What laser hair removal does? How does it work? And why is it different from other hair removal methods? These are usually the first questions my patients ask during their first enquiry into laser hair removal. And it’s natural to do so. I can’t emphasise enough how important it’s to understand laser hair removal before you undergo any treatments.
What laser hair removal does?
Laser works by emitting heat, that is picked up by the pigment in your hair and transported to the hair root. Here the light energy turns into heat energy. Which destroys the hair root preventing future growth.
For the treatment to be effective and safe however a number of factors have to be considered. These’re the following.
Effective laser hair removal
- Laser will work on hair that has pigment, however it won’t be effective on white, grey or red hairs.
- For laser hair removal to be effective, your hair growth has to be at a very specific stage of its growth. However not all your hair is growing at the same speed, which means the treatment would have to be repeated to capture these different growth cycles. For best results you’re requested to attend your facial laser treatments at every 4 weekly intervals and your body laser treatments at every 5-6 weekly intervals.
Safe laser hair removal
- For the laser to be effective the pigment in your hair has to absorb the laser’s heat. As a result of sun exposure your pigment level increases. Because everyone’s different, therefore every skin will react differently. During the laser treatment this increased amount of melanin will absorb the laser. But may leak to the surface of the skin leaving you with burns. For this reason you must report sun exposure ( including sun beds) to your practitioner before your treatment. This’ll allow your practitioner to assess your skin to determine if you need a new skin test.
- To keep your skin safe and to get the best result out of your treatment you’ll be encouraged to stay out of the sun for the duration of your treatment course.
- Medications – Certain medications ( antibiotics, antidepressants and prescription drugs) can cause photo sensitivity. You must inform your practitioner if you are taking any new medications. Or if there’s been a change in your medical status.
- Do your research on the most suitable laser for your skin type. Also insist on treatment with the right laser. A Medical grade laser is designed with direct wavelengths to specifically targets the melanin in the hair. As a result your treatment will be more specific and more effective. At Skin Perfection we’re using one of the most popular lasers from the Medical Aesthetic Industry called Cynosure Elite. This specific laser combines two optimal wavelengths in one system. The 755nm –Alexandrite laser and the 1064nm –Nd Yag laser. The two wave length allow our highly experienced practitioners to adjust the laser specifically to your skin type.
To discuss your suitability for laser and to learn more; why not contact my Expert team who’ll be able to give you further guidance?
How to book an appointment?
As the first step of your hair removal journey at Skin Perfection London, we request that you attend a no obligations consultation and skin test. Firstly, this gives you the opportunity to learn more about the process. How does laser hair removal work? Why is it effective? How many treatments you need? What’s the best laser for your skin type? How to prepare your skin for the treatment? And about the contraindications to the treatment. Finally to confirm suitability we’ll carry out a quick patch test.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at SP. Our highly trained and skilled aesthetic practitioners have many years of experience, so you can be confident you’re in the best hands. And, you can be sure, you’ll always have a stress-free relaxing experience.
Contact our team today to book an appointment.