Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has become increasing popular over the past few years as people look to rid themselves of excessive / unattractive body or facial hair. For some people plucking, waxing and shaving is an almost daily routine and it is both time consuming and tedious.
Both men and woman can benefit from laser hair removal as they look for a long lasting solution to their problem. The cost varies from clinic to clinic and depends on the size of area being treated. For more information please read the following guide: How much does laser hair removal cost?
Laser hair removal works by firing pulses of laser at the area that needs treating. The aim of the treatment is to break down the melanin (pigment) which is located in the hair follicles. By targeting this pigment the laser also damages the surrounding follicle which helps to prevent the hair from growing back.
Laser hair removal can treat just about every area of the face and body, although care must be taken if the treatment is close to the eyes. The procedure itself normally takes about 10–15 minutes depending on the size of the area that is being treated.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?
Laser hair removal treatment is not a permanent solution but it does offer long lasting results. Results vary slightly depending on the skin and hair type being treated but most people will see about a 70% reduction in hair growth. This is assuming you have had the recommended 4 – 6 treatments on the targeted area. Most people also find that any hair that does grow back is lighter in colour and finer in texture, meaning it is less visible then your normal hair. You can read more about this in our dedicated laser hair removal results section.
What is involved With Laser Hair Removal?
The procedure varies from clinic to clinic and depending on the equipment that is being used. The following explains the typical laser hair removal procedure:
The area being treated is first shaved to ensure a smooth surface.
A cool anaesthetic gel is applied.
The hand held laser is then gently placed over the area being treated and it fires pulses of high intensity light at the hair follicles.
The length of time taken depends on the size of the area being treated. Under arm hair for example would take around 10 minutes to treat.
It is normal to have slight redness and swelling after the treatment but this normally wears off after an hour or so.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
Most people do report some discomfort but it is not as bad as waxing. The treatment is generally quick and so most people have very few issues with the discomfort. Although rare there are a few risks associated with laser hair removal. You can read about these at the following link: Laser hair removal side effects
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