Note that while laser hair removal can be effective on various parts of the body, outcomes can be influenced by factors like hair colour, skin tone, and the specific area being treated. Always consult with a trained professional to determine if laser hair removal is right for your specific needs and desired treatment areas.
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
During laser hair removal, a handheld device delivers pulses of laser energy to the skin. The melanin absorbs the energy in the hair follicles, which causes them to heat up and become damaged. Over time, the damaged follicles cannot produce new hair, leading to permanent hair reduction. Here’s what happens during an underarm hair laser removal.
The process starts with a thorough consultation with a qualified professional to discuss your medical history, skin type, and the details of the process. They may also perform a patch test to determine how your skin reacts to the laser.
In preparation for the procedure, you will be asked to avoid using any lotions, deodorants, or other products that may interfere with the laser. They will also apply a cooling gel to the skin to protect it from the laser’s heat. As the doctor delivers pulses of laser energy to the skin, the patient may feel mild discomfort or a sensation of heat or stinging, but this can be minimised by using cooling techniques or numbing creams.
After the procedure, the doctor will provide instructions for aftercare. This may include avoiding sun exposure, wearing loose clothing, and avoiding hot showers or baths for a few days. You may also be advised to use a mild moisturiser or anti-inflammatory cream to soothe the skin.
What is our preferred laser?
A high-quality laser hair removal machine should be able to remove hair from diverse skin and hair types. Different lasers work better on some than others; for example, there is a wide range of coloured hairs that can make it difficult for certain machines to achieve optimal results. Be sure to ask about what types of skin and hair the laser machine is effective at treating.
A recommended machine is the GentleMax Pro™ by Candela™, a medical-grade, FDA-approved laser that targets unwanted hair on the face and the hands, arms, chest, back, thighs, legs, and feet. This type of hair removal machine is recommended for all skin types and removes black, white, and grey hairs. Since it can treat any hair colour on a wide range of skin types, it’s one of our favourites! It may be used in either smaller or larger areas depending on your needs.
What are the benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
- PRECISION: Laser technology targets hair follicles accurately, damaging them without affecting the surrounding skin.
- TIME-EFFICIENT: Unlike shaving or waxing, it offers lasting results with only occasional touch-ups required.
- PREVENTS INGROWN HAIRS: Eliminates issues related to waxing or plucking, such as ingrown hairs and skin irritation.
- VERSATILITY: Suitable for various body parts, from legs and underarms to bikini lines.
- LESS HASSLE: Ensures smooth, hair-free skin, reducing the need for constant shaving, plucking, or waxing.
- MINIMAL TO NO PAIN: Many people find laser hair removal to be less painful than waxing, especially in sensitive areas.
- SKIN HEALTH: Reduces chances of skin darkening or scars, often caused by razors or waxing.
- SAFE & FDA-APPROVED: The procedure is backed by extensive research and safety protocols.
- FOR MEN & WOMEN: Effective for all genders, addressing concerns from coarse beard hair to finer body hair.
- COST-EFFECTIVE IN THE LONG RUN: Despite the upfront cost, laser hair removal can be more economical over time compared to the cumulative costs of razors, waxing sessions, or other hair removal methods.
If you’re not sure if you’ll need multiple sessions or how many treatments will be necessary, find out what your provider’s policy is in terms of refunds or future treatments. There may also be options to purchase additional treatments as part of your package if you decide later that you want more sessions.
Is Laser Hair Removal similar to IPL treatment?
Laser hair removal and IPL hair removal are two different methods of hair removal that use different types of light. Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light that targets the hair follicles and damages them to prevent future hair growth. IPL hair removal uses a broad spectrum of light that targets the melanin in the hair and heats it up, causing damage to the hair follicles. Both methods are effective in reducing hair growth, but laser hair removal is widely documented to be more effective and safer than IPL hair removal.
LHR is virtually pain-free, while IPL hair removal can be more painful and uncomfortable. Laser hair removal is also more expensive than IPL hair removal, but it is considered to be a better long-term value because it requires fewer treatments and provides longer-lasting results. Both methods have some side effects, such as redness, swelling, and itching, but these are usually minor and temporary. Laser hair removal is generally considered to be safe when performed by a skilled medical professional, while IPL hair removal can be less safe and effective when performed by inexperienced operators.
Remember, it’s crucial to have a consultation with a dermatologist specialising in laser hair removal before undergoing the procedure as they can provide guidance and a treatment plan tailored to individual needs and circumstances.
How do you prepare for your Laser Hair Removal session?
Before your laser hair removal session, avoid sun exposure. Refrain from excessive sun exposure and tanning for at least six weeks before treatment. Sunburned or tanned skin can increase the risk of complications during the procedure.
The day before your session, shave the area to be treated. Laser hair removal is effective on shorter hair, and shaving ensures the laser energy targets the hair follicles effectively.
Also, avoid specific hair removal methods. Refrain from plucking, waxing, or using depilatory creams in the weeks before your appointment. These methods remove the hair from the root, and the laser needs the hair follicle intact to be effective.
And if you have any medical conditions or skin disorders, or are taking medications, inform your laser hair removal provider during your consultation. They will assess your suitability for the treatment and address any concerns.
The Possible Side Effects
Laser hair removal is generally considered safe when trained professionals perform it in a controlled medical setting. However, like any medical procedure, it may have potential side effects. It’s essential to be aware of these side effects before undergoing laser hair removal.
What are common side effects of Laser Hair Removal?
- Skin Irritation and Redness: After the treatment, it is normal to experience some skin irritation and redness in the treated area. It usually subsides within a few hours to a day.
- Swelling: Some individuals may experience mild swelling around the hair follicles immediately after the treatment. It is temporary and should resolve on its own.
- Skin Sensitivity: Laser-treated skin may become more sensitive to sunlight. It is crucial to avoid direct sun exposure for at least two weeks after the procedure and use sunscreen when going outdoors.
- Changes in Skin Colour: In some cases, laser hair removal can cause temporary lightening or darkening of the skin in the treated area. It is more common in individuals with darker skin tones but usually resolves independently over time.
- Itching and Discomfort: Mild itching or discomfort may occur in the treated area following the procedure. It is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter creams or ice packs.
- Crusting or Scabbing: Some individuals may experience mild crusting or scabbing in the treated area. It typically resolves on its own within a few days.
- Rare Complications: In rare cases, laser hair removal can cause more severe side effects, such as blistering, scarring, or infection. These complications are uncommon and often the result of improper treatment or inadequate aftercare.
What can you expect from a Laser Hair Removal process?
Before the procedure, an initial consultation is important, allowing your doctor to evaluate your skin and hair type and discuss your goals and address any concerns.
On the day of the treatment, the area set for treatment will be cleaned, and if necessary, a numbing cream might be applied to ease any discomfort. Protective goggles are provided to shield your eyes from the laser. In the first session, the doctor or technician will test a patch of your skin to ensure the right laser setting is used.
The sensation during the treatment varies among individuals but is commonly described as sharp pin pricks or a warm, tingling feeling. Newer laser devices often come with cooling mechanisms to minimise discomfort and safeguard the skin.
Post-treatment, it’s not unusual to experience redness or swelling, akin to a sunburn’s effects. Cooling gels or packs might be offered to soothe the skin.
It’s important to note that achieving the desired results usually necessitates multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart, due to the growth phases of hair.
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