for women, and is often caused by hormonal imbalance. Folliculitis, on the other hand, is inflammation of hair follicles that can result from shaving or waxing. Meanwhile, acne, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone can also be improved through the stimulation of collagen production triggered by laser.

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Dispelling Common Misconceptions

It’s a common misconception that laser hair removal treatments are painful because lasers, in general, can be painful. This is likely a leftover myth from the early days of the technology and from science fiction where laser beams are used as weapons. In truth, lasers are devices that produce a narrow beam of light in a particular wavelength. Most people feel only a little heat from the concentrated light while some with low pain thresholds experience only mild discomfort. In addition, many lasers now come equipped with cooling mechanisms to minimise potential discomfort and protect the skin.

Another misconception is that laser hair removal is only effective for individuals with light skin and dark hair. In the past, certain types of lasers were less effective and potentially risky for individuals with darker skin tones because they could cause pigmentation changes or burns. However, with  advancements in technology, there are now laser systems specifically designed to safely and effectively treat darker skin types. It’s essential to consult with a qualified aesthetic medicine practitioner who can determine the most suitable treatment plan based on your individual characteristics.

Some people question the need for several sessions of laser treatment because they probably heard the myth that hair is permanently removed after one session with a laser. The truth is that hair does not grow all at once at the same time. Rather, hair has a growth cycle and laser treatments are more effective when the hair is in its active growth phase. This means that multiple sessions are usually required to achieve long-term results.

Perhaps the scariest misconception about laser hair removal is that it causes skin cancer. This is far from being true. Laser hair removal only targets pigment in the hair follicles and does not affect the skin itself. When the concentrated light energy is absorbed by the melanin pigment in the hair follicle, it stops the follicle from growing more hair. There is no evidence to suggest that laser hair removal increases the risk of skin cancer.

Read: The Definitive Guide to Laser Hair Removal: Benefits, Side Effects, and Outcomes

Laser Hair Removal Common Applications

The laser hair removal process involves using a device that emits light, which is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. This light energy is converted to heat, damaging the hair follicles and inhibiting or delaying future hair growth. Here are some typical applications of laser hair removal:

FACIAL HAIR. It is often used to remove or reduce facial hair on the upper lip, chin, sideburns, and cheeks, providing a smoother appearance. It’s popular among women with excessive facial hair and men wanting to reduce beard thickness or eliminate ingrown hairs.

UNDERARMS. Laser hair removal in the underarm area can reduce the need for regular shaving, especially for women, leading to smoother skin and eliminating razor burn or ingrown hairs. 

BIKINI LINE. Many people opt for laser hair removal around the bikini line to avoid the discomfort and bumps caused by shaving or waxing.

LEGS. Laser hair removal can reduce or eliminate hair growth on the legs, making the skin feel smoother and reducing the need for frequent shaving.

BACK AND SHOULDERS. This is a common application for men with excessive hair growth on their back and shoulders and seeking a more groomed appearance.

CHEST AND ABDOMEN. Both men and women may choose laser hair removal to thin out or remove hair from the chest and abdomen area for aesthetic reasons or comfort.

ARMS. People with thick or dark arm hair who prefer a smoother look, regardless of gender, may opt for laser hair removal.

WHOLE BODY. Some opt for a full-body treatment to remove hair from most body parts, including arms, legs, chest, back, and the bikini area — for reasons ranging from hygiene to job requirement.

Note that the results of laser hair removal can vary based on the individual’s hair colour, skin type, and the area being treated. Darker hair absorbs the laser light more effectively, making the treatment more efficient. Compared, lighter hair may require more sessions to achieve the desired results.

Read: FAQs About Hair Removal You Should Know

Ensuring Effective & Safe Laser Removal Sessions

Your choice of clinic is crucial to ensuring the effectiveness and safety of laser hair removal sessions. When looking up clinics that offer laser hair removal in your area, check if they have a good reputation and staff who are qualified to operate the devices.

 Additionally, before undergoing treatment, you should get a thorough consultation to assess if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal; and to discuss your treatment goals and expectations. It may be tempting to go with the cheapest option but also consider that your health and comfort may be compromised in less reputable establishments.

During the treatment process, it’s essential to follow instructions carefully, including any pre-treatment preparations and post-treatment care recommendations. This may include avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen for four to six weeks, avoiding plucking or waxing between sessions, and scheduling follow-up sessions with your provider. By following these guidelines and working closely with a qualified provider, you can ensure that your laser hair removal treatment is both effective and safe.

FAQs About Hair Removal You Should Know

Laser Hair Removal in Singapore

Laser hair removal results can vary based on your hair colour, skin type, and how you respond to the treatment. It’s important to talk to a professional and have realistic expectations to get the best out of laser hair removal. At The Aesthetics Centre (TAC) Singapore, we ensure your safety and the effectiveness of your treatment by having only certified healthcare practitioners and technicians perform our procedures.

Our medical director Dr. Anita Soosay has more than 15 years of experience in private practice as an Aesthetics Medicine practitioner in Singapore. She is a certified LASER physician since 2007,  with experience in operating a CO2 laser, Q-switched Nd-YAG, long-pulsed Nd-YAG, Diode, and Copper Bromide lasers.  She also uses Intense Pulsed Light, Radio frequency and Infrared technologies in her array of non-invasive medical aesthetics treatments. Dr. Soosay has a special interest in laser hair removal for tanned skin patients as it is a skin type that is difficult to treat safely 

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