Unwanted hair growth on certain body parts is a frequent concern for women. This brought a lot of attention to laser hair removal for its ability to address this problem permanently. Today, it is the most commonly requested cosmetic procedure routinely performed by dermatologists, physicians, and non-medical personnel with variable efficacy.
With a variety of lasers available today, all with their own strengths and weaknesses, it is only right that potential clients understand what is most appropriate for them.
Laser Hair Removal in Singapore
While some still go for traditional hair removal options like plucking, shaving, or waxing, more people are considering lasers to tackle unwanted hair. If it can be helped, anyone would prefer an easier way out of this problem. With a certain number of sessions, permanently reducing the amount of hair on the body is achievable through lasers.
A lot of women may relate to the struggles of plucking, the pain of every waxing treatment, or the discomfort of razor burns. Apart from how it affects you physically, these methods also take time – something that is not a luxury for a lot of women in Singapore. Also, these don’t always produce the best outcome aesthetically.
The discovery of the effectiveness of lasers in hair removal took this treatment to another level. It can address the problem without leaving traces in their wake. The quality of the results attracted many, and it continues to build a large following especially with the current improvements in available technology.
With the evolving trends in beauty and skin care, laser hair removal not only brought in female patients, but men are warming up to it, as well. An increasing preference for the neat and sleek image has led to a growing number of men who want to remove the hair on their chest, arms and legs, and even their beard.
A Closer Look
Medical grade lasers for hair removal work by emitting a single wavelength of light which maximizes laser penetration on the targeted area. This light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, blasting the hair itself, without harming the skin or the hair follicle. This process may not always require a single session, but with certain number of treatments, it has the capacity to get rid of unwanted hair permanently.
Types of Lasers
Lasers used in hair removal come in different strengths. There are several patented brands that exist, but there are primarily four different types of lasers that are commercially available to address hair issues. These are the ruby (694.3 nm), alexandrite (755 nm), long-pulse diode (810 nm), and Nd:YAG (1,064 nm) lasers.
A reduction of 15-20% can be achieved after the first session of laser hair removal. An average of six to eight sessions are required, depending on the individual. Nd:YAG lasers are usually used in Asia since it is the most appropriate laser system for pigmented skin.
Quality and Comfort
Razor burns, chicken skin, and skin discoloration are results of older hair removal methods that are just as much of an eye sore as those unsightly hairs. However, laser hair removal can turn the tide through a technology that provides better comfort and cleaner results.
The lasers today only target the pigment of the hair while sparing the skin from burns or irritation. They are delivered in pulses to maintain comfort during the procedure. Nd:YAG lasers, in particular, produce longer beams which require fewer pulses. This means shorter sessions, minimal discomfort, and a reduced risk of complications.
Laser hair removal may be a frontrunner in terms of results, but there is a reason why not everyone opts for this treatment. It is pricier up front compared to other methods. However, if you look at the average number of sessions needed to achieve long lasting results, you save considerably more than going for waxing sessions every month. While you wax, pluck and shave indefinitely, you can expect a certain number of sessions with laser hair removal to achieve your goal.
IPL and Laser: Which Is Better?
Aside from laser, IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is another hair removal treatment that is offered in several clinics and spas in Singapore today. It also produces light energy to disrupt the growth cycle of each hair while sparing the surrounding skin.
What makes it different from lasers is that it uses a high output flashlamp that produces a broad spectrum of wavelengths like that of a very bright lightbulb. The light energy is absorbed by the melanin in black or brown hair which eventually destroys it.
However, in terms of results, a laser treatment is still a step above IPL. One reason is that IPL cannot be focused into a concentrated beam. Its varying wavelengths disperse at different depths, therefore only some of it is effective in targeting hair.
Lasers, on the other hand, use a single wavelength of light for maximized laser penetration. It also comes with smarter technology because it can distinguish subtleties in pigmentation. Hence, it is more effective in removing hair on skin of any tone.
Check out more comparisons between these two treatments in our table, here.
Why We Choose Medical Grade Lasers
The Aesthetics Centre aims to provide patients with good quality service for hair removal. For this, we only use medical-grade lasers because it can deliver the results that patients want. It has a more potent effect on unwanted hair, while it remains safe on the skin at the same time.
This technology allows us to target the problem with better precision in fewer sessions compared to its counterparts. We find it to be more efficient in the way that it does the job with less discomfort. Since it is also accommodating to a wide variety of skin types, it is safer for Asian skin.
A person’s choice of hair removal method ultimately comes down to their budget. While temporary DIY or salon options are cheaper, you would have to repeat procedures more often. This is true for shaving, threading, depilatory creams, epilating and waxing.
So, for those who are willing to commit to an entire course of laser hair removal, you can book your appointment now. We provide a customized consultation to address your specific needs. We also suggest that you check out these tips to help you prepare for a positive outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?
It can treat the following areas:
Pubic Area and
2. Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Experts primarily consider skin tone and hair color in determining your suitability as a candidate. Grey and blonde hairs, unfortunately, do not respond well to laser hair removal because these hair follicles lack pigment. A consultation is the best way for us to personally assess your hair’s characteristics. We prioritize patient satisfaction, which is why we would not push you towards laser hair removal if we find that it won’t produce good results.
3. Is laser hair removal safe?
Yes. Proper techniques performed by a certified and experienced technician render safe and effective results (Lim and Lanigan, 2006). There are associated risks, but these are minimal especially if proper precaution is taken. At The Aesthetics Centre, we make sure that we first conduct a thorough assessment to point out any potential complications.
4. Does the treatment hurt?
The sensation is similar to that of a rubber band being snapped on your skin which is tolerable.
5. How long does a treatment take?
The time period of the procedure is case-by-case basis. Consultation is highly recommended.
6. How long will the results last?
The results of laser hair removal is long-lasting for all skin types.
7. How many treatments will I need?
This treatment targets hair that is in the anagen or development phase as this is the time when a follicle has the most melanin. Based on studies, any area contains almost 20-30% of anagen hairs at any single time and these follicles are the ones that respond best to treatment. During your consultation, we will advise you further about the number of sessions and type of treatment that fit your needs.
Since each client’s expectation of hair loss is different, some may already be happy with 50-60% hair loss, while others prefer an 80-95% maximum loss.
8. How much is laser hair removal?
The price varies depending on the size of the area of focus and the amount of hair to be removed. A price quotation can only be given only after you have been personally evaluated.
Lim, S. and Lanigan, S. (2006). A review of the adverse effects of laser hair removal. Lasers in Medical Science, 21(3), pp.121-125.
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